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Global Shop Solutions names senior director of customer services

November 9, 2016

ERP software developer Global Shop Solutions, The Woodlands, Texas, has named Nick Knight as its new senior director of customer services.Knight joined the company more than 10 years ago, serving previously as a member of the service team, consulting project manager, and most recently as director...

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MSCI: Election shows restless voters want swift, decisive action

November 9, 2016

This election cycle is clear evidence that voters want a new direction for the economy and the country, and are looking for lawmakers to finally take strong action on trade, tax reform and infrastructure, M. Robert Weidner, III, president and CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI),...

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Polaris marks grand opening of Alabama facility

November 8, 2016

Medina, Minn.-based Polaris has celebrated the official grand opening of its new, $142 million manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala., which has been operational since summer 2016. The plant, which builds Ranger and Slingshot recreational vehicles, could employ up to 2,000 workers in the next...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Modeling a ribbon cable

November 8, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis considers techniques for adding ribbon cable connections to 3-D models

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Logan Corp. relocates in Kentucky

November 8, 2016

Dump truck bed manufacturer Logan Corp. has moved to a 137,000-sq.-ft. facility in Salyersville, Ky. This relocation from a 27,000-sq.-ft. plant in Martin County, Ky., allows the company to get into the aluminum body business and increase its production. By January 2018, the company hopes to double...

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Making sense of manufacturing acronyms

November 8, 2016 | By Stu Johnson

The enterprise software space has hundreds of three-letter acronyms—from MRP and ERP to MOM and MES—that represent technologies that help make managing business processes easier.

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MacLean-Fogg opens MacLean Curtis Mooresville plant

November 7, 2016

MacLean-Fogg Co., Mundelein, Ill., has announced the grand opening of the MacLean Curtis Mooresville, N.C., plant. The 96,000-sq.-ft. plant expands the company’s portfolio of products with more variations and increased capacity. Paul Hojnacki, president of MacLean Curtis, said, "By 2020, we'll...

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Mayville Eng. recognized as one of largest closely held companies in Wisconsin

November 7, 2016

Mayville Eng. Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., has been recognized by the Wisconsin 75 program as one of the largest closely held companies in the state. The metal fabricating company has extensive operations in Wisconsin with manufacturing facilities in Mayville, Beaver Dam, Neillsville, and...

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Job security in manufacturing: Why all the negativity?

November 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston

The labor market is tight. Wages are going up. In metal fabrication, small companies are paying just as well if not better than bigger firms, according to a recent survey from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International®. Considering all this, why all the negativity? High uncertainty about the future may have something to do with it.

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Share the lean manufacturing knowledge

November 7, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

As you pursue your lean journey, you create knowledge. What you do with that knowledge can predict how successful your lean efforts will be. If you tell the workforce only the bare minimum, then you are probably leaving lots of improvement potential on the table.

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MIE Solutions names VP of marketing

November 4, 2016

MIE Solutions, a Garden Grove, Calif.-based provider of production control software for the manufacturing sector, has promoted Susan Gonzalez to vice president of marketing. Gonzalez joined the company as digital marketing manager in...

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Structural fabricator has trial-by-fire leadership succession

November 3, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Bass Mechanical, a mechanical contractor and structural fabricator in southeast Pennsylvania, has transformed during the past two years. The company founder died unexpectedly, and his 27-year-old son, who at one point did not plan to enter the family business, is setting the stage for long-term growth.

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SHRM LINE: November hiring rates to be mixed compared with a year ago

November 3, 2016

In November, more manufacturers will add jobs compared with the previous year, while service-sector employers will hire at a lower rate. Layoff rates will also decline in both sectors compared with November 2015.A net of 41.4 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in November (48 percent will hire,...

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What is metal fabrication and where is the industry headed?

November 3, 2016 | By Aaron Continelli

Today’s metal fabrication shops are far different from those operating in the booming post-World War II economy. A fluctuating market, cyclical industries, and the need for sophisticated equipment and quick turnaround times in both production and output have shops scrambling to maintain profitability.

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The Welding Institute launches group for women in engineering

November 3, 2016

The Welding Institute, Cambridge, U.K., has established the Tipper Group especially for women in the engineering profession. Inspired by the success of the National Women in Engineering Day celebrations at parent company TWI on June 23, 2016, the institute has launched the group to provide events...

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