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Manufacturers adjusting to post-recession "new normal"

September 20, 2012

Middle-market manufacturers and distributors are adjusting to the "new normal" of the post-recession era by focusing on efficiencies, operational improvements, and innovation, according to a newly released "McGladrey Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor" survey. The survey, sponsored by...

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Arku names field service manager - TheFabricator.com

Arku names field service manager

September 20, 2012

Arku, Cincinnati, has hired Aaron Walker as its new field service manager for customers in the U.S. and Canada. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering and a lot of experience in installing new equipment and servicing older machines. As service technician, he does...

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Banker Steel acquires Foote Steel

September 20, 2012

Banker Steel has announced the acquisition of Foote Steel Co. in Orlando, Fla. Following the successful award of several high-profile projects in Florida and Georgia, this acquisition represents a strategic decision to expand and develop market presence throughout the Southeast. Banker Steel is an...

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Evergreen Pacific Partners takes majority stake in PAC Stainless

September 20, 2012

Evergreen Pacific Partners, a private equity fund in Seattle, has purchased a majority stake in PAC Stainless Ltd., a supplier of stainless steel and specialty alloy instrumentation tubing and fittings. Gary Ohrt, one of the three co-founders of PAC Stainless, retains a significant stake in the...

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TE Connectivity to close manufacturing section of Minnesota plant

September 20, 2012

TE Connectivity has announced plans to close the manufacturing portion of its plant in Shakopee, Minn., between November 2012 and January 2013, retaining sales, marketing, finance, and engineering employees at the location. The closing eliminates about 144 jobs as the manufacturing operation,...

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Honda develops new steel-to-aluminum welding technology

September 20, 2012

Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Tokyo, has developed a technology for the continuous welding of steel and aluminum and applied it for the first time to the subframe of a mass-production vehicle. The company will adopt this technology first to the North American version of the 2013 Accord® and will expand...

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Innovo Corp. names application engineer

September 20, 2012

Innovo Corp., a manufacturer of tube and pipe fabricating tooling and systems in Elk Grove Village, Ill., has added Ron Bochat to its sales team. As an application engineer, he assists in the sales and marketing of the company's standard and custom product line. Bochat has 30 years of experience...

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MAC adds laser inspection equipment

September 20, 2012

MAC has installed a Xiris WI2000p laser inspection system for detecting undercut, sunk welds, pinholes, weld height, and weld register in tube and pipe. A high-speed video camera detects defects to 0.00059 in. on a typical laser welding tube mill. Direct integration with the tube mill's marking...

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Coe Press Equipment hires mechanical engineering manager - TheFabricator.com

Coe Press Equipment hires mechanical engineering manager

September 18, 2012

Coe Press Equipment, a provider of coil handling equipment in Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced the appointment of Kevin Dombrowski as mechanical engineering manager. His responsibilities include leading the company's production engineering area and assisting the sales, service, machining,...

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OMAX Corp. expands headquarters

September 18, 2012

OMAX® Corp., manufacturer of abrasive waterjet machines and accessories, has announced plans to expand its Kent, Wash., facility with a new, 22,000-sq.-ft. building. The building expansion allows for a dedicated training space, including a lab area, for instructing sales representatives,...

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Watermill Group acquires Fine Tubes, Superior Tube

September 18, 2012

Private investment firm The Watermill Group, Lexington, Mass., has acquired Fine Tubes Ltd. in Plymouth, U.K., and Superior Tube Co. Inc. in Collegeville, Pa., from Superior Group Inc., a privately owned industrial holding company. Watermill will help the two metal tubing manufacturing companies...

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Delta Steel Technologies announces staff appointments

September 13, 2012

Delta Steel Technologies, Irving, Texas, has named Enrique E. Echaniz as international business development manager and Michael Prete as regional sales manager. Echaniz has 23 years of experience in the steel industry with an emphasis on stainless steel. In this role, he develops and manages...

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Boysen to build plant in Alabama

September 13, 2012

German company Boysen, a manufacturer of automotive exhaust systems, has announced plans to build a new, $34 million plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The new Boysen USA Alabama LLC facility, which will manufacture mufflers and catalytic conveyors for C-class sedans from Mercedes-Benz, will be located...

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Cianbro acquires L.B. Foster fabrication shop

September 13, 2012

Cianbro, Pittsfield, Maine, has acquired a fabrication facility in Georgetown, Mass., from the L. B. Foster Co. The facility was built in 1982 to fabricate structural steel for buildings and bridges and includes about 40,000 sq. ft. of fabrication and coating space. The acquisition includes about...

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MidWest Materials co-founder Joseph Koppelman dies

September 13, 2012

MidWest Materials chairman and co-founder, Joseph Koppelman, died Sept. 9. From a one-room operation in Cleveland in 1952, Koppelman led MidWest Materials to its 240,000-sq.-ft. steel service center facility in Perry, Ohio. Koppelman's daughter, Noreen Koppelman Goldstein, became president of the...

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