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Mexico: Riding the waves of manufacturing fortune

March 14, 2014

The recent opening of two automotive assembly plants in Mexico is just the latest sign that Mexico is emerging as a major manufacturing hub for the world. However, in today's economy, global trends shift pretty quickly, and Mexico will have to evolve from just being a land of low-cost labor if it is to remain a major manufacturing player.

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The 'right way'

March 13, 2014

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Editor’s note: This is welder and artist Josh Welton’s inaugural blog post for thefabricator.com. Welton, of Brown Dog Welding fame, will be writing twice monthly. This introductory post highlights important lessons learned in Welton’s welder training.

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Paying a heavy price for purchasing only on price

March 13, 2014

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As fabricators become more selective about jobs they accept, OEMs need to rethink purchasing procedures.

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From the Web 3.11.14

March 11, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week— planes, dragsters, “old lady welders,” and a close look at today’s factory worker.

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Business lessons from Matthew McConaughey

March 5, 2014

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If Matthew McConaughey wants a side job, he can lecture corporations on transformation and rebranding.

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From the Web 3.4.14

March 4, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week— cars, guns, jobs, and politics.

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About growing the economic pie

March 3, 2014

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At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit, held last week in Austin, Texas, industry executives talked about growing the economic pie. One keynote speaker recalled how his business effectively grew the pie, thanks to open book management.

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Obamacare and the workforce

February 26, 2014

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Obamacare is having a big impact on the workforce, one that's estimated to result in 2.5 million workers leaving their jobs by 2024.

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From the Web 2.25.14

February 25, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week.

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As unionization shrinks, so does the pipeline for talent

February 21, 2014

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Last week autoworkers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. Fifty-three percent said “no” to the idea, even though Volkswagen did not actively oppose or support the vote. While the automaker may have tried...

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Location, location, location?

February 19, 2014

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Whether you're a welder looking for a job, or a job looking for a welder, location matters.

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The few, the proud, the small-shop employee

February 19, 2014

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Small business employees now make up a smaller piece of the employment pie, and this may say a lot about manufacturing's perennial skilled-labor crisis.

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Not your typical supply chain assistance

February 14, 2014

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David Tilstone, president, National Tooling & Machining Association, is pretty certain precision metalworking shops across the U.S. need help. According to a 2013 NTMA survey of its membership, just over 70 percent have a job opening that they are having difficulty filling. At least a third have...

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St. Valentine’s Day, then and now

February 14, 2014

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February 14 is here again, and although the origin of St. Valentine’s Day is a little weird, it’s hard not to miss the staying power of this celebration. Originally a pagan fertility rite celebrated in ancient Rome, Lupercalia was later co-opted by the church as Christianity took hold, and...

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Aluminum tough as steel? Does it matter?

February 12, 2014

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Scanning news sites this morning looking for something other than coverage of PAX, which I’m experiencing firsthand in the North Atlanta suburbs, I came across an interesting item on cnn.com—“Ford’s aluminum secret weapon.” The automaker is banking on its decision to build its...

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