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Automotive executive joins NanoSteel board of directors

October 16, 2012

Nanostructured steel material design company The NanoSteel® Co., Providence, R.I., has appointed automotive industry executive Bob Lutz to its board of directors. Lutz has nearly 50 years of experience as a top executive in the global auto industry. Most recently he was vice chairman of global...

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Joint venture establishes North Texas Metal Spinning

October 15, 2012

Wayne Boeckman of WJB Holdings LP, Fort Worth, Texas, and Joe Glenn of Glenn Metalcraft Inc., Princeton, Minn., have established North Texas Metal Spinning in Fort Worth. The company serves OEMs in the agriculture, transportation, construction, aerospace, medical, heating/air conditioning,...

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Alexandria Industries names director of business developmen

October 15, 2012

Alexandria Industries, Alexandria, Minn., has announced that Tom Jensen has joined the company as director of business development, working from Denver. He has extensive experience in aluminum extrusions, secondary machining and finishing operations, and sales and business management. A graduate...

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Deere-Hitachi to expand manufacturing capacity in North Carolina

October 15, 2012

Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp. has announced it will invest $97 million to expand manufacturing capacity at its Kernersville, N.C., operations. The company currently employs more than 700 full-time employees and expects to add 340 full-time employees over the next four years. The...

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Wisconsin fabricator ramps up in-house training

October 12, 2012

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As the skilled labor crisis continued unabated, Schuette Metals launched a unique in-house training program. Sources said that more than anything else, good training will be key to the fabricator’s future success.

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Portable marking system handles flats, rounds - TheFabricator.com

Portable marking system handles flats, rounds

October 11, 2012

SIC Marking USA offers hand-held dot peen marking systems for marking flat and round workpieces such as plate, pipe, and fabricated vessels, especially products with heavy weight. The cast aluminum body and handle make the markers suitable for rugged shop environments. Two marking head sizes...

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More than 200 companies participate in first Manufacturing Day

October 10, 2012

On Oct. 5 more than 200 manufacturing companies participated in the first Manufacturing Day, a national event to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and showcase the highly skilled jobs available in manufacturing fields. Co-producers of the event are the National...

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Ohio Laser wins SBA award to expand laser tube cutting services

October 10, 2012

Ohio Laser, Columbus, Ohio, has won the annual Ohio Statewide Development Corp. (OSDC) SBA 504 2012 Loan Project of the Year. Ohio Laser, an ISO 9001:2008-certified metal fabricator, provides precision laser cutting services, laser tube cutting, copper cutting, brass cutting, and other metal...

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Lenovo to open U.S. computer manufacturing line

October 10, 2012

Lenovo has announced that it will establish a U.S. personal computer production line in Whitsett, N.C. The company anticipates that the move will create 115 new manufacturing jobs for workers building Think-brand notebook and desktop PCs, tablets, engineering workstations, and servers for sale to...

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Absorbent mat soaks up 43 oz. liquid per pad - TheFabricator.com

Absorbent mat soaks up 43 oz. liquid per pad

October 10, 2012

New Pig Corp. offers the Pig Blue® absorbent mat. According to the manufacturer, the mat soaks up more liquid — up to 43 oz. per pad — from both high-volume leaks and spills and everyday cleanup tasks than any other of its mats. FiberFusion technology fuses superabsorbent...

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Dual-edge scraper blade added to postwelding cleanup tools - TheFabricator.com

Dual-edge scraper blade added to postwelding cleanup tools

October 10, 2012

Innovative Product Ideas LLC has announced the addition of the DuaLast® Edge Technology scraper blade to its Scrape-N-Burr postwelding and work surface area cleanup tools. The dual working edges of the blade are formulated to hold up to the repeated pounding of steel on steel without...

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NFIB Survey: Hiring plans plunge; small business optimism drops 0.1 points; expectations for future remain low

October 9, 2012

September was another month of low expectations and pessimism for the small-business community, with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index losing 0.1 points and falling to 92.8. The recession-level reading was pulled down by a deterioration in labor...

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DEP, Autoline open new headquarters in Michigan

October 9, 2012

DEP (Detroit Engineered Products) and Autoline Industries USA have announced the opening of their new corporate world headquarters in Troy, Mich. As a result of several new large, global OEM contracts, the companies tripled the size of their previous office space with a $2.5 million renovation. The...

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The Metal Shop adds automation tower

October 9, 2012

The Metal Shop LLC, a custom fabrication shop in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., providing tradeshow exhibit industry products and short-run production, has added a new Mitsubishi automation tower to its Mitsubishi LVPlus II laser. The eight-shelf tower allows the company to run unattended jobs and helps...

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Image processing systems automate surface inspection - TheFabricator.com

Image processing systems automate surface inspection

October 9, 2012

Vitronic offers Vinspec turnkey automated surface inspection systems. The 2-D and 3-D camera-based systems generally are installed inline to inspect surfaces at production speed. Parts with any shape, area, and contours are recorded reliably, even when the part is not positioned precisely, the...

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