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Bringing stamping work back from China - TheFabricator.com

Bringing stamping work back from China

July 16, 2012

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Ross Liberty, founder of Factory Pipe, has been making exhaust systems for two-stroke engines since he was a teenager. He recently brought his decades of manufacturing experience and his substantial product knowledge to bear on an exhaust pipe that had been produced at Factory Pipe and subsequently sourced from a competitor in China. Liberty developed a new design, cutting the weight and cost substantially, thereby getting the contract back from the Chinese company.

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Plantwide Communications at Jones Metal Products

July 13, 2012

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Mankato, Minn.-based Jones Metal Products partnered with PDP Solutions to launch a unique plantwide communication program, as Sarah Richards (pictured), Jones Metal CEO, explains. Read more.

J.W. Winco wins APSE Best Employer Award

July 12, 2012

J.W. Winco Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components in New Berlin, Wis., has received the 2012 APSE (Association for Persons in Supported Employment) Best Employer Award in the medium-sized companies category. The award is given each year to the nation's top companies in the...

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Quarterly economic survey shows manufacturers concerned about business climate

July 11, 2012

The National Association of Manufacturers/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers for the second quarter supports recent economic indicators that manufacturing has been slowing over the past few months. Manufacturers are concerned about tax, energy, and regulatory policies coming from Washington. For...

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Tempco invests in new equipment

July 11, 2012

Tempco Mfg. Co. Inc., St. Paul, Minn., has added several new pieces of equipment for the production of precision metal stampings, sheet metal fabrications, and mechanical assemblies. The company has installed two 440-ton AIDA variable-speed punch presses that feature large work beds for multiple...

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D&S Mfg. to add powder coating capabilities

July 11, 2012

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., a custom manufacturer of large-scale components, assemblies, and complete weldments, has announced that it will upgrade its offline liquid spray painting system and integrate powder coating capabilities within its production environment. "Our upgraded...

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Manufacturing Institute president recognized in 100 Women Leaders in STEM

July 11, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute, Washington, D.C., has announced that its president, Jennifer McNelly, has been included in the inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM, a publication by STEMconnectorâ„¢. The publication showcases the careers and initiatives of women leaders who are active role models for...

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Dover Hydraulics acquires Gross Welders and Fabricators, expands headquarters

July 11, 2012

Dover Hydraulics, a provider of comprehensive hydraulic service and repair in Dover, Ohio, has acquired Gross Welders and Fabricators, New Philadelphia, Ohio. The acquisition allows Dover Hydraulics to expand its in-house and portable welding capabilities and metal fabrication capabilities to serve...

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2012 manufacturing scholarship winners announced

July 10, 2012

Ten students seeking careers in manufacturing have earned $1,500 toward their trade school or community college education from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill. FMA's Outside Processors Council (OPC)...

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Gap Partners appoints general manager - TheFabricator.com

Gap Partners appoints general manager

July 10, 2012

Gap Partners Inc., Rabun Gap, Ga., has named Frank Cucchiara as general manager. He comes to the company from TSE Industries, where he recently started up Changzhou TSE Rubber and Plastic Products Manufacturing Co. in Changzhou, China, near Shanghai. He also has worked for Dosatron Intl.,...

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Atco opens plant in Idaho

July 10, 2012

Atco, based in Alberta, Canada, has opened a new plant in Pocatello, Idaho, creating 190 jobs. The plant builds modular workforce housing units to be shipped to oil and mining sites worldwide. "We expect to complete three units per day, once we are up and fully running," said David Cook, plant...

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Airbus to create aircraft assembly line in Alabama

July 10, 2012

Airbus has announced plans to create an A320 family jetliner final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. The U.S. is the world's largest market for such single-aisle jetliners, the company reports, and is expected to retain that ranking for the next 20 years. "Airbus indeed has European roots, but we have...

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Wireless monitoring, alerting system allows fast response times for manufacturing plants - TheFabricator.com

Wireless monitoring, alerting system allows fast response times for manufacturing plants

July 10, 2012

Quick Talk™ RQT from Ritron Inc. is an industrial-grade radio transmitter with sensor inputs and voice recording storage that automatically alerts radio-equipped personnel when plant conditions change. This technology accepts inputs from up to four switches or sensors to monitor conditions...

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Victor Technologies launches contest for welding students, schools - TheFabricator.com

Victor Technologies launches contest for welding students, schools

July 10, 2012

Victor Technologies™, a provider of cutting, welding, and gas control equipment in St. Louis, has announced its 2012 Innovation to Shape the World contest for students in welding and cutting programs at secondary and postsecondary schools. Three first- or second-year students will win...

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Manufacturing Day slated for Oct. 5

July 9, 2012

To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, a group of public and private organizations has announced the launch of Manufacturing Day for Oct. 5, 2012. The effort is sponsored by...

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