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Mazak Optonics names East Coast distributor

March 21, 2012

Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., has named A.W. Miller as its new distribution partner for 2-D and 3-D laser systems in upstate New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Canada. With headquarters in East Aurora, N.Y., and regional technical centers in the U.S. and Canada,...

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International Sheet Metal Competition winners announced

March 21, 2012

More than 250 sheet metal apprentices from the U.S. and Canada participated in the 40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, March 5-9 in Las Vegas, hosted by the International Training Institute (ITI) for the sheet metal and air-conditioning industry. Five categories were open to...

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JMC Steel Group to purchase Atkore's Allied Tube & Conduit facility

March 21, 2012

JMC Steel Group, Chicago, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase and acquire the real estate, building, equipment, and improvements of Atkore’s Allied Tube & Conduit manufacturing facility, Morrisville, Pa. This facility produced hollow structural sections and ASTM A53 Grade B...

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Harrisburg Area Community College becomes MERIT center

March 21, 2012

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Harrisburg, Pa., is now a Motoman Endorsed Robotics Instructor Training (MERIT) center, serving the regional manufacturing workforce. According to the company, the area has an installed base of more than 1,000 robots. The center, located at the...

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Eberl Iron Works announces staff promotions

March 21, 2012

Eberl Iron Works, a Buffalo, N.Y., metal fabrication, distribution, and installation group, has announced three new staff appointments. Denise C. Wilson has been promoted to executive administrator. She joined the company in March 2008 as bookkeeper and receptionist. Wilson attended...

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SigmaTEK Academy brings fabricators face-to-face with industry leaders

March 19, 2012

CAD/CAM nesting systems provider SigmaTEK Systems LLC will hold SigmaTEK Academy 2012 at its global headquarters in Cincinnati May 1-2, 2012. This free, two-day event will showcase current and future material cutting tools and technologies for laser, plasma, waterjet, punch, CAD/CAM nesting, and...

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Research shows metal exposure from shop towels may exceed permissible drinking water levels

March 19, 2012

Gradient, an environmental and risk science consulting firm, has released new data that shows metal exposure levels from use of laundered shop towels may exceed the permissible levels allowed in drinking water. According to the research, manufacturing workers using a typical number of shop towels...

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Feintool acquires Herzing+Schroth

March 19, 2012

Feintool Intl. Holding AG, Lyss, Switzerland, a manufacturer of fineblanking presses and provider of fineblanking services, has acquired Herzing+Schroth, a German group that specializes in chipless forming of parts for motor vehicle drive trains. Like fineblanking, the chipless forming process is...

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Caterpillar to expand South Carolina manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Sumter, S.C., nearly tripling the plant's square footage. The facility currently produces small hydraulic cylinders used in a variety of Cat® products. The additional capacity will bring the production of...

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AET opens new manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a global provider of solar mounting systems, has announced the opening of its manufacturing facility in Maumee, Ohio. The plant expands the company's capacity by 250 percent with more than 108,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehouse space. The facility...

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S&H Metal Products expanding in Indiana

March 15, 2012

S&H Metal Products, a provider of galvanized and aluminum sheet metal for the RV industry, has announced plans to expand its operations in Topeka, Ind. The expansion, which will include new CNC equipment, is expected to create up to 18 new jobs in the next three years....

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Metals USA acquires Gregor Technologies

March 14, 2012

Metals USA Holdings Corp., a provider of processed carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and other metals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has acquired Gregor Technologies LLC, Torrington, Conn. Gregor provides custom-crafted parts and assemblies and tailored systems to OEM customers in the industrial...

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Mazak Optonics names regional sales manager - TheFabricator.com

Mazak Optonics names regional sales manager

March 14, 2012

Laser cutting system supplier Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., has promoted Erin Chasse to northeast regional sales manager. In his new role, Chasse, who previously was an assistant regional sales manager for the company, addresses and manages sales activities in New England, New Jersey,...

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Shale-Inland Holdings to acquire Shale-Inland, HD Supply's IPVF business

March 14, 2012

Shale-Inland Holdings LLC, a holding company majority-owned and -controlled by funds of TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., has announced plans to acquire Shale-Inland and HD Supply's IPVF business. The transactions are expected to close by the end of March 2012, at which time the two acquired...

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HRB prices down in Western Europe and U.S., up elsewhere

March 14, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for March 12 rose 1.7 percent to $656 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The Chinese HRB ex-works price increased 0.5 percent to $569 per ton for the fourth consecutive increase. The Western European HRB...

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