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OSHA, LIA renew alliance to protect workers from laser hazards

May 11, 2012

OSHA has renewed its alliance with the Laser Institute of America (LIA) to reduce and prevent worker exposure to laser beam and nonbeam hazards in industrial, research, and medical workplaces. The organizations also will share information on laser regulations and standards, the effects of lasers on...

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Gerdau to make $50 million investment at Minnesota mill

May 11, 2012

Long steel producer Gerdau has announced plans to invest $50 million to replace the continuous caster at its St. Paul, Minn., mill. The investment will increase special bar quality capacity by 100,000 short tons and increase the mill's total capacity to 550,000 short tons. The new caster will...

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Zarges closes Amarillo plant

May 11, 2012

German company Zarges has closed its plant in Amarillo, Texas, after two years of producing the metal interiors of wind turbine towers. The company cites the economy and uncertainty over governmental production tax credits to wind companies as reasons for the closure. The company employed 10 to 15...

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Airbus signs 10-year deal with Plymouth Engineered Shapes

May 11, 2012

Semifinished titanium airframe extrusion producer Plymouth Engineered Shapes, a part of Plymouth Tube Co., has announced that it has been awarded a new contract from Airbus. The scope of the 10-year agreement includes titanium extrusions that will be used throughout the programs for the A350 XWB,...

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Coe Press Equipment installs straightener, reel at Wellman Friction Products

May 10, 2012

Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, Mich., has installed a new CPPS-406-42 clamshell power straightener and a CPR-PO-15042 coil reel at Wellman Friction Products in Akron, Ohio, replacing the company's current equipment. Wellman is using the straightener in a line that feeds an existing 600-ton...

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AT&F installs steel plate blasting system

May 10, 2012

Metal fabricating company AT&F, Cleveland, has installed a new steel plate blasting system as part of its strategy of installing the largest metal forming and processing equipment available. The new machine enables the company to blast steel plate up to 12 ft. wide and 7 in. thick. The...

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Hyundai Motor Mfg. Alabama to add third production shift

May 10, 2012

Hyundai Motor Mfg. Alabama LLC (HMMA) has announced plans to add a third production shift at its Montgomery, Ala., facility. HMMA will add 877 positions to support the addition of the third shift, bringing the total number of jobs created at the plant to more than 3,000. The facility's 2012...

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TMK IPSCO breaks ground in Texas

May 10, 2012

TMK IPSCO, the North American division of global pipe manufacturer TMK, has begun development of a 69,000-sq.-ft. facility in Odessa, Texas. Consisting of two main buildings, the new facility will host ULTRA™ Premium connection manufacturing, including both pipe preprocessing and threading. The...

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ARF wins 2012 Leading Edge Award

May 10, 2012

American Roll Form, an employee-owned custom metal fabricator in Painesville, Ohio, has been selected as a winner of the 2012 Leading Edge Award, presented by Entrepreneurs Edge and Crain's Cleveland Business. According to the sponsors, the award honors middle-market companies operating in...

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TMK IPSCO hires new COO

May 10, 2012

TMK IPSCO, Downers Grove, Ill., the North American division of global pipe manufacturer TMK, has appointed Dave Mitch to the position of senior vice president and COO. In this newly created role, Mitch is responsible for all manufacturing, supply chain, and quality functions within the company....

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IFH Group names new president

May 10, 2012

The IFH Group, Rock Falls, Ill., a manufacturer of custom-fabricated hydraulic oil reservoirs, fuel tanks, and lubrication storage and handling systems, has named Keith Ellefsen as president. He succeeds James King Jr., who retains his position as CEO. Ellefsen has served as vice president of...

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Webinar to focus on robotic palletizing, depalletizing

May 10, 2012

p>Robotic Industries Association will host a webinar on May 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT on the basics of palletizing and depalletizing with robots. The webinar will feature many palletizing applications in action; the webinar includes movies of actual systems in production. Participants will...

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Storch conveyor is officially world’s longest

May 10, 2012

A 92.5-ft. magnetic slide conveyor, special-ordered by ATK Small Caliber, Independence, Mo., and manufactured by Storch Magnetics, Livonia, Mich., has been accepted by the Guinness World Records as the world's longest conveyor. ATK manufactures ferrous ammunition clips that are used to link...

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Tweet/Garot Mechanical hires VP of administration - TheFabricator.com

Tweet/Garot Mechanical hires VP of administration

May 10, 2012

Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc., Green Bay, Wis., has hired Christopher R. Howald as vice president of administration. His responsibilities involve managing and directing corporate functions, including safety and risk management, accounting, contract administration, human resources, legal, and...

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Thermatool installs cutoff system for new Allied Tube mill

May 10, 2012

Thermatool Corp. has installed an Alpha Mach 3 cutoff system for a new mill at Allied Tube and Conduit, a brand of Atkore International, in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. The machine cuts high-tensile-strength tube and pipe with blades of high-speed tool steel. It cuts 1008/1010 low-carbon steel with wall...

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