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Metal powder trade groups appoint new executive director/CEO

February 3, 2017

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI Intl. (APMI) have selected industry veteran James P. Adams to succeed C. James Trombino as executive director/CEO. Adams has worked in the powder metallurgy industry for more than 30 years, following graduation from Hennepin Technical College...

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BMG Conveyor Services rebrands to Davis Industrial

February 3, 2017

Tampa, Fla.-based conveyor belt provider BMG Conveyor Services has officially rebranded to Davis Industrial.BMG President and CEO Stephenie Davis purchased BMG in 2008. The firm launched a fabrication division in a second location under a subsidiary called Industrial Performance Group (IPG). “We...

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Big River Steel’s first full month of production sets record

February 2, 2017

Big River Steel, Osceola, Ark., has established a new production record for tons of steel produced by an SMS group-supplied, flat-rolled mini-mill during the first full month of operation. With more than 63,000 tons of hot-rolled steel produced in January, its first full month of production, the...

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AGC AeroComposites rebrands as Unitech Aerospace

February 2, 2017

U.K.-based AGC AeroComposites, a global supplier of composite and metallic assemblies and components to the aerospace and defense industry, has rebranded as Unitech Aerospace. Unitech Aerospace is the parent company to Unitech Composites, North Coast Composites, North Coast Tool & Mold, Paul...

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PRG Prototyping adds waterjet cutting machine

February 2, 2017

PRG Prototyping, a prototype development and manufacturing company, has installed an ultrahigh-pressure waterjet cutting machine at its facility in Pittsburg, Kan. This new equipment will be used for 2-D profile cutting of components from sheet materials.The 12- by 6-ft. waterjet machine cuts steel...

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Vari-Form provides rear suspension trailing arms to Volkswagen

February 2, 2017

Livonia, Mich.-based Vari-Form has announced that it is producing right and left trailing arms for the rear suspension system of the Volkswagen Golf A7 using pressure-sequence hydroforming technology. The trailing arms, hydroformed from closed-section tube, maintain inherent strength while...

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United Steel acquires Black Rock Fireproof Column

February 2, 2017

United Steel Inc., a fabricator and erector of structural steel and miscellaneous metals in East Hartford, Conn., has acquired Black Rock Fireproof Column. The manufacturer of fireproof structural columns retains its name and now operates in East Hartford as its own division under the management of...

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Dorner names recipient of 2016 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship

February 2, 2017

Dorner Mfg. Corp., Hartland, Wis., has named Ryan Knudtson, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, as the recipient of the 2016 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship.This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year program at any partner school of...

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Hypertherm to award plasma cutting systems to North American schools

February 2, 2017

Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., has announced that its Spark Something Great educational grant program for 2017 will award Powermax45® XP plasma cutting and gouging systems to 10 North American schools. The program, now in its third year, is meant to support the next generation of welders and metal...

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BGL announces sale of Midland Stamping & Fabricating

February 2, 2017

Cleveland-based investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. has announced the sale of Midland Stamping & Fabricating, a Schiller Park, Ill.-based subsidiary of Advanced Alloy Processing and portfolio company of Peak Rock Capital, to Speyside Equity.Midland is a provider of metal stamping and...

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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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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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