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Waukesha® Metal Products recognized for job creation

January 4, 2013

Sussex, Wis.-based Waukesha® Metal Products is featured in the inaugural ranking of Inc.’s Hire Power Awards, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years. The metal forming manufacturer generated 45 jobs from 2008 to 2011, placing it No. 5 among...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in December, following one month of contraction

January 3, 2013

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December following one month of contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 43rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued January 2 by Bradley...

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LINE survey: Manufacturing sector hiring rate will reach 4-year high for month of January

January 3, 2013

In January, hiring activity will increase in both manufacturing and services compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January 2013. In January, for the sixth consecutive month, the hiring...

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Oil, cars, and credit

December 20, 2012

Length: 6:50

Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl., gives perspective on what fabricators can expect for 2013. Several important factors are sure to play a role: domestic oil production, car sales, and the state of credit. Watch videos from this presentation.

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Small air nozzle delivers precision blowoff - TheFabricator.com

Small air nozzle delivers precision blowoff

December 20, 2012

Exair's new Pico Super Air Nozzle™, at only 0.19 in. dia., is one of the smallest available, states the company. It provides precision blowoff with a directed high-volume, high-velocity airflow. The air nozzle projects less than 0.5 in. past the mounting surface, which permits installation...

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Compact positioner handles pieces more than 1,100 lbs.

December 19, 2012

Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome offers the LD-600R, a compact tilt/turn positioner that can handle pieces weighing more than 1,100 lbs., 6 in. off the table. It features a standard footswitch and pendant controls, as well as a protractor dial indicator. The compact size and square footprint design allow...

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Mayville Eng. Co. to purchase Center Mfg.

December 18, 2012

Mayville Eng. Co. Inc., Mayville, Wis., has acquired Center Mfg. Inc., a Michigan-based manufacturer of metal products for the commercial vehicle, power sports, agriculture, construction, automotive, and military industries. As a result of the acquisition, Center becomes a division of the MEC...

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Caster Concepts breaks ground on new addition

December 18, 2012

Caster Concepts Inc., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels, has broken ground on a 21,000-sq.-ft. addition to its current headquarters in Albion, Mich. Construction is expected to be completed mid-summer 2013. The addition will bring CCI's facility to about 65,000 sq. ft. The...

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Reworked order control software requires less than 30 min. training

December 17, 2012

Jetcam has launched a new version of its Jetcam Orders Controller (JOC) software. JOC Lite II has been reworked from the ground up as a user-installable product requiring less than 30 min. of training. The software allows users to create order lists remotely of either components or complex...

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Spinner hanger blaster handles smaller parts - TheFabricator.com

Spinner hanger blaster handles smaller parts

December 17, 2012

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has announced the release of the SH 1545, a compact spinner hanger blaster designed for use with smaller parts. This redesigned unit eliminates the need for a lower screw auger. The aggressive air intake allows for application of more than 1,800 CFM. The...

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Randall Mfg. launches warehouse website, social media tools

December 17, 2012

Randall Mfg., Elmhurst, Ill., a manufacturer of temperature and space zoning products for the warehouse and transportation industries, has launched its new warehouse website and social media tools. The website at www.randallmfg.com/warehouse has been redesigned to highlight expanded product lines,...

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Free test determines viability of ultrasonic welding for metal joining processes

December 17, 2012

Sonobond Ultrasonics, West Chester, Pa., offers free, no-obligation ultrasonic metal welding viability testing. Companies send their similar or dissimilar nonferrous metals to Sonobond, which makes sample welds on its machines with the metals, allowing manufacturers to discover if the ultrasonic...

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General Sheet Metal Works names general manager, remote operations - TheFabricator.com

General Sheet Metal Works names general manager, remote operations

December 14, 2012

General Sheet Metal Works, South Bend, Ind., has promoted Jeff Zelley to general manager of remote operations. He joined the company in 2006 as plant manager of its Tomah, Wis., manufacturing facility. In his new role, Zelley assumes responsibility for evaluating potential acquisitions and...

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GSM Industrial adds outside sales rep

December 13, 2012

GSM Industrial Inc. has announced the addition of Keith Shocker as an outside sales representative. He has 16 years of experience in the industrial manufacturing sector, as well as nearly 20 years in sales. Shocker most recently was a regional manager for AIS and before that served as senior...

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ATW Companies relocates Metalform manufacturing operations to Rhode Island

December 13, 2012

ATW Companies, Warwick, R.I., a provider of engineered metal manufacturing systems, has relocated its Metalform product line manufacturing operations to its Rhode Island facility. Metalform now is fully consolidated with ATW's firearms and defense capabilities, which include precision CNC...

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