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Piab acquires Vaculex

January 9, 2017

Taby, Sweden-based Piab, with U.S. offices in Hingham, Mass., has acquired Sweden-based Vaculex, a manufacturer of lifting equipment based on vacuum technology.Piab manufactures vacuum pumps, vacuum accessories, vacuum conveyors, and suction cups for a variety of automated material handling and...

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Emuge introduces tool reconditioning in Massachusetts facility

January 9, 2017

Emuge Corp. has introduced tool grinding and reconditioning services based out of its West Boylston, Mass., headquarters for U.S. and Canadian customers. The facility is equipped with CNC grinding machines and inspection equipment for reconditioning of the company’s taps, drills, and end mills,...

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Gatto Industrial Platers adds zinc-nickel plating line

January 9, 2017

Chicago-based Gatto Industrial Platers Inc., a provider of zinc and zinc-nickel plating and aluminum chromating for the automotive, agricultural, electrical, and railroad industries, has installed a new, larger zinc-nickel plating line. The line enables the company to plate both large parts and...

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United Performance Metals launches new website

January 6, 2017

Specialty metals distributor United Performance Metals (UPM), Cincinnati, has launched a newly redesigned website at www.upmet.com. The site incorporates many new materials, new processing capabilities, and additional geographic locations. These updates are the result of the company's recent...

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T&M opens Detroit office

January 6, 2017

T&M Associates, a Middletown, N.J.-based national consulting, environmental, engineering, and construction management company, has opened an office in Detroit that will link with the company’s office in nearby Novi, Mich., to provide consulting and technical expertise.From this regional hub, the...

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RIT picked to lead new Manufacturing USA institute on clean energy

January 5, 2017

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester, N.Y., has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its Manufacturing USA initiative, to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, a national coalition...

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Epicor acquires docSTAR

January 5, 2017

Epicor Software Corp., a provider of industry-specific enterprise software in Austin, Texas, has announced its acquisition of docSTAR, a privately held developer of document management software based in Schenectady, N.Y. The acquisition brings docSTAR collaborative, cloud-based enterprise content...

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Valley Craft appoints director of sales and marketing

January 5, 2017

Valley Craft Industries Inc., Lake City, Minn., a manufacturer of material handling and storage equipment, has hired Michael A. Fiorito as director of sales and marketing. Fiorito previously served as North American sales manager at Stanley Black & Decker, where he was responsible for material...

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Samco Machinery names project manager

January 5, 2017

Samco Machinery, a provider of roll forming equipment based in Toronto, has hired Sayed Rahman as project manager. Rahman has extensive knowledge and experience in custom-engineered systems and in building strong relationships with internal and external...

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LMI Aerospace names new senior leaders, announces restructuring

January 5, 2017

St. Louis-based LMI Aerospace Inc., a supplier of structural assemblies, kits, components, and engineering services to the aerospace market, has appointed Jay Inman as president of engineering services, a position he has held on an interim basis since September 2016. The company also has named...

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FMS completes full plant conversion to solid-state welding

January 5, 2017

Freedom Mill Systems (FMS), Grand Rapids, Ohio, has completed a full plant conversion to solid-state welding at a structural pipe producing company in northern Indiana.The company commissioned two new 400-kW, solid-state, high-frequency welding...

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Simonds Saw names president

January 5, 2017

Simonds Intl. has announced that David Miles has been named president of Simonds Saw LLC, a Fitchburg, Mass., manufacturer of metal cutting saw and file products. He succeeds Ray Martino, who continues to serve as CEO of Simonds Saw and president/CEO of Simonds Intl. Miles has served as vice...

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SHRM LINE: January hiring rates to increase compared with a year ago

January 5, 2017

In January, more manufacturers and service-sector employers will add jobs compared with January 2016. Headcount reductions also will decline in both sectors compared with a year ago.A net of 41.7 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in January (48 percent will hire; 6.3 percent will cut jobs)....

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AIM appoints Mankin & Associates as manufacturers’ rep

January 4, 2017

AIM, Cranston, R.I., has announced the addition of Des Moines, Iowa-based Mankin & Associates as its new representative in Iowa and Nebraska for its line of solder materials for the plumbing industry. Mankin & Associates specializes in the plumbing, heating and cooling, industrial, and municipal...

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Robinson Metal adds fiber laser machine

January 4, 2017

Robinson Metal Inc., a single-source metal fabrication supplier in De Pere, Wis., has installed a fiber laser machine to help enhance its laser cutting efficiency and reduce project lead times. The upgraded laser features improved reliability and reduced operational maintenance to help minimize...

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