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Reliance Steel to acquire McKey Perforating Co.

February 1, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has announced that a subsidiary is acquiring McKey Perforating Co. Inc., a metal perforating and fabricating company in Berlin, Wis. The deal includes a McKey subsidiary in Manchester, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed. Reliance said McKey had sales of about $18 million...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing starting year on positive note as new orders, production, and employment grow in January

February 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 32nd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued February 1 by...

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Simufact expands team with new head of R&D

January 31, 2012

Simufact Engineering GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, a provider of software and services for process simulation in manufacturing, has hired Dr. Ralph Bernhardt as its new head of research and development. In this position, he drives strategic and long-term topics in the R&D area, focusing on alliances...

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Erdrich Umformtechnik to open plant in Georgia

January 31, 2012

Erdrich Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, a German automotive supplier, will construct a $39 million metal stamping facility in Dublin, Ga., creating 178 jobs. Erdrich is a midsized, family-owned company that produces complex metal parts and subassemblies for the automotive industry. The company...

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JK Lasers appoints sales director

January 31, 2012

As part of its global expansion plans, industrial laser manufacturer JK Lasers, Bedford, Mass., has appointed Andrew Dodd as the new sales director for North America. With 28 years of experience in the industrial laser industry, Dodd is responsible for sales and technical support. Before joining...

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Marlin Steel adds laser cutting machine

January 31, 2012

Marlin Steel, a producer of sheet metal products and custom wire baskets in Baltimore, has installed a new laser cutting machine. The new laser joins the company's robots, 138-ton press brake, and 20-ton sheet metal punch press. Marlin Steel supplies precision metal fabrication to customers such...

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DeWys Mfg. adds new laser

January 31, 2012

DeWys Mfg., a metal fabrication company in Marne, Mich., has installed an Amada Pulsar 2415 aIV NT production laser system. The machine replaces an older turret punch press. According to the company, the laser can turn around short-run production jobs quickly without affecting the promised...

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Leadership Summit keynote speakers to discuss how to navigate the changing market

January 30, 2012

Compelling and educational keynote addresses covering the vital role of manufacturing in the economy, new technology, and tactics to identify and target new markets and customers will highlight The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 7th Annual Metal Matters, Feb. 29-March 2, in Scottsdale,...

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Superior Pneumatic celebrates 80th anniversary

January 30, 2012

Superior Pneumatic & Mfg., Cleveland, marks its 80th year in business in 2012. Founded in 1932 during the Hoover presidency, the company manufactures tools including air hammers, needle scalers, air grinders, and fire safety rescue kits for applications from welding to boat building....

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Briggs Equipment, LiftOne now distributing Hyster products

January 30, 2012

After each acquiring portions of Barloworld Handling assets, two companies are now distributing and servicing Hyster® brand lift trucks. Briggs Equipment Inc., located in Dallas, now represents Hyster in Florida, Arkansas, and portions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama,...

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Everett Industries names Pacific Northwest sales rep - TheFabricator.com

Everett Industries names Pacific Northwest sales rep

January 30, 2012

Everett Industries Inc. has hired Douglas Clay as sales representative for the Pacific Northwest region, representing the company's abrasive cutoff saws and wheels. Clay has many years of sales and service experience in machines, tooling, and related metal fabrication...

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Blue Giant opens stocking location near Los Angeles

January 30, 2012

Blue Giant Equipment Corp., Brampton, Ont., has opened a new, 22,000-sq.-ft. dock equipment and parts stocking location near Los Angeles in response to increased demand in the western U.S. The company provides loading dock and material handling equipment including dock levelers, vehicle...

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Exodus to grow in response to distribution alliance with Caterpillar

January 30, 2012

Exodus Machines has announced plans to expand its material handling machine manufacturing operations in Superior, Wis. The announcement comes after Exodus formed an alliance with Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., to sell the machines exclusively through the Caterpillar distribution network. Exodus...

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Quality Die Set expands in Indiana

January 30, 2012

Flora, Ind.-based Quality Die Set Corp. has added about $200,000 in new equipment to its stamping production line. The expansion has resulted in nine new jobs, and the company plans to add another six to its employees this year, doubling its workforce size from a year ago. The growth is largely a...

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HRB prices on an uptrend

January 26, 2012

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for January 23 rose 2.6 percent to $662 per ton (on a Euro basis, it rose 1.2 percent), ex-works, for the second consecutive rise. The World export HRB price rose 2.2 percent to $643 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the fourth...

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