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Okay Industries to expand in U.S., Costa Rica

June 20, 2012

Medical manufacturing company Okay Industries Inc. has announced an expansion in the U.S. and its entry into the Latin American market. The announcement was made in conjunction with the company's 100th anniversary celebration. Okay is the successor company to B. Jahn Mfg. Co. Okay is developing a...

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Stephen C. Mandes, NIMS executive director, dies

June 20, 2012

Stephen C. Mandes, who served as executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) since its inception in 1999, died in April. Mandes got the Department of Labor to recognize NIMS as a new standard for federally approved apprentice programs. He tied it to the SkillsUSA...

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Caster Concepts acquires Larcaster/Owl Welding

June 20, 2012

Caster Concepts Inc., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels located in Albion, Mich., has acquired the assets and select liabilities of torsion caster-maker Larcaster/Owl Welding, Selkirk, Manitoba. As part of the transition plan, Al Larson, owner of Larcaster, and Karen...

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Fiber laser makes fast, deep marks - TheFabricator.com

Fiber laser makes fast, deep marks

June 18, 2012

Miyachi Unitek Corp. has introduced the new 50-W LMF5000 ytterbium (Yb) fiber laser marker, which makes fast, deep marks on aluminum, tool steel, copper, brass, and graphite. Applications include high-speed marking, engraving, and deep engraving of metals, thin sheet cutting, and high-speed...

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The vitality of purposeful work - TheFabricator.com

The vitality of purposeful work

June 15, 2012

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The median age of the Vita Needle emloyee is 73. The company practices what one anthropologist calls eldersourcing. Considering the knowledge they've gained over the years, the elderly may become one of metal fabrication's greatest assets.

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SME bestows highest honor on pioneer of general design theory

June 14, 2012

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Dearborn, Mich., has honored Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, the director general of the Centre for Research and Development Strategy at the Science and Technology Agency of Japan, with its highest recognition — Honorary Membership. Yoshikawa was honored for...

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Super Steel appoints two staff members

June 14, 2012

Super Steel, Milwaukee, has announced the appointments of Joel De La Torre as project engineer and Dale Wilson as sales manager. The company is a contract manufacturer of metal fabrications and assemblies for the agriculture, construction, industrial, military, and transportation markets....

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Forming Technologies wins CATA award for innovative technology

June 14, 2012

Forming Technologies Inc., Burlington, Ont., has been awarded the Canada Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Intel SME Innovation Award. Forming Technologies Inc. is a developer of computer-aided engineering software for design and simulation of sheet metal components, serving OEMs and suppliers...

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Jor-Mac names new president - TheFabricator.com

Jor-Mac names new president

June 14, 2012

Jor-Mac Co., a contract manufacturer of engineered metal fabrications in Lomira, Wis., has promoted Kelly Sayles from general manager to president. Sayles, who has been with the company for four years, has more than 20 years of experience in the sheet metal industry. Previous President and CEO...

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Commitment to U.S. takes center stage as manufacturing sector grows, says ThomasNet.com

June 14, 2012

Buoyed by growth and confident in their futures, U.S. manufacturers are laying out an agenda for restoring their industry to its earlier glory, according to results of ThomasNet.com's newest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB). Overwhelmingly, they are pushing to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing...

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Ohio Laser adds TRUMPF fiber laser

June 14, 2012

Ohio Laser has installed a TRUMPF® TruLaser 1030 fiber laser machine at its Plain City, Ohio, facility. With a solid-state disc laser system that sends the beam to the cutting head directly by fiber instead of by a beam delivery system, the machine can cut almost any shape from steel plate up to...

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Belt conveyors designed for tight transfers - TheFabricator.com

Belt conveyors designed for tight transfers

June 13, 2012

Dorner 2200 and 2300 series low-profile belt conveyors come with a new small-pitch, modular, plastic belt option that provides nosebar transfers as tight as 0.31 in., making them suitable for infeed and outfeed to machinery, as well as unit handling within the machine. The nosebar is suitable...

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Mexico continues to be top choice for manufacturing nearshoring

June 13, 2012

Reflecting continued rising labor and other manufacturing costs for imports from faraway places like China, nearshoring continues to be seen as an opportunity to serve U.S. demand by about half of senior executives of manufacturing-oriented companies. While 35 percent of that number view...

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Menges Roller appoints marketing director

June 13, 2012

Menges Roller, a provider of industrial rollers for the steel and coil industries in Wauconda, Ill., has hired Jeffrey E. Awe to the position of marketing director. He works to increase market penetration in key sectors and introduces the company's products and services to new markets and regions....

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Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping launches Spanish-language website

June 13, 2012

Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping, Algonquin, Ill., has launched a Spanish-language version of its website at http://kenmode.com/spanish for manufacturers and their suppliers in Latin America. The site provides information on the company's global capabilities in precision metal stampings for the...

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