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CB&I to acquire Shaw Group

August 2, 2012

CB&I, The Woodlands, Texas, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shaw Group, a FORTUNE 500® company primarily focused on serving clients in the power generation and government services sectors. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2013. The new business sector created...

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Labor productivity No. 1 factor for global manufacturing competitiveness, survey says

August 2, 2012

In a new global survey commissioned by Kronos Inc., Chelmsford, Mass., and conducted by IDC Mfg. Insights, labor productivity ranked the highest among all 11 countries surveyed as the most important factor for achieving manufacturing success. Factors such as modern infrastructure, government...

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LINE survey: Gains will be small, but August’s hiring rate in the manufacturing and service sectors will surpass 2011 levels

August 2, 2012

Following national trends for the labor market, hiring will steadily continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in August, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2012. A net of 40.6 percent of...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing sector economic activity contracts for 2nd consecutive month; primary and fabricated metals sectors report growth

August 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in July for the second time since July 2009; however, the overall economy grew for the 38th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued August 1by Bradley...

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Lincoln Electric announces year-end leadership transition

July 31, 2012

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has announced that John M. Stropki Jr., who has been chairman, president, and CEO since 2004, will become executive chairman of the board, and Christopher L. Mapes will be named president and CEO, both effective Dec. 31, 2012. Mapes has been serving as COO...

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Dixie-Southern earns new certification

July 31, 2012

Dixie-Southern's Arkansas division in Springdale has achieved ASME Section VIII, Division 1 accreditation. This certification allows the facility to fabricate fired and unfired pressure vessels and certify them under the codes and standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers....

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FMA Communications publications win four ASBPE awards

July 31, 2012

FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced that its publications have won four American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards. Tim Heston won a Silver National Award in the case history category for "Need a light—now?" from the October 2011 issue of The FABRICATOR®,...

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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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