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Chase Machine hires electrical engineer

February 20, 2015

West Warwick, R.I.-based Chase Machine & Eng. Inc., a custom machinery design and manufacturing company, has hired Mike Verdolotti as an electrical engineer. Verdolotti previously worked at Parkinson Technologies as a controls engineer and at Yushin America as a software engineer and corporate...

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Remy Intl. enters into agreement to acquire Maval Mfg.

February 19, 2015

Pendleton, Ind.-based Remy Intl. Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all assets of Maval Mfg. Inc., a Twinsburg, Ohio, manufacturer, remanufacturer, and distributor of steering systems, components, and specialty products to the automotive service, original...

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From the Web: Diversifying; restructuring; growing; and wearing a Ferrari

February 19, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Study confirms fabricators should diversify; restructuring helps revive businesses; Nebraska company on the growth track; and how you can wear a Ferrari

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Range Kleen Mfg. appoints quality control coordinator

February 19, 2015

Range Kleen Mfg. Inc., Lima, Ohio, has promoted Peggy Patton to quality control coordinator. She has been with the company for more than seven years, originally hired as an order technician and later promoted to quality control technician. The company manufactures OEM-quality replacement drip...

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Amada to open satellite center in Ohio

February 19, 2015

Amada America Inc., Buena Park, Calif., announces plans to open its newest North American satellite center on March 10, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. The company also has a satellite center in Dallas and will open a third in Charlotte, N.C., later in 2015. All three centers will showcase the...

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Power bead roller makes flanges in sheet metal up to 18 ga.

February 19, 2015

Woodward-Fab has added a new power bead roller to its line of metalworking equipment. The model WFBR24P features a 24-in. throat depth, variable speed, and a 0.25-HP gear drive. The machine is designed to make strengthening beads, ribs, or flanges in sheet metal up to 18 ga. thickness. It...

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Aqueous cleaning system achieves aerospace cleanliness standards

February 19, 2015

MecWash Systems offers the fully automatic, customizable, self-contained Midi aqueous cleaning system. According to the manufacturer, the system meets the highest cleanliness and inspection standards, including those for medical and aerospace. Suitable for cleaning applications within a...

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Adapters suitable for mold and die applications

February 19, 2015

Techniks Inc. offers the SFS12 Modular ShrinkFIT system. The adapters feature an internal drawbar design for improved holding power and faster tool changes, states the manufacturer. Suitable for mold and die applications, the adapters are available for 0.125-in. up to 0.5-in. tool shanks, as...

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CB Fabricating expands facilities, production capacity

February 18, 2015

Anderson, Ind.-based sheet metal fabricator CB Fabricating Inc. has announced that in less than a year it has expanded its production capacity by 75 percent, added a second shift, and hired three full-time employees to meet growing demand from clients in multiple industries. The firm added an...

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Aluminum Extruders Council supports currency manipulation legislation to address unfair trade

February 18, 2015

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), Wauconda, Ill., is in agreement with the efforts and recent statement of The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL), an organization of manufacturers, workers, and others dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of U.S. trade laws. The committee...

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Top-five U.S. utility company approves MagneGas2 as replacement to acetylene

February 18, 2015

MagneGas Corp., Tampa, Fla., has announced that one of the five largest electric utilities in the U.S. has approved MagneGas2® fuel to replace acetylene at its power and repair facilities. After testing the fuel for more than a year, the utility found that the cut speed was faster than acetylene...

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Meritor earns Top 20 Product Award from Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

February 18, 2015

Troy, Mich.-based Meritor® Inc., a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has earned Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) magazine's 2015 Top 20 Product Award for its P600 series heavy-haul planetary axles. The award honors the...

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Matheson acquires Sims Welding Supply

February 18, 2015

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Matheson has acquired Sims Welding Supply, Long Beach, Calif. Sims, a supplier of industrial, specialty, and bulk gases, as well as welding equipment and supplies, operates out of seven locations in Southern California. Commenting on the acquisition, Scott Kallman,...

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Metal fabrication meets a seller’s market

February 18, 2015

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Manufacturing is cool again, and fabricators wanting to sell their business are benefiting from a seller’s market. Nevertheless, high revenue concentration, a shallow talent pool, poor cash flow, reliance on sales from a single sector, and other factors still throw up red flags.

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Why buy new tooling for a sheet metal hand brake?

February 17, 2015

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When bending with a hand brake, you can use the tooling that came with the machine, but investing in a tool with a radius on the punch nose has its benefits.

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