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New law extends bonus depreciation and increased expensing for 2010

September 28, 2010

President Obama signed into law Sept. 27 the "Small Business Jobs and Credit Act," H.R. 5297, which allows businesses of all sizes to immediately write off 50 percent of the cost of depreciable property purchased and placed in service anytime during 2010. This prevision is a temporary extension of...

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GM's Indy plant caught up in UAW pay battle

September 28, 2010

The Detroit News has reported that a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis has become a battleground pitting rank-and file UAW members against top union officials over whether autoworkers should accept pay cuts to save jobs and keep factories open. JD Norman Industries Inc. of Addison,...

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Steel Dynamics to buy joist-making assets from Commercial Metals Co.

September 28, 2010

Steel Dynamics Inc. announced Sept. 27 that it has agreed to acquire from affiliates of Commercial Metals Company (CMC), certain facilities and assets of CMC's former steel-joist manufacturing operations. These assets will become a part of SDI's wholly owned subsidiary, New Millennium Building...

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Panasonic Factory Solutions moves to new facilities

September 27, 2010

Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. of America has moved into a new, dedicated demonstration and training facility in Buffalo Grove, Ill., and offices in nearby Rolling Meadows, Ill. The custom showroom will host demonstrations for electronics assembly, microelectronics, and welding and robotics in...

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Brilex Industries enters joint-venture agreement with Excent Group

September 27, 2010

Brilex Industries Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, a supplier of medium- and large-sized fabrications, machining, and assembly to heavy industry worldwide, has purchased a 50 percent ownership stake in Enexa Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of The Excent Group, France. Enexa is the fifth company to join the...

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FMA completes salary/wage, benefit survey

September 27, 2010

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., offers the 2010 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey, providing data for both salaried and hourly shop floor employees. It is available for electronic download for a fee at the FMA Store (www.fmastore.org). The survey details...

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Felling Trailers adds sales rep - TheFabricator.com

Felling Trailers adds sales rep

September 27, 2010

Felling Trailers Inc., an industrial trailer manufacturer and service provider in Sauk Centre, Minn., has appointed Daniel "Boone" Larsen as inside/outside sales representative. With Larsen in this position, the company anticipates an increase in brand awareness and sales in the Midwest and...

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Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager - TheFabricator.com

Woodlawn Mfg. names plant manager

September 27, 2010

Woodlawn Mfg., Marshall, Texas, has announced that Cory R. Mayo has joined the company as plant manager. Mayo previously served as director of operations for two Stoneridge plants, a manufacturer of electronic components, modules, and systems for the automotive, truck, and agricultural markets....

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Acculloy Mfg. opens PerformaCoat division

September 27, 2010

Acculloy Mfg. Solutions has begun operations at PerformaCoat Inc., a new division performing advanced protective and lubricating coating services for oilfield tool, machined component, assembly, mold, and fabrications manufacturers in the Gulf Coast area. The company reports that it has integrated...

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Timken completes acquisition of QM Bearings and Power Transmission

September 22, 2010

The Timken Company has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ferndale, Wash.-based QM Bearings and Power Transmission Inc. That location, as well as manufacturing facilities in Prince George, British Columbia, and Wuxi, China, along with distribution facilities in Ontario, Texas, and...

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Lincoln Electric pipeline welding seminar scheduled for October

September 21, 2010

Lincoln Electric will offer a free pipeline welding seminar for contractors and professionals in the pipeline industry. The two-day session will take place on Monday, Oct. 11, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the company’s corporate headquarters in...

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SME presents Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference

September 21, 2010

The demand for sustainability is growing stronger every day, and manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment while increasing profitability. To help practitioners better understand how green efforts can create growth and improve competitiveness, the Society of...

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FANUC CNC America changes name, collaborates with Rockwell Automation

September 21, 2010

FANUC CNC America Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., has changed its name to FANUC FA America Corp. The company represents the FA (Factory Automation) division of FANUC Ltd. Japan. Along with the name change, the company has unveiled a new corporate symbol, created to represent the three major...

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Heidtman Steel expands service capabilities

September 21, 2010

Heidtman Steel, a supplier of steel products and services in Toledo, Ohio, has expanded processing capabilities at two of its facilities. The company has improved the pickle line at its Erie, Mich., location and has commissioned a new SMS Demag multiblanking line at its Butler, Ind., sheet...

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Jet Edge names Angel Machinery as distributor for Wisconsin

September 21, 2010

Jet Edge Inc., St. Michael, Minn., a manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet systems for precision cutting, coating removal, and surface preparation, has announced that Angel Machinery is distributing its waterjet machines in Wisconsin. Located in Menomonee Falls, Angel Machinery carries metal...

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