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GE opens French door refrigerator factory in Kentucky

March 22, 2012

GE has opened a new factory at the Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky., that will manufacture the company’s new product line — a French door, bottom-freezer refrigerator series. The refrigerator line will support 600 new local jobs, according to the manufacturer. The new facility follows the...

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Laser Services expands staff

March 22, 2012

Laser Services Inc., a Westford, Mass., job shop providing precision laser cutting, drilling, scribing, etching, and welding services, has announced the hiring of several new team members. The company has added two sales representatives. Phil Kendall, who focuses on OEM and component manufacturing...

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Schwartz to offer swaging services

March 22, 2012

Schwartz Aviation LLC, Rogers, Ark., has added a line of end forming machines using the elastomeric internal swaging process. The machines produce high-strength, leakproof, internally swaged tubes, according to the company. The elastomeric swaging process consists of a fitting that slips over the...

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SigmaTEK announces addition to Southeast region team

March 22, 2012

SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati, has hired Scott Taylor as regional technical manager for its southeastern U.S. region. In this role, Taylor works with manufacturers to optimize the CAD/CAM nesting capabilities of SigmaNEST® software in cutting processes. After attending the University of...

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TMK IPSCO begins development of new Canadian facility

March 22, 2012

TMK IPSCO, the North American division of global pipe manufacturer TMK, is developing a new, 33,000-sq.-ft. pipe threading and service facility in Edmonton, Alb. The plant's production equipment will thread ULTRA™ Premium connections, from 4.5 to 13.375 in. The site also will offer a full line of...

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Eberl Iron Works announces staff promotions

March 21, 2012

Eberl Iron Works, a Buffalo, N.Y., metal fabrication, distribution, and installation group, has announced three new staff appointments. Denise C. Wilson has been promoted to executive administrator. She joined the company in March 2008 as bookkeeper and receptionist. Wilson attended...

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Harrisburg Area Community College becomes MERIT center

March 21, 2012

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Harrisburg, Pa., is now a Motoman Endorsed Robotics Instructor Training (MERIT) center, serving the regional manufacturing workforce. According to the company, the area has an installed base of more than 1,000 robots. The center, located at the...

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JMC Steel Group to purchase Atkore's Allied Tube & Conduit facility

March 21, 2012

JMC Steel Group, Chicago, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase and acquire the real estate, building, equipment, and improvements of Atkore’s Allied Tube & Conduit manufacturing facility, Morrisville, Pa. This facility produced hollow structural sections and ASTM A53 Grade B...

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International Sheet Metal Competition winners announced

March 21, 2012

More than 250 sheet metal apprentices from the U.S. and Canada participated in the 40th Annual International Sheet Metal Competition, March 5-9 in Las Vegas, hosted by the International Training Institute (ITI) for the sheet metal and air-conditioning industry. Five categories were open to...

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Mazak Optonics names East Coast distributor

March 21, 2012

Mazak Optonics, Elgin, Ill., has named A.W. Miller as its new distribution partner for 2-D and 3-D laser systems in upstate New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Canada. With headquarters in East Aurora, N.Y., and regional technical centers in the U.S. and Canada,...

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Laser Services implements new manufacturing software program

March 21, 2012

Laser Services Inc., a precision laser job shop located in Westford, Mass., has built out new modules in its 2009 MRP software system, E2, resulting in a 95 percent rate for on-time deliveries. Every step in the company's design and production process, from purchase orders to production and...

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Aicon opens TubeInspect showroom in China

March 21, 2012

Aicon has opened a new showroom for its TubeInspect optical tube measuring system in Shanghai. Offices and conference rooms are available for presentations, seminars, and training courses. A full-size TubeInspect is installed and ready for use. The system measures tube with multiple...

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AET opens new manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a global provider of solar mounting systems, has announced the opening of its manufacturing facility in Maumee, Ohio. The plant expands the company's capacity by 250 percent with more than 108,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehouse space. The facility...

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Caterpillar to expand South Carolina manufacturing facility

March 19, 2012

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Sumter, S.C., nearly tripling the plant's square footage. The facility currently produces small hydraulic cylinders used in a variety of Cat® products. The additional capacity will bring the production of...

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Feintool acquires Herzing+Schroth

March 19, 2012

Feintool Intl. Holding AG, Lyss, Switzerland, a manufacturer of fineblanking presses and provider of fineblanking services, has acquired Herzing+Schroth, a German group that specializes in chipless forming of parts for motor vehicle drive trains. Like fineblanking, the chipless forming process is...

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