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Atlas Tube to bring jumbo HSS products to North America - TheFabricator.com

Atlas Tube to bring jumbo HSS products to North America

February 27, 2012

Atlas Tube, Chicago, a division of JMC Steel Group, has partnered with Nippon Steel & Sumikin Metal Products Co. Ltd. (NSMP) and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. to supply jumbo hollow structural sections (HSS) to the North American market. Measuring 18 to 22 in. square in thicknesses up to 0.875 in.,...

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Welspun to add 200 jobs in Little Rock

February 27, 2012

For the second time in its three-year history of operation in Arkansas, international pipe manufacturer Welspun Corp. Ltd. has announced it will expand again, adding 200 jobs and investing an additional $100 million in its Little Rock, Ark., facility, the company's first large-diameter pipe...

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Caterpillar to open new factory in Georgia

February 22, 2012

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., has selected land near Athens, Ga., as the location for a new facility that will build small track-type tractors and mini hydraulic excavators. It will be part of Caterpillar's Building Construction Products (BCP) Division, which is based in Cary, N.C. These machines...

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EIS acquires Light Fabrications Inc.

February 22, 2012

EIS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Co. in Atlanta, has acquired the assets of Light Fabrications Inc., a fabricator of flexible materials in Rochester, N.Y. Bob Thomas, president and CEO of EIS, stated, "This acquisition is consistent with our strategy to invest in additional...

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Plymouth's Eupora mill receives Producer of the Year Award

February 22, 2012

Plymouth Tube Co. has announced that its Eupora, Miss., precision steel tubing mill has received the 2012 American Metal Market (AMM) award for Welded Tube and Pipe Producer of the Year. The AMM Awards for Steel Tube and Pipe Excellence were established to recognize innovative companies across...

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Serapid hires engineering manager

February 22, 2012

Serapid Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., a supplier of linear-motion technologies, has hired Robert C. Adams Jr. as engineering manager and chief engineer. In this position, he leads the engineering team, provides project management, and heads up new product development. In his career of more than...

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Laser Dynamics expands Michigan facility

February 22, 2012

Laser Dynamics has added 20,000 sq. ft. to its facility in Allendale, Mich., bringing its total manufacturing space to 68,000 sq. ft. The addition will be used to expand the metal fabricator's welding and assembly operations and to relocate shipping and receiving activities. The company also...

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Webinar to focus on coil manufacturing with small-diameter copper tubes

February 22, 2012

In partnership with Burr Oak Tool Inc., the International Copper Association will offer a free MicroGroove™ Webinar on March 27 at 1 p.m. ET. The Webinar will focus on manufacturing air-conditioning and refrigeration coils with small-diameter copper tubes to improve performance, reduce...

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Zhejiang Kingland orders spiral pipe welding line

February 22, 2012

Zhejiang Kingland Pipe Industry, province of Zhejiang, China, has ordered offline spiral pipe welding equipment from PWS GmbH, Germany, an SMS Meer company. The integrated system will consist of a spiral pipe forming and tack-welding machine for forming and initial welding of hot-rolled steel...

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Haven Mfg. Indiana to invest $2.3 million in Ossian plant

February 22, 2012

Haven Mfg. Indiana Inc. has announced plans for a $2.3 million expansion to its 30,000-sq.-ft. Ossian, Ind., plant. The expansion, which will include renovations and the addition of computer equipment, is expected to result in the addition of 70 jobs by 2014. Haven manufactures orthopedic...

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ARKU appoints North American president - TheFabricator.com

ARKU appoints North American president

February 22, 2012

ARKU Coil Systems, Cincinnati, has appointed Jurgen Jost as its president for North America. He brings many years of sales and management experience to the position. The company — the U.S. subsidiary of ARKU Maschinenbau GmbH of Baden-Baden, Germany — manufactures hydraulic...

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SpaceClaim, SigmaTEK announce direct integration of software products

February 22, 2012

SpaceClaim®, Concord, Mass., has announced that its SpaceClaim Engineer 3-D direct modeling software now can be directly integrated with SigmaNEST® CAD/CAM nesting systems from SigmaTEK Systems LLC, Cincinnati. This integration, which is embedded in the CAD/CAM system, ensures that manufacturers...

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Cincinnati Incorporated appoints machine tool product manager

February 22, 2012

Metal fabrication equipment manufacturer Cincinnati Incorporated has named Todd Kirchoff as product manager – machine tool products. A 23-year veteran of the company, he has served as field service engineer, product specialist – press brakes and shears, and manager of direct sales. Kirchoff...

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Turkington USA to close plant in North Carolina

February 21, 2012

Two and a half years after renovating and establishing a 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Clayton, N.C., Turkington USA is closing the facility. The manufacturer of industrial ovens, mixers, and coolers will lay off 101 people. The U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Turkington Industries moved to...

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Hypertherm names president, expands CFO's responsibilities

February 21, 2012

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of metal cutting systems in Hanover, N.H., has promoted Evan Smith, former vice president and general manager, to the position of president. Dick Couch, company founder, remains as CEO and continues to chair the company’s board of directors. In addition, CFO Carey Chen...

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