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Survey shows 91 percent of manufacturers experiencing problems recruiting qualified employees

February 13, 2013

A new survey of 199 metalworking manufacturers published by One Voice, the joint federal advocacy program of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), underscores the severity of the skilled worker shortage. The manufacturers, who...

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Clark Fixture Technologies adds sales account manager

February 12, 2013

Clark Fixture Technologies, a manufacturer of check fixtures for bent tube, wire, and formed hose in Bowling Green, Ohio, has hired Chris Smith as a sales account manager. Smith's initial responsibilities include servicing the current customer base within the U.S....

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum to acquire Metals USA Holdings

February 12, 2013

Metals service center Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Los Angeles, has announced plans to acquire Metals USA Holdings Corp., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a provider of products and services in the heavy carbon steel, flat-rolled steel, nonferrous metals, and building products markets. The transaction...

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SAF-West adds press brake for architectural metal fabrication

February 12, 2013

With the recent installation of a new, 175-ton, 240-in. AccurPress precision press brake, SAF-West, Redding, Calif., now can supply the architectural market with 20-ft. formed sheet metal parts. The company also offers shearing, welding, and routing services. Based in Atlanta, SAF is an...

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Cutting Edge Laser establishes new website

February 12, 2013

Cutting Edge Laser, Seattle, has released a redesigned website at www.celmfg.com highlighting its sheet metal fabrication services. A newsletter service updates customers on current events in the sheet fabrication industry. In addition, a blog provides up-to-date information on changes in the...

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Trilogy Machinery names VP/national sales manager

February 12, 2013

Trilogy Machinery Inc., Belcamp, Md., has promoted Ben "Beej" Flamholz to the position of vice president and national sales manager for Sunrise ironworkers. Flamholz has been selling ironworkers and punching machines since 2005. In this position, he supports customers and dealers across the...

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NAM launches growth agenda for manufacturing resurgence

February 12, 2013

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today released A Growth Agenda: Four Goals for a Manufacturing Resurgence in America, which sets a roadmap for economic growth and enhanced competitiveness for manufacturers. Manufacturers are hopeful that the President will discuss these pro-growth...

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MSCI study shows impact of 2.5 million American metals industry jobs

February 11, 2013

A recent study commissioned by the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) shows the economic contributions made by the metal production and distribution industry in 2012 are a dynamic part of the U.S. economy, accounting for more than $552 billion or over 3.5 percent of the nation's gross domestic...

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U.S. manufacturing technology orders have best year since 1996

February 11, 2013

December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $499.43 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 17.8 percent from November but...

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ConXtech's structural steel fabrication factory passes AISC audit for fourth time

February 11, 2013

ConXtech's manufacturing team has passed its 2013 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Certified Building Fabricator audit. The highly automated steel fabrication facility in Hayward, Calif., passed the annual audit with zero nonconformances and no suggestions for improvement from the...

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Free event offers students chance at internship opportunities

February 11, 2013

Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group, a producer of steel tubular products and HSS, will host its annual DFI Student Day on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Atlas Pipe Piles Chicago manufacturing mill. Atlas Tube and the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) welcome engineering students to the mill...

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KMC completes plant acquisition, expansion

February 11, 2013

Kickhaefer Mfg. Co. (KMC), a metal stamping and fabrication company, has announced the acquisition of a new facility and the completion of an expansion to its current facility in Port Washington, Wis. The company plans to add 20 employees. The new, 52,000-sq.-ft. facility has been expanded and...

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Columbia Marking Tools names reps for Midwest, New England

February 11, 2013

Columbia Marking Tools, a designer and manufacturer of marking tools and systems in Chesterfield, Mich., has appointed manufacturers' representatives for the Midwest and Northeast regions of the U.S. Gene Kennepp of Systems and Components Inc. in Antioch, Ill., is responsible for northern...

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AAM to invest more than $100 million in Michigan

February 11, 2013

American Axle & Mfg. Holdings Inc. (AAM), Detroit, has announced plans to invest more than $100 million in its manufacturing facility in Three Rivers, Mich. The investment will include the installation of new production lines, multiple assembly stations, paint line modifications, additional...

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Sintermetal completes expansion in Mexico

February 8, 2013

Sintermetal S.A. de C.V. has completed a $6 million expansion of its facility in Ocoyoacac, Mexico. The expansion provides room for a new area of machines that will allow the company to expand into the market of highly complex sintered parts for the production of rotors for oil pumps and variable...

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