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Osborn marks 125 years in business

November 9, 2012

Osborn, a supplier of surface-treatment systems and finishing tools in Cleveland, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2012. The company, founded by John J. Osborn in 1887, originally made horse and butcher block brushes, as well as street cleaning brooms. Today Osborn offers more than 10,000...

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Snap-on launches Bahco Facebook forum for band saw operators

November 9, 2012

Snap-on, Kenosha, Wis., has established a new Bahco® Facebook page to promote discussion and sharing of information on band saw blades and the profession as a whole. Operators and facility managers can exchange technical information about band saw and blade operation, as well as best safety...

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CGA, GAWDA announce winners of Distributor Safety Awards

November 7, 2012

The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) have announced the winners of the inaugural CGA/GAWDA Distributor Safety Awards. Coastal Welding Supply Inc., Beaumont, Texas, won the award for companies with more than 100,000 employee exposure hours....

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Pferd parent company acquires Superior Abrasives

November 7, 2012

Pferd Inc., Leominster Pa., a subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, has announced that the Rüggeberg Group has acquired Superior Abrasives, Dayton, Ohio. The company now is named Superior Abrasives LLC . Pferd and Superior Abrasives LLC will operate...

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Wheatland Tube names general manager for fence, galvanized mechanical products

November 7, 2012

Wheatland Tube Co., Chicago, a division of JMC Steel Group, has announced that David Devine has joined the company as the general manager for fence and galvanized mechanical products. Devine has more than 19 years of experience in the mechanical tube market. Most recently he served as national...

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Nussbaum to open North American headquarters in North Carolina

November 5, 2012

Otto Nussbaum GmbH & Co. has announced plans to purchase a 56,565-sq.-ft. building in Gastonia, N.C., to house the North American headquarters, production, and technical services center for Nussbaum Automotive Solutions L.P. The $7.6 million investment is expected to create 83 new jobs, with...

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Rolled Alloys opens new facility in Connecticut

November 5, 2012

Rolled Alloys has opened a new facility in Windsor, Conn. The 40,000-sq.-ft. service center, which replaces the previous location, is on schedule to be fully operational by Dec. 1. Rolled Alloys supplies stainless steels, nickel, cobalt, and titanium alloys....

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Central Steel invests in new band saw technology

November 5, 2012

Central Steel & Wire Co., a service center with headquarters in Chicago, has invested in new band saw technology for its Milwaukee distribution facility. A new Behringer horizontal band saw has been installed and is operational. According to Central Steel, the saw increases the company's...

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Survey says lack of leadership is thwarting manufacturing renaissance

November 5, 2012

The public feels that American leadership is off-course in improving manufacturing competitiveness and that the national economy is weak and fragile, according to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. The survey found that Americans have a jaundiced view of the nation's...

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Benteler Steel/Tube selects Louisiana for U.S. expansion

November 5, 2012

Benteler Steel/Tube has announced it will build a new hot rolling tube mill in Caddo, La., strengthening the company's position in the North American oil country tubular goods (OCTG) market. The facility — a total investment of nearly $900 million — will be the company's first U.S. production...

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High Steel installs new stretcher leveler line

November 5, 2012

High Steel, Lancaster, Pa., has installed a 72- by 0.500- in. by 60,000-lb. SUREGRIP® stretcher leveling line from Red Bud Industries. The new line consists of an inline stage and load system, dual stub uncoiler, heavy-gauge peeler/breaker, crop shear, dual roller levelers, adjustable stretcher...

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L&M Precision Fabrication remodels Washington facility

November 5, 2012

L&M Precision Fabrication, a provider of sheet metal forming and machining services for the aerospace, electronic, medical, and military markets, has announced the completion of a recent remodeling effort at its Airway Heights, Wash., facility. The major goals for the remodel included...

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Shale-Inland names president - Fabrication & Distribution Services

November 5, 2012

Shale-Inland, a distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, and related products in Houston, has appointed Mark G. Essig to the position of president –Fabrication & Distribution Services (F&DS). He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, having held executive roles at Washington...

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Watts Specialties names sales manager

November 5, 2012

Watts Specialties, Puyallup, Wash., has appointed David Carr to the position of sales manager. Based in Houston, he is responsible for strengthening the company's position in the pipe cutting machine industry. Carr has more than 27 years of experience in industrial sales of pipe equipment....

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Fronius USA appoints area sales manager

November 5, 2012

Fronius USA has hired Rick Whitfield as area sales manager, working from the Chattanooga, Tenn., location. Whitfield began his career in welding automation in the mid-1990s. He has extensive experience in sales management and marketing of advanced welding automation equipment....

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