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FABTECH 2016: Closing the loop for manufacturing perfection

January 6, 2017

More than 31,000 attendees came to the Las Vegas Convention Center for FABTECH® 2016. As always, new technologies didn’t disappoint. Exhibitors, conference speakers, and attendees all talked about positive changes ahead, about “closing the loop” to make their manufacturing organization one cohesive, determined unit, ready to compete.

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RIT picked to lead new Manufacturing USA institute on clean energy

January 5, 2017

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester, N.Y., has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its Manufacturing USA initiative, to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, a national coalition...

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Epicor acquires docSTAR

January 5, 2017

Epicor Software Corp., a provider of industry-specific enterprise software in Austin, Texas, has announced its acquisition of docSTAR, a privately held developer of document management software based in Schenectady, N.Y. The acquisition brings docSTAR collaborative, cloud-based enterprise content...

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LMI Aerospace names new senior leaders, announces restructuring

January 5, 2017

St. Louis-based LMI Aerospace Inc., a supplier of structural assemblies, kits, components, and engineering services to the aerospace market, has appointed Jay Inman as president of engineering services, a position he has held on an interim basis since September 2016. The company also has named...

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FMS completes full plant conversion to solid-state welding

January 5, 2017

Freedom Mill Systems (FMS), Grand Rapids, Ohio, has completed a full plant conversion to solid-state welding at a structural pipe producing company in northern Indiana.The company commissioned two new 400-kW, solid-state, high-frequency welding...

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ICYMI – The most viewed articles and posts in 2016

January 5, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

Remember when the Internet was in its infancy? My how it’s grown. So much content vies for your attention that you may have missed the most popular articles and blog posts published on thefabricator.com in 2016. Here are four items you may not have seen or may want to revisit.

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SHRM LINE: January hiring rates to increase compared with a year ago

January 5, 2017

In January, more manufacturers and service-sector employers will add jobs compared with January 2016. Headcount reductions also will decline in both sectors compared with a year ago.A net of 41.7 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in January (48 percent will hire; 6.3 percent will cut jobs)....

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Ford to invest $700 million in Michigan plant

January 4, 2017

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. has announced it will invest $700 million to renovate and expand its assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich., creating 700 jobs. The automaker canceled plans to build a new, $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico, but will build its next-generation Focus® at its...

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IFS Coatings architectural powder coatings now have EPDs

January 4, 2017

Gainesville, Texas-based IFS Coatings has announced that each product in its architectural series—IFS 300SP and IFS 400SD powder coatings and IFS 500FP high-performance powder coatings—has an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).An EPD is an internationally recognized and standardized...

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AAM appoints VP/CIO

January 4, 2017

American Axle & Mfg. Inc., Detroit, a manufacturer of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems, electric drive systems, and metal formed products for vehicles, has promoted Donald E. Wright to the position of vice president/CIO. Wright joined the company...

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Canatal Steel to expand in Virginia

January 4, 2017

Canatal Steel USA, a subsidiary of Canada-based Canatal Industries, will invest $1.5 million to expand its structural steel fabrication operation in Botetourt County, Va. The expansion project is expected to create 38 new...

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Heidenhain names C&C Machine Tool as distributor in Minnesota

January 4, 2017

Heidenhain, Schaumburg, Ill., has named C&C Machine Tool Inc., Minneapolis, as a distributor of the Acu-Rite brand of equipment components in Minnesota. C&C Machine Tool specializes in the sale and servicing of Sharp, Acer, and Bridgeport mills equipped with Acu-Rite readouts and...

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Caster Concepts acquires Mitchell Golf Equipment Co.

January 4, 2017

Albion, Mich.-based Caster Concepts Inc., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels, has acquired Mitchell Golf Equipment Co., Dayton, Ohio, a producer of professional club performance tools, repair equipment, and supplies. Production of all Mitchell Golf products has been...

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ISM ROB: PMI® at 54.7 percent; new orders, production, employment growing

January 4, 2017

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December, and the overall economy grew for the 91st consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®.The report was issued Jan. 3 by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the...

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Report explores future of global welding equipment market

January 3, 2017

Research and Markets, Dublin, Ireland, has released the report, "Global Welding Equipment Market (Arc, Laser Beam, Resistance, Oxy-Fuel).” The comprehensive research report analyzes the global welding equipment market on the basis of technology, end-use industry (building and construction,...

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