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What gets you excited about metal fabricating

February 3, 2014 | By Dan Davis

As I was watching the weather last night, the meteorologist mentioned that Chicagoland had already experienced the third most subzero-degree days in one winter, according to records that go back more than 140 years. That’s pretty depressing, considering that it’s not even February. So as the...

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Taking big strides with small-diameter tubing

February 3, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

After 60 years in business, Superior Tube Co. Inc. found itself at a crossroads. The recession of the early 2000s had taken a toll on U.S. manufacturing, and many companies feared the growing threat from newly industrializing, low-wage countries. The company’s management came up with a strategy to update its manufacturing practices, upgrade its equipment, and prepare its workforce for the challenges associated with global competition. The result, compressing about 15 years’ worth of changes into just two years, has propelled the company forward and earned it the 2014 TPJ Industry Award.

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Professionalism in precision sheet metal manufacturing

February 3, 2014 | By Dan Davis

How does a small western Michigan fabricating shop evolve into a key metal parts supplier to some of the most demanding OEM customers in the world? It is committed to lean manufacturing principles and has made strategic investments in new fabricating technology, but most of all, it has engaged employees that are comfortable with changes that come with continuous improvement efforts.

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Fayette Fabrication opens in Alabama

January 30, 2014

Fayette Fabrication has opened a 50,000-sq.-ft. plant in Fayette, Ala., that produces racking systems for transporting automotive parts. The company, which has invested $1 million in the project, plans to invest more and eventually employ about 50...

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Fabrisonic receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

January 30, 2014

Fabrisonic LLC, Columbus, Ohio, a provider of equipment and services related to the patented ultrasonic additive manufacturing process, has received a 2013 Performance Excellence Award from the Boeing Co. The award is granted annually to suppliers for superior performance and outstanding service....

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EVS Metal marks 20th anniversary

January 30, 2014

EVS Metal Inc., Riverdale, N.J., a supplier of custom-fabricated sheet metal, integration, machined parts, and engineering services, marks 20 years in business in 2014. Incorporated by Scott Berkowitz and Joe Amico in 1994 to provide industrial rack mount enclosures for the growing PC market,...

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Earth may not be flat, but the economy is

January 30, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

You no doubt have heard many experts weigh in on the economy, and you may have heard the 2014 State of the Union address, which focused a lot on economic conditions. Yes, we want to know what others think, what the trends are, and where experts think we are headed. But those who weigh in seem to...

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Solar Atmospheres of Western PA receives Nadcap recognition

January 30, 2014

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA (SAWPA), located in Hermitage, Pa., has been awarded Nadcap Merit status for supplying vacuum heat treating and brazing of metals. Nadcap accreditation is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies companies that manufacture quality product. The...

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Rigid Global Buildings releases company video

January 30, 2014

Rigid Global Buildings, a Houston-based manufacturer of pre-engineered metal buildings, has released a company video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxZimIMOi2Q highlighting how the firm operates. The video covers the company’s services in metal building acquisition, including assignment of a...

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Sustaining metal fabricating success

January 30, 2014 | By Dan Davis

Metal fabricators can’t find the right manufacturing talent. Customers are more demanding. The current workforce is overworked. How can fabricating companies keep up? The FABRICATOR’s Editorial Advisory Board has some suggestions.

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Your friend, the STEP file

January 30, 2014 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis reviews the STEP file and how it can be used to interact with customers in a more complete way.

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Days in the lives

January 30, 2014 | By Dick Kallage

To find time to dedicate to continuous improvement activities, a metal fabricator should have a good idea what employees do every day before assigning additional tasks.

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How to get rich—slowly

January 30, 2014 | By Tim Heston

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association’s 2013 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey suggests that people can find fulfilling careers—especially monetarily—if they are willing to learn the trade and acquire additional skills during their careers.

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Plex appoints CFO

January 30, 2014

Plex, a provider of cloud-based ERP for manufacturers in Troy, Mich., has announced the appointment of Don Clarke to the position of CFO. Most recently serving as CFO at Eloqua, Clarke's experience includes raising growth capital, multiple IPOs, and roles as both president and CFO. He has a...

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The factory worker stigma

January 29, 2014 | By Tim Heston

The factory worker—that is, the skilled technician—makes the products others have researched and engineered, and you can’t have a domestic manufacturing industry without them.

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