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Fuel Total Systems California to add 100 jobs

April 23, 2012

Fuel Total Systems California Corp. has opened a new, 120,000-sq.-ft. plant in Lebanon, Ky., for the manufacture and supply of automotive fuel tank systems and related components. The company, a subsidiary of FTS Co. Ltd., is based in Toyota, Japan. The $38 million project is expected to result in...

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Bobcat to expand North Dakota operations

April 23, 2012

Bobcat Co. and Menlo Worldwide Logistics have announced the expansion of operations at Bobcat’s Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) in Bismarck, N.D., creating as many as 150 new positions. Production of Bobcat® compact attachments is moving to the new facility from a Bobcat-owned plant in...

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Central States Mfg. to build facility in South Dakota

April 23, 2012

Lowell, Ark.-based Central States Mfg., a manufacturer and distributor of metal building products, plans to expand its operations to Hartford, S.D. The company plans to construct a 40,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility on a 10-acre plot. The expansion will create up to 40 jobs in the next three...

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SOO Tractor establishes new division

April 23, 2012

SOO Tractor, a manufacturer of Massey Ferguson and AGCO agricultural machinery in Sioux City, Iowa, has announced the establishment of its new Radius Steel Fabrication division. This division provides customized fabrication integrated with electronics and new technology, allowing SOO to diversify...

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Rolling out improvement at ETM Manufacturing

April 19, 2012

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Rob Olney, president of Littleton, Mass.-based ETM Manufacturing, explains how the high-mix, low-volume fabricator began its continuous improvement program

Reshoring on the increase, but worker shortage could stifle growth

April 19, 2012

A new report from MFG.com, an online marketplace for the manufacturing industry, shows that while reshoring is increasing, U.S. manufacturers might not be able to carry the load. "There’s a severe shortage of workers," said Mitch Free, manufacturing analyst and CEO of MFG.com. "Indicators are...

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Venture achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification

April 19, 2012

Venture Mfg. Group, Beaver Dam, Wis., has become certified to ISO 9001:2008 by SAI Global. The sheet metal fabricator uses lean manufacturing techniques to perform laser cutting, punching, forming, robotic welding, GMAW/GTAW, resistance welding, and mechanical assembly....

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Ryerson to create 44 jobs in North Carolina

April 19, 2012

Joseph T. Ryerson & Son Inc., Chicago, will expand its presence in Pikeville, N.C., by moving into a second building. The company plans to create 44 jobs and invest $3 million over the next three years. The project was made possible in part by a $100,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund....

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Telescopic-mast articulating crane replaces nuclear rods

April 19, 2012

Air Technical Industries has manufactured a telescopic-mast articulating crane, constructed mostly from aluminum, to be used by a nuclear power plant in California for replacing fuel rods in combustion engineering reactors. The modular crane's mast can raise up to 57 ft. through hydraulically...

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Manufacturers urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline legislation

April 18, 2012

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued the following statement urging members of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4340, which would require the approval of TransCanada’s permit to build the Keystone XL...

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EVS Metal installs robotic welding cell

April 18, 2012

EVS Metal Inc., Riverdale, N.J., a supplier of custom-fabricated sheet metal parts, machined parts, and integration and engineering services, has installed a Lincoln Electric System 35 dual fixed-table robotic welding cell. The pre-engineered robotic welding system is designed for medium- to...

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Northern Metal Fab expands operations

April 18, 2012

Metal fabrication job shop Northern Metal Fab Inc. has announced an expansion of its Baldwin, Wis., facility. The company has purchased an 80,000-sq.-ft. building close to existing facilities, more than doubling the size of its operations. The expansion will create about 30 jobs, with room for...

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American Muscle acquires Follansbee Steel

April 18, 2012

American Muscle, Wellsburg, W. Va., has acquired the dock fabrication segment of Follansbee Steel’s business operation, which announced its closing in January. American Muscle, formerly Valley Manufacturing, had been manufacturing Follansbee's hardware for 13 years, supplying the company with...

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Midlake Products to expand

April 16, 2012

Midlake Products & Mfg. plans to expand its production facility in Louisville, Ohio. The company will add about 20,000 sq. ft. to the loading dock area of the steel and aluminum hinge manufacturing plant. The expansion will accommodate growth in the company’s metal fabrication business. The...

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Camfil releases video case study

April 16, 2012

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC), a producer of industrial dust and fume collectors in Jonesboro, Ark., has published its first video case study at www.farrapc.com/videos/1010. The 6-min. video testimonial describes how Toyo Seat USA, an automotive seat manufacturer, used Gold Series® fume...

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