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Ohio State, University of Michigan join forces with EWI to open research institute near Detroit

February 25, 2014

The Ohio State University and EWI, both of Columbus, Ohio, are teaming up with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., to run a $148 million, high-tech manufacturing research institute near Detroit. The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Canton, Mich.,...

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Catalyst Connection extends honors to All-Clad Metalcrafters, Accutrex Products

February 24, 2014

Catalyst Connection, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit economic development organization that provides services to regional manufacturers, has presented awards to All-Clad Metalcrafters, Canonsburg, Pa., and Accutrex Products, Southpointe, Pa. All-Clad Metalcrafters, a producer of bonded cookware,...

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Metl-Span opens seventh manufacturing facility

February 24, 2014

Metl-Span®, a division of NCI Group Inc., has opened its seventh manufacturing facility devoted to the production of the company’s Envolution™ line of architectural insulated metal panels and custom fabrication. The 109,000-sq.-ft. plant, located in Colonial Heights, Va., is a LEED®...

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Arnprior to expand operations in New York

February 24, 2014

Arnprior Rapid Mfg. Solutions Inc., a fabricated metal product manufacturer, has announced plans to remain in Rochester, N.Y., rather than move operations to Tennessee and Connecticut, investing $3.68 million in new technology and equipment. The renovation is expected to add 30 new jobs. The...

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Barnes Metalcrafters

The Fabricator Spotlight update-Part I

February 24, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

From 2010 through early 2013, thefabricator.com profiled various metal fabricating shops in “The Fabricator Spotlight.” How have these businesses fared since their profiles were published? Here’s a look at two profiled at the beginning of 2010: Barnes Metalcrafters and Brown Dog Welding.

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Lean manufacturing

Where lean manufacturing meets quality control

February 24, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

Lean manufacturing may have once been little more than a buzzword, but it is way of life for many in the metal fabrication industry. Meanwhile, the pursuit of quality is as critical as ever. Conference facilitators and participants discussed how these can go hand-in-hand at the 2013 EDTR roundtable event, Lean Manufacturing and the Quality Imperative, Sept. 15-17, Silverton, Ore. The outcome was a series of stories and tips that any fabricator could use to run leaner and maintain a quality product.

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Navistar to consolidate midrange engine manufacturing in Illinois

February 21, 2014

Navistar Intl. Corp. will move midrange engine production from its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill. The company will continue to build its 13-l engine at the Huntsville big bore engine plant. Scheduled for completion in late summer, these actions are expected to eliminate about 280...

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As unionization shrinks, so does the pipeline for talent

February 21, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Last week autoworkers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. Fifty-three percent said “no” to the idea, even though Volkswagen did not actively oppose or support the vote. While the automaker may have tried...

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Distribution/management system ensures fail safe supply of high-pressure, -flow gases

February 20, 2014

A gas distribution and management system that automatically switches between two high-pressure, high-flow gases to provide interchangeable service and continuous supply has been introduced by CONCOA. The 544 series IntelliSwitch IIv is designed to switch between two gas sources without...

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Laser marker handles parts up to 14.56 in. high

February 20, 2014

SIC Marking® USA has introduced the XL-Box laser workstation, dedicated to marking and traceability of components. It is equipped with a fiber laser source doped with ytterbium, which allows light or deep markings of alphanumeric codes, bar code, and 2-D data matrix codes on all metals and some...

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Art's Way Mfg. names group VP

February 19, 2014

Art's Way Mfg. Inc., Armstrong, Iowa, a manufacturer and distributor of niche agricultural machinery, equipment, and services, has hired Bryant Phillips as group vice president. He has full profit-and-loss responsibility for Ohio Metal Working Products/Art's Way Inc., Art's Way Mfg. Intl. Ltd.,...

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Location, location, location?

February 19, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Whether you're a welder looking for a job, or a job looking for a welder, location matters.

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Egan adds director of sales and business development

February 19, 2014

Mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co. has promoted Rick Atkins to the newly created position of director of sales and business development. In this role, Atkins oversees sales and marketing for Egan, along with its sister companies Walker Custom Sheet Metal, which specializes in...

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Industrial cart helps save space

February 19, 2014

CECOR© offers the DB-244-6P industrial cart, designed with a small footprint while allowing storage and transport of big loads. With a capacity of 13.4 cu. ft. and a lip height of 30 in., the cart can fit under machine tool discharge, conveyors, and tables. A fully loaded cart can be...

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The few, the proud, the small-shop employee

February 19, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Small business employees now make up a smaller piece of the employment pie, and this may say a lot about manufacturing's perennial skilled-labor crisis.

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