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How to develop the next-generation leader - TheFabricator.com

How to develop the next-generation leader

October 19, 2012

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Preparing a plan to develop the next-generation leader requires a comprehensive, objective analysis. It should cover where the business should go over the next several years, and what skills the next leader will need to take the company in that direction.

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The rebirth of a metal fabrication business - TheFabricator.com

The rebirth of a metal fabrication business

October 19, 2012

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In September 2011, thanks to changing weather patterns and unintended consequences of water management, GT Fabrication was flooded yet again. The family business has been through this before. Why stay in the game? Because the metal fabrication community was there to help.

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3-D CAD: Handling imported data during sheet metal design - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Handling imported data during sheet metal design

October 19, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis is ready to rip into the process of converting imported 3-D parts to flattened parts.

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Air recirculation system ventilates entire plant

October 18, 2012

RoboVent offers the Push-Pull System for large facilities. It is suitable for use when source-capture of airborne contaminants isn't possible because of processes that involve large parts or overhead cranes. The full-plant system recirculates air in the entire plant without conflicting with...

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Hobart Institute of Welding Technology adds marketing, career development rep - TheFabricator.com

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology adds marketing, career development rep

October 16, 2012

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT), Troy, Ohio, has hired Kevin Trick as marketing and career development representative. Trick completed HIWT's nine-month structural and pipe welding program in June 2008, after which he worked in the industry. In this role, he assists high school...

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DeWys Mfg. adds fiber laser

October 16, 2012

DeWys Mfg., a Marne, Mich.-based metal fabrication company, has installed an FOL3015AJ fiber laser from Amada America Inc., designed specifically for cutting. According to the company, the machine cuts four times faster on thin metal and is three times more energy-efficient than typical CO2 lasers....

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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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