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Controlling its own fabricating future

January 27, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Altec, a manufacturer of truck bodies and related products, tried the outsourcing route me to stay on top of expanding fabricating jobs, but the headaches were too great to maintain such an arrangement. The company decided to take metal fabricating back in-house by setting up a new facility in Burnsville, N.C., and with the addition of some key equipment, it hasn't looked back.

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More than button-pushers wanted

January 24, 2014 | By Dan Davis

As metal fabricators claim they are unable to find young workers interested in working in metal fabricating for entry-level wages, the machine tool makers have responded by trying to take the “shop knowledge” that is commonly locked in the head of a few experienced shop floor workers and moving...

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Clark Wright

Prab hires application engineer

January 24, 2014

Prab Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich., a manufacturer of equipment for chip handling, fluid filtration, fluid recycling, and scrap handling systems, has hired Clark Wright as application engineer. His primary responsibility is to design optimized chip-processing system layouts. Wright has degrees in...

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Eberl Iron Works purchases Buffalo Metal Forming

January 24, 2014

Eberl Iron Works Inc. has acquired Buffalo Metal Forming, its neighbor in Buffalo, N.Y. The acquisition broadens Eberl’s custom fabricating capabilities and enables it to diversify and expand its product lines. “With greater precision sheet metal capabilities, we can grow established product...

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Interpower Induction appoints general manager of U.S. business

January 23, 2014

Interpower Induction, Almont, Mich., has announced the appointment of Edward A. Potoczak as general manager of U.S. business. He previously served as a senior consulting manager in Plante & Moran’s manufacturing and distribution practice and as project manager at Plex Systems. Potoczak has a...

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Team USA wearing USA-made

January 23, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Less than two years ago, the 2012 U.S. Olympic athletes’ official uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, drew much criticism—not for appearance, but because they were made, head-to-toe, in China. The 2012 fiasco was a subject of a blog post on thefabricator.com entitled, “Will Olympic uniform...

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Millennials, stress, and technology

January 23, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

According to the “State of Workplace Productivity Report” released by Cornerstone OnDemand, a cloud-based talent management software company, the millennial generation, or those born between the years 1980 and 2000, is struggling with technology and information overload. The report, which...

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Sandvik Inc. announces $12 million expansion in South Carolina

January 22, 2014

Sandvik Inc., a subsidiary of the Swedish company Sandvik AB, is investing $12 million in an expansion at its operations in Westminster, S.C. The company manufactures products and carbide inserts used in mechanical engineering, automotive, oil and gas, and aerospace...

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Educational resource kit

Educational resource kits address factory automation, hydraulics

January 22, 2014

Educational resource kits are available from Bosch Rexroth for machine builders, systems integrators, and manufacturing end users. They provide case studies, technical papers, software tools, and web resources for factory automation, mechatronics, hydraulics, packaging and printing, and mobile...

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Micro Waterjet earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

January 21, 2014

Micro Waterjet LLC, Huntersville, N.C., has received ISO 9001:2008 certification covering its precision waterjet cutting and sales of micro waterjet equipment. Micro Waterjet was formed through a joint venture between Waterjet AG and Max Daetwyler Corp. to provide micromanufacturing services...

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High efficiency filtration system

High-efficiency filtration system removes fumes with reduced energy costs

January 21, 2014

Airflow Systems Inc. offers the TH-280 series industrial air filtration system, designed to provide high-efficiency, ambient filtration in manufacturing and processing environments. Offering airflow up to 6,500 CFM, it operates at 74 dBA with a 5-HP motor/blower. The TH-280V model has a...

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Max Daetwyler earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

January 20, 2014

Max Daetwyler Corp., Huntersville, N.C., has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. The certification covers its engineering, fabrication, manufacturing, and assembly of custom-built machinery and manufacturing and sales of consumables and equipment for the printing...

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Super Steel LLC hiring 50 employees

January 20, 2014

Super Steel, a Milwaukee-based contract manufacturer, has announced plans to hire 50 employees during the first quarter of 2014. Having recently been awarded large contracts from both new and existing customers, the company is looking to hire welders, electrical and mechanical assemblers, painters,...

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Wendorff Bros. companies to add 94 jobs

January 20, 2014

Wendorff Bros. Co. has announced that sister companies Hartford Finishing, Steel Craft Corp., and Capitol Stampings plan to expand and add a combined 94 new jobs. Wendorff Bros. is parent company to the three companies, as well as Snow-Way Intl. Phase one of the $12 million expansion project...

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GA Global Partners to auction Accurate Metal Solutions equipment via live webcasts

January 17, 2014

GA Global Partners, the auction division of Great American Group Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., will host multimillion-dollar webcast auctions for Accurate Metal Solutions (AMS). The company will auction equipment from the Oxnard, Calif., facility on Feb. 11 and equipment from the Anaheim,...

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