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NN Inc. acquires assets of V-S Industries

February 5, 2014

NN Inc., Johnson City, Tenn., a manufacturer and supplier of metal bearing components, has completed the acquisition of the assets of V-S Industries, a privately held manufacturer of precision metal components with operations in Wheeling, Ill., and Juarez, Mexico. The acquisition provides NN with a...

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AME’s Innovation Summit to present lean-minded thinking

February 5, 2014

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will present its Innovation Summit in Irvine, Calif., March 13-14. Industry innovators and longtime lean and innovation advocates will converge at the event to share insider knowledge with attendees. The event features four keynote speakers,...

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Airbus Helicopters to add production line to Ontario facility

February 5, 2014

Airbus Helicopters Canada (formerly called Eurocopter Canada) has announced it will add a new production line at its Fort Erie, Ont., helicopter production facility, creating about 40 new jobs. The facility will make engine cowlings for the EC225 aircraft. The manufacturer is a subsidiary of...

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Chances for economic improvement ‘shaky at best’

February 5, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

The Great Recession officially ended June 2009 in the U.S. Since then, the economic recovery has plodded along slowly. Nearly five years later, the snail’s pace continues, with small business optimism crawling along with it. The National Federation of Independent Business (NIFB) Research...

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Computer-printable labels made for cast-metal, textured surfaces

February 5, 2014

Designed for heavily textured, powder-coated, and cast-metal surfaces, the new CILS-9200HD/HT heavy-duty, high-tack labels from CILS Intl. bond permanently and immediately to difficult surfaces. Variable data, such as bar codes and serial numbers, can be added in minutes from an existing PC and...

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How stamping and fabrication work together

February 4, 2014 | By Tim Heston

At Fisher-Barton South Carolina, historically a stamping operation, now gets half of its revenue from products that use metal fabrication. But there's not a stamping and fabricating "side" to the business. In fact, the part flow shows just how complementary fabrication and stamping can be.

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MEP Group acquires Artmetco

February 4, 2014

MEP Group, Laval, Que., has announced its acquisition of Artmetco Inc., Saint-Laurent, Que. The team of MEP Technologies (owned by MEP Group) and Artmetco offers a turnkey approach for fabricated products. The companies provide mechanical design, new-product implementation, redesign of existing...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing sector expanded in January, but at slowest pace in 8 months

February 3, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. However, the manufacturing expansion rate...

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What gets you excited about metal fabricating

February 3, 2014 | By Dan Davis

As I was watching the weather last night, the meteorologist mentioned that Chicagoland had already experienced the third most subzero-degree days in one winter, according to records that go back more than 140 years. That’s pretty depressing, considering that it’s not even February. So as the...

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Taking big strides with small-diameter tubing

February 3, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

After 60 years in business, Superior Tube Co. Inc. found itself at a crossroads. The recession of the early 2000s had taken a toll on U.S. manufacturing, and many companies feared the growing threat from newly industrializing, low-wage countries. The company’s management came up with a strategy to update its manufacturing practices, upgrade its equipment, and prepare its workforce for the challenges associated with global competition. The result, compressing about 15 years’ worth of changes into just two years, has propelled the company forward and earned it the 2014 TPJ Industry Award.

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Professionalism in precision sheet metal manufacturing

February 3, 2014 | By Dan Davis

How does a small western Michigan fabricating shop evolve into a key metal parts supplier to some of the most demanding OEM customers in the world? It is committed to lean manufacturing principles and has made strategic investments in new fabricating technology, but most of all, it has engaged employees that are comfortable with changes that come with continuous improvement efforts.

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Fayette Fabrication opens in Alabama

January 30, 2014

Fayette Fabrication has opened a 50,000-sq.-ft. plant in Fayette, Ala., that produces racking systems for transporting automotive parts. The company, which has invested $1 million in the project, plans to invest more and eventually employ about 50...

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Fabrisonic receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

January 30, 2014

Fabrisonic LLC, Columbus, Ohio, a provider of equipment and services related to the patented ultrasonic additive manufacturing process, has received a 2013 Performance Excellence Award from the Boeing Co. The award is granted annually to suppliers for superior performance and outstanding service....

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EVS Metal marks 20th anniversary

January 30, 2014

EVS Metal Inc., Riverdale, N.J., a supplier of custom-fabricated sheet metal, integration, machined parts, and engineering services, marks 20 years in business in 2014. Incorporated by Scott Berkowitz and Joe Amico in 1994 to provide industrial rack mount enclosures for the growing PC market,...

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Earth may not be flat, but the economy is

January 30, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

You no doubt have heard many experts weigh in on the economy, and you may have heard the 2014 State of the Union address, which focused a lot on economic conditions. Yes, we want to know what others think, what the trends are, and where experts think we are headed. But those who weigh in seem to...

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