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Workshop to explore enhancement of lean tools

October 11, 2010

The Ohio State University is hosting a free workshop entitled "Industrial Engineering (IE) Science Helps to Adapt and Enhance the Lean Tools for High-Mix Low-Volume Manufacturing" on Dec. 9, 2010. Industrial engineers have an opportunity to develop the next generation of computer-aided lean tools....

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Chicago-Wilcox announces staff promotions

October 11, 2010

Chicago-Wilcox Inc., South Holland, Ill., has announced several staff changes to manage current and planned business growth in 2011 and 2012. Dan DeVeau has assumed responsibility as president of operations. He was group president at Berkshire Hathaway and chairman and owner of CP Industries Inc....

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Jensen Precast launches new metal fabrication division: Jensen MetalTech

October 8, 2010

Jensen Precast, Sparks, N.V., a manufacturer of precast concrete products, including utility vaults for electric fiber optic, gas, telecommunications, and water infrastructure, has launched Jensen MetalTech, a division of the company that engineers and manufactures steel and aluminum access...

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Martinek Manufacturing

October 5, 2010

Martinek Manufacturing’s third building is a 40,000-sq.-ft.facility. 42650 Osgood Road Fremont, CA 94539 510-366-2837 MARTINEK.COM By Mark Martinek OPENED: 1988 WHY: We were getting tired of trying to vacuum all the metal shavings out of our carpets at...

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New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering - TheFabricator.com

New metal fabrication player touts high-value engineering

October 4, 2010

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A Baltimore job shop remained on the growth path throughout the recession by circumventing the traditional job bidding process and gaining a serious foothold in the export market.

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L.B. Foster awarded $10 million Brooklyn Bridge contract

September 29, 2010

L.B. Foster Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., is providing new roadway decking and bridge railing for the Brooklyn and Manhattan approach ramps to the famed Brooklyn Bridge. The $10 million contract will include more than 170,000 square feet of steel grid deck and 13,000 linear feet of steel railing. These...

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New law extends bonus depreciation and increased expensing for 2010

September 28, 2010

President Obama signed into law Sept. 27 the "Small Business Jobs and Credit Act," H.R. 5297, which allows businesses of all sizes to immediately write off 50 percent of the cost of depreciable property purchased and placed in service anytime during 2010. This prevision is a temporary extension of...

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GM's Indy plant caught up in UAW pay battle

September 28, 2010

The Detroit News has reported that a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis has become a battleground pitting rank-and file UAW members against top union officials over whether autoworkers should accept pay cuts to save jobs and keep factories open. JD Norman Industries Inc. of Addison,...

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Compact parallel grippers can support large moment capacities and long tooling lengths

September 27, 2010

PHD has announced the release of the series GRA gripper. The compact, precision gripper, available in four sizes, can support large moment capacities and long tooling lengths. Its slim design allows ample space for stacking grippers in confined areas.The factory-set jaw guide system helps minimize...

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Modular system offered for workbench, tool storage - TheFabricator.com

Modular system offered for workbench, tool storage

September 27, 2010

Shure Mfg. Corp. offers the SHURETECH® modular system for workbench and tool storage requirements. Preconfigured workstations are available in double-bay (16-ft.) or single-bay (8-ft.) configurations. Customers can also design a workstation by selecting individual components and adding...

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Brilex Industries enters joint-venture agreement with Excent Group

September 27, 2010

Brilex Industries Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, a supplier of medium- and large-sized fabrications, machining, and assembly to heavy industry worldwide, has purchased a 50 percent ownership stake in Enexa Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of The Excent Group, France. Enexa is the fifth company to join the...

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Internal combustion forklift introduced

September 27, 2010

Crown Equipment has unveiled an internal combustion Crown C-5 series pneumatic-tire, industrial forklift for heavy-duty and outdoor applications. The class V forklift is equipped with an industrial John Deere Power Systems engine and a dual, open-core radiator that offers independent engine and...

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FMA completes salary/wage, benefit survey

September 27, 2010

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., offers the 2010 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey, providing data for both salaried and hourly shop floor employees. It is available for electronic download for a fee at the FMA Store (www.fmastore.org). The survey details...

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Felling Trailers adds sales rep - TheFabricator.com

Felling Trailers adds sales rep

September 27, 2010

Felling Trailers Inc., an industrial trailer manufacturer and service provider in Sauk Centre, Minn., has appointed Daniel "Boone" Larsen as inside/outside sales representative. With Larsen in this position, the company anticipates an increase in brand awareness and sales in the Midwest and...

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Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager - TheFabricator.com

Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager

September 27, 2010

Woodlawn Mfg., Marshall, Texas, has announced that Cory R. Mayo has joined the company as plant manager. Mayo previously served as director of operations for two Stoneridge plants, a manufacturer of electronic components, modules, and systems for the automotive, truck, and agricultural markets....

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