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Survey reveals U.S. employers making strides to build sustainable workforces

June 4, 2013

ManpowerGroup has released the results of its eighth annual Talent Shortage Survey, revealing 39 percent of U.S. employers are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills, down from 49 percent in 2012. U.S. employers report a slightly more pronounced talent shortage than their global...

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Key Tronic to acquire Sabre Mfg.

June 4, 2013

Key Tronic Corp., a provider of electronic manufacturing services in Spokane Valley, Wash., has announced plans to purchase the assets of Sabre Mfg., a sheet metal fabrication company that operates a 66,000-sq.-ft. facility near the Key Tronic campus in Juarez, Mexico. The acquisition "enables us...

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Angus-Palm expands, creates 55 jobs

June 4, 2013

Angus-Palm, a Worthington Industries company located in Florence, S.C., will expand its metal fabrication manufacturing facility, investing $13 million and creating 55 jobs over the next four years. The company currently has 176 employees. The firm designs and manufactures custom-engineered open...

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Laser Cut to expand with new company

June 4, 2013

Metal fabricator and machining shop Laser Cut, Madison, S.D., has announced plans to open Metal Finish Inc. within the Laser Cut facility. The new company allows Laser Cut to keep its finishing processes in-house rather than outsourcing them. The new company's zinc coatings will be applied to...

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High-pressure options available for large hose reels - TheFabricator.com

High-pressure options available for large hose reels

June 4, 2013

Coxreels® has introduced the large-capacity 1185 series high-pressure hose reels. The existing 1185 series reels, featuring 1.5-in.-ID models, now are available with an upgraded swivel to strengthen the reel capacity to 3,000 PSI. Models with a "BUXX" suffix have an external fluid path with...

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Cost estimating software updated with new features

June 4, 2013

MTI Systems Inc. has released Costimator® version 12 software for estimating and quoting parts. The updated material wizard allows users to account for material drop (scrap), minimum lot charges, and surcharges. New cost models include painting, routing, cycle time complete, waterjet, laser,...

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The biggest fabricators grow even bigger - TheFabricator.com

The biggest fabricators grow even bigger

June 4, 2013 | By Tim Heston

This year’s Fab 40 list shows an industry in growth mode, though the amount of growth depends on the region and industries contract fabricators serve. Company leaders gave their outlook for the rest of 2013, and there’s more optimism than pessimism.

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The New EPA National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants

June 3, 2013

By: Camfil Air Pollution Control

For years, many companies involved in welding and other metalworking operations have exhausted fumes and dust outside. A recently enacted EPA regulation has changed all that.

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SMDI names Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

June 3, 2013

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), Colorado Springs, Colo., a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has announced William M. Heenan Jr. as the recipient of the 2013 Steel Market Development Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. Heenan was president of the Steel...

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Caplugs now carries Shercon masking products

June 3, 2013

As part of the acquisition announced in May 2012, Caplugs, a manufacturer of product protection items, now offers Shercon’s complete masking product line through its traditional sales channels. Shercon's masking line, engineering and sales staff, and manufacturing processes remain the same....

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ART Technologies establishes new website

June 3, 2013

ART Technologies Precision Metal Stamping in Hamilton, Ohio, has launched a new website at www.art-technologies.com. It highlights the company's stamping, coining, and near-net-shape capabilities and simplifies RFQ submission. Visitors can view the cost savings potential of stamping to a near net...

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Cost analysis – a helpful tool or stumbling block? - TheFabricator.com

Cost analysis – a helpful tool or stumbling block?

June 3, 2013 | By Monty Kuxhaus

Business owners, accountants, and sales people don’t always agree on the definitions of business terms such as fixed cost and variable cost, and therefore they see business opportunities in different ways. Evaluating every new business opportunity in a way that includes the full burden rate (using fixed costs) seems like a good idea, but this isn’t always the best way to go. If the company is already paying all of its fixed costs, why not use variable costs to analyze a new piece of business?

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Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator follows forming trend in HVAC industry

June 3, 2013 | By Eric Lundin

Copper is extremely useful in the HVAC industry, but the high and volatile price can wreak havoc on profit margins. Some fabricators have found that they can substitute a couple of aluminum alloys with good results. However, aluminum isn’t as easy to work with as copper. This article tells how Harco Metal Products developed forming and brazing processes for this not-so-forgiving material.

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Moving forward - TheFabricator.com

Moving forward

June 3, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Dane Manufacturing looks nothing like it did a dozen years ago. More of its revenue now comes from contract fabrication and, thanks to several strategic acquisitions, produces several lucrative product lines.

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How Genzink Steel redefined redefined itself - TheFabricator.com

How Genzink Steel redefined itself

June 3, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Genzink Steel Supply and Welding has roots in structural fabrication. But after decades of diversifying in other sectors, the fabricator decided to leave the structural business to focus on contract fabrication--and the business is healthier because of it.

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