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Main Steel to establish new Chicago-area facility - TheFabricator.com

Main Steel to establish new Chicago-area facility

August 29, 2012

Main Steel, a Shale-Inland Company, has unveiled plans for a new flagship operation in the Chicago area. The 240,000-sq.-ft. facility in Elk Grove, Ill., will combine the company’s two Chicago operations in Bartlett and Wheeling, Ill., under one roof. The move is expected to be completed...

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Metabo's job site training highlights safe tool, accessory use

August 29, 2012

Metabo Corp., West Chester, Pa., a manufacturer of portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction, and welding applications, now offers an on-site safety and support program to review proper tool and accessory use. The safety training seminar, which can last anywhere from...

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Cragg Machine Tool named A&V Waterjet distributor

August 29, 2012

Cragg Machine Tool Inc., Columbia, S.C., has been named the exclusive importer for A&V Waterjet Technologies products for U.S. states east of the Mississippi River and eastern Canada. A&V, Germantown, Wis., manufactures waterjet systems from 3 by 5 ft. to 20 by 40 ft. plus tanks. Featuring...

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Interlaken Technology becomes division of Water Works Mfg.

August 29, 2012

Interlaken Technology, Chaska, Minn., has been purchased by Water Works Mfg. LLC, Cambridge, Minn. Remaining at its current location, Interlaken Technologies will be a division of Water Works Mfg. Interlaken Technology manufactures production press equipment for hydroforming, elevated-temperature...

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Plymouth Tube Co. announces staff additions

August 29, 2012

Plymouth Tube Co., Warrenville, Ill., has named David Crouch as general manager at its Salisbury, Md., seamless stainless steel tubing plant. He has 18 years of experience in the copper, brass, and steel tubing industry and the textile industry. Crouch has previously served as quality and process...

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United Performance Metals launches redesigned website

August 28, 2012

United Performance Metals, Hamilton, Ohio, has unveiled a redesigned website at www.upmet.com. The new design highlights products and capabilities and access to online quoting and document retrieval. Sheet and coil calculator apps, contest links, and social media updates have been added. United...

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DGI Supply to acquire Tool & Abrasive Supply

August 28, 2012

DGI Supply, a DoALL Company in Wheeling, Ill., has announced plans to acquire Tool & Abrasive Supply Inc., Los Angeles. The transaction is expected to close Oct. 1. Ken Saunders, current Tool & Abrasive president, will continue to manage the company after the acquisition. Tool &...

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EFD Induction Norway makes staffing changes

August 28, 2012

EFD Induction Norway, Skien, Norway, has announced several changes to its staff. Jan Arve Fuglaas has been appointed sales manager, with responsibility for the company's tube and pipe welding and normalizing system sales in Asia. He works closely with colleagues at EFD Induction China. Previously...

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SAF announces CEO succession plan

August 28, 2012

SAF (Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. Inc.), Atlanta, has announced that John McClatchey, Ph.D., will retire from the position of president Sept. 1. Having served as president since 1988, McClatchey plans to work as CFO for at least another two years and will continue to serve on the board of...

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AirGuide to move manufacturing from Mexico to Mississippi

August 28, 2012

AirGuide has announced plans to consolidate its Mexico and Houston operations into a new manufacturing facility in Clarksdale, Miss. The $720,000 project will create 40 full-time jobs. The Hialeah, Fla.-based company manufactures aluminum grilles, registers, and diffusers for the HVAC industry and...

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Mechanical Designs of Virginia adds turret punch press

August 28, 2012

Mechanical Designs of Virginia Inc., Stuart, Va., has installed an HP1500 Tailift CNC turret punch press. It has a punch capacity of 30 tons and can handle sheet sizes of 60 by 120 in. The addition of the machine to the company's existing TRUMPF® and Weidemann punches and TRUMPF laser has...

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GSI Group Laser Division gets new name

August 28, 2012

The GSI Group Laser Division, a manufacturer of CO2, Nd:YAG, and fiber lasers for industrial applications, has rebranded as JK Lasers. Established in 1972, the company began as a manufacturer of pulsed lasers, followed by Nd:YAG systems for welding, cutting, and drilling. In 1982 the company was...

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Bystronic names direct sales engineer

August 28, 2012

Matthew Meade has joined Bystronic Inc., Elgin, Ill., as direct sales engineer for the Kansas-Missouri territory. Meade has 20 years of metal fabrication experience, having served in engineering, plant, and upper-level management roles for OEM and job shop manufacturing companies. He has a...

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Sewon America to add 150 jobs in Georgia

August 27, 2012

Sewon America Inc., an auto manufacturing supplier in LaGrange, Ga., has announced plans for a $10 million expansion, adding 150 new jobs. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The plant, which provides metal stamping for a variety of automotive parts, currently employs...

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Radius Steel Fabrication – SOO Tractor partners with community college to train welders

August 27, 2012

Radius Steel Fabrication – SOO Tractor, an OEM in Sioux City, Iowa, has partnered with Western Iowa Tech Community College to help fill its hiring needs for the welding department. The company offers entry-level welding jobs with 50 hours of instruction through the college's customized welding...

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