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ThyssenKrupp North America to close business unit

September 21, 2012

ThyssenKrupp North America has announced plans to close its ThyssenKrupp Access Corp. business unit, Grandview, Mo., by December. The unit manufactures stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, and home elevators. The closing, which involves manufacturing facilities in Grandview and Roanoke, Ill., and...

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Utility Trailer expands Arkansas plant

September 21, 2012

Utility Trailer Mfg. Co., a manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, has announced the expansion of its dry van manufacturing plant located in Paragould, Ark. The 22,000-sq.-ft. expansion includes a new modification center that...

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Synalloy's Metals subsidiaries awarded $10.5 million in fabrication, pipe contracts

September 21, 2012

Synalloy Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., a producer and fabricator of stainless steel and carbon pipe and piping systems and producer of specialty chemicals, has announced that its Synalloy Metals subsidiaries have been awarded two international projects. Synalloy Fabrication's Ram-Fab unit, Crossett,...

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Roll-Kraft adds to outside sales team - TheFabricator.com

Roll-Kraft adds to outside sales team

September 21, 2012

Roll-Kraft Inc., Mentor, Ohio, has promoted Ron Tucker to the outside sales department. Having joined the company in 1988, Tucker has served in manufacturing, CNC programming, MasterCam programming, lean manufacturing, and inside sales positions. Tucker will serve customers in the South and on...

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KTI Inc. launches new website

September 21, 2012

KTI Inc., East Windsor, Conn., has established a new website at www.ktiinc.com that defines its electron beam component, electron beam continuous bimetal strip welding, and value-added assembly welding capabilities. The continuous strip welding process allows the company to join dissimilar,...

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Mohawk Metal opens shop in Vancouver

September 21, 2012

Mohawk Metal Co., a custom metal fabricator in Eugene, Ore., has opened a 20,000-sq.-ft. shop in Vancouver, B.C. The $1.5 million expansion is expected to create up to 20 jobs by the end of 2012....

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Hilco, Environmental Liability Transfer purchase RG Steel mill

September 21, 2012

Joint-venture partners Hilco SP LLC, Northbrook, Ill., and Environmental Liability Transfer Inc. (ELT), an affiliate of Commercial Development Co. Inc. (CDC), have announced their purchase of the former RG Steel mill at Sparrows Point, Md. The mill was idled after RG Steel filed for bankruptcy in...

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MAC adds laser inspection equipment

September 20, 2012

MAC has installed a Xiris WI2000p laser inspection system for detecting undercut, sunk welds, pinholes, weld height, and weld register in tube and pipe. A high-speed video camera detects defects to 0.00059 in. on a typical laser welding tube mill. Direct integration with the tube mill's marking...

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Innovo Corp. names application engineer

September 20, 2012

Innovo Corp., a manufacturer of tube and pipe fabricating tooling and systems in Elk Grove Village, Ill., has added Ron Bochat to its sales team. As an application engineer, he assists in the sales and marketing of the company's standard and custom product line. Bochat has 30 years of experience...

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Honda develops new steel-to-aluminum welding technology

September 20, 2012

Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Tokyo, has developed a technology for the continuous welding of steel and aluminum and applied it for the first time to the subframe of a mass-production vehicle. The company will adopt this technology first to the North American version of the 2013 Accord® and will expand...

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TE Connectivity to close manufacturing section of Minnesota plant

September 20, 2012

TE Connectivity has announced plans to close the manufacturing portion of its plant in Shakopee, Minn., between November 2012 and January 2013, retaining sales, marketing, finance, and engineering employees at the location. The closing eliminates about 144 jobs as the manufacturing operation,...

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Evergreen Pacific Partners takes majority stake in PAC Stainless

September 20, 2012

Evergreen Pacific Partners, a private equity fund in Seattle, has purchased a majority stake in PAC Stainless Ltd., a supplier of stainless steel and specialty alloy instrumentation tubing and fittings. Gary Ohrt, one of the three co-founders of PAC Stainless, retains a significant stake in the...

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Banker Steel acquires Foote Steel

September 20, 2012

Banker Steel has announced the acquisition of Foote Steel Co. in Orlando, Fla. Following the successful award of several high-profile projects in Florida and Georgia, this acquisition represents a strategic decision to expand and develop market presence throughout the Southeast. Banker Steel is an...

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Arku names field service manager - TheFabricator.com

Arku names field service manager

September 20, 2012

Arku, Cincinnati, has hired Aaron Walker as its new field service manager for customers in the U.S. and Canada. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering and a lot of experience in installing new equipment and servicing older machines. As service technician, he does...

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Manufacturers adjusting to post-recession "new normal"

September 20, 2012

Middle-market manufacturers and distributors are adjusting to the "new normal" of the post-recession era by focusing on efficiencies, operational improvements, and innovation, according to a newly released "McGladrey Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor" survey. The survey, sponsored by...

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