thefabricator.com has a team of bloggers that cover the challenges and rewards associated with a life in metal fabricating. Topics typically addressed by contributing authors include political and demographic trends affecting the fabricating industry, the business side of running a job shop, the culture of the welding community, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.
February 2, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Having your voice matter may be at the core of good culture. This may apply as much to Iowa voters as it does to people on the fab shop floor.
February 2, 2016 | By Josh Welton
“Welding is easy; business is hard.” At least that’s how Josh Welton sees running his own business. An important thing to remember is “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.”
January 28, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Musicians and actors aren’t the only artists worth celebrating and remembering. Take a moment and check out the life and work of rail-car fabricator and artist Thornton Dial.
January 28, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson
A simple expression of appreciation can go a long way.
January 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin
Custom fabricators get some unusual requests, both in terms of the job itself and the timeline for completion. Sometimes they go the extra mile to “do the right thing.”
January 21, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Older workers are not retiring as they once did. If you are among those still working long after you’re eligible for Social Security and Medicare, here are some tips to help foster better working relationships.
January 21, 2016 | By Josh Welton
In February 2015, Lego® replaced Ferrari® as the “world’s most powerful brand.” Perhaps an even bigger accomplishment is the number of engineers, designers, and artists who got their start working with the blocks, people like Clyde James.
January 21, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas
Congress finally provides permanent approval for Section 179 expensing deduction and bonus depreciation laws.
January 19, 2016 | By Tim Heston
For U.S. manufacturers, 2016 is full of uncertainty. But shops with diversified customer bases and healthy balance sheets stand ready to swing.
January 14, 2016 | By Josh Welton
Welders and other tradespeople not only build things, they also restore precious items from the past, including awe-inspiring, iconic aircraft.
December 22, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Interest rates are rising, oil prices are falling, and energy and agriculture equipment sectors continue to struggle. What's next for fabricators in 2016? The news isn't all bad, really, depending on a shop's mix of services, technology, talent, and customers.
December 17, 2015
Life is busy and filled with highs and lows. In his personal retrospective of 2015, Josh Welton shares both.
December 16, 2015 | By Nick Martin
Continuing a theme explored by Josh Welton in a previous post on thefabricator.com, Nick Martin shares his experience exhibiting his shop’s custom products at festivals and farmer’s markets.
December 16, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Finding good people remains the No. 1 challenge in metal fabrication, but it's certainly not an insurmountable challenge.
December 14, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Good friends are invaluable. Sometimes their advice is also. Such was the case for Quinton Smith, who pursued welding thanks to a friend’s suggestion.