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Increasing vehicle age sustains growth in brake rotors, drums, and calipers aftermarket

March 12, 2014

North American consumers are spending more on parts and service because they are keeping their cars and light trucks longer due to prolonged economic uncertainty. The increasing average age of vehicles — which currently stands at 10.5 years — will drive the aftermarket for brake rotors, drums,...

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V-Tech opens Indiana plant

March 11, 2014

V-Tech Eng. Inc., Bluffton, Ind., a producer of food processing equipment for the baking and snack food industries, has opened a new site in Adams County, Ind. The plant expands the company’s manufacturing space by 125 percent to accommodate recent business growth and the company’s plans for...

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Linde's Alabama plant receives Responsible Care certification

March 11, 2014

Linde LLC’s air separation plant in Birmingham, Ala., has been certified under the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® program. The Birmingham plant produces and delivers oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to steel producers and metal fabricators in Alabama and six surrounding states....

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Kolene Corp. marks 75 years in business

March 11, 2014

Detroit-based Kolene Corp., a provider of manufacturing cleaning technology, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Founded by John H. Shoemaker, the company is led today by third-generation Chairman and CEO Roger L. Shoemaker. The company provides integrated cleaning systems based on...

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Wiley Metal Fabricating adds two machines

March 11, 2014

Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc., a custom fabricator in Marion, Ind., has added a waterjet cutter and large press brake to its fabricating line. The Flow Mach 3 4020b waterjet cutter operates at 50 HP with a pump rated to 60,000 PSI and a 13-ft. by 6-ft. by 6-in. cutting area. The waterjet cutter...

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Michigan Mfg. Intl. releases new video

March 6, 2014

Michigan Mfg. Intl. (MMI) has posted a new capabilities video online at www.michmfg.com. The video, shot in the company’s new headquarters facility in Stevensville, Md., highlights the company’s manufacturing equipment and warehouse. It gives an overview of the company’s capabilities and...

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Kemper to provide equipment to Oman welding school

March 6, 2014

Kemper GmbH, Vreden, Germany, has announced it will equip a welding school in Muscat, Oman, with 100 welding workstations equipped with extraction and filter technology, welding booths, and noise-protection walls. Installation of the equipment will begin in April. The school, being built from...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring, layoff rates to decline in March

March 6, 2014

In March, manufacturing and service-sector companies will add jobs at a lower rate compared with a year ago according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2014. Layoff rates will fall in March compared with a...

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Schuette Metals wins 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year special award

March 5, 2014

Schuette Metals, Milwaukee, a manufacturer of fabricated metal components for the architectural, agricultural, energy, and defense industries, is one of nine Wisconsin companies awarded the 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Schuette, which...

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Nautic Global Group to expand production

March 5, 2014

Nautic Global Group, a boat manufacturer in Elkhart, Ind., has announced plans to expand production of its Hurricane, Rinker, Godfrey Pontoons, Polar Kraft, and Parti Kraft brands to meet growing demand. The expansion will create 70...

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Airgas acquires Welding & Therapy Service Inc.

March 5, 2014

Airgas Inc., a supplier of industrial, medical, and specialty gases based in Radnor, Pa., has acquired Welding & Therapy Service Inc., an industrial and medical gas and welding supply distributor with locations in Louisville, Ky.; and Bedford, Clarksville, Columbus, and Princeton, Ind. The five...

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Valmont acquires DS SM A/S

March 4, 2014

Valmont Industries Inc., Omaha, Neb., a provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, has announced the acquisition of privately held, Denmark-based DS SM A/S, a manufacturer of heavy complex steel structures for such industries...

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OAI, DRMA to host seminar for aircraft parts suppliers March 20

March 4, 2014

The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) will host the seminar "Practical Tips for Suppliers of Civil Aircraft and Aircraft Parts to Increase Exports" on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Dayton Crown Plaza, Dayton, Ohio, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m....

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FabSuite LLC names Integrous as distributor

March 4, 2014

FabSuite LLC has announced that it has appointed Integrous Steel Software Solutions LLC as its distributor for FabSuite steel fabrication management software products in North America. The software assists fabricators with such tasks as job/contract bidding, job input, production and shipment piece...

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AGC realigns global aerospace composites businesses

March 3, 2014

AGC Aerospace & Defense has announced the realignment of its global aerospace composites businesses. Formerly comprising five different legacy brands — Tods Composite Solutions, Paul Fabrications, Unitech, Hill AeroSystems, and Integrated Composites — the collection of organizations now...

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