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Stephen C. Mandes, NIMS executive director, dies

June 20, 2012

Stephen C. Mandes, who served as executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) since its inception in 1999, died in April. Mandes got the Department of Labor to recognize NIMS as a new standard for federally approved apprentice programs. He tied it to the SkillsUSA...

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Elgin Fastener Group announces acquisition of Northern Wire LLC

June 20, 2012

Elgin Fastener Group LLC (EFG), Versailles, Ind., has completed the acquisition of Northern Wire LLC, Merrill, Wis. Jeff Liter, EFG CEO, said, "The acquisition of Northern Wire gives the Elgin Fastener Group a solid foothold in the wire form market and opens new doors to product lines that were...

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Caster Concepts acquires Larcaster/Owl Welding

June 20, 2012

Caster Concepts Inc., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels located in Albion, Mich., has acquired the assets and select liabilities of torsion caster-maker Larcaster/Owl Welding, Selkirk, Manitoba. As part of the transition plan, Al Larson, owner of Larcaster, and Karen...

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FMA Communications Inc. publications nominated for four ASBPE awards

June 19, 2012

FMA Communications Inc. has announced that its publications have been nominated for four American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards. Tim Heston was nominated for a National Award in the Case History category for “Need a light—now?” from the October 2011 issue of The...

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SME bestows highest honor on pioneer of general design theory

June 14, 2012

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Dearborn, Mich., has honored Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, the director general of the Centre for Research and Development Strategy at the Science and Technology Agency of Japan, with its highest recognition — Honorary Membership. Yoshikawa was honored for...

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Ron Vogt Sr. retires from Weiler Corp. after 44 years - TheFabricator.com

Ron Vogt Sr. retires from Weiler Corp. after 44 years

June 14, 2012

On June 1 Weiler Corp. honored Ron Vogt Sr. on his retirement from the company after 44 years of service. The celebration in Canadensis, Pa., included company executives, marketing and sales staff, co-workers, friends, and family members. Vogt started at Weiler in 1967 on the production floor,...

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Smucker Laser adds third laser cutting machine

June 14, 2012

Smucker Laser Cutting & Metal Fabrication, Lancaster, Pa., has added the TruLaser 3030 to its facility. The new laser allows the company to cut aluminum sheet up to 0.5 in. thick, stainless steel up to 0.75 in. thick, and steel up to 1 in. thick. Features include one cutting head for all sheet...

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Coe delivers cut-to-length line to Fanasa - TheFabricator.com

Coe delivers cut-to-length line to Fanasa

June 14, 2012

Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced the installation of a cut-to-length line at Fanasa in Santa Catarina (Nuevo Leon), Mexico, a facility dedicated mainly to stampings and assemblies for the industrial and appliance markets. The new line comprises a CPRF-SM4 48-in....

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Super Steel appoints two staff members

June 14, 2012

Super Steel, Milwaukee, has announced the appointments of Joel De La Torre as project engineer and Dale Wilson as sales manager. The company is a contract manufacturer of metal fabrications and assemblies for the agriculture, construction, industrial, military, and transportation markets....

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Forming Technologies wins CATA award for innovative technology

June 14, 2012

Forming Technologies Inc., Burlington, Ont., has been awarded the Canada Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Intel SME Innovation Award. Forming Technologies Inc. is a developer of computer-aided engineering software for design and simulation of sheet metal components, serving OEMs and suppliers...

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Jor-Mac names new president - TheFabricator.com

Jor-Mac names new president

June 14, 2012

Jor-Mac Co., a contract manufacturer of engineered metal fabrications in Lomira, Wis., has promoted Kelly Sayles from general manager to president. Sayles, who has been with the company for four years, has more than 20 years of experience in the sheet metal industry. Previous President and CEO...

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Gibbs Wire & Steel names sales representative - TheFabricator.com

Gibbs Wire & Steel names sales representative

June 14, 2012

Gibbs Wire & Steel, a distributor and custom processor of steel wire and strip in Southington, Conn., has announced the addition of Tom Nichols to the sales team. Based in the Chicago area, Nichols is responsible for increasing strip sales within new and existing markets in the Midwest. He...

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Wall Colmonoy adds staff

June 14, 2012

Wall Colmonoy, Madison Heights, Mich., a global materials engineering group of companies engaged in the manufacturing of surfacing and brazing products, castings, and engineered components, has announced the hiring of Ed Kanters as CFO and Cindy Vario as corporate human resources manager. Kanters...

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Commitment to U.S. takes center stage as manufacturing sector grows, says ThomasNet.com

June 14, 2012

Buoyed by growth and confident in their futures, U.S. manufacturers are laying out an agenda for restoring their industry to its earlier glory, according to results of ThomasNet.com's newest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB). Overwhelmingly, they are pushing to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing...

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Matheson opens retail facility in Joplin, Mo.

June 14, 2012

Matheson has opened its new facility in Joplin, Mo., replacing the structure lost in a devastating tornado last year. The company has supplied compressed gases, welding equipment, and related items from its Joplin facility since 2002. On May 22, 2011, a tornado estimated to be 1.5 miles wide cut a...

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