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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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Schaefer Ventilation opens distribution center in Atlanta

June 3, 2015

Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, manufacturer of ventilation and thermal comfort products based in Sauk Rapids, Minn., has announced the opening of a new distribution center in Atlanta. The new location offers quick deliveries on reasonable quantities of confined space ventilators, portable...

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Global manufacturers focused on innovation, supply chains to drive growth, says survey

June 3, 2015

Manufacturers are operating in an environment of disruptive complexity, where the confluence of factors such as intense competition, pricing pressures, and new technologies are forcing companies to evaluate business models and growth strategies, according to the 2015 KPMG Global Manufacturing...

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Fabral names VP of commercial sales

June 3, 2015

Euramax North America has announced the return of Scott Bacon as the vice president of commercial sales for Fabral, a provider of metal roofing and wall panels in Lancaster, Pa. He served as vice president, director of sales from 2000 to 2011 and spent the last four years as the business unit...

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Upskilling – What it means and where it stands

June 3, 2015

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Much attention has been given to the skills gap, a critical issue affecting manufacturing. The Upskill Summit held in April provided an opportunity for manufacturers and other entities to explore concrete measures to alleviate the gap by upskilling workers. Summit participant Traci Tapani, co-president, Wyoming Machine, discusses the initiative.

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Centria announces addition to product management team

June 3, 2015

Centria, a manufacturer of architectural metal wall and roof systems based in Moon Township, Pa., has hired Jeffrey Peskowitz as profile series and metal composite material (MCM) manager. He collaborates with the company’s sales and marketing teams to maintain, promote, and market the company’s...

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Eberl Iron Works Inc. wins Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award

June 3, 2015

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Eberl Iron Works Inc. has received the 2015 Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award in the small business category for companies with 50 or fewer employees. The awards raise community awareness of ethical behavior and recognize companies that consistently demonstrate ethical...

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Going vertical: Distributor expands into stamping, metal fabrication, and assembly

June 3, 2015

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Millenia Products Group launched as a distributor in 2001, but from the very start it had plans for vertical integration down the supply chain. Today it offers distribution, stamping, roll forming, fabrication, and full assembly services—all in one organization.

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The 2015 FAB 40: The largest custom metal fabricators grow even bigger

June 3, 2015

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The 2015 FAB 40 shows a growing industry, with some of the largest shops posting the biggest revenue gains over last year. Will such growth lead to more industry consolidation? For some industrial sectors, probably, but for other areas of metal fabrication, probably not.

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Cartridge cleaning system helps extend dust collector filter life

June 3, 2015

Micro Air Clean Air Systems has introduced the FORCE™ line of dust collectors, featuring the Roto-Pulse® cartridge cleaning system. The automatic, incrementally rotating filter cleaning system uniformly cleans 100 percent of the cartridges’ surfaces. According to the manufacturer, cleaning...

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Global Shop Solutions opens R&D technology center

June 2, 2015

Global Shop Solutions, a provider of ERP software, has opened an R&D technology center in The Woodlands, Texas, to support the next generation of the company’s ERP software, existing customer requirements, and new sales opportunities and markets. The new tech center provides space built...

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Precision Tank & Equipment acquires A&B Welding

June 2, 2015

Precision Tank & Equipment Co., a tank and equipment manufacturer based in Athens, Ill., has acquired A&B Welding of Thompson, Iowa, a manufacturer of field-erected tanks and general contracting services. The companies serve different areas in the agricultural tank market. Together, they will...

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Germantown Tool and Mfg. receives renewal of ISO 9001:2008 certification

June 2, 2015

Germantown Tool and Mfg., Huntingdon Valley, Pa., has received a three-year renewal of its ISO 9001:2008 certification. The company, a fully integrated metal fabricator, offers metal stamping, sheet metal fabrication, laser cutting, robotic welding, mechanical assembly, and tool and die services...

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AT&F opens facility in India

June 2, 2015

AT&F, a provider of large-scale steel fabrication in Cleveland, has opened its first fabrication facility in Asia. The facility, located in Chakan, just outside Pune in the state of Maharashtra, fabricates and assembles metal components for OEM customers in the construction, transportation, mining,...

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Racks, dividers developed for vertical lift module

June 2, 2015

Kardex Remstar LLC has developed tool racks made of plastic, metal, or wood for use in the Shuttle XP vertical lift module (VLM), allowing users to optimize the space inside. The line includes plastic boxes for compartmentalizing trays, tool racks with adjustable holders, and divider systems....

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Washing/drying machine cleans inserts before coating

June 2, 2015

Vapormatt has introduced the Ocelot washing and drying machine, designed to clean and dry wet-blasted cemented carbide inserts at one station before coating. The stainless steel, compact, all-in-one unit features a deionized water plant, air and water filtration systems, and a vacuum unit. The...

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