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Former Harley-Davidson communications strategist to give keynote address at FMA annual meeting

December 5, 2014

Ken Schmidt, former director of communications at Harley-Davidson, will deliver the opening keynote presentation for The FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit and Toll Processing Conference, Feb. 25-27, 2015, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee (Orlando), Fla. "Ken Schmidt...

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Bosch Rexroth’s South Carolina hydraulics production facility marks 25 years in operation

December 5, 2014

Bosch Rexroth recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Fountain Inn, S.C., hydraulics production facility. After undergoing an expansion in 2013, the location is the company’s largest hydraulics manufacturing facility in the Americas. Opened in 1989, the facility originally comprised a...

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MEC opens Virginia manufacturing center

December 4, 2014

Mayville Engineering Co. Inc. (MEC) has opened a 148,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Atkins, Va. The facility, scheduled to move into full production in early 2015, allows the company to expand its capabilities to serve blue-chip OEMs. The company, which operates 17 plants in five states,...

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ABB to join Industrial Internet Consortium to promote best practices

December 4, 2014

In 2015 power and automation company ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, will join the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a group of more than 100 companies, organizations, and universities working to accelerate growth of the Industrial Internet by identifying and promoting best practices and robust...

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AWMI names Sapa Extrusions fabrication new business coordinator as Member of the Year

December 4, 2014

At its 2014 Annual Conference in November, the Association of Women in the Metal Industries (AWMI), Mount Royal, N.J., formally recognized Carol Chizmar of Sapa Extrusions with its 2013 Member of the Year Award. The award is the highest honor given by AWMI. Members are nominated and selected by...

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Initiative launched to develop standards for additive manufacturing

December 4, 2014

U.K.-based Lloyd’s Register Energy has launched a joint industry project (JIP) inviting companies worldwide to tackle the current and future issues faced by manufacturers supplying the energy industry; the latest JIP focuses on additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring rates in manufacturing not expected to slow down in December

December 4, 2014

In December, job creation rates will increase in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December 2014./p> In December, for the ninth straight...

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D&S Mfg. to expand in Wisconsin

December 3, 2014

Custom manufacturer D&S Mfg. has begun work on a 9,300-sq.-ft. addition to its facility in Black River Falls, Wis. The current addition plans were laid out during the previous expansion, completed in 2009. Since that expansion, additional equipment acquisitions have filled the building. The...

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Manufacturers urge Congress to pass important tax extenders legislation

December 3, 2014

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), Cleveland, and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Independence, Ohio, have urged Congress to pass a tax extenders bill this month that makes key tax provisions used by U.S. manufacturers permanent, including the R&D Tax Credit,...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Cap-offs, springs, and threads

December 3, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis shows CAD operators how to use two separate design functions to create the same cap-off treatment.

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BLS: Manufacturing productivity up 2.9%, labor costs down 1.3% in 3rd quarter

December 3, 2014

The revised, third quarter 2014 productivity and labor cost report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 2.3 percent annual rate, as output increased 4.9 percent and hours worked increased 2.4 percent. From the third...

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A reason to smile

December 2, 2014

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According to November manufacturing data, industry hummed along in November, shrugging off the economic slowdown in much of the rest of the world. Drew Greenblatt isn't surprised.

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Global welding products market expected to reach $23.78 billion by 2020

December 2, 2014

A new market report from Albany, N.Y.-based Transparency Market Research, “Welding Products Market — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020,” indicates that the global welding products market, valued at $17.47 billion in 2013, is expected to reach...

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AGCO names Diamond Mfg. as North America Supplier of the Year

December 2, 2014

Duluth, Ga.-based AGCO, a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has announced that Diamond Mfg., Wyoming, Pa., has received its 2014 North America Supplier of the Year Award. Diamond Mfg. was one of five companies to receive a supplier award. The company is a provider of...

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Antifatigue welding mat also protects against sparks

December 2, 2014

ALECO® has introduced the Comfort Weld™ antifatigue welding mat. Constructed of self-extinguishing material, the fire-retardant mat guards against sparks and hot metal. Its slip-resistant pebble surface provides ergonomic qualities that enable welders to stand comfortably, minimizing the pain...

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