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Mitsubishi Power Systems, Governor Rick Scott discuss how to attract business investment to Florida

May 17, 2011

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc. (MPSA) executives joined Florida Governor Rick Scott May 16 in a round table discussion that focused on how the Sunshine State can become more competitive in attracting additional manufacturing jobs and corporate investment. MPSA President and CEO Koji...

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thefabricator.com adds comprehensive glossary to site

May 16, 2011

FMA Communications Inc. has announced the addition of a comprehensive industry glossary to its Web site, www.thefabricator.com. The glossary, listed under the "Industry Directory" navigational tab or directly at www.thefabricator.com/glossary, currently lists more than 570 industry terms with an...

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High-volume wet blast machines clean, descale, degrease surfaces in single operation - TheFabricator.com

High-volume wet blast machines clean, descale, degrease surfaces in single operation

May 16, 2011

Rosler's KS series wet blast machines come in standard machine cabinet sizes from 28 to 60 in. square with a variety of sump and media capacities. According to the manufacturer, the machines provide uniform media flow and high finish control. The high-volume, self-contained machine uses a...

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Robot orders surge 31 percent in first quarter of 2011

May 16, 2011

North American robotics companies enjoyed their best opening quarter since 2007, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., the industry's trade group. A total of 4,021 robots valued at $263.5 million were ordered by North American manufacturing...

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Manufacturing expected to return to U.S. from China

May 16, 2011

Within the next five years, the U.S. is expected to experience a manufacturing renaissance as the wage gap with China shrinks and certain U.S. states become some of the cheapest locations for manufacturing in the developed world, according to a new analysis by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)....

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Livers Bronze Co. celebrates 65th anniversary

May 12, 2011

Livers Bronze Co., Kansas City, Mo., a nationwide leader in architectural handrailing design, is celebrating its 65th anniversary. Family-owned Livers, now under the 4th generation's leadership, is one of only a handful of companies in the U.S. to manufacture custom railing systems from design and...

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HRB prices down in U.S., up elsewhere

May 11, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for May 9 rose 0.5 percent to $636 per ton for the fourth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 0.2 percent to $832 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 1.1 percent), ex-works, after falling two consecutive times. The...

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Lower-tier suppliers and the automotive recovery

May 11, 2011

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The automotive suppliers who survived the recent economic crisis are smaller than before and their capability to add capacity has been reduced. With predictions of 15 million cars sold in 2011, this is a big concern.

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March manufacturing technology consumption up 57.6 percent

May 9, 2011

March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $511.15 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology...

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Regulator technology available in expanded lineup - TheFabricator.com

Regulator technology available in expanded lineup

May 9, 2011

Thermadyne® Industries' Victor® brand has announced that its EDGE™ regulator technology is becoming available in an expanded lineup. Victor VGS, CSR, and AF 250 regulators will transition to EDGE ESS4 series high-capacity and EDGE ESS3 series medium-capacity regulators for air, acetylene,...

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Electric chain hoist handles loads with one-handed operation

May 9, 2011

Demag's DCM-Pro Manulift electric chain hoist is designed to handle loads with one-handed operation. The chain hoist includes a DSM-C control unit connected to the hoist with a helical cable, and is then rigidly connected to a variety of load-handling attachments. It can be operated left-handed or...

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Metcam adds 30 positions, enters training partnership

May 9, 2011

Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has added 30 new positions to its facility in Forsyth County, Ga., increasing its overall workforce size by 20 percent. The jobs are available not only for candidates with previous sheet metal fabrication experience, but also...

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Adding tradeshows to your job shop marketing mix

May 9, 2011

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If you do your due diligence and take advantage of all of the opportunities tradeshows present, these events can be a valuable part of your marketing mix.

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Field selling for fabricators: direct or rep?

May 6, 2011

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When stepping up sales initiatives, shop owners stand at a crossroads: Should they hire a direct salesperson or go with a manufacturer’s rep? There are pros and cons to each. To start, fabricators should fully understand the economics behind the relationship between company managers and sales.

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The Southern Fabricators family

The personal side of metal fabricating

May 6, 2011

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Southern Fabricators Inc. has put a premium on the relationships it has with its customers, and that focus has led to robust growth, particularly as the metal fabricator has invested in new equipment to keep up with customer demands.

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