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FMA economic analyst sees optimistic signs in 2011 for small manufacturing sector

November 29, 2010

Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), sees the "beginning stages for some optimism" in the small business community, which, in turn, indicate "solid" economic news for many U.S. manufacturers in 2011. Kuehl said, "The small business...

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Business better, employment up in 2010, manufacturers report in poll

November 18, 2010

According to a poll of factory executives, supervisors, and engineers conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA) at the FABTECH® trade show in Atlanta in early November, more than seven in 10 (72 percent) reported that business is either much better (31 percent) or...

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Metcam honored with Tyco Supplier Excellence Award

November 16, 2010

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, announced today that the company is the recipient of Tyco Fire & Safety's Supplier Excellence Award. The award was presented at Tyco's Sourcing Council 2010 Suppliers Day conference at the Boca Raton...

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Caterpillar Inc. to acquire mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International

November 15, 2010

Caterpillar Inc. and Bucyrus International, Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement under which Caterpillar will acquire Bucyrus International in a transaction valued at approximately $8.6 billion (including net debt). The acquisition is based on Caterpillar's key strategic...

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Steelmax Tools, Fab Tool Technologies merge

November 15, 2010

Steelmax Tools LLC, Centennial, Colo., has acquired Fab Tool Technologies LLC, Bridgeville, Pa., and merged it into Steelmax. All employees of Fab Tool Technologies have joined the Steelmax team. The combined company, which operates as Steelmax Tools LLC, produces and distributes fabrication tools...

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Melitron to build solar inverters for Sustainable Energy Technologies

November 15, 2010

Melitron Corp., Guelph, Ont., has been selected by Sustainable Energy Technologies to provide contract manufacturing services required to build its SUNERGY™ solar inverter. Sustainable Energy Technologies is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of power inverters for grid-connected solar PV...

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GRT-Mars forms strategic alliance with Intermatic

November 15, 2010

GRT-Mars Inc., Mountainside, N.J., has announced the establishment of a strategic alliance with the Juarez, Mexico, operation of Intermatic Inc., Spring Grove, Ill. The alliance will offer manufacturing systems to OEMs in North America and Latin America. GRT-Mars is a contract manufacturer...

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Eriez appoints general manager for Hydroflow line

November 15, 2010

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., has announced the appointment of Barry L. Nehls as general manager of the Hydroflow® product line of filtration and fluid recycling equipment. In this position, he oversees all aspects of the line, including marketing and sales. The company recently acquired Maumee, Ohio-based...

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Wilson Tool acquires Exacta Precision, Exacta FabTool

November 15, 2010

Wilson Tool International®, White Bear Lake, Minn., has acquired Exacta Precision and Exacta FabTool of Toronto. Exacta is a supplier of tooling for the fabrication and stamping industries. There will be no immediate change in operations for the companies. However, as the integration process...

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MST Seamless Tube & Pipe increases work force

November 15, 2010

MST Seamless Tube & Pipe, South Lyon, Mich., has increased its work force to near-record levels after a solid three-month period of strong sales. The manufacturer of carbon and alloy seamless cold-drawn pipe and tube has had a recent hiring surge that brings its total number of hourly and...

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Finn-Power, Safan dissolve press brake distribution agreement

November 15, 2010

Finn-Power Oy (a company of Prima Industrie Group) located in Kauhava, Finland, and Safan BV, Lochem, Netherlands, have announced the termination of their eight-year press brake distribution agreement effective Jan. 1, 2011. Finn-Power Oy will develop and manufacture its new line of electric and...

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Grainger honors veterans through expanded scholarship program

November 11, 2010

Facilities maintenance supplier Grainger has expanded its Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program for the fifth consecutive year. In the 2010 – 2011 academic year, the company will offer 75 community colleges across the United States two, $2,000 scholarships to award to community...

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FABTECH 2010 in Atlanta draws more attendees, fills more floor space than previous Atlanta show

November 11, 2010

The 2010 FABTECH exposition and conference drew 22,000 visitors to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 2-4 to experience the latest manufacturing innovations and discuss industry issues — an increase of 12 percent from the 2006 Atlanta show. The annual event is the largest tradeshow...

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September manufacturing technology consumption up 66.1 percent

November 8, 2010

September U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $399.76 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 66.1...

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Orbitform owner elected to Michigan State House of Representatives - TheFabricator.com

Orbitform owner elected to Michigan State House of Representatives

November 8, 2010

Mike Shirkey, owner of Jackson, Mich.-based Orbitform Group, which designs and builds forming, fastening, joining, and assembly equipment, and the former head of Allegiance Health's governing board, received 63 percent of the votes for state representative of Michigan's 65th District to defeat...

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