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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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Kardex Remstar launches revised Web site

March 13, 2012

Kardex Remstar has revised its Web site at www.kardexremstar.com. The updated site provides current information on the company's storage and retrieval systems, including videos of products in use. For more detailed product specifications, visitors can download product literature directly from the...

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AddisonMckee to supply muffler assembly system for Chrysler C platform vehicle - TheFabricator.com

AddisonMckee to supply muffler assembly system for Chrysler C platform vehicle

March 13, 2012

Tube bending and end forming equipment-maker AddisonMckee of Lebanon, Ohio, has been commissioned to manufacture entirely new and rebuilt Eagle equipment for a Michigan exhaust manufacturer to produce the muffler assembly for Chrysler's new C platform vehicle in the U.S. The equipment features...

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Alcoa wins $2.1 million U.S. Navy contract

March 13, 2012

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $2.1 million contract to New York-based Alcoa, a producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina, to develop advanced welding techniques designed to reduce manufacturing costs on aluminum-intensive ships. Under the program, developed through collaboration...

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RathGibson to be acquired by Precision Castparts

March 13, 2012

RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and specialty alloy tubing based in Janesville, Wis., has agreed to be acquired by Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC). The acquisition is pending regulatory approvals. Precision Castparts is a worldwide,...

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Adept Technology names vice president of global operations - TheFabricator.com

Adept Technology names vice president of global operations

March 13, 2012

Adept Technology, a Pleasanton, Calif.-based provider of robots, motion controllers, application-development software, and vision-guidance technology, has appointed Robert J. Malley Jr. as vice president of global operations. He is responsible for planning and managing all aspects of the...

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Leed Fabrication expanding in Colorado

March 13, 2012

Leed Fabrication Services, Brighton, Colo., has purchased a 21,842-sq.-ft. building in Loveland, Colo., to expand its cutting, bending, and welding capacity to build steel equipment for the oil and gas industry equipment. The company plans to employ 50 people at the new facility by summer, with...

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Bilsing Automation appoints global accounts director - TheFabricator.com

Bilsing Automation appoints global accounts director

March 13, 2012

Bilsing Automation, a manufacturer of modular tooling systems for pressrooms and body shops, has appointed Claus Dratz to the newly created position of global account manager at its headquarters in Attendorn, Germany. In this position, Dratz serves customers with worldwide operations, helping...

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Strong start for manufacturing technology orders in 2012

March 12, 2012

January U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $401.69 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was down 26.5 percent from December...

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Bellingham Technical College receives $455,000 software grant from Autodesk

March 12, 2012

Bellingham Technical College (BTC), Bellingham, Wash., has been awarded a $455,000 grant for engineering design software from Autodesk Inc. The donation is for 35 seats of AutoCAD® Plant Design Suite Ultimate software. The software allows BTC engineering students to learn the types of skills...

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Jergens names general manager, tooling components division

March 12, 2012

Jergens Inc., Cleveland, has appointed Bob Rubenstahl as general manager for its tooling components division. In this position, he is responsible for the general management of the entire division, which comprises the workholding solutions group, specialty fasteners group, and lifting solutions...

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Wallover Oil hires regional sales manager

March 12, 2012

Wallover Oil Co., Strongsville, Ohio, a manufacturer of metalworking fluids and industrial lubricants, has named Erik Ross as northeastern regional sales manager. A graduate of Glenville State College, Ross has 13 years of experience in industrial sales, focusing on lubricants and mechanical...

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K&B Machine to build new manufacturing, headquarters facility in Louisiana

March 12, 2012

Pipe manufacturer K&B Machine has announced plans to create a 200,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and headquarters facility in Schriever, La. The site, about 13 miles north of the company's current Houma, La., complex, already is home to a 42,000-sq.-ft. customer inventory building. The project is...

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