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General Electric opens plant in Alabama

May 7, 2013

General Electric has opened a 300,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Auburn, Ala. It produces parts for jet engines designed for commercial and military aircraft. The plant, which eventually will employ about 400 people, is expected to employ 50 people by the end of the year....

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FABTECH sets its sights on India in 2014

May 7, 2013

FABTECH®, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, is expanding to the fast-growing industrial marketplace of India. The first FABTECH India exposition will be co-located with the Indian Institute of Welding's Weld India exposition from April 10-12, 2014,...

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Metcam Cellular Fabrication

Finding lean in simple inspirations

May 6, 2013 | By Jerry Ward

No facet of a metal fabricating operation is too insignificant for lean improvement. If you’re looking for ideas on areas to tackle, this article will help.

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LINE survey: Hiring activity to increase in services and manufacturing in May

May 2, 2013

In May the hiring rate will rise in the service and manufacturing sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for May 2013. In May, for the 10th consecutive month, HR professionals report...

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Science Channel named official media partner for second annual Manufacturing Day

May 1, 2013

Science Channel, Silver Spring, Md., has been named the official media sponsor for the second annual Manufacturing Day, a broad-based grassroots effort created to drive public awareness of the U.S. manufacturing industry and manufacturing careers. The network's "How It's Made" manufacturing series...

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OSHA launches initiative to protect temporary workers

May 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. OSHA has sent a memorandum, viewable at http://s.dol.gov/zm, to its regional administrators directing field inspectors to...

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Canam Group to acquire Quincy Joist

May 1, 2013

Canam Group Inc., Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec, has announced that its subsidiary, Canam Steel Corp., has signed an agreement to acquire the steel joist fabrication assets of Quincy Joist Co., a subsidiary of Schuff Intl. Inc. These assets include a plant in Buckeye, Ariz., and all its equipment...

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Phillips & Johnston celebrates 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary - TheFabricator.com

Phillips & Johnston celebrates 50th anniversary

May 1, 2013

Phillips & Johnston Inc. marks 50 years in business this year. The manufacturer of specialty tubular products, located in Glen Ellyn, Ill., is a subsidiary of Webco Industries Inc. The company has grown from a two-person manufacturing sales organization to an 84-employee precision...

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Classen Mfg. closes its doors

May 1, 2013

Classen Mfg., a manufacturer of lawn care equipment in Norfolk, Neb., has closed. The 40-year-old business was part of the Schiller Grounds Care company. Schiller has consolidated its manufacturing at its plants in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to reduce costs....

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Future Products marks 50 years in business

May 1, 2013

Future Products, a manufacturer of precision die tooling and machined components, is celebrating its 50th year in business. Irvin F. Swider purchased the business in April 1963, initially manufacturing punch and die buttons. Originally an eight-man operation, the company quickly added staff and...

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Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication - TheFabricator.com

Product line manufacturing meets contract fabrication

April 30, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Fabricating know-how and modern machine tool technology help Tie Down Engineering, Atlanta, balance its made-to-stock and made-to-order product line operations with a growing contract fabrication operation.

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Lean manufacturing, made-to-order edition - TheFabricator.com

Lean manufacturing, made-to-order edition

April 30, 2013 | By Gary Conner

Coordinating fabrication, welding, assembly, and painting within a high-mix, low-volume environment is neither new nor easy. The effort at one such fabricator demonstrates the commitment required, tools applied, lessons learned, and benefits realized when adopting cellularized flow manufacturing in a traditional, departmentalized organization.

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Innovative Tool purchases 5-axis laser

April 25, 2013

Innovative Tool, Fraser, Mich., has installed its first 5-axis laser cutting center. The company provides manufacturing services and products for the prototype and short-run production industries....

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TriTech Solutions USA installs Techni Waterjet system

April 25, 2013

TriTech Solutions, a new metal fabricating company in Appomattox, Va., has installed a waterjet system from Techni Waterjet. The machine can cut metal up to 6 in. thick. Its tilted head allows it to cut a beveled edge, as well as cut along the length, width, or height of an object....

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Welding training under the arc light - TheFabricator.com

Welding training under the arc light

April 25, 2013 | By Dan Davis

Virtual weld training tools have emerged in recent years, and some organizations have looked to them to help beginners learn welding basics before firing up the arc. Meanwhile, others are looking for a training device that better reflects the real-world activities associated with welding in a manufacturing environment. A new training device has emerged to bridge that virtual world with the real world.

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