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ESAB launches upgraded website

June 13, 2012

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has added several new features to its website at www.esabna.com. Visitors are able to view or download product literature for plasma welding, arc welding, gas apparatus, filler metals, cutting systems, and welding automation products. They also...

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Deere to expand manufacturing capacity for hydraulic cylinders

June 13, 2012

Deere & Co. has announced plans to invest $47 million to expand manufacturing capacity in its Moline, Ill., cylinder operations, where the company builds hydraulic cylinders used in its agricultural, construction, and forestry machines sold around the world. The investment will result in...

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RoboVent opens office in Indianapolis

June 12, 2012

RoboVent, a Sterling Heights, Mich.-based U.S. supplier of ventilation and filtration equipment for manufacturing facilities, has opened a suburban Indianapolis office. Besides the long-established automotive manufacturing and transportation companies in the Indianapolis area, RoboVent has...

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Prima Electro, Yaskawa form partnership in CNC market

June 12, 2012

Prima Electro S.p.A. and Yaskawa Europe GmbH have signed a strategic partnership agreement for the CNC market. Prima has chosen Yaskawa's Sigma-5 SD drives and motors to implement its new Osai OpenControl CNC software and hardware components. The products will be connected through Mechatrolink III...

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AK Tube plant recognized for outstanding safety performance

June 12, 2012

AK Tube LLC's Walbridge, Ohio, plant has been recognized for outstanding safety performance by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Division of Safety and Hygiene. The recognition is part of a collaborative safety awareness program established by the Northwest Ohio Safety Council. The plant...

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Steel King Industries celebrates employee safety milestone

June 12, 2012

Steel King Industries Inc. has announced that its Stevens Point, Wis., manufacturing facility has achieved the safety milestone of no lost-time injuries (LTI) over a one-year time period. Employees achieved the milestone on May 9, 2012, having logged nearly 136,800 hours of work without a single...

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L&M Precision Fabrication appointed as Boeing Tier 1 supplier

June 12, 2012

L&M Precision Fabrication, a precision metal manufacturer in Airway Heights, Wash., has been appointed as an aerospace Tier 1 supplier partner for The Boeing Aircraft Co. L&M Precision also continues to play an active role in supplying interior components to other Boeing Tier 1...

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Webco opens new plant in Oklahoma

June 12, 2012

Metal tube manufacturer Webco has opened a 210,000-sq.-ft. plant in Sand Springs, Okla. The $55 million facility is dedicated to producing carbon steel tubing. The company employs about 900 people at plants in Oklahoma, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas....

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Automotive Climate Control to expand in Indiana

June 12, 2012

Automotive Climate Control Inc., a manufacturer of mobile air-conditioning and heating equipment, has announced plans to expand its headquarters in Elkhart, Ind., creating up to 40 new jobs by 2015. The company, which supplies to OEMs and aftermarket customers in the automotive and...

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Republic Steel adding electric arc furnace to Ohio facility

June 11, 2012

Republic Steel has announced that construction is under way for a new electric arc furnace and related equipment at its Lorain, Ohio, steelmaking facility. The company expects the first heat of steel from the new facility to be tapped during the second quarter of 2013. The expansion is designed to...

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Dorner adds interactive platform to website

June 11, 2012

Dorner Mfg., Hartland, Wis., has announced the addition of an interactive platform to its website at www.dornerconveyors.com. The home page features such search tabs as products, industries, applications, and hotline help. A live chat tab will be launched soon to allow customers to interact online...

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Ice Industries acquires Blue Chip Mfg.

June 11, 2012

An affiliate of Ice Industries Inc., Sylvania, Ohio, has completed its purchase of the assets of Blue Chip Mfg. & Sales LLC, a metal fabrication, machining, welding, kitting, and assembly company in Columbus, Ohio. The new entity, known as Ice Industries Columbus Inc., continues to operate at...

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United Performance Metals names western regional branch manager

June 8, 2012

United Performance Metals, a Hamilton, Ohio-based supplier of specialty stainless and high-temperature alloy sheet and coil, has promoted Chris Weber to the position of western regional branch manager. Weber has been working as the western regional manager for almost two years, recently playing an...

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Kemper America launches website for fume extraction products

June 8, 2012

Kemper America, a supplier of welding exhaust systems in Alpharetta, Ga., has launched a new website at www.kemperamerica.com. The new website features a comprehensive product catalog that provides details on all of the company's OSHA-compliant welding smoke removal products, including pricing and...

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Steelcase president named Business Person of the Year

June 8, 2012

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids has named James Hackett, president and CEO of Steelcase Inc., as Business Person of the Year. The award was instituted to honor influential business leaders from leading or large employers in Grand Rapids, Mich., who have made significant contributions for the...

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