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Clean Air America provides weld stations to Lincoln Land Community College

October 10, 2012

Clean Air America Inc., Atlanta, has provided seven Leaf Weldstations to Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC), Springfield, Ill., which offers welding operator and welding specialist certifications. The units are used to eliminate weld smoke and grinding dust from the welding training lab. "Last...

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NFIB Survey: Hiring plans plunge; small business optimism drops 0.1 points; expectations for future remain low

October 9, 2012

September was another month of low expectations and pessimism for the small-business community, with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index losing 0.1 points and falling to 92.8. The recession-level reading was pulled down by a deterioration in labor...

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TMK IPSCO hosts open house at Houston R&D center

October 9, 2012

TMK IPSCO, the North American division of global pipe manufacturer OAO TMK, hosted an open house Oct. 1 at its new R&D center in Houston. During the event, visitors toured several areas of the facility, including the scanning electron microscope (SEM) lab, areas housing mechanical and collapse...

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DEP, Autoline open new headquarters in Michigan

October 9, 2012

DEP (Detroit Engineered Products) and Autoline Industries USA have announced the opening of their new corporate world headquarters in Troy, Mich. As a result of several new large, global OEM contracts, the companies tripled the size of their previous office space with a $2.5 million renovation. The...

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Harris Products Group named finalist for best plant in the nation

October 9, 2012

The Harris Products Group facility in Mason, Ohio, has been named a 2012 finalist for IndustryWeek's Best Plants competition. The distinction is based on strong manufacturing performance and a comprehensive focus on continuous improvement. Harris, a Lincoln Electric Co., designs, develops, and...

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American Crane & Equipment installs crane system at Boeing facility

October 9, 2012

American Crane & Equipment Corp., a manufacturer of overhead electric cranes and hoists in Douglassville, Pa., has completed installation of a custom underhung crane system built for the new Boeing manufacturing facility in Charleston, S.C. The 80-ton-capacity crane features 14 bridges that...

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The Metal Shop adds automation tower

October 9, 2012

The Metal Shop LLC, a custom fabrication shop in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., providing tradeshow exhibit industry products and short-run production, has added a new Mitsubishi automation tower to its Mitsubishi LVPlus II laser. The eight-shelf tower allows the company to run unattended jobs and helps...

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Linde Canada acquires Contact Welding Supplies

October 9, 2012

Linde Canada Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., has announced the acquisition of Contact Welding Supplies Ltd., an independent industrial gases and welding equipment distributor in London, Ont. Linde Canada is an affiliate of Linde North America Inc. and a member of The Linde Group, a gases and engineering...

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American Punch earns ISO 9001:2008 recertification

October 9, 2012

American Punch Co., Cleveland, has announced its recertification to ISO 9001:2008. The company manufactures punches, dies, and shear blades for the structural steel and metal fabricating industries. It also supplies precision die components to the stamping, roll forming, and metal forming...

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O'Neal Flat Rolled Metals expands nonferrous sales team

October 9, 2012

O'Neal Flat Rolled Metals, Brighton, Colo., a subsidiary of O'Neal Industries, has hired a new outside salesperson dedicated to selling aluminum and stainless flat-rolled metal products. Jim Brown joins the nonferrous sales team dedicated to serving industries such as transportation, food service,...

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Lincoln Electric announces staff appointments

October 9, 2012

The Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland, has appointed Frank Armao as director of aluminum welding technology. In this position, he provides leadership in aluminum welding customer support and applications engineering insight. He collaborates with the aluminum welding technology teams at the company's...

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Universal Tube & Rollform to build tube mill for Stephens Pipe & Steel - TheFabricator.com

Universal Tube & Rollform to build tube mill for Stephens Pipe & Steel

October 9, 2012

Stephens Pipe & Steel LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of fence materials in the U.S. and Canada, has commissioned Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corp., Perrysburg, Ohio, to build a 4-in. tube mill using both new and used materials. The Ardcor rafted tube mill will be used to...

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Year-to-date manufacturing technology orders up 4.1 percent over 2011

October 8, 2012

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $470.44 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 3.4 percent from July but down...

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Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping adds lathe

October 8, 2012

Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping, a provider of metal spinning, stamping, and tooling services in Etobicoke, Ont., has acquired a Nova Sidera Orion 400 Playback spinning lathe. The new machine allows the company to run three shifts. The lathe has a maximum swing of 33.50 in. and a maximum...

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Taber Extrusions adds precision sawing capabilities

October 8, 2012

Taber Extrusions has added two news saws to its Russellville, Ark., facility for precision sawing of rod and bar, standard extruded shapes, and customized aluminum extrusion profiles. With the new band saw and circular saw, the company's cut tolerances are up to ±0.010 in. in length and...

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