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Delta Brands announces new name, new president

July 11, 2013

Delta Brands Inc. has changed its name to Delta Steel Technologies (DST) and has hired Joseph Savariego as its new president. According to the company, the name change reflects its focus on innovation, application engineering, and mill duty construction. DST designs and manufactures metal...

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Improving welding quality in a dramatic way - TheFabricator.com

Improving welding quality in a dramatic way

July 11, 2013 | By Dan Davis

What happens when new owners of a metal fabricating business find out that they have to improve the shop's welding performance or risk losing its biggest customer—in the first week they take over the business? They have frank conversations with employees, find the root cause of the problems, install new processes to ensure quality, and ramp up training so that everyone can deliver acceptable welds on a consistent basis.

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Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability - TheFabricator.com

Global energy management practices, standards increase plant profitability

July 11, 2013 | By Clay Nesler

The importance of energy management is particularly high in the manufacturing sector, where energy use can have a significant impact on product and operating cost. A standard set of energy management practices, applied to small and medium, as well as large enterprises, can increase organizational performance and profitability.

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Wynnchurch Capital invests in Detroit Tool Metal Products

July 10, 2013

Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Dallas, Detroit, and Toronto and an affiliate office in Montreal, has announced the first in a series of planned investments in the metal fabrication market with the acquisition of Detroit Tool Metal Products Co., in...

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Fisher Barton Blades expands into new facility

July 10, 2013

Lawn mower blade producer Fisher Barton Blades Inc. (FBBI), an operating division of the Fisher Barton Group, has announced the relocation of its Watertown, Wis., mower blade operation into a larger manufacturing facility. The new facility, located 2 miles from the former plant, has twice the...

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Steel Plate Fabricators wins 2013 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

July 10, 2013

Certified welding and metal fabrication provider Steel Plate Fabricators, a subsidiary of Knoxville Sheet Metal Works Inc. in Knoxville, Tenn., has been named one of 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR),...

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CR Industries announces expansion plans

July 10, 2013

CR Industries Inc. has announced plans to expand one of its two buildings for metal fabricating, laser cutting, and powder coating in Cudahy, Wis. The 10,800-sq.-ft. addition, a $412,000 investment, is expected to result in the hiring of 15 full-time employees over the next three years. The...

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Caterpillar to consolidate Milwaukee operations

July 10, 2013

Caterpillar Inc., a mining equipment manufacturer based in Peoria, Ill., has announced plans to close its Milwaukee metal fabrication shop. The welding operations will be moved about 8 miles away to the company’s main facility in South Milwaukee. Caterpillar took over a lease for space in the...

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Inalfa Roof Systems to create 300 jobs in Georgia

July 8, 2013

Placeholder Inalfa Roof Systems, a provider of vehicle roofing systems with North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Cherokee County, Ga. The $17.1 million investment is expected to create 300 jobs. The company supplies sunroofs and...

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Schuler AG supports vocational training in Mexico

July 8, 2013

Schuler AG, Gӧppingen, Germany, has opened a vocational training center, Cedual (Centro de Especialización Dual), in Puebla, Mexico, to train skilled staff to provide technical support for the company’s presses. Set up by Stefan Antel, general manager of Schuler, the center is based on the...

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Delcam acquires CAD CAM Systems to form Illinois office

July 8, 2013

Delcam has established a direct office in Illinois following its acquisition of its Rockford-based reseller, CAD CAM Systems Inc. CAD CAM Systems President Andy Bergstrom and the company’s staff have become direct employees of Delcam North America. This is the company's sixth direct office in...

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IMTSTV video discusses current state of manufacturing

July 8, 2013

The Association For Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va., has released a new IMTSTV In Brief video at www.IMTS.com/IMTSTV. It features Steve Frizinger, NetApp’s virtualization alliance manager, Java author, and economics writer, discussing the current state of the manufacturing industry. He...

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Inspired fabrication atop One World Trade Center

July 2, 2013 | By Tim Heston

Kammetal Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., has seen its work reach the top. The company fabricated the uppermost part of the spire that now sits atop One World Trade Center.

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Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Material Planning – strategy and tactics

June 28, 2013 | By Gerald Davis

In this sixth installment of columnist Gerald Davis' series on job estimating he reviews inventory management as it relates to the estimator’s prediction of expenses.

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The I-9 form, all about the details - TheFabricator.com

The I-9 form, all about the details

June 28, 2013 | By Richard D. Alaniz

While completing an I-9 form may seem straightforward, it can quickly get complicated. Even employers with the best of intentions may find themselves trying to work through situations they never anticipated.

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