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Triune Specialty Vehicle Mfg. names VP of sales engineering

May 7, 2012

Triune Specialty Vehicle Mfg., a designer and manufacturer of custom trailers and self-propelled vehicles in Madison Heights, Mich., has named Roger J. Ruel to the newly created position of vice president of sales engineering. Ruel previously served as vice president of sales engineering at MRA...

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Cost management platform expands enterprise capabilities

May 3, 2012

The latest release of aPriori's cost management platform is the 2012r1. The product offers new capabilities and enhancements that expand its cost optimization functionality with new baseline processes for manufacturers in automotive, consumer products, industrial equipment, and medical equipment....

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Briggs, LiftOne named Hyster dealers for Southeast

May 3, 2012

Hyster Co., Greenville, N.C., has named Briggs Equipment and LiftOne as authorized dealers for Hyster® lift trucks in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., respectively. This follows an announcement of Barloworld's intention to sell its U.S. assets to Briggs and LiftOne. The companies are two of the...

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Manufacturing Institute and partners increase credentialed workforce

May 3, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and its partners have announced significant progress towards achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals, positioning them for employment and advancement in manufacturing jobs. Over the past year, the...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing expanded in April for 33rd consecutive month

May 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 33nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 35th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb,...

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Whirlpool to close Arkansas plant June 29

May 3, 2012

Whirlpool has announced that June 29 will be the official closing date for its Fort Smith, Ark., plant. The closure will eliminate 917 jobs. The company has been in Fort Smith for more than 45 years, employing more than 4,500 people in 2006....

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Pratt Industries to open plant in Michigan

May 3, 2012

Pratt Industries Inc., a Belleair Beach, Fla., manufacturer of transport trailers, will open a plant in Niles Township, Mich. The facility is expected to create up to 400 jobs by the end of 2012....

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LINE survey: Manufacturing and service-sector hiring will be steady in May

May 3, 2012

Although the rate of growth will not reach the level of a year ago, job creation will continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in May, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for May 2012. A net of 40.5...

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3-D CAD: Bill of materials construction in project documentation--PartII - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Bill of materials construction in project documentation--PartII

May 3, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis has populated the bills of material with data and now focuses on the model that will accompany the BOM to the manufacturing floor.

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How CRM can help— and not hinder—the sales rep - TheFabricator.com

How CRM can help— and not hinder—the sales rep

May 3, 2012

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Customer relationship management, or CRM, software has a bad reputation. Many consider CRM to be simply a burden on salespeople. Nex Solutions’ CRM doesn’t fit the software implementation stereotype. The platform isn’t all-encompassing; for example, it doesn’t link sales reports to quoting systems, accounting, scheduling, or other modules that might go into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) or manufacturing execution system (MES). Instead, it simply helps salespeople be more responsive and build relationships with existing and potential customers.

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Fusion Metal Products completes expansion

May 2, 2012

Metal fabricating company Fusion Metal Products has added 4,200 sq. ft. to its facility in New Richmond, Wis. The addition houses a large sandblasting booth and 30-ft. powder coating batch oven....

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Daimler Buses reconfigures North American operations

May 2, 2012

Daimler Buses, Stuttgart, Germany, is reconfiguring its bus business in the U.S. and Canada. The company has signed a letter of intent with Motor Coach Industries Intl. Inc. to establish a strategic partnership to combine MCI's product, service, and sales network with Setra's North American coach...

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BAE Systems completes manufacturing center in Texas

May 2, 2012

BAE Systems, a global defense, aerospace, and security company, has completed construction of its new manufacturing center in Austin, Texas. The new facility produces technologies for the company's electronic systems sector, including circuit-card assemblies for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon...

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Misting, oscillating fan cools like 11 tons of air conditioning

May 1, 2012

Big Ass Fans offers the Yellow Jacket fan with a high-pressure misting system and oscillator. These improvements, together with the fan's established airflow, produce a cooling effect equivalent to 11 tons of air conditioning, the company states. Several accessories and mounting options are...

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Made to order, for emergency - TheFabricator.com

Made to order, for emergency

May 1, 2012

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No one would argue that at least some elements of lean manufacturing apply to most operations, but Horton Emergency Vehicles is a made-to-order vehicle manufacturer. Certainly, Horton’s highly custom approach didn’t fit a assembly-line model--right? As it turned out, the people at Horton didn't follow the conventional wisdom--and that decision paid off.

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