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Felling Trailers to open second location

May 29, 2012

Felling Trailers, Sauk Centre, Minn., has announced plans to open a second location in Litchfield, Minn., to expand production. The company's headquarters and current production will remain at its Sauk Centre facility. The new facility will bring total production and office space to more than...

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Misting fans help beat summer heat

May 29, 2012

Big Ass Fan Company® has added high-pressure, filtered misting systems to its 8-ft. AirGo® and Yellow Jacket® portable industrial fans. According to the company, they produce a cooling effect equivalent to 22 and 11 tons of air conditioning, respectively. . The new systems produce an ultrafine...

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Bettcher Mfg. expands in Mexico

May 29, 2012

Bettcher Mfg., a metal stamping company in McAllen, Texas, has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facilities in Reynosa, Mexico, by 15,000 sq. ft. The project, which is expected to be completed in November, will allow the company to bring additional high-tonnage capability and add three...

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EPIC Systems adds quality, environmental manager

May 29, 2012

EPIC Systems Inc., St. Louis, has announced the hiring of Paul Kirksey as quality and environmental and health services manager. He is responsible for quality control activities in support of projects. Kirksey has more than 24 years of industry experience, including positions in engineering,...

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U.S. durable goods orders up slightly in April; machinery inventories at highest level on record

May 24, 2012

New orders for manufactured durable goods in April increased $0.3 billion or 0.2 percent to $215.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up two of the last three months, followed a 3.7 percent March decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.6 percent....

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association establishes online resource for manufacturers

May 24, 2012

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), Washington, D.C., has launched a new resource to help equipment manufacturers and vendors provide financing to their customers. The Manufacturer & Vendor Resource Center, online at www.elfaonline.org/resources/MVRC/, is a starting point for...

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Centria receives Excellence in Manufacturing Award

May 24, 2012

Centria, a manufacturer of architectural metal wall and roof systems in Moon Township, Pa., has announced that its Cambridge, Ohio, facility recently received an Excellence in Manufacturing Award from Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The award recognizes the company's commitment to a "green" operation in...

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CCM completes acquisition of Mayville Products segment

May 24, 2012

Craftsman Custom Metals (CCM), Schiller Park, Ill., has acquired the light-gauge metal business of Mayville Products Corp., Mayville, Wis. The addition of the new business meshes with CCM’s existing capabilities and strengthens its presence in the medical, telecom, and aerospace/military market...

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Genesee Stamping and Fabricating installs fiber-optic laser

May 24, 2012

Genesee Stamping and Fabricating in Grand Prairie, Texas, has added a Salvagnini L3 fiber optic laser to its metal fabricating equipment. The second-generation laser offers high cutting speeds and a high-density beam for rapid piercing. It can process aluminum, brass, copper, and galvanized...

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Toyota to expand in Alabama

May 24, 2012

Toyota has announced plans to expand its Huntsville, Ala., engine production facility, investing an additional $80 million and adding at least 125 new jobs. The expansion will bring total investment at Toyota's Alabama plant to more than $700 million and the total number of jobs to more than 1,150....

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Wisconsin governor visits D&S Mfg. - TheFabricator.com

Wisconsin governor visits D&S Mfg.

May 23, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker toured D&S Mfg.'s facility in Black River Falls, Wis., on May 9. Walker focused his remarks on the importance of manufacturing in Wisconsin and government’s role in helping corporations remain competitive in today's challenging global market. Specifically,...

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Online data exchange designed for used equipment trade

May 23, 2012

AuctionPriceResults, Akron, Ohio, has established a searchable database at www.auctionpriceresults.com that provides real-time, actual auction pricing on five categories of commercial equipment: lab/medical, industrial machinery, agriculture/construction, truck/trailer, and food service/production....

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Oberg Industries achieves AS9100 certification, expands capacity

May 23, 2012

Oberg Industries, Freeport, Pa., a full-service contract manufacturer of precision-machined or stamped metal components, has received AS9100:2009 Rev C certification. The company recently added 11,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space; $1.7 million worth of new equipment, and new manufacturing,...

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Nissan constructing engine manufacturing facility in Tennessee

May 23, 2012

Nissan has begun construction on an expansion at its Decherd, Tenn., power train assembly facility. Starting in 2014, the new plant will begin production of 4-cylinder gasoline engines for Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz automobiles, making 250,000 units annually. The expansion is expected to create...

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L&M Precision Fabrication earns AS9100 Rev C certification

May 23, 2012

Sheet metal forming and machining manufacturer L&M Precision Fabrication, Airway Heights, Wash., has received AS9100 Rev C certification. The certification signifies that the company has met quality management system qualifications as defined by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)...

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