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O'Neal Industries acquires Iowa Laser Technology

January 16, 2012

O’Neal Industries, a family-owned metals service center in Birmingham, Ala., has announced the acquisition of Iowa Laser Technology Inc., a manufacturer of fabricated metal assemblies and components in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Joe Barber, president of Iowa Laser, continues to oversee the company's...

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Webinar to explain EPA NESHAP Rule 6X

January 16, 2012

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC), a producer of industrial dust and fume collectors in Jonesboro, Ark., will host a free educational Webinar Feb. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST. Titled "The New EPA National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Rule 6X: Are You...

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Bilsing Automation appoints international sales director - TheFabricator.com

Bilsing Automation appoints international sales director

January 16, 2012

Bilsing Automation, Clinton Township, Mich., has announced the appointment of Klaus Meier to the new position of international sales director. Based at the company’s global headquarters in Attendorn, Germany, he is responsible for worldwide sales and marketing efforts, order intake, and...

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American Torch Tip names regional account executive

January 16, 2012

Bradenton, Fla.-based American Torch Tip, a manufacturer of cutting and welding consumables for plasma, GMAW, GTAW, and oxyfuel, has hired Tony Ragle as a regional account executive. Ragle has more than 35 years of experience in semiautomatic and robotic welding applications. In his new position,...

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ESAB acquired by Colfax Corp.

January 13, 2012

Effective Friday, January 13, 2012, Charter International plc, owner of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, has been acquired by Colfax Corporation. Colfax Corp., based in Fulton Md., is a diversified industrial manufacturing company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Charter International...

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Wilson Tool announces acquisition of Brazilian tool manufacturer

January 12, 2012

Wilson Tool International has announced that it has acquired Milling Puncionadeiras of Sao Paolo, Brazil, a manufacturer of punch press and ironworker tooling for the fabrication industry in Brazil. "Wilson Tool has been doing business in Brazil and throughout Latin America for more than fifteen...

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Braner USA names new president

January 12, 2012

Braner USA Inc., Schiller Park, Ill., has named Chuck Damore as president. He joined the company in 1988, serving as sales manager and most recently as executive vice president. Damore holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University. He has authored numerous industry...

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Reliable Production acquires more space

January 12, 2012

Reliable Production Machining and Welding, a producer of parts and components for OEMs in the construction, agriculture, and lawn and garden industries, has acquired a manufacturing plant in Kendallville, Ind., across the street from its current location. The expansion into the 135,000-sq.-ft....

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Pendarvis Mfg. celebrates 30 years in business

January 12, 2012

Pendarvis Mfg. is marking its 30th anniversary in business as a custom precision machine shop and metal fabricator in Anaheim, Calif. Founded by Robert "Bud" Pendarvis in January 1982 and currently managed by his sons, Brian and Robert, the company has grown from a 2,400-sq.-ft. building with two...

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Airtronics Metal Products passes national safety compliance inspection

January 12, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products, San José, Calif., has announced it now complies with National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) guidelines for safety. The company has passed the NATM safety compliance consultation, part of the association’s compliance program that is based on the NATM...

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Robinson Metal achieves ISO certification

January 12, 2012

Robinson Metal Inc., a metal fabrication and machining company in Green Bay, Wis., has achieved ISO 9001: 2008 certification from SGS U.S. Testing Company Inc. To verify that ISO initiatives are ongoing and quality improvement continuous, the company has established an internal audit team to...

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Wayne Trail Technologies receives award from state of Ohio

January 12, 2012

The Senate of the state of Ohio has presented Wayne Trail Technologies Inc., Fort Loramie, Ohio, with a 2011 Edison Technology Center Award for Excellence. The award was presented in recognition of the company's development of the Flex Cut fully automated laser cutting system for thin-coated...

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Boeing to close Witchita plant

January 12, 2012

The Boeing Co. has announced plans to close its Witchita, Kan., defense plant by the end of 2013. The facility's work will move to the company's facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Washington, eliminating 2,100 jobs in Witchita....

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K&S adds equipment, automation

January 12, 2012

K&S Tool, Die and Manufacturing, a contract metals manufacturer in Ixonia, Wis., has added its fourth laser — a Mitsubishi 4,500-W with a new 16-shelf tower system to feed it. The automation allows lights-out manufacturing uptime for this area of the business, the company reports. The...

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Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift - TheFabricator.com

Nissan Forklift Corp. produces 200,000th forklift

January 12, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp. manufactured its 200,000th forklift in at its Marengo, Ill., facility in 2011. A 3,500-lb., Platinum II Cushion I.C. forklift was the 200,000th lift truck to be produced since the company began making forklifts in the U.S. in 1988. It took Nissan Forklift 14 years to...

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