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LA-CO Industries Inc. acquires Tempil

January 7, 2013

LA-CO Industries Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., has acquired Tempil®, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). With the addition of Tempil's new temperature-indication technologies and capabilities, LA-CO — manufacturer of Markal® industrial marking and temperature-indication products —...

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Simonsen Iron Works to develop new product focus

January 7, 2013

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board, Des Moines, Iowa, has awarded a $200,000 float loan to metal fabrication company Simonsen Iron Works Inc., for development of a new product focus in the skid steer attachment accessory category. The Spencer, Iowa-based company, which...

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Bell Helicopter to expand operations in Tennessee

January 7, 2013

Bell Helicopter Inc. has announced plans for a $10.1 million expansion of its facility in Piney Flats, Tenn., creating up to 125 new jobs. The company has purchased a 150,000-sq.-ft. building just west of its current facility, which will accommodate customization and completions of light and medium...

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Bar code tracking software designed for fabricators - TheFabricator.com

Bar code tracking software designed for fabricators

January 7, 2013

Dynamic Systems Inc. has announced the launch of the CheckMate ERP software suite, based on the company's manufacturing suite with modules added for the requirements of small to midsized fabricators. The suite includes job costing, inventory, and tool tracking to provide fabricators with...

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The evolution of nickel alloys and welding materials

January 7, 2013 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Since he first heard his uncles discuss the nickel-plated bumpers and hubcaps on their 1937 Plymouths, welding expert Carl Smith has witnessed the use of nickel and its alloys evolve. Long used in the energy sector, the materials have seen an increase in popularity because of EPA regulations.

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Plasma cutters added to cost estimating software library

January 4, 2013

MTI Systems has added high-definition plasma cutting machines to its Costimator® cost estimating software library, offering updates and laser cost-saving comparison options. The software now includes Hypertherm Hy-definition and Hy-performance plasma cutters in its library of 3,500 workcenters....

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Teledyne EMS to expand Tennessee facility

January 4, 2013

Teledyne Electronic Mfg. Services has announced plans to expand its Lewisburg, Tenn., manufacturing facility to accommodate a new product line. The $9.78 million project will create 96 new jobs. The company designs, manufactures, and services products for the aerospace, computer, government,...

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Solidus Industries closes sheet metal fabrication plant

January 4, 2013

Solidus Industries Inc. has announced plans to close its sheet metal fabrication in Vestal, N.Y., eliminating 48 jobs. The closing is expected to be complete Jan. 25. Layoffs began Dec. 21....

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Caster Concepts names territory sales rep for East Coast

January 4, 2013

Caster Concepts Inc., Albion, Mich., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels, has promoted Kurtis Myers to territory sales representative for the East Coast region. He has served as the company's purchasing and inventory manager for the past five years. Myers is a 2007 graduate...

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Blue Giant Equipment opens facility in North Carolina

January 4, 2013

Blue Giant Equipment Corp., Brampton, Ont., has launched its U.S. operation, Blue Giant Equipment LLC, by opening a new manufacturing facility in Greensboro, N.C. The plant manufactures and distributes dock seals and shelters, including fixed and inflatable seals, stationary and retractable truck...

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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

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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