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Job shop quotes competitively but fairly--not below cost - TheFabricator.com

Being fair and competitive

September 2, 2011

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Salem Metal Fabricators quotes a fair price, regardless of the economy, and has been able to maintain long-term customer relationships because of it.

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Metal fabricator’s product launch proves profitable - TheFabricator.com

Metal fabricator’s product launch proves profitable

September 2, 2011

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A business doesn't have to be glamorous to be profitable. For Zeus metal Works, a Siler City, N.C., fabricator, heavy-duty cabinets, a necessity in many industries, have opened the door (so to speak) to new business opportunities.

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Metal fabricator asks what else customers need--and grows

September 2, 2011

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This Buffalo, N.Y., job shop is difficult to pigeonhole. It offers contract fabrication services, assembles complex material handling systems, and distributes certain products, including rooftop support systems. The company grew so diverse simply by asking what else their customers needed. In other words, managers followed the market.

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grew at slighty slower rate in August

September 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 25th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 26th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued September 1 by Bradley J....

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Layoffs rise, hiring declines for third month in a row

September 1, 2011

In September, job growth will fall behind the rate from a year ago in the manufacturing and service sectors, and payroll cuts are also rising for the month, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2011....

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On-demand, cloud-based ERP software designed for job shops, small manufacturers

August 31, 2011

Epicor Software Corp., Irvine, Calif., offers the Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition (Epicor Express) on-demand, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for job shops and small manufacturers. The comprehensive ERP system is provided in the software as a service (SaaS)...

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Maximizing scrap yield - TheFabricator.com

Maximizing scrap yield

August 31, 2011

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Do you feel like you are getting the best price for all of the metal that you scrap?

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How part and die design go hand-in-hand - TheFabricator.com

How part and die design go hand-in-hand

August 31, 2011

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When engineers complete a part, then start on tooling design, inefficiencies mount. Ideally, part and tooling design should go hand in hand, and today a method exists that allows engineers to resolve part and die forming problems before designers invest in a lot of drafting.

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Stamper enters solar market via partner - TheFabricator.com

Stamper enters solar market via partner

August 31, 2011

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Bennett Machine & Stamping Co., Geneva, Ohio, made its foray into the solar energy market from another manufacturer in Painesville, Ohio, American Roll Form. Bennett's ability to construct dies of various complexities, run them in a variety of presses, and provide engineering positioned it as a flexible and valuable partner.

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John Deere factory celebrates 100th anniversary

August 29, 2011

John Deere Horicon Works, Horicon, Wis., is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Products produced at the facility range from horse-drawn grain drills to the latest in lawn care equipment and utility vehicles. "100 years of successful business is a great accomplishment. It is a true testament to...

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Dennen Steel breaks ground on new facility in Mississippi - TheFabricator.com

Dennen Steel breaks ground on new facility in Mississippi

August 29, 2011

Dennen Steel Corp., a contract stamping manufacturer of steel products, has begun construction of a 50,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Iuka, Miss. The project represents a company investment of more than $7.4 million and will initially create 50 new jobs. The facility will purchase large...

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ABI acquires Interstate Tool assets

August 29, 2011

Avery Barron Industries LLC (ABI), Tulsa, Okla., has formed Avery Barron Industries – Stamping LLC (ABI‐Stamping) with the acquisition of the assets and trade name of Interstate Tool and Mfg. Co. The acquired company, a tool and die manufacturer providing metal stampings to domestic and...

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Bar code tags designed for harsh processes, environments - TheFabricator.com

Bar code tags designed for harsh processes, environments

August 29, 2011

InfoSight has introduced a bar code traceability system for many harsh processes and environments to help trace products from the fabrication shop to the customer. KettleTag®PLUS is a metal bar code tag formulated to withstand hot-dip galvanizing, surviving the molten zinc dip and resisting...

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Quaprotek to open manufacturing plant in Tennessee

August 29, 2011

Quaprotek USA has announced plans to invest $22 million in an existing 63,000-sq.-ft. building in Ripley, Tenn. The manufacturing plant, which is expected to create more than 120 jobs over five years, will produce metal parts for vehicles, engines, and power trains....

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Female student wins Skills USA's national sheet metal competition - TheFabricator.com

Female student wins Skills USA's national sheet metal competition

August 23, 2011

At Skills USA's 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 19-24, Olivia Keech, 16, won gold in the high school sheet metal category — the second gold award for Delcastle Technical High School in Newark, Del. For the competition, the high school junior...

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