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2012 manufacturing scholarship winners announced

July 10, 2012

Ten students seeking careers in manufacturing have earned $1,500 toward their trade school or community college education from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill. FMA's Outside Processors Council (OPC)...

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Lewco appoints purchasing manager

July 10, 2012

Lewco Inc. has appointed Scott Parish as purchasing manager at corporate headquarters in Sandusky, Ohio. His responsibilities include management and continual development of the purchasing team and implementation of industry best practices in supply chain management. Parish has a background in...

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ESAB opens South Carolina manufacturing facility

July 10, 2012

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has opened a newly renovated manufacturing facility in Union County, S.C., creating 101 new jobs. The 260,000-sq.-ft. plant manufactures GMAW and SAW wires. Two new production lines for the company's AristoRod and copper-coated wires also will be...

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Lissmac purchases Steelmaster brand

July 10, 2012

Lissmac Corp., Waterford, N.Y., has purchased the Steelmaster brand from Butfering. Lissmac now is the owner, manufacturer, and distributor of Steelmaster wide-belt metal deburring and finishing machines and the point of contact for service- and parts-related issues for new and existing machines....

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Matheson to transfer ownership of gas, welding supply business to Indiana Oxygen

July 10, 2012

Matheson, Basking Ridge, N.J., has announced an agreement to transfer ownership of its Elkhart, Ind., gas and welding supply business to the Indiana Oxygen Co. The companies expect to complete the transfer in July 2012. Indiana Oxygen has an established network of branch locations in Indiana. It...

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Lee Steel purchases acidless pickling coil line

July 10, 2012

Lee Steel Corp., Novi, Mich., has purchased an eco pickled surface (EPS®) coil line from Red Bud Industries, Red Bud, Ill. The line removes scale from HRS material up to 0.375 in. at 72 in. wide and coil weights up to 70,000 lbs. The acidless pickling process uses a slurry-blasting mixture of...

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Health risk assessment clears shop towels of toxicity claims

July 10, 2012

An initial health risk assessment of laundered, reusable shop towels by the international environmental engineering firm Arcadis indicates that using laundered, reusable shop towels creates no health hazard. Arcadis' risk assessment indicates that metals that remain on shop towels after laundering...

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Gibbs Wire & Steel names California warehouse manager

July 10, 2012

Gibbs Wire & Steel Co., Southington, Conn., has named Dale Porter as the new warehouse manager of its California service center. He has more than 20 years of general management experience, having served as a retail manager at Stater Bros. Markets and as a department manager at Lowe’s Home...

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Gap Partners appoints general manager - TheFabricator.com

Gap Partners appoints general manager

July 10, 2012

Gap Partners Inc., Rabun Gap, Ga., has named Frank Cucchiara as general manager. He comes to the company from TSE Industries, where he recently started up Changzhou TSE Rubber and Plastic Products Manufacturing Co. in Changzhou, China, near Shanghai. He also has worked for Dosatron Intl.,...

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Leavitt Tube renamed Maruichi Leavitt Pipe & Tube

July 10, 2012

Leavitt Tube Co., Chicago, has been renamed Maruichi Leavitt Pipe & Tube LLC. The change reflects the ownership position of the company, which is 60 percent owned by Maruichi Steel Tube Ltd. (MKK) of Japan. The remaining 40 percent of the company is owned by Sumitomo Corp. of America (SOCA),...

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Atco opens plant in Idaho

July 10, 2012

Atco, based in Alberta, Canada, has opened a new plant in Pocatello, Idaho, creating 190 jobs. The plant builds modular workforce housing units to be shipped to oil and mining sites worldwide. "We expect to complete three units per day, once we are up and fully running," said David Cook, plant...

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Airbus to create aircraft assembly line in Alabama

July 10, 2012

Airbus has announced plans to create an A320 family jetliner final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. The U.S. is the world's largest market for such single-aisle jetliners, the company reports, and is expected to retain that ranking for the next 20 years. "Airbus indeed has European roots, but we have...

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TRUMPF names VP of engineering, manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

TRUMPF names VP of engineering, manufacturing

July 10, 2012

Fabricating machinery manufacturer TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Stephan Bundschu to the position of vice president, engineering and manufacturing. He is responsible for overseeing the machine assembly, components, sheet metal, tooling, and purchasing departments. He also continues...

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SigmaTEK launches YouTube channel

July 10, 2012

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, a CAD/CAM nesting software manufacturer in Cincinnati, has established the SigmaNEST® YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/SigmaTEKsystems. The site provides instructional and customer application videos for the parts nesting software....

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OMAX® appoints two regional sales managers

July 10, 2012

Abrasive waterjet manufacturer OMAX Corp., Kent. Wash., has expanded its sales force to include two new regional managers: Dustin Grim and John Leszczyna. Grim is responsible for Indiana and southern Illinois, and Leszczyna handles Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of Tennessee....

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