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LINE survey: March hiring rates in manufacturing, services approach four-year high

March 7, 2013

In March, a net of more than four out of 10 employers will add jobs in both the manufacturing and service sectors, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for March 2013. In March, for the eighth consecutive month, the...

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Reshamca, O. Keller Tool Eng. partner to provide assembly fixtures, tooling for GM transmission - TheFabricator.com

Reshamca, O. Keller Tool Eng. partner to provide assembly fixtures, tooling for GM transmission

March 7, 2013

Reshamca LLC, Commerce, Mich., has teamed up with Livonia, Mich.-based O. Keller Tool Eng. Co. to provide a complete assembly fixture and tooling program for the new GM X44F seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission program that is being assembled at Shanghai Gear in Chongqing, China. Reshamca...

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Porter's Group to open first Virginia plant

March 7, 2013

Porter's Group LLC, Bessemer City, NC, has announced plans to establish operations in Lynchburg, Va., creating 120 jobs. The company will invest $1.8 million to upgrade an existing manufacturing plant. It will produce fabricated metal products such as safes and related products and parts. Porter's...

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Small, midsized manufacturers project strong revenues for 2013

March 7, 2013

Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, Chicago, has released the findings of its eleventh semi-annual Group Outlook Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies for 2013. The survey results show manufacturers are optimistic about...

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Rockford Specialties establishes new website

March 7, 2013

Rockford Specialties Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced the launch of its redesigned company website at www.rswire.com. The site's graphics and photography highlight the company's products and services. Information and functionality have been updated. Rockford Specialties provides custom wire...

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The Metal Shop updates website

March 7, 2013

The Metal Shop LLC, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has launched an updated website at www.themetalshopp.com. The new site has been upgraded to show more examples of the company's diverse work, including trade show fabrication and other custom projects....

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Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Compatibility issues

March 7, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

In this third installment of Columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating, he describes why an estimator cares how well a project fits the capabilities of the shop.

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D&S Mfg. integrates robotic welding cell

March 6, 2013

To meet the goal of a large increase in its robotic welding cell envelope, D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., a custom manufacturer of large-scale components, assemblies, and weldments, has integrated a new robotic welding cell featuring two ABB IRB 2500 6-axis robots, two Lincoln welding power...

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Koester Metals announces plans to relocate to Indiana

March 6, 2013

Koester Metals, Inc. (KMI), a manufacturer of sheet metal fabrications and enclosures, has announced plans to relocate its headquarters from Defiance, Ohio, to Fremont, Ind., creating up to 44 new jobs by 2018. The company will invest $2.7 million to move its headquarters and operations to its...

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Caster Concepts hires director of sales

March 6, 2013

Caster Concepts Inc., a manufacturer of casters and wheels in Albion, Mich., has hired Jamie Long as director of sales, working throughout the U.S. and Canada. Long has extensive sales management and strategic planning background, having previously served as national sales manager for Hotsy Corp....

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BTD to open new location in Minnesota

March 6, 2013

BTD has announced plans to add 100,000 sq. ft. of operations in Lakeville, Minn. The new location is the company's sixth overall and third in Lakeville, giving the company a total of 800,000 sq. ft. The company reports that production at its five other locations in Minnesota and Illinois will be...

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MRP system designed for fabrication industry

March 5, 2013

SigmaTEK Systems has introduced SigmaMRP™. Developed for the specific requirements of the fabrication industry, the manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system manages transactions and communication with customers and suppliers, inventory of goods and raw materials, and departmental and...

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Sapa Extrusions North America adds friction stir welding capacity

March 5, 2013

Aluminum extrusion company Sapa Extrusions North America, Rosemont, Ill., has completed a joint development project with H.F. Webster Inc. that provides Sapa with exclusive access to one of the largest commercial panel friction stir welding machines in North America. Friction stir welding is a...

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Robovent expands into the abrasive blast industry

March 5, 2013

Robovent, a provider of air filtration and ventilation systems in Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced its expansion into the abrasive blast industry. The company will introduce new mobile dust collectors designed to require less floor space than the products currently used in the industry, the...

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low amperage, plasma marking

Introduction to plasma marking

March 4, 2013 | By Dirk Ott , Nakhleh Hussary, Ph.D.

Fabricators mark parts for various reasons using different technologies, each with its own benefits. This article describes several marking options and further discusses plasma marking.

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