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Fixing the economy—it's not that simple

March 26, 2014

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Just what do we do to fix the economy? Is raising the minimum wage the answer? It's not that simple.

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From the Web 3.25.14

March 25, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— a sourcing firm sees gradual manufacturing improvement in the U.S. over the next two years; China’s manufacturing sector has hit a wall; the last big U.S. bicycle maker keeps rolling; a Nebraska fabricator gains national exposure; and a female welding instructor weighs in on working in a “man’s world.”

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Time for a new approach

March 20, 2014

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Concerned about landing and keeping the right workers? A new study shows that you’re not alone in this concern. It also sheds light on why this is a growing issue that is stunting global business growth.

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The benefits of off-site training

March 20, 2014

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Allowing employees to go off-site for training purposes improves the learning environment and shows everyone that the company wants to invest in the individual.

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From the Web 3.18.14

March 18, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— manufacturing production improves; new hubs struggle to create jobs; the state of Minnesota and a robot supplier are doing their part to help train workers in the Midwest; and a Florida fabricator helps build Park Avenue’s funky sculpture.

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The odd industrial barometer of capacity utilization

March 17, 2014

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Industrial capacity utilization soured in the booming 1990s. Today average utilization is lower, and yet the overall value of manufacturing output continues to climb. Over the long term, is capacity utilization really an accurate barometer for demand? If a fabricator's capacity utilization drops, is the shop struggling, or has it gotten more efficient?

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Mexico: Riding the waves of manufacturing fortune

March 14, 2014

The recent opening of two automotive assembly plants in Mexico is just the latest sign that Mexico is emerging as a major manufacturing hub for the world. However, in today's economy, global trends shift pretty quickly, and Mexico will have to evolve from just being a land of low-cost labor if it is to remain a major manufacturing player.

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The 'right way'

March 13, 2014

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Editor’s note: This is welder and artist Josh Welton’s inaugural blog post for thefabricator.com. Welton, of Brown Dog Welding fame, will be writing twice monthly. This introductory post highlights important lessons learned in Welton’s welder training.

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Paying a heavy price for purchasing only on price

March 13, 2014

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As fabricators become more selective about jobs they accept, OEMs need to rethink purchasing procedures.

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From the Web 3.11.14

March 11, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week— planes, dragsters, “old lady welders,” and a close look at today’s factory worker.

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Business lessons from Matthew McConaughey

March 5, 2014

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If Matthew McConaughey wants a side job, he can lecture corporations on transformation and rebranding.

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From the Web 3.4.14

March 4, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week— cars, guns, jobs, and politics.

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About growing the economic pie

March 3, 2014

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At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit, held last week in Austin, Texas, industry executives talked about growing the economic pie. One keynote speaker recalled how his business effectively grew the pie, thanks to open book management.

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Obamacare and the workforce

February 26, 2014

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Obamacare is having a big impact on the workforce, one that's estimated to result in 2.5 million workers leaving their jobs by 2024.

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From the Web 2.25.14

February 25, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week.

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