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LINE survey: December hiring will be stronger in services than in manufacturing compared with a year ago

December 6, 2012

In December, hiring activity will be stronger in services than in manufacturing compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December 2012. In December, for the fifth consecutive month, the...

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Meyda Custom Lighting installs hydraulic press brake

December 6, 2012

To help reduce lead-times and expand custom capabilities, Meyda Custom Lighting, a Meyda Tiffany company in Yorkville, N.Y., has installed new hydraulic press brake equipment. The company produces custom lighting and decor. The new press brake bends steel, brass, copper, and bronze to create...

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MetalTek acquires Specialty Maintenance and Construction

December 6, 2012

Waukesha, Wis.-based MetalTek Intl. has acquired Lakeland, Fla.-based Specialty Maintenance and Construction Inc., an industrial metal fabrication and machining company. SMCI manufactures piping, equipment components, structural designs, hardware, and pressure vessels. MetalTek has five other U.S....

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LAI Intl. CEO named to Arizona Manufacturers Council - TheFabricator.com

LAI Intl. CEO named to Arizona Manufacturers Council

December 6, 2012

The Arizona Manufacturers Council has elected Patrick J. "P.J." Gruetzmacher, CEO and president of LAI Intl. Inc., Tempe, Ariz., as a director of the board for the organization. The AMC promotes a positive business climate for manufacturing and supports a strong industrial manufacturing base....

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Ice Industries Grenada to create 35 jobs

December 6, 2012

Ice Industries Grenada will invest $500,000 in an expansion at its Grenada, Miss., plant that will result in the creation of 35 jobs.The company is expanding engineering, testing, and manufacturing at the metal stamping facility, which makes parts for automobiles, appliances, and heating and...

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Automotive supplier iwis to establish manufacturing operations in Kentucky

December 5, 2012

German automotive supplier iwis has announced plans to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Murray, Ky. The project will create 75 new, full-time jobs and entail a more than $12.5 million investment. The 119,000-sq.-ft. facility will produce timing drive systems for engines....

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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 | By Gerald Davis

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 | By Tim Heston

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 | By Dan Davis

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 | By Tim Heston

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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