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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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Manufacturers not doing enough to protect against cyberthreats, report finds

April 15, 2016

Manufacturers and distributors, like companies in other industries, face mounting cybersecurity risks. Still, some don’t do enough to address the issue and protect intellectual property and sensitive data and information, according to a new industry report from professional services firm Sikich...

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Transystems to open fifth Idaho facility

April 14, 2016

Transystems has announced plans to invest $1 million in a facility in Rupert, Idaho. The company will move the semitruck-trailer manufacturing portion of its business from Twin Falls, Idaho, to the new facility, where production is expected to begin in summer 2016. It will employ 15 to 20 people....

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Restored citizens, veterans benefiting from central Ohio's TAPP Project

April 14, 2016

Restored citizens preparing for re-entrance into society after incarceration often have a difficult time locating gainful employment, even when they have marketable skills. Today's manufacturing industry faces an acute shortage of skilled, entry-level employees, and these restored citizens could...

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Clarcor Industrial Air brings back DustHog brand

April 14, 2016

Clarcor Industrial Air, Overland Park, Kan., which now includes the United Air Specialists business, has announced it will bring back the DustHog® brand with a new logo. The brand has not been in active use for a decade. The line of dust collection equipment features such media technologies as...

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Cincinnati Incorporated’s BAAM named top global innovation at JEC World 2016

April 14, 2016

Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) and development partners Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Dassault Systèmes have received the top JEC Innovation Award, presented at JEC World 2016 in Paris, for their composite innovations through Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM). BAAM is an...

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Saying “yes” to complex projects has benefits

April 14, 2016

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Fabricating operations interested in taking on more complex projects now have additional motivation: The R&D Tax Credit is permanent and could pay off for those companies involved in solving manufacturing problems.

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FMA Metal Fabrication Lab at Harper College to hold open house April 26

April 13, 2016

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) and Harper College will host an open house at the new 6,000-sq.-ft. FMA Metal Fabrication Lab on Tuesday, April 26, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event will include tours of the new space and equipment and a presentation by FMA economic...

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Big-league metal fabrication

April 13, 2016

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In September 2015 contract fabricator BTD expanded to the Southeast with its purchase of Impulse Manufacturing. The deal hints at just how scalable custom metal fabrication may be.

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U.S. exporters invited to participate in FABTECH Mexico

April 13, 2016

The U.S. Commercial Service is inviting U.S. exporters to participate in FABTECH® Mexico, the largest metalworking trade event in Mexico, to be held May 4-6, 2016, in Mexico City. As the ideal marketplace for matchmaking meetings with large-scale distributors in the field, this year’s event,...

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FMA Annual Meeting: Navigating into metal fabricating’s future

April 13, 2016

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This year’s FMA Annual Meeting, held in San Diego in February, celebrated the technology companies need to compete and the worker skill shops need to sustain that success through the generations.

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Lee Spring acquires Clark Spring & Mfg.

April 13, 2016

Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Lee Spring has purchased the assets of Clark Spring in Hayward, Calif. Lee Spring is a global manufacturer of mechanical springs and related...

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Epic Systems to hold STEM workshop for children on April 30

April 13, 2016

St. Louis-based engineering and fabrication firm Epic Systems Inc. has launched a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education initiative for elementary school students. The company will present a half-day, hands-on workshop for kids on April 30 at its fabrication plant to cultivate...

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Weld-Ed announces 2016 professional development workshops

April 13, 2016

The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed), located at Lorain County Community College in Lorain, Ohio, has announced its 2016 professional development workshop series. The series includes seven training modules—welding metallurgy; joining and cutting processes; design,...

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Is the customer always worth the effort?

April 13, 2016

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You can never have too many customers, or so it’s said. Is this true? What about the customer that has you do all the hard work and takes your well-designed product elsewhere for production? Are you happy to have had their business? Perhaps you can take solace in lessons learned.

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Triumph Group realigns into four business units, announces executive appointments

April 12, 2016

Berwyn, Pa.-based Triumph Group Inc. has consolidated from six to four business units to help eliminate redundancies and reduce costs. The four business units are Integrated Systems, Aerospace Structures, Precision Components, and Product Support. Thomas Holzthum, former corporate vice...

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