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FMA, NAM partner to achieve goal of 500,000 industry certifications

March 17, 2014

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners in the Skills Certification System, including the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., have announced significant progress toward achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based certifications to individuals....

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Forney Industries launches online ordering wizard app

March 17, 2014

Forney Industries, a family-owned welding and metalworking product company in Fort Collins, Colo., has introduced Express Upload©, an e-commerce application that accelerates the online ordering process. Participating dealers can upload their Forney Web Store order with a few keystrokes. In...

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Wal-Mart, U.S. Conference of Mayors launch $10 million U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund

March 14, 2014

Wal-Mart, the Wal-Mart Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) have launched the Wal-Mart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply for grants of $100,000 or more, funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation, to help create solutions to challenges...

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EPA regulations workshop covers core industry rules

March 14, 2014

Lion Technology, Detroit, will present two-day workshops nationwide that cover the latest requirements under major EPA programs, including shifting greenhouse gas rules under the Clean Air Act, chemical and product management standards under TSCA and FIFRA, and new rules for solvent-contaminated...

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V.H. Blackinton receives AIM-IBC 2014 Global Trade Award

March 14, 2014

V.H. Blackinton & Co. Inc., Attleboro Falls, Mass., has received a Global Trade Award from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts International Business Council (AIM-IBC), Boston. The awards recognize Massachusetts companies and public agencies that have demonstrated excellence in international...

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Bunting Magnetics names magnet applications general manager

March 14, 2014

Bunting® Magnetics Co., a producer of precision magnetic products in Newton, Kan., has named Donald Lindstrom as general manager of its Magnet Applications Inc. subsidiary in DuBois, Pa. He is responsible for the company’s custom magnet design and manufacturing operation. Lindstrom joined...

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ECi Software Solutions acquired by The Carlyle Group

March 13, 2014

ECi Software Solutions, Fort Worth, Texas, a provider of industry‐specific business management and e‐commerce software, has been acquired by global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group, Washington, D.C. ECi serves companies in the office products, office furniture, office equipment,...

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Proos announces expansion in Michigan

March 13, 2014

Supply chain manufacturer Proos has announced its $5.7 million expansion in Grand Rapids, Mich., adding 50 jobs to its existing 83-employee workforce. The company intends to expand both its fabrication operation, Proos Fabrication, and its stamping operation, Proos...

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USW cites failure of Korea Free Trade Agreement

March 13, 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW), Washington, D.C., have joined members of Congress and private-sector experts in declaring the U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS-FTA) has fallen far short of job promises and improvements in trade balances after two years. "Government data, congressional...

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Increasing vehicle age sustains growth in brake rotors, drums, and calipers aftermarket

March 12, 2014

North American consumers are spending more on parts and service because they are keeping their cars and light trucks longer due to prolonged economic uncertainty. The increasing average age of vehicles — which currently stands at 10.5 years — will drive the aftermarket for brake rotors, drums,...

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V-Tech opens Indiana plant

March 11, 2014

V-Tech Eng. Inc., Bluffton, Ind., a producer of food processing equipment for the baking and snack food industries, has opened a new site in Adams County, Ind. The plant expands the company’s manufacturing space by 125 percent to accommodate recent business growth and the company’s plans for...

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Linde's Alabama plant receives Responsible Care certification

March 11, 2014

Linde LLC’s air separation plant in Birmingham, Ala., has been certified under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® program. The Birmingham plant produces and delivers oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to steel producers and metal fabricators in Alabama and six surrounding states....

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Kolene Corp. marks 75 years in business

March 11, 2014

Detroit-based Kolene Corp., a provider of manufacturing cleaning technology, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Founded by John H. Shoemaker, the company is led today by third-generation Chairman and CEO Roger L. Shoemaker. The company provides integrated cleaning systems based on...

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Wiley Metal Fabricating adds two machines

March 11, 2014

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has added a waterjet cutter and large press brake to its fabricating line. The Flow Mach 3 4020b waterjet cutter operates at 50 HP with a pump rated to 60,000 PSI and a 13-ft. by 6-ft. by 6-in. cutting area. The waterjet cutter...

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Michigan Mfg. Intl. releases new video

March 6, 2014

Michigan Mfg. Intl. (MMI) has posted a new capabilities video online at www.michmfg.com. The video, shot in the company’s new headquarters facility in Stevensville, Md., highlights the company’s manufacturing equipment and warehouse. It gives an overview of the company’s capabilities and...

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