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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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Metcam adds 30 positions, enters training partnership

May 9, 2011

Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has added 30 new positions to its facility in Forsyth County, Ga., increasing its overall workforce size by 20 percent. The jobs are available not only for candidates with previous sheet metal fabrication experience, but also...

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Adding tradeshows to your job shop marketing mix

May 9, 2011

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If you do your due diligence and take advantage of all of the opportunities tradeshows present, these events can be a valuable part of your marketing mix.

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Field selling for fabricators: direct or rep?

May 6, 2011

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When stepping up sales initiatives, shop owners stand at a crossroads: Should they hire a direct salesperson or go with a manufacturer’s rep? There are pros and cons to each. To start, fabricators should fully understand the economics behind the relationship between company managers and sales.

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The Southern Fabricators family

The personal side of metal fabricating

May 6, 2011

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Southern Fabricators Inc. has put a premium on the relationships it has with its customers, and that focus has led to robust growth, particularly as the metal fabricator has invested in new equipment to keep up with customer demands.

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NAM urges Administration and Congress to move forward with pending trade agreements

May 5, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo released this statement May 4 regarding the Obama Administration's letter to Congress on the Colombia free trade agreement (FTA): "Manufacturing continues to drive our nation's recovery, and...

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ISM April ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grows for 21st straight month

May 2, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 21st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 23rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 2 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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STI/SPFA presents awards for steel tanks and fabricated products

May 2, 2011

STI/SPFA, Lake Zurich, Ill., an association for fabricators of steel tanks, pipe, and pressure vessels, recently recognized member companies in specific industry categories by conferring its Steel Tank and Fabricated Product of the Year Awards for 2010. Standpipe category - CB&I, San Luis...

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HRB prices up slightly in China, down elsewhere

April 28, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for April 25 rose 0.8 percent to $633 per ton for the third consecutive rise. The Western European HRB price fell 1.2 percent to $830 per ton (on a Euro basis, it fell 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive decline. The...

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U.S. durable goods orders rise for third consecutive month

April 27, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $5.0 billion or 2.5 percent to $208.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 0.7 percent February increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1.3 percent....

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Government procurement provides potential profit

April 27, 2011

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The U.S. military has a large and stable demand for tube and pipe. Learning about this demand is the first step for a fabricator interested in becoming a U.S. government supplier.

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CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award - TheFabricator.com

CenterLine (Windsor) wins 2011 Business Excellence Award

April 25, 2011

CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has announced that it has won a Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Excellence Award in the product innovation category. The company designs, manufactures, and supplies products and services for welding, metal forming, and cold...

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A.T. Wall celebrates 125th anniversary

April 25, 2011

A.T. Wall Co., Warwick, R.I., is celebrating its 125th year in business. From its founding in 1886 as a jewelry finding manufacturer, the company has grown and expanded to become a global supplier of seamless, cold-drawn, specialty tubing; waveguide tubing; and metal stampings, including drawn and...

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Sharpe Products acquires fifth all-electric tube bender

April 25, 2011

Sharpe Products, New Berlin, Wis., has purchased its fifth all-electric tube bending machine, a 90-mm Lang bender. The machine can bend up to 3.5-in.-OD tube and features multiradius stacking and rolling capabilities. According to the company, the bender delivers high accuracy and repeatability,...

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Semiautomatic stretch wrapper system has simplified film threading - TheFabricator.com

Semiautomatic stretch wrapper system has simplified film threading

April 25, 2011

Combi Packaging Systems LLC offers the SW-10 stretch wrapper. The semiautomatic machine features basic components and no formal installation requirements. The pallet wrapper's manual mechanical core braking film tensioning system simplifies threading of the film. The simple control panel and...

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A method to job shop software madness

April 19, 2011

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Choosing job shop software can be a daunting task. How can you be sure to choose a system that accomplishes the tasks you want and provides the best return on investment?

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