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Takoda Group acquires Danco Metal Products

November 27, 2011

Takoda Group LLC, a private investment firm in Cleveland, has completed acquisition of 100 percent of the stock of Danco Metal Products Inc., a precision metal fabricator in Avon Lake, Ohio. Glenn Harbold, a Takoda Group operating partner, assumes the role of president of Danco Metal Products....

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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Offers 2012 Capital Spending Forecast

November 22, 2011

A comprehensive analysis that projects planned 2012 capital expenditures on machinery and equipment ranging from cutting machines and ironworkers to press brakes and welding supplies is now available from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). The 2012 Capital Spending...

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Gene Haas Foundation, SME Education Foundation align funding for machinist training

November 21, 2011

Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Haas Automation Inc., has provided a $150,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation to align machinist training with the needs of job seekers and employers in high-unemployment communities. This grant is part of a $700,000 total that...

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Elgin Fastener Group announces new staff assignments

November 21, 2011

Two divisions of the Elgin Fastener Group have assigned individuals to new positions in their quality control departments. Chandler Products, Cleveland, has named Amy Hedges as quality supervisor. A 10-year veteran of EFG's Ohio Rod Products division, she has previously worked in shipping and...

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Hypertherm presents top independent distributor award to nexAir - TheFabricator.com

Hypertherm presents top independent distributor award to nexAir

November 21, 2011

Hypertherm, a designer and manufacturer of metal cutting systems in Hanover, N.H., has announced that nexAir has received the 2011 Richard W. Couch Jr. Award. The award, named after Hypertherm's founder and president, Dick Couch, recognizes the top independent distributor in Hypertherm's North...

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ETM Mfg. expands operations in New England

November 21, 2011

ETM Mfg., Wilmington, Mass., a provider of customized sheet metal manufacturing and supply chain services to OEMs, has announced plans to open a 43,000-sq.-ft. facility in Littleton, Mass., in early 2012. The $500,000 renovation of a previously vacant facility will more than quadruple the size of...

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MSCI forms Red Metals division

November 21, 2011

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Schaumburg, Ill., has added a Copper and Brass Specialty Division. "This is the natural evolution of our organization," said MSCI President and CEO M. Robert Weidner III. "We strive to serve the networking, educational, advocacy, and research needs of...

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Caplugs featured on worlds greatest program

November 21, 2011

Caplugs, Buffalo, N.Y., was featured on the Nov. 11, 2011, episode of "World's Greatest!...", a syndicated television program that airs on ION Television affiliates. The segment featured a behind-the-scenes look at the company's techniques for manufacturing plastic protection products. It...

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Brandt set to hire

November 11, 2011

Brandt Group of Companies, Regina, plans to fill more than 300 new positions within its five divisions as a result of recent growth. Positions available for immediate hire include service technicians, trades, engineers, sales, customer support, management, manufacturing, and administration. The...

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FMA Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification program added to NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System

November 11, 2011

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Manufacturing Institute to bring precision metal fabrication certifications to the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification Systems (SCS). The partnership adds FMA's...

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Officers elected to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation

November 10, 2011

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), has elected a new slate of officers. Traci Tapani, co-president, Wyoming Machine Inc., Stacy, Minn., was elected chairwoman; Bryan Hawkins, president/CEO, Hawkeye...

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Melitron appoints new president

November 10, 2011

Melitron Corp., a contract manufacturer of precision metal enclosures and mechanical and electronic assemblies in Guelph, Ont., has promoted Mike Turner to the position of president and CEO. Formerly the company's vice president and general manager, Turner replaces Ted Turner, who founded the...

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Perceptron marks 30 years in business

November 10, 2011

In October Perceptron® Inc., Plymouth, Mich., celebrated 30 years of providing noncontact measurement and inspection systems to the automotive industry. Founded in 1981, the company now has operations in the U.S., Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, China, and India. Its Commercial...

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Tube Specialties opens manufacturing facility in Mexico - TheFabricator.com

Tube Specialties opens manufacturing facility in Mexico

November 10, 2011

Tube Specialties Co. (TSCO), Troutdale, Ore., a producer of fabricated steel tube components for the mobile equipment and transportation industries, has announced the opening of a new manufacturing and freight logistics facility in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. The initial phase of the project is...

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Miller Electric names senior VP at ITW Welding North America - TheFabricator.com

Miller Electric names senior VP at ITW Welding North America

November 10, 2011

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Appleton, Wis., has announced the promotion of Scott Jenkins, former general manager of the Miller Portable Power division, to the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing for ITW Welding North America. Jenkins oversees sales and marketing for all ITW...

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