thefabricator.com has a team of bloggers that cover the challenges and rewards associated with a life in metal fabricating. Topics typically addressed by contributing authors include political and demographic trends affecting the fabricating industry, the business side of running a job shop, the culture of the welding community, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.
June 14, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Independent fabricators and artists need workspace. On his search for space in Detroit, Josh Welton came across an interesting alternative to the typical offerings modeled on a similar, successful venture in New York. He’s excited about the prospect of working in this environment.
June 9, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
“Fabricating Update” subscribers were asked to share their thoughts on the new overtime rules for exempt employees that will take effect Dec. 1. Employees who responded welcome the action. Employers are not so happy about it. And one respondent questions the government’s motive behind the new rules.
June 1, 2016 | By Josh Welton
The U.S recently celebrated Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. To commemorate this occasion, Josh Welton has turned the podium over to his better half, Darla, who honors her dad and his fellow soldiers killed in action in this moving tribute.
June 1, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas
U.S. manufacturers have to come to terms with the new overtime rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.
May 31, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas
May 25, 2016 | By Nick Martin
Working in a job shop or any small, tightknit organization requires attributes beyond job skills. If you don’t measure up, you might find yourself voted off the island and out the door.
May 23, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Interested in a career in welding and fabrication? Take advantage of opportunities to learn more, and you might find yourself on a fulfilling career path, just like Jonathan Lewis.
May 19, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Fabricators aren't selling just parts anymore. They're selling their ability to partner and communicate with customers.
May 19, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Times have changed. We live in the information and stimulation age. Many things vie for our attention, and it can be difficult to focus on a single activity or life plan. Is that good or bad? Here’s Josh Welton’s take, based on his own experience.
May 16, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Metal fabricators are driven to compete, but they also want to do the right thing.
May 12, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Manufacturers have serious turnover when it comes to front-line workers. And then there's the issue of pay.
May 11, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Revenue growth from 2014 to 2015 was essentially flat, depending on the fabricator's customer mix, but most are predicting busier times ahead.
May 2, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Remember when the U.S. government bailed out Detroit? Many people were up in arms over the action. Perhaps knowing more about the automakers’ contributions to winning WWII might have softened some opinions. Here’s a short story about Chrysler's role.
April 27, 2016 | By Nick Martin
Custom fabricating shops bid all kinds of jobs. Sometimes these jobs involve materials and processes beyond those the shop typically encounters. They make for interesting work that can require brushing up on little-used skills. Building a copper chimney cap was just such a job for Barnes MetalCrafters, one that resulted in a beautiful, functional work of art.
April 25, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Welder and inspector Lucca Ilbert, who trained at the Robert Morgan Educational Center in Miami, loves fabricating and repairing aircraft parts. He hopes one day to have his own FAA-approved custom fabricating shop.