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Mathison Metalfab announces name change

February 6, 2014

Mathison Metalfab Inc., a manufacturer of metal components and assemblies in Waukesha, Wis., has changed its name to Mathison Mfg. Inc. According to the company, the name change reflects the company’s services beyond metal fabrication, including engineering, manufacturing, and...

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Industrial washer redesigned for aftermarket applications

February 6, 2014

Viking Corp. has released the CBW1212 industrial washer. It has a 12-in.-wide by 12-in.-tall washer zone on a chain mesh belt conveyor. This redesigned unit is suitable for hard-to-clean aftermarket applications, but it also can be configured to standard manufacturing applications. Belt flow...

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FABTECH Canada panel to discuss how women can help tackle skilled-workforce shortage

February 6, 2014

Recruiting qualified employees in the face of a declining workforce is a top problem facing today’s manufacturers. And solving it will require taking concrete steps to narrow the gender gap, say industry experts as they prepare for FABTECH® Canada, March 18-20 at the Toronto Congress Centre....

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Reporting function translates shop floor data into four reports

February 6, 2014

Syscon Intl. has released MT Focus® Reports, a reporting function for its MT Focus machine tool monitoring system. The function assimilates the large volume of shop floor data from the system into actionable information. The function takes real-time machine data and places it in a database...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring up, layoffs down in February

February 6, 2014

In February, hiring rates will increase and layoff rates will fall in manufacturing and services compared with a year ago according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2014. February’s hiring picture for the...

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Maytag brand, HomeAid America partner to provide shelter to homeless

February 5, 2014

More than 630,000 people are homeless on any given night in the U.S., according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. To support those in need, Whirlpool Corp.’s Maytag® brand, Benton Harbor, Mich., has teamed up with HomeAid America to help supply temporary shelter for homeless families...

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TG Mfg. acquires Craft Steel

February 5, 2014

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based TG Mfg., a division of Tiger Industrial Systems, has acquired Craft Steel, Spring Lake, Mich. Craft Steel offers metal stamping, metal fabrication, laser cutting, and robotic welding processes, serving such industrial sectors as agricultural, automotive, furniture,...

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NN Inc. acquires assets of V-S Industries

February 5, 2014

NN Inc., Johnson City, Tenn., a manufacturer and supplier of metal bearing components, has completed the acquisition of the assets of V-S Industries, a privately held manufacturer of precision metal components with operations in Wheeling, Ill., and Juarez, Mexico. The acquisition provides NN with a...

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AME’s Innovation Summit to present lean-minded thinking

February 5, 2014

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will present its Innovation Summit in Irvine, Calif., March 13-14. Industry innovators and longtime lean and innovation advocates will converge at the event to share insider knowledge with attendees. The event features four keynote speakers,...

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Airbus Helicopters to add production line to Ontario facility

February 5, 2014

Airbus Helicopters Canada (formerly called Eurocopter Canada) has announced it will add a new production line at its Fort Erie, Ont., helicopter production facility, creating about 40 new jobs. The facility will make engine cowlings for the EC225 aircraft. The manufacturer is a subsidiary of...

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Chances for economic improvement ‘shaky at best’

February 5, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

The Great Recession officially ended June 2009 in the U.S. Since then, the economic recovery has plodded along slowly. Nearly five years later, the snail’s pace continues, with small business optimism crawling along with it. The National Federation of Independent Business (NIFB) Research...

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Computer-printable labels made for cast-metal, textured surfaces

February 5, 2014

Designed for heavily textured, powder-coated, and cast-metal surfaces, the new CILS-9200HD/HT heavy-duty, high-tack labels from CILS Intl. bond permanently and immediately to difficult surfaces. Variable data, such as bar codes and serial numbers, can be added in minutes from an existing PC and...

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How stamping and fabrication work together

February 4, 2014 | By Tim Heston

At Fisher-Barton South Carolina, historically a stamping operation, now gets half of its revenue from products that use metal fabrication. But there's not a stamping and fabricating "side" to the business. In fact, the part flow shows just how complementary fabrication and stamping can be.

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MEP Group acquires Artmetco

February 4, 2014

MEP Group, Laval, Que., has announced its acquisition of Artmetco Inc., Saint-Laurent, Que. The team of MEP Technologies (owned by MEP Group) and Artmetco offers a turnkey approach for fabricated products. The companies provide mechanical design, new-product implementation, redesign of existing...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing sector expanded in January, but at slowest pace in 8 months

February 3, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. However, the manufacturing expansion rate...

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