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Fronius hires customer support representative - TheFabricator.com

Fronius hires customer support representative

August 13, 2012

Fronius USA LLC, Brighton, Mich., a manufacturer of welding equipment, has hired Brent Prigge to support customers in the Houston area. Prigge spent more than seven years on active duty with the U.S. Navy as a submarine electronics technician and another year as a technician in the oil and gas...

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Collins Associates announces plant expansion

August 13, 2012

Collins Associates Inc., parent company of Venco/Venturo Mfg., has announced plans for a 30 percent plant expansion at its Cincinnati headquarters, with construction complete by the end of 2012. The expansion is a result of the company's 20 percent growth in sales since the recession ended....

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Accurate Perforating names business development manager

August 13, 2012

Accurate Perforating, Chicago, has named David Baer as business development manager. In this position, he works to expand the company's presence in existing key markets and lead the initiative to penetrate new target markets. Baer's duties include assisting in market assessment, sizing, and...

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Nippon Steel joint venture to establish company in Mexico

August 13, 2012

Nippon Steel Corp., Sumitomo Pipe & Tube Co. Ltd., Sumitomo Corp., and Metal One Corp. have established a joint-venture company in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, to build a manufacturing and sales base for automotive steel pipes and tubes. Approximately 2.6 million four-wheeled automobiles were...

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TorrMetal adds EDM for prototyping, diemaking

August 13, 2012

TorrMetal Corp., Cleveland, has added the MD+PRO III Advance wire EDM to its custom metal stamping services. The machine creates precision-tolerance prototypes and concept parts and provides small-lot production and toolmaking capabilities for repeat and long-run production. TorrMetal produces...

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Manufacturing technology orders up 8.8 percent in 2012

August 13, 2012

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $462.95 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 down 0.6 percent from May and down 1.8...

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FANUC America launches new website

August 9, 2012

FANUC FA America, Hoffman Estates, Ill., has launched a new website at www.fanucfa.com with enhanced resources and functionality and expanded content. The website features detailed information on the company's CNCs, drive systems, laser systems, service, and support. The product section has been...

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Lissmac acquires Steelmaster line

August 9, 2012

Lissmac Maschinenbau GmbH, Bad Wurzach, Germany, has announced the acquisition of the metal finishing segment of Homag Group in Beckum, Germany, which includes the Steelmaster line of metal finishing and deburring machines. The machines add a wet grinding process to the company's current offering...

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Judson A. Smith celebrates 50th anniversary

August 9, 2012

ATW Companies Inc., Warwick, R.I., a provider of custom-manufactured metal components and services, has announced that Judson A. Smith, its custom and precision tubing products subsidiary, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in business. Judson Smith started the company in Boyertown, Pa., in 1961...

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Pines Technology delivers bending machine to Morris Coupling

August 8, 2012

Pines Technology, a Westlake, Ohio-based manufacturer of pipe bending machinery, has shipped a No. 6 heavy-duty rotary hydraulic bending machine to Morris Coupling, Erie, Pa., for its Knoxville, Tenn., facility. The machine is equipped with a Dial-A-Bend SE PLC that stores up to 1,000 different...

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RoboVent expands Ohio offices

August 8, 2012

RoboVent, Sterling Heights, Mich., a U.S. supplier of ventilation and filtration equipment for manufacturing facilities, has expanded its Columbus, Ohio, office and added five employees. The new facility is 15,000 sq. ft., almost tripling the size of the first branch office. The company's services...

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1EM capacity triples after acquisition

August 7, 2012

1 Engineering & Manufacturing (1EM), Neenah, Wis., a multidisciplined, vertically integrated engineering and manufacturing company providing advanced manned and unmanned intervention systems for the subsea oil and gas industry, has expanded capacity with its first capital improvement program....

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Hobart Institute launches new website

August 7, 2012

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has launched a revised website at www.welding.org. The redesigned site features drop-down menus to help simplify access to information on certification, skill training, technical training, and safety. Quick clicks on icons bring up information...

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LINE survey: Gains will be small, but August’s hiring rate in the manufacturing and service sectors will surpass 2011 levels

August 2, 2012

Following national trends for the labor market, hiring will steadily continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in August, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2012. A net of 40.6 percent of...

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Labor productivity No. 1 factor for global manufacturing competitiveness, survey says

August 2, 2012

In a new global survey commissioned by Kronos Inc., Chelmsford, Mass., and conducted by IDC Mfg. Insights, labor productivity ranked the highest among all 11 countries surveyed as the most important factor for achieving manufacturing success. Factors such as modern infrastructure, government...

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