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Independence Tube reopens after tornado damage

May 3, 2012

One year after sustaining major damage from an EF-5 tornado, the Decatur, Ala., location of Independence Tube Corp. has re-opened for business. The company produces structural steel tubing at locations throughout North America....

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Whirlpool to close Arkansas plant June 29

May 3, 2012

Whirlpool has announced that June 29 will be the official closing date for its Fort Smith, Ark., plant. The closure will eliminate 917 jobs. The company has been in Fort Smith for more than 45 years, employing more than 4,500 people in 2006....

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Gibbs Wire & Steel establishes new website

May 3, 2012

Gibbs Wire & Steel Co., a metal service center based in Southington, Conn., has launched a new website at www.gibbswire.com. The new website will enable metals buyers to access tools and technical information to help in the purchasing process. The site includes a list of finished coil stock,...

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Pratt Industries to open plant in Michigan

May 3, 2012

Pratt Industries Inc., a Belleair Beach, Fla., manufacturer of transport trailers, will open a plant in Niles Township, Mich. The facility is expected to create up to 400 jobs by the end of 2012....

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Lomar Machine & Tool recognized with supplier award

May 3, 2012

Lomar Machine & Tool Co., Horton, Mich., has received the Premier Supplier Award in the direct materials category from Eaton Corp. As a direct material supplier, Lomar provides goods used directly in the making of Eaton products. A total of 33 companies were recognized with the award in the...

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LINE survey: Manufacturing and service-sector hiring will be steady in May

May 3, 2012

Although the rate of growth will not reach the level of a year ago, job creation will continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in May, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for May 2012. A net of 40.5...

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Fusion Metal Products completes expansion

May 2, 2012

Metal fabricating company Fusion Metal Products has added 4,200 sq. ft. to its facility in New Richmond, Wis. The addition houses a large sandblasting booth and 30-ft. powder coating batch oven....

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Daimler Buses reconfigures North American operations

May 2, 2012

Daimler Buses, Stuttgart, Germany, is reconfiguring its bus business in the U.S. and Canada. The company has signed a letter of intent with Motor Coach Industries Intl. Inc. to establish a strategic partnership to combine MCI's product, service, and sales network with Setra's North American coach...

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BAE Systems completes manufacturing center in Texas

May 2, 2012

BAE Systems, a global defense, aerospace, and security company, has completed construction of its new manufacturing center in Austin, Texas. The new facility produces technologies for the company's electronic systems sector, including circuit-card assemblies for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon...

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MidWest Materials CEO receives award for service, leadership - TheFabricator.com

MidWest Materials CEO receives award for service, leadership

May 2, 2012

MidWest Materials CEO Brian Robbins has received the President's Award from the Association of Steel Distributors (ASD), Chicago, for his commitment and leadership to the association and the steel industry. Other recipients of the award this year were Andy Gross, CEO of Alliance Steel LLC, and...

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COMEQ names vice president of sales - TheFabricator.com

COMEQ names vice president of sales

May 2, 2012

COMEQ Inc., White Marsh, Md., the exclusive distributor for Geka, Safan, Primeline, Americor, and Parmigiani fabricating and sheet metal machinery, has announced the appointment of Eric Lenhart as vice president of sales. In this position, he works with staff to foster closer relationships with...

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Miller to take weld expo tour to four cities

May 1, 2012

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., and the ITW Welding companies of North America, including Hobart Brothers, Bernard, Tregaskiss, Weldcraft, and Smith Equipment, will be taking the "Under the Hood 2012: Learn | Weld | Connect" welding expos to four cities across the U.S. Tour stops are...

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STI/SPFA announces Sonnenberg Award recipient

May 1, 2012

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA), Lake Zurich, Ill., has presented the Sonnenberg Award to Wally Watson, Watco Tanks, Floresville, Texas. The award honors an STI/SPFA member who has made significant contributions to the association in research and/or technical...

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Nissan Forklift names national account manager - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift names national account manager

May 1, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp., Marengo, Ill., has announced the appointment of Dale Skiles as national account manager. Responsible for U.S. accounts and development of new North American accounts, Skiles has 17 years of experience in the industry. He has a bachelor's degree in social science from the...

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High Steel Service Center installs stretcher leveling line - TheFabricator.com

High Steel Service Center installs stretcher leveling line

April 26, 2012

High Steel Service Center LLC has added a 0.500- by 72-in. Red Bud Industries cut-to-length line at its Lancaster, Pa., facility. The line includes an adjustable SUREGRIP™ stretcher leveling system. The stretcher frames can be adjusted automatically to a multiple of the part length to...

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