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ISM May ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories contracting

June 1, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 13th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the...

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The Wisconsin Family Robinson - TheFabricator

The Wisconsin Family Robinson

May 28, 2010

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Anyone that works for Robinson Metal Inc. learns the business from the ground up. This approach has served it well as the De Pere, Wis., company has grown to become one of the largest fabricating job shops in the U.S.

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FMA wins 2010 public relations award for job campaign - TheFabricator

FMA wins 2010 public relations award for job campaign

May 24, 2010

A public relations program created and conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., and its public relations firm, L.C. Williams & Associates, Chicago, has...

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Oscillating fan covers 100-to 200-ft. area - TheFabricator

Oscillating fan covers 100-to 200-ft. area

May 24, 2010

The Pivot 180 from Big Ass Fans is the company's first oscillating fan engineered to mount on a column and cover an area equivalent to four tennis courts. The 6-ft.-dia. fan, suitable for tight spaces...

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Clamping pads with stem can be used as mobile supports or backstop - TheFabricator

Clamping pads with stem can be used as mobile supports or backstop

May 17, 2010

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 709.1 clamping pads with threaded stems. The RoHS-compliant, metric-sized clamping pads have a body made of case-hardened steel with a black phosphate finish. The...

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Andy J. Egan receives Elite designation from MBPA

May 17, 2010

Andy J. Egan Co., a mechanical contractor and fabricator in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for by the Michigan Business and...

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HRB price surge stalls: U.S. up 0.5%; Western Europe flat; World down 0.3%; China down 1.2%

May 12, 2010

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for May 10 was up 0.5 percent to $776 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eleventh consecutive increase. The Western European HRB...

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The impossible dream

May 11, 2010

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From the CAD operator's point of view, he can use several tricks for sheet metal modeling that can keep the design in the realm of can-do manufacturing—the land where the tooling and metal processing technologies are commonly available.

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OSHA establishes severe violator program, increased penalties

May 10, 2010

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., in an effort to address urgent safety and health problems facing Americans in the workplace, is...

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Hobart Institute hires director of planning, development

May 10, 2010

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the appointment of Rich Green to the newly created position of director of planning and development. He is responsible for directing...

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LAI Intl. named Northrop Grumman preferred supplier for second year

May 10, 2010

LAI Intl. Inc., Los Angeles, a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has been honored by Northrop Grumman Corp. as a Platinum Source Preferred Supplier for quality control and...

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SHRM LINE survey: More manufacturers adding to payrolls in May

May 10, 2010

Hiring activity in the manufacturing sector will increase significantly in May compared with a year ago, according to the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National...

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FABTECH 2010 coming to Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center

May 6, 2010

The countdown to FABTECH 2010 is underway as the event returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, November 2-4, 2010. This represents the first time in four years that the show will take...

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Putting 3-D CAD on the grill, Part V

May 4, 2010

Proper organization of files and folders makes a designer's life a lot easier.

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Report from Europe: Finding the sweet spot in fabricating automation

May 4, 2010

Different markets call for different approaches to business. But automation, integrated into the right application, can shorten leadtimes,a fact that doesn't change for any fabricator in any country.

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