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Fabricators and the 2016 presidential election

October 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is 25 days away. Who will be the nation’s 45th president? “Fabricating Update” readers weighed in on who they are voting for and why.

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Celebrating simplicity and flexibility on Manufacturing Day

October 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston

It's Manufacturing Day, when we celebrate where this industry has been, what it is, and, especially, where it is going.

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Election season, management style, and the metal fabricator

October 6, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Cultural challenges on the shop floor may relate to challenges in politics and, for that matter, society at large.

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An Oktoberfest story for fabricators

October 5, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you ever had anyone who owes you money offer to pay their debt with welding lessons? Kathy Walton did, and now she makes money using the skills she learned.

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Shift workers and the challenges they face

September 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Not all of us work 9 to 5. Some people work different shifts. While some enjoy doing so, it isn’t for everyone. No matter the reason behind it, those who work odd hours must be keenly aware of the aspects of such work that potentially are detrimental to their health and quality of life.

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Adjusting to a new workspace

September 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton

After months looking for a new workspace following a move to Detroit, Josh Welton revisited a site he looked at a year ago. While this spot is not ideal for his operation, sometimes, out of necessity, you have to make do with what’s available. Adapting is a process.

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Got to pay your dues in modern-day fabricating

September 28, 2016 | By Dan Davis

As the metal fabricating business gets more complex, shops have to be smart about investing in technology, developing robust information technology systems, and investing in employee training.

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Still Building America—“When there is an opportunity, take it”

September 28, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Justin Webster’s fabricating career began as a spark ignited by his father, who advised him to take a welding class in his freshman year of high school. His journey did not take a linear path, but he now has his own shop and is living his dream. Here’s how he got there.

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Growing the business within the confines of a small shop

September 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin

There’s nothing quite as gratifying to a small-shop owner as seeing healthy capacity levels. However, when limited workspace becomes an impediment to growth, it’s time to think about expanding. Wilson, N.C.-based Barnes MetalCrafters has reached this point.

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Tuning in on the job: A wireless earbud review

September 26, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Who doesn’t like music? It has charms to soothe the savage breast and also can make a workday more tolerable. Thanks to modern technology, listening to your personal favorites in the shop is getting safer and more comfortable. Here are some options.

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College and the manufacturer

September 13, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Why is college so expensive? Sky-high demand may have something to do with it. Other businesses could learn a thing or two from custom fabricators and other manufacturing sectors, where a four-year college degree isn't the only ticket to success.

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Manufacturing Day 2016—You in?

September 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Frustrated by politics, the economy, or other things over which you have no control? Focus your energy on doing something positive for your industry. Participate in Manufacturing Day. You’ll be glad you did.

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Laboring on Labor Day

September 7, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Love unions or not, they are responsible for many improvements in working conditions in the U.S. They also are responsible for our most recent Federal holiday. However, many workers are not able to observe this holiday the way it was intended.

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Would your shop survive a natural disaster?

August 31, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

One in three small businesses have felt the impact of storms or extreme weather, and nearly 40 percent do not reopen after being hit by a natural disaster. Preparation is key to survival.

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You can’t judge a weld by its photo

August 29, 2016 | By Josh Welton

You may be able to tell certain things from a photo, but not everything. No one knows that better than Josh Welton, whose weld photos garner a lot of attention and feedback.

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