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GE Appliances plans second shift to increase refrigerator production

July 30, 2012

GE Appliances is adding 380 second-shift production employees at its Louisville, Ky., bottom-freezer refrigerator manufacturing facility. The company also has increased the number of new production employees working in the facility from the recently announced 600 to a total of 772. About 100...

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Mound Laser breaks ground for new Ohio facility

July 30, 2012

Mound Laser & Photonics Center Inc. has broken ground for a new building in Kettering, Ohio. The company, which serves the medical device, aerospace, and defense industries, has grown from 5 to 40 employees and increased sales by 20 times in the last 10 years. The new, 20,000-sq.-ft. building...

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Hexagon Metrology names JLM Industrial Supply as distributor

July 30, 2012

Hexagon Metrology Inc., North Kingstown, R.I., has announced a new distribution partnership with JLM Industrial Supply Inc., Sparks, Nev. The agreement makes JLM an authorized distributor of Hexagon's dimensional measurement products, including programmable CMMs, laser trackers, portable...

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Case IH expands Illinois plant - TheFabricator.com

Case IH expands Illinois plant

July 30, 2012

Case IH recently broke ground on an expansion of its Goodfield, Ill., plant, which manufactures tillage and fertilizer-application equipment. The 168,000-sq.-ft. expansion project, which will accommodate a new paint line, will increase the size of the plant by about two-thirds. The paint line...

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3M study reveals PPE use varies by geography

July 30, 2012

China offers the greatest growth potential for the application of personal protection equipment (PPE) because of its booming manufacturing sector, combined with a relatively recent focus on workplace safety. That is one of the findings of 3M's newly released market study, which offers safety and...

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McAllisters acquire Select Stainless

July 26, 2012

International investment banking firm 321 Capital Partners, Baltimore, has completed the asset sale of Select Stainless, a manufacturer of production and custom stainless steel food service and health care equipment in Matthews, N.C., to Larry and Betty McAllister. The 140,000-sq.-ft. facility...

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Eriez launches redesigned website

July 26, 2012

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., a manufacturer of magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, X-ray, materials feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment, has launched its revamped website at www.eriez.com. It features a new layout and expanded content. The site employs a series of home page...

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TRUMPF expands disk laser production

July 26, 2012

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has opened a production location for disk lasers at TRUMPF Japan in Yokohama. The new facility is the company's third production site for disk lasers after Schramberg, Germany, and Farmington....

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HRB prices up in the U.S., down elsewhere

July 25, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ U.S. HRB spot price for July 23rd rose 2.1 percent to $683 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after falling seven times. The Western European HRB price fell 1.3 percent to $614 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 0.2 percent), ex-works, for the sixth consecutive...

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Tsubaki to acquire the Mayfran Group

July 24, 2012

Tsubakimoto Chain Co., a manufacturer and developer of power transmission products in Osaka, Japan, has announced it will acquire Cleveland-based Mayfran Intl. and affiliated subsidiaries. Mayfran provides systems for scrap and coolant management and material handling, used in metalworking,...

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Nippon Sharyo Mfg. opens facility in Illinois

July 24, 2012

Nippon Sharyo Mfg. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Sharyo U.S.A. Inc., has begun operations at its new passenger railcar production facility in Rochelle, Ill. The plant employs 140 workers currently. In 2013 the company plans to increase the workforce to nearly 300 when the in-house...

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Davi completes production of heaviest plate roll

July 24, 2012

Dallas-based Davi has manufactured and commissioned what it says is the heaviest four-roll machine ever built. The 13.12-ft. by 10-in. machine was dismantled and delivered to the customer via 17 trucks. It will be used for the production of heavy-duty vessels for the nuclear industry and offshore...

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Job site releases list of top 10 states for manufacturing jobs

July 24, 2012

The job site americanmfgjobs.com has released a list of the top 10 states for manufacturing jobs on its site. Some of the most popular manufacturing jobs available are for assemblers, engineers, CNC specialists, and managers. The top 10 states are: California – 42,377 Texas – 32,386...

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Roll-Kraft installs measuring arm

July 24, 2012

Roll-Kraft has announced the addition of a Faro Edge measuring arm to the inspection area at its Mentor, Ohio, roll tooling manufacturing facility. Often customers need a new roll but have no prints or drawings to use for manufacturing. The measuring arm uses reverse engineering to analyze the...

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Weeks Group, Diverse Services Group to bring joint venture to Connecticut

July 24, 2012

The Weeks Group and Diverse Services Group, two global steel building product companies, have announced plans to create Sustainable Building Systems LLC, to be located in North Haven, Conn. The 400,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to employ more than 400 people within four years. The new company...

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