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Sharpe Products adds fiber-optic tube laser capabilities - TheFabricator.com

Sharpe Products adds fiber-optic tube laser capabilities

April 25, 2012

Sharpe Products, a contract manufacturer in New Berlin, Wis., providing tube bending services, has purchased a BLM fiber-optic tube laser. The addition of the laser complements the company’s already lean processes of using all-electric, CNC tube benders. This 3,000-W tube laser can cut...

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EFD Induction acquires Electronic Heating Equipment

April 25, 2012

EFD Induction, Skien, Norway, has announced its acquisition of Electronic Heating Equipment (EHE) Inc., a supplier of impeders, coils, scarfing equipment, and related products to tube and pipe manufacturers. EHE founder John Wright will continue as managing director of the Washington state-based...

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Agrawal receives ASEE's 2012 James H. McGraw Award

April 25, 2012

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has awarded its James H. McGraw Award to Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., vice president for academic affairs at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, Ferguson, Mo., and a member of the SME Education Foundation board of directors, in...

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ATI senior account manager named first female chair of RIA - TheFabricator.com

ATI senior account manager named first female chair of RIA

April 25, 2012

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) has named Catherine Morris, senior account manager with ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, N.C., as its first female chair. Morris was elected to the RIA board in 2003 and most recently served as first vice chair. She is a past chair and current member of...

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Quality Iron Fabricators to open new steel fabrication facility

April 23, 2012

Memphis, Tenn.-based Quality Iron Fabricators has begun construction on a $7 million, 40,000-sq.-ft. fabrication facility and office complex in Albany, Tenn. Equipped with CNC fabrication machinery, the new plant will be able to expand another 250,000 sq. ft. Capacity is expected to double over...

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Voortman open house scheduled for June

April 23, 2012

On June 28-29 Voortman will hold an open house at its Rijssen, Netherlands, plant to demonstrate its automated steel processing machines. During the Product Introduction Days 2012 event, company representatives will share in-depth information with customers, distributers, and industry publications...

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Red Bud establishes new website

April 23, 2012

Red Bud Industries has launched a new company website at www.redbudindustries.com. It offers simplified navigation and additional information on the company’s coil processing equipment. Videos of equipment in operation have been added, along with web apps....

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Kuka receives two auto industry supplier excellence awards - TheFabricator.com

Kuka receives two auto industry supplier excellence awards

April 23, 2012

Kuka Systems, a global systems integrator and developer of body shop automation systems for the automotive industry, has received supplier excellence awards from two automakers. General Motors named the Augsburg, Germany-based company as a Global Supplier of the Year for 2011. The award...

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Kenowa Industries receives minority business award

April 23, 2012

Kenowa Industries, a custom metal fabrication shop in Holland, Mich., has been named Minority-owned Business of the Year by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2009 the company has experienced a 66 percent sales increase and added six employees....

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Small and midsized manufacturers plan for continued growth

April 23, 2012

Prime Advantage, a buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, has announced the findings of its ninth semi-annual Group Outlook Survey to determine financial projections and top concerns of its member companies for 2012. The findings show the majority of its members are forecasting revenue...

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Fuel Total Systems California to add 100 jobs

April 23, 2012

Fuel Total Systems California Corp. has opened a new, 120,000-sq.-ft. plant in Lebanon, Ky., for the manufacture and supply of automotive fuel tank systems and related components. The company, a subsidiary of FTS Co. Ltd., is based in Toyota, Japan. The $38 million project is expected to result in...

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Bobcat to expand North Dakota operations

April 23, 2012

Bobcat Co. and Menlo Worldwide Logistics have announced the expansion of operations at Bobcat’s Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) in Bismarck, N.D., creating as many as 150 new positions. Production of Bobcat® compact attachments is moving to the new facility from a Bobcat-owned plant in...

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Central States Mfg. to build facility in South Dakota

April 23, 2012

Lowell, Ark.-based Central States Mfg., a manufacturer and distributor of metal building products, plans to expand its operations to Hartford, S.D. The company plans to construct a 40,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility on a 10-acre plot. The expansion will create up to 40 jobs in the next three...

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SOO Tractor establishes new division

April 23, 2012

SOO Tractor, a manufacturer of Massey Ferguson and AGCO agricultural machinery in Sioux City, Iowa, has announced the establishment of its new Radius Steel Fabrication division. This division provides customized fabrication integrated with electronics and new technology, allowing SOO to diversify...

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Schuler acquires ATIS GmbH - TheFabricator.com

Schuler acquires ATIS GmbH

April 19, 2012

Schuler AG, based in Göppingen, Germany, has acquired ATIS GmbH, Deggenhausertal, Germany, an engineering firm specializing in turnkey systems for large-pipe production. ATIS will provide Schuler with experience and knowledge in the planning, development, delivery, and modernization of...

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