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Central McGowan provides supplies to Central Minnesota Career Academy

July 24, 2012

Central McGowan Inc. (CMI), Little Falls, Minn., recently supplied welding wire, contact tips, safety glasses, and welding coupons (courtesy of Midsota Mfg. Inc.) to Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services Inc. (CMJTS), Monticello, Minn., for its 2012 Central Minnesota Career Academy. The...

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Hydraulic winch lifts 65,000 lbs - TheFabricator.com

Hydraulic winch lifts 65,000 lbs

July 19, 2012

Bloom Mfg. Inc. has introduced the new LS80K Lift-Safe® planetary winch with a 65,000-lb. lifting capacity. The modularly constructed unit can be adapted to specific drum sizes and cable holding requirements. In addition, it can be ordered with grooved drums, as well as special drum lengths...

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Silent Drive selects Radius Steel Fabrication to manufacture lift axles

July 19, 2012

Radius Steel Fabrication, a division of SOO Tractor in Sioux City, Iowa, has entered into an agreement with Silent Drive Inc., Orange City, Iowa, to manufacture lift axle components. Silent Drive is a worldwide provider of lift axles, portable lifts, and portable surveillance platforms. Radius...

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Miller picks Pickwick as Arc Armor welder protection makeover winner

July 19, 2012

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has announced that Pickwick Mfg. Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the winner of the FABTECH® Arc Armor® welding protection makeover. Pickwick received $15,000 worth of equipment, including CoolBand™ and CoolBelt™ welding heat stress-relief products,...

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Lollis Metals expanding in South Carolina

July 19, 2012

Lollis Metals Inc., a metal fabrication and machine shop, has announced plans to expand its operations in Anderson, S.C. The expansion involves the addition of 80,000 sq. ft. of space to its current facility, as well as the acquisition of Temco of the Upstate Inc., also of Anderson. The $3 million...

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Permanent marker features retractable tip - TheFabricator.com

Permanent marker features retractable tip

July 18, 2012

LA-CO® Industries has introduced the DURA-INK® 20 permanent marker. Featuring a retractable tip, the marker is available in black and red ink for marking steel, cardboard, ceramics, glass, cloth, lumber, paper, and rubber. The industrial-grade ink is fast-drying, smearproof, and...

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Wiley Metal Fabricating launches website

July 17, 2012

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has developed a new website at www.wileymetal.com. The site features a new design and layout, offering product information on the company's punching and shearing, bending and forming, cutting and sawing, and joining and fastening...

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Wind-blocking curtain adds to worker comfort

July 17, 2012

Zoneworks has introduced the new wind-block curtain. Designed to keep employees comfortable and safe when loading dock doors are opened, the curtain is suitable for use in distribution centers, manufacturing plants, warehouses, and other facilities where loading docks are in close proximity to work...

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SME works with U.S. Army to help close manufacturing skills gap

July 16, 2012

Over the next five years, up to 1 million military personnel will return to civilian life — and the civilian workforce. Currently 600,000 jobs are open in the U.S. in advanced manufacturing, with an anticipated need for 10 million skilled workers by 2020. As part of the new Department of...

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ITW Muller announces new company structuring

July 16, 2012

ITW Muller, Arlington Heights, Ill., has announced its new company structure to provide customers with access to a greater variety of pallet wrapping products. Previously operated as independent business units of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), GaleWrap and Yellow Jacket now operate as part of the ITW...

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Caster Concepts supports manufacturing experience for kids

July 16, 2012

The Greater Albion College Access Network, in collaboration with Albion Public Schools, and the Manufacturing Education Fund at the Albion Community Foundation, Albion, Mich., awarded 16 scholarships to Albion Public School students in fourth through sixth grade for the summer 2012 "I Can Make It!"...

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Sensor inputs added to press controller for more flexible monitoring

July 16, 2012

Cieco Inc. has announced that the die protection module of its Automator II press controller now has up to 40 sensor inputs available. That's more than twice as many as originally offered and provides users with more flexible sensor monitoring capabilities, the company states. Each sensor can be...

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Metal fabricator revamps raw material purchasing strategy - TheFabricator.com

Metal fabricator revamps raw material purchasing strategy

July 16, 2012

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General Sheet Metal Works revamped the way it handles raw material purchases. Floor personnel now release specific orders, while the purchasing department communicates with suppliers about future demand and negotiates contracts. Most important, the company order just what it needs--and no more.

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Fabricating the American Dream - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating the American Dream

July 16, 2012

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What’s the current state of the American dream? So many seem to work hard and do everything right--but just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Bringing stamping work back from China - TheFabricator.com

Bringing stamping work back from China

July 16, 2012

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Ross Liberty, founder of Factory Pipe, has been making exhaust systems for two-stroke engines since he was a teenager. He recently brought his decades of manufacturing experience and his substantial product knowledge to bear on an exhaust pipe that had been produced at Factory Pipe and subsequently sourced from a competitor in China. Liberty developed a new design, cutting the weight and cost substantially, thereby getting the contract back from the Chinese company.

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