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EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency - TheFabricator.com

EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency

December 3, 2012

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A terrible economy has forced European metal fabricators to focus on shortening turnaround time on jobs. If they attended EuroBLECH 2012 in Hannover, Germany, in late October, those fabricators probably discovered some tools that could help them accomplish their goals.

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2013 Forecast: Rosy for some, sterling mediocrity for others - TheFabricator.com

2013 Forecast: Rosy for some, sterling mediocrity for others

December 3, 2012

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Consumer spending is up. Even housing is up. Yes, pundits preach global uncertainty, even gloom and doom. But as owners of small or medium-sized businesses, metal fabricators have orders to fill, and next year many expect the volume of orders to continue or even increase a bit.

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Dalsin Industries to open manufacturing facility in Phoenix

November 30, 2012

Dalsin Industries Inc., a precision sheet metal fabrication and stamping company based in Bloomington, Minn., has announced plans to open a new Phoenix-based manufacturing facility in December. The company expects to hire 35 to 50 employees for the first phase at the new plant....

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Columbia Marking Tools names new sales representatives

November 30, 2012

Columbia Marking Tools, Chesterfield, Mich., has appointed new sales representatives for the West and Midwest. Steven Schumacher of Systems Assembly and Supplies Co. in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., serves CMT customers in Missouri and Kansas. His 35 years of industry experience includes automotive,...

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FABTECH 2012 sees record turnout

November 28, 2012

A record-high first-day attendance, "sold" signs on equipment, and a packed house at education programs and special events were the hallmarks of the recently concluded FABTECH® 2012 in Las Vegas, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in North America. Show...

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Texas ProFab Corp. names new president - TheFabricator.com

Texas ProFab Corp. names new president

November 26, 2012

Texas ProFab Corp., Carrollton, Texas, has named Vivek Gupta as president. For the past nine years he served as managing director, overseeing the company's manufacturing operations. Gupta earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and an MBA...

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Rolls-Royce expands Virginia manufacturing operations

November 26, 2012

Global power systems company Rolls-Royce has begun constructing a new manufacturing facility at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe in Prince George County, Va. The company is investing $136 million to develop an Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility (AAMF), which will create 140 new jobs. The new facility will...

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Bridge City Steel adds laser cutting system

November 26, 2012

Bridge City Steel, Portland, has added an Amada FOM2 4222 NT 6-kW laser for cutting mild steel up to 1.25 in. thick, aluminum up to 0.625 in. thick, and stainless steel up to 0.75 in. thick. It features a power-saving Eco mode and water-assist cutting. The shuttle table has a cutting surface of...

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ITT Corp. to add manufacturing plant

November 26, 2012

The ITT Corp., White Plains, N.Y., has announced plans for a $22 million expansion in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The company will add a 75,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility and increase the size of its R&D laboratory. The expansion is expected to create 50 jobs. ITT is a diversified manufacturer of...

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AT&F upgrades equipment

November 26, 2012

AT&F, a custom steel fabricator in Cleveland, has made upgrades to one of its large rolling systems. Improvements include a new leveling system, PLC upgrade, new gearbox, and electrical panel upgrade. The leveling system is designed to improve accuracy, while the gearbox handle more torque...

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Aris Integration to locate headquarters in Arizona

November 26, 2012

Aris Integration LLC has announced that it will establish its corporate headquarters and a manufacturing center in Tucson, Ariz. The building systems company plans to create nearly 600 jobs for manufacturing panelized wall systems that integrate light-gauge-steel structural framing,...

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Alcom to open manufacturing facility in Montana

November 26, 2012

Alcom LLC has signed a lease to establish a new, 70,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Bonner, Mont. Production of hand-built aluminum trailers is expected to begin in early 2013. The company expects to employ about 60 workers initially, expanding to 200 within the first two years of operation....

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IFH expands production capacity for hydraulic oil reservoirs, fuel tanks

November 17, 2012

The IFH Group Inc., a metal fabricator and manufacturer of hydraulic oil reservoirs and custom fuel tanks in Rock Falls, Ill., has completed its second major expansion, increasing the company’s overall square footage from 106,000 to more than 121,000 under one roof. The most recent addition...

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General Sheet Metal Works names director, supply chain management

November 14, 2012

General Sheet Metal Works, a provider of engineering and metal fabrication services in South Bend, Ind., has promoted Thomas R. Sesterhenn to the position of director of supply chain management. He is responsible for overseeing all logistical functions including purchasing, materials management,...

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Epic Systems adds craftsman

November 14, 2012

Epic Systems Inc., St. Louis, has hired Robert Patzius as shop craftsman. In this position, he is responsible for GTAW, pipefitting, skid assembly, and general fabrication. Patzius was most recently employed with St. Louis Metallizing Co. as a thermal arc sprayer. He also has worked for Sahm...

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