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Atlas Tube releases new video on website

December 12, 2012

Atlas Tube has premiered the latest video in the "Designing with HSS" web series, "Use Jumbo HSS for Large Load Demands." This fourth installment in the video series, available at http://atlastube.com/jumbo-hss/designing-with-hss-jumbo-hss, explains how and why jumbo sections can help engineers...

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"One-click" multiconnection manifold helps simplify die change

December 12, 2012

Industrial Innovations offers the Quick Spray Release multiconnection manifold, which enables "one-click" disconnect and connect of multiple hoses to assist with quick die change. Simplifying lube line hookup, the manifold helps ensure lubricant spray is applied where intended every time. Each...

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Forklift handles indoor, outdoor applications - TheFabricator.com

Forklift handles indoor, outdoor applications

December 12, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp.'s Platinum II Nomad® series lift truck, featuring solid pneumatic tires, can be used indoors or outdoors. Built on a smaller frame, the truck is powered by the company's K21 ultralow-emission engine. A standard seat-actuated operator presence system automatically locks...

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Large-diameter vacuum cups made for heavy lifting - TheFabricator.com

Large-diameter vacuum cups made for heavy lifting

December 11, 2012

Large vacuum cups from Vi-Cas Mfg. are available in sizes to 15 in. dia. to lift and manipulate large, bulky, or cumbersome materials. Several sizes of round, rectangular, and oval cups are available from stock to fit almost any type of vacuum lifting equipment from a variety of lift...

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LINE survey: December hiring will be stronger in services than in manufacturing compared with a year ago

December 6, 2012

In December, hiring activity will be stronger in services than in manufacturing compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December 2012. In December, for the fifth consecutive month, the...

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Meyda Custom Lighting installs hydraulic press brake

December 6, 2012

To help reduce lead-times and expand custom capabilities, Meyda Custom Lighting, a Meyda Tiffany company in Yorkville, N.Y., has installed new hydraulic press brake equipment. The company produces custom lighting and decor. The new press brake bends steel, brass, copper, and bronze to create...

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MetalTek acquires Specialty Maintenance and Construction

December 6, 2012

Waukesha, Wis.-based MetalTek Intl. has acquired Lakeland, Fla.-based Specialty Maintenance and Construction Inc., an industrial metal fabrication and machining company. SMCI manufactures piping, equipment components, structural designs, hardware, and pressure vessels. MetalTek has five other U.S....

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LAI Intl. CEO named to Arizona Manufacturers Council - TheFabricator.com

LAI Intl. CEO named to Arizona Manufacturers Council

December 6, 2012

The Arizona Manufacturers Council has elected Patrick J. "P.J." Gruetzmacher, CEO and president of LAI Intl. Inc., Tempe, Ariz., as a director of the board for the organization. The AMC promotes a positive business climate for manufacturing and supports a strong industrial manufacturing base....

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Ice Industries Grenada to create 35 jobs

December 6, 2012

Ice Industries Grenada will invest $500,000 in an expansion at its Grenada, Miss., plant that will result in the creation of 35 jobs.The company is expanding engineering, testing, and manufacturing at the metal stamping facility, which makes parts for automobiles, appliances, and heating and...

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Automotive supplier iwis to establish manufacturing operations in Kentucky

December 5, 2012

German automotive supplier iwis has announced plans to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Murray, Ky. The project will create 75 new, full-time jobs and entail a more than $12.5 million investment. The 119,000-sq.-ft. facility will produce timing drive systems for engines....

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OEM Fabricators to expand in Wisconsin

December 4, 2012

Contract manufacturer OEM Fabricators is expanding its operations to an 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Baldwin, Wis. The plant will house the OEM Micro division, which specializes in microscale instrument, medical, electronics, and aerospace markets. About 40,000 sq. ft. will be devoted to OEM...

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Two gunmakers to expand in Arkansas

December 4, 2012

Two firearms companies owned by a German group plan to spend $7 million on manufacturing plants at a former military installation near Fort Smith, Ark., creating 70 to 120 jobs in the next five years. Umarex USA and Walther Arms, both owned by the PW Group, will share the campus. Manufacturing of...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing contracted in November, following two months of modest expansion

December 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in November following two months of modest expansion, while the overall economy grew for the 42nd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued December 3...

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3-D CAD: Part marking matters - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Part marking matters

December 3, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks a CAD operator through the steps to set up an efficient way to apply part marking to any design.

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A matter of trust - TheFabricator.com

A matter of trust

December 3, 2012

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Trust is something that’s earned not only through hard work, but also by treating employees not as “direct labor hours,” but as, well, people.

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