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HRB prices keep pushing ahead

March 31, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for March 28 rose 2.2 percent to $606 per ton after declining two consecutive times. The Western European HRB price rose 1.7 percent to $852 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 0.3 percent), ex-works, for the eighth consecutive increase....

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Manufacturing hiring to expand in April, but large-scale hiring remains elusive

March 31, 2011

Manufacturing and service payrolls in the U.S. private sector will expand in April compared with last year, but large-scale hiring remains elusive, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for April 2011. The...

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D&S Mfg. receives award for commitment to manufacturing education

March 29, 2011

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has received a 2010 Appreciation Award from Advanced Mfg. Network – Northwest for continued support of manufacturing education and the Gold Collar Careers initiative. D&S employees were recognized specifically for their participation in the development...

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North American robotics companies post best year since 2007

March 29, 2011

North American-based robotics companies reported strong growth in 2010, posting the best year since 2007, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry trade group. North American robot suppliers reported orders of 13,174 robots valued at $845.6 million...

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Reps. Manzullo, Ryan launch 2011 Manufacturing Caucus

March 29, 2011

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, have re-established the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus for the 112th Congress. The co-chairs, who co-founded the Caucus in 2003, are focused on enhancing the productivity, capacity, and competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. More than...

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Omron provides robotics safety equipment for Alabama Robotics Technology Park

March 29, 2011

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc., Fremont, Calif., has partnered with the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) and is serving as the primary robotics safety provider for the project. The RTP is a three-phase project that will include individual training facilities targeted to specific industry...

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Outside Processors Council merges with Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.

March 28, 2011

The Outside Processors Council (OPC) has merged with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) in an effort to further strengthen the two industry organizations and add value to members. The merger was announced at FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing Conference in March in...

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ABB Robotics to host laser processing workshop April 27 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

March 24, 2011

ABB Robotics is hosting a Laser Processing Workshop on April 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The workshop will give current and potential users of laser technology in-depth, hands-on exposure to: robotic laser best...

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Toyota to U.S. plants: ‘Prepare to shut down’

March 24, 2011

CNN.com has reported that a Toyota spokesman has said the company's U.S. manufacturing arm is preparing for a possible shutdown because of parts shortages from Japan. Word reportedly has gone out to all 13 of Toyota's factories in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This does not mean that the...

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Carrier Corp. to sell its North American bus air-conditioning business

March 22, 2011

Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp., has entered into an agreement to sell its bus air-conditioning business in the United States and Canada to Mobile Climate Control, a global provider of climate control solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. Mobile Climate Control is a...

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Albina Pipe Bending owner passes away at 63 - TheFabricator.com

Albina Pipe Bending owner passes away at 63

March 21, 2011

William H. Smith, 63, owner of Albina Pipe Bending Co. Inc., Tualatin, Ore., died Feb. 24 of desmoplastic melanoma at his home in the Portland area. Born in 1947, Smith lived most of his life in the Portland area attending Arleta Elementary School, Franklin High School, and graduating with a...

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Rafter announces partnership with HKS-Prozesstechnik

March 21, 2011

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has reached an agreement with HKS-Prozesstechnik GmbH to become the exclusive North American system integrator for its ThermoProfilScanner (TPS) nondestructive weld seam inspection system. The system uses a lens-free thermal imaging sensor to capture the...

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MCA announces plans for semiannual meeting

March 21, 2011

The Metal Construction Association (MCA), Glenview, Ill., will hold its 2011 semiannual meeting Aug. 1-3 at The Umstead in Raleigh, N.C. The events will include interactive council and committee sessions with discussion of current work in development. The mission of the volunteer-led MCA is to...

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Scot Industries to open Indiana facility

March 21, 2011

Scot Industries Inc., a manufacturer of steel tube and bar products based in Lone Star, Texas, has announced that it will establish a new production facility in Auburn, Ind., creating up to 65 new jobs by 2014. The facility initially will produce turned, ground, and chrome-plated steel bars for...

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HRB prices rise in U.S. and Western Europe, fall elsewhere

March 16, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for March 14 rose 2.8 percent to $958 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the eighth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 2.8 percent to $838 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 2.2 percent), ex-works, for the seventh...

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