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The future of the medium-sized metal fabricator

November 5, 2014

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Small shops will be there for the small jobs; large shops are investing in equipment to compete; but what about the shop in the middle?

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Sioux names sales and marketing manager

November 5, 2014

Beresford, S.D.-based Sioux Corp., a manufacturer of industrial application-specific cleaning equipment, water heating and chilling systems, and steam generators, has announced the hiring of Jesse Hanssen as sales and marketing manager. Hanssen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical...

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Drake-Williams Steel converts to employee ownership

November 5, 2014

Drake-Williams Steel Inc., a steel fabricator based in Omaha, Neb., has converted 100 percent from family ownership to employee ownership. The change affects 230 employees at three company locations in Omaha and Aurora,...

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Weld gas designed for reduced spatter, slag

November 5, 2014

Linde offers the CORGON® welding gas series with helium as a component. The gas was developed to produce low-spatter and low-slag seams at high speeds on nonalloyed and low-alloy steels in both manual and automatic GMAW processes. It achieves these results through a balanced gas mixture with a...

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5 steps to improve the welding environment

November 5, 2014

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Achieving the optimal welding environment is important for many reasons, including worker health and safety and OSHA compliance. These five steps can help you achieve that environment.

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Sage Clarity selected for CIO Review’s 20 Most Promising list

November 4, 2014

Sage Clarity, Chicago, a provider of manufacturing intelligence systems, has been named to CIO Review’s list of the 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Solution Providers. The selection is based on Sage Clarity's mobile analytics technology systems for the manufacturing supply chain....

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AAK sells Binol biolubricants business to Quaker Chemical

November 3, 2014

AAK, Karlshamn, Sweden, has decided to sell its biolubricants business Binol to Quaker Chemical, Conshohocken, Pa., a provider of process fluids and chemical specialties. Binol has for many years been run as an autonomous entity within AAK with its own sales force, product development,...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing economic activity expanded in October

November 3, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J....

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Workers at Warren Fabricating win back jobs, company signs settlement

October 31, 2014

On Sept. 24 and 25, four workers employed by Industrial Labor at Warren Fabricating in Hubbard, Ohio, were laid off after talking to their co-workers about forming a union. The National Labor Relations Board was set to go to trial on Oct. 6 when Industrial Labor owner Richard Melanson negotiated...

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SME launches #MFGis campaign to create awareness of career opportunities

October 31, 2014

Dearborn, Mich.-based SME, an organization dedicated to supporting manufacturing through training, events, media, and membership, has launched #MFGis, an awareness campaign to help students, educators, professionals, and companies share what manufacturing means to them through storytelling, social...

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Spartan Motors to close plant in Florida

October 30, 2014

Spartan Motors Inc., a manufacturer of specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the RV, emergency response, defense, government services, delivery, and service markets based in Charlotte, Mich., has announced plans to close its fire truck body assembly facility...

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Layman Fabrication moves to new facility in Indiana

October 30, 2014

Layman Fabrication Inc. has moved into a new, 8,400-sq.-ft. facility in North Vernon, Ind. The new facility gives the company room to expand its cutting, forming, painting, and welding activities. The metal fabricator produces carts, containers, conveyors, platforms, tables, and tanks. It also...

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The human side of selling a business

October 30, 2014

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Cancer greatly altered the ownership sitatuation for GH Metal Solutions in 2005, but several years of hard work to put the company on a new growth path helped the fabricator to find just rhe right owner.

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Haier America to locate tech center in Indiana

October 30, 2014

Manhattan-based Haier America, a division of the multinational home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Haier Group, has announced plans to locate its North American tech center in Evansville, Ind., creating 50 new jobs by 2015. The company plans to invest about $2.8 million in...

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From the Web: Steel making, fabricating have changed; mfg & politics; 3-D printing semi-solid metals

October 30, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— AISC VP sets the record straight about today’s steel production; what skills today’s factory workers need; manufacturing and politics, and developments in 3-D printing.

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