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SHRM LINE: Manufacturing hiring rate to increase in February compared with a year ago

February 2, 2017

In February 2017, employment will grow at 57.0 percent of manufacturing firms and decline at 8.1 percent. The resulting net increasing index of 48.9 (57.0 percent - 8.1 percent) suggests slightly faster employment growth in manufacturing than in February 2016 (47.5).In February 2017, employment...

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Is it time to take your fabrication business global?

February 2, 2017 | By Dan Davis

With international branches in Europe and India, Cleveland-based AT&F is demonstrating that doing business globally isn't just for large organizations.

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Renishaw to open new headquarters in Illinois

February 1, 2017

Renishaw Inc. has completed a new, 133,000-sq.-ft. office and warehouse facility in West Dundee, Ill., near Chicago. The two-story facility will be the company’s new North American headquarters and also will include space for product development, testing, warehousing, and distribution. A...

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Solar Atmospheres Southeast gains Boeing approval

February 1, 2017

After completing an intensive three-day audit, Solar Atmospheres Southeast, Greenville, S.C., has announced its addition to the Boeing-approved processor listing. The facility has an approved scope of processing that includes the following specifications:BAC 5613 – Heat Treatment of Titanium and...

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AXYZ Intl. launches redesigned website

February 1, 2017

AXYZ Intl., Burlington, Ont., a manufacturer of CNC router and knife cutting systems, has unveiled its redesigned website at www.axyz.com. New features include a page that compares CNC routers, allowing visitors to view a snapshot of each product and see which products are recommended for different...

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Winchester Metals expands manufacturing operation in Virginia

February 1, 2017

Winchester Metals, a steel distribution, processing, and fabrication facility, invested $140,000 in new equipment at its manufacturing operation in Frederick County, Va. As part of its expansion, the company installed a Lincoln Automate 35HS robotic welding system that performs repetitive welding...

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ISM ROB: PMI® at highest level in almost two years

February 1, 2017

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January, and the overall economy grew for the 92nd consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®.The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the...

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Survey finds most small manufacturers anticipate growth

January 31, 2017

Gaithersburg, Md.-based Xometry, a provider of a proprietary software platform that offers on-demand manufacturing to a diverse customer base, has released the findings of its first Small Manufacturing Index. The new quarterly index, which aims to take the pulse of small to midsized shops, asked a...

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PetroChoice acquires Miller Industrial Fluids LLC

January 31, 2017

PetroChoice, a provider of petroleum-based lubrication products and services in Fort Washington, Pa., has acquired Miller Industrial Fluids LLC, an Indianapolis-based distributor and blender of lubricants and rust preventives. Through this acquisition, PetroChoice will gain immediate presence in...

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AT&F named The FABRICATOR’s 2017 Industry Award winner

January 31, 2017

Cleveland-based AT&F has been named the 2017 Industry Award winner by The FABRICATOR® magazine in recognition of the company’s excellence in operational improvements, business success, and contributions to the community. The award comes just over a year after the firm began operations in...

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Johnston Companies pledges $100,000 to Workshops for Warriors

January 31, 2017

Springfield, Mo.-based Johnston Companies—a family-owned MRO distributor that serves manufacturers in aerospace, automotive/rail transportation, fabricating, and machining—has contributed $10,000 to the Workshops for Warriors (WFW) program and pledged to contribute $100,000 over four years to...

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Lean manufacturing and a tale of two sandboxes

January 30, 2017 | By Gary Conner, Logan O’Hara

Change can cause an emotional roller coaster. One often-missed component of continuous improvement is empathizing with those who must change what they do every day. Without empathy, understanding, and describing what the change means for the whole organization, emotions can run high.

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Deere employees increase volunteer hours by more than 50 percent

January 30, 2017

In 2016 employees of Deere & Co., based in Moline, Ill., increased by more than 50 percent the number of volunteer hours they recorded in service to community organizations worldwide, totaling nearly 158,000 hours in the year compared to approximately 104,500 in 2015.During the year, the company...

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Fabricating a new sales approach

January 30, 2017 | By Dan Davis

More job shops are looking to formalize their sales efforts, and that often means eschewing contract sales reps and hiring a full-time employee to go out and chase business.

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Managing the three legs of the custom metal fabrication stool

January 27, 2017 | By Tim Heston

Technology has become the ticket to entry for metal fabrication. But when a fabricator buys a new machine, it doesn’t stay secret for long. So what really sets a company apart from its competitors? Past speakers at FMA events give some insights.

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