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OEM Fabricators to expand in Wisconsin

December 4, 2012

Contract manufacturer OEM Fabricators is expanding its operations to an 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Baldwin, Wis. The plant will house the OEM Micro division, which specializes in microscale instrument, medical, electronics, and aerospace markets. About 40,000 sq. ft. will be devoted to OEM...

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Two gunmakers to expand in Arkansas

December 4, 2012

Two firearms companies owned by a German group plan to spend $7 million on manufacturing plants at a former military installation near Fort Smith, Ark., creating 70 to 120 jobs in the next five years. Umarex USA and Walther Arms, both owned by the PW Group, will share the campus. Manufacturing of...

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ISM ROB: Economic activity in manufacturing contracted in November, following two months of modest expansion

December 3, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in November following two months of modest expansion, while the overall economy grew for the 42nd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued December 3...

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3-D CAD: Part marking matters - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD: Part marking matters

December 3, 2012

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Columnist Gerald Davis walks a CAD operator through the steps to set up an efficient way to apply part marking to any design.

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A matter of trust - TheFabricator.com

A matter of trust

December 3, 2012

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Trust is something that’s earned not only through hard work, but also by treating employees not as “direct labor hours,” but as, well, people.

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EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency - TheFabricator.com

EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency

December 3, 2012

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A terrible economy has forced European metal fabricators to focus on shortening turnaround time on jobs. If they attended EuroBLECH 2012 in Hannover, Germany, in late October, those fabricators probably discovered some tools that could help them accomplish their goals.

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2013 Forecast: Rosy for some, sterling mediocrity for others - TheFabricator.com

2013 Forecast: Rosy for some, sterling mediocrity for others

December 3, 2012

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Consumer spending is up. Even housing is up. Yes, pundits preach global uncertainty, even gloom and doom. But as owners of small or medium-sized businesses, metal fabricators have orders to fill, and next year many expect the volume of orders to continue or even increase a bit.

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Dalsin Industries to open manufacturing facility in Phoenix

November 30, 2012

Dalsin Industries Inc., a precision sheet metal fabrication and stamping company based in Bloomington, Minn., has announced plans to open a new Phoenix-based manufacturing facility in December. The company expects to hire 35 to 50 employees for the first phase at the new plant....

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Columbia Marking Tools names new sales representatives

November 30, 2012

Columbia Marking Tools, Chesterfield, Mich., has appointed new sales representatives for the West and Midwest. Steven Schumacher of Systems Assembly and Supplies Co. in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., serves CMT customers in Missouri and Kansas. His 35 years of industry experience includes automotive,...

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FABTECH 2012 sees record turnout

November 28, 2012

A record-high first-day attendance, "sold" signs on equipment, and a packed house at education programs and special events were the hallmarks of the recently concluded FABTECH® 2012 in Las Vegas, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in North America. Show...

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Texas ProFab Corp. names new president - TheFabricator.com

Texas ProFab Corp. names new president

November 26, 2012

Texas ProFab Corp., Carrollton, Texas, has named Vivek Gupta as president. For the past nine years he served as managing director, overseeing the company's manufacturing operations. Gupta earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and an MBA...

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Rolls-Royce expands Virginia manufacturing operations

November 26, 2012

Global power systems company Rolls-Royce has begun constructing a new manufacturing facility at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe in Prince George County, Va. The company is investing $136 million to develop an Advanced Airfoil Machining Facility (AAMF), which will create 140 new jobs. The new facility will...

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Bridge City Steel adds laser cutting system

November 26, 2012

Bridge City Steel, Portland, has added an Amada FOM2 4222 NT 6-kW laser for cutting mild steel up to 1.25 in. thick, aluminum up to 0.625 in. thick, and stainless steel up to 0.75 in. thick. It features a power-saving Eco mode and water-assist cutting. The shuttle table has a cutting surface of...

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ITT Corp. to add manufacturing plant

November 26, 2012

The ITT Corp., White Plains, N.Y., has announced plans for a $22 million expansion in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The company will add a 75,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility and increase the size of its R&D laboratory. The expansion is expected to create 50 jobs. ITT is a diversified manufacturer of...

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AT&F upgrades equipment

November 26, 2012

AT&F, a custom steel fabricator in Cleveland, has made upgrades to one of its large rolling systems. Improvements include a new leveling system, PLC upgrade, new gearbox, and electrical panel upgrade. The leveling system is designed to improve accuracy, while the gearbox handle more torque...

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