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Wyoming Machine co-presidents receive NAWBO Lifetime Achievement Awards

October 31, 2016

Wyoming Machine (WMI), a sheet metal fabricator in Stacy, Minn., has announced that owners and sisters Traci and Lori Tapani, who serve as co-presidents, have received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Minnesota Chapter. The award recognizes...

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Tool cart keeps modular fixturing clamps and components within reach

October 31, 2016

Strong Hand Tools® offers the BuildPro® tool cart for organizing clamps and components in the BuildPro® modular fixturing kits. The cart offers dedicated placement for each clamp and component. A large front pegboard panel stores frequently used straight-edge stops. A bridge channel beneath the...

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Retired McNichols executive VP dies

October 31, 2016

McNichols Co., Tampa, Fla., has announced that retired Executive Vice President David J. “Dave” Brenneman, a 40-year veteran of the company, died Oct. 4, 2016, after a short battle with esophageal cancer.Brenneman started his career with the company as a warehouse/saw operator, subsequently...

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Hammett Steel to relocate in Alabama

October 31, 2016

Steel product manufacturer Hammett Steel, Phenix City, Ala., has announced plans to relocate to a 184,000-sq.-ft. facility in Columbus, Ala. The company expects to add 20 employees after the move. The facility, which gives the company expanded production capabilities, features office space, cranes,...

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DGI Supply opens regional office in North Carolina

October 31, 2016

DGI Supply, Wheeling, Ill., a distributor of abrasives, band sawing products, cutting tools, lubricants, and welding supplies, has opened a regional office in Charlotte, N.C.The 21,000-sq.-ft. facility includes sales offices, a warehouse, and a training classroom. It has allowed the company to...

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Pliers adjust instantly to hold large or small workpieces

October 31, 2016

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced Strong Grip® Big Mouth pliers. The tool has a four-position adjustment to change the holding capacity from ¼ to 3 in. instantly, says the company.The patented crank handle opens and closes the plier jaws quickly. The crank handle also can be used to increase...

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Kitting cart transports irregularly shaped fabricated parts

October 31, 2016

Creform Corp. has designed a cart to hold small batches of parts on two sides of the cart. The open design makes all parts visible. For damage-free handling, each shelf level features two cantilevered bars (pins) that extend out both sides of the cart to hold the parts. The pins feature an end-stop...

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C-clamp compatible with impact wrenches

October 31, 2016

Dimide has introduced a patent-pending C-clamp that is compatible with impact wrenches, torque wrenches, and ratchets. The clamp’s compatibility with an impact wrench allows the user to tighten the 5-in. clamp to its rated load of 4,000...

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Wall Colmonoy to present furnace brazing seminar Nov. 8-10

October 28, 2016

Wall Colmonoy, a global materials engineering group of companies engaged in the manufacturing of surfacing and brazing products, castings, and engineered components, will offer a fall session of Modern Furnace Brazing School from November 8-10, 2016, at Aerobraze Engineered Technologies’ Brazing...

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Fiber laser marks in color on stainless steel

October 27, 2016

Cajo Technologies has developed new technology to produce consistent, repeatable laser-marked colors on stainless steel using a fiber laser. The laser can produce deep black markings to aid readability of markings on darker surfaces. The dense, rich white also is extremely readable on a darker...

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Hourly or Salaried? Exempt versus nonexempt employees in metal fabrication

October 27, 2016 | By Dannah Rodriguez, Jonathan Martin

The Labor Department estimates that several hundred thousand workers in over 60,000 primary metals and fabricated metal products establishments will be affected by new regulations that change who qualifies for overtime.

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Karlee announces acquisition by Porter’s Group LLC

October 27, 2016

Karlee Inc., Garland, Texas, a provider of contract manufacturing and metal fabrication services, has announced it has a new parent, independent metal fabricator Porter's Group LLC.As a result of the sale, Karlee will add its account base of aerospace, commercial goods, medical equipment, and...

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Tag feeder prevents tags from escaping from bottom of magazine

October 27, 2016

KwikMark Inc. offers the Tag Master 3 feeder, developed to eliminate the problem of tags escaping from the bottom of the magazine. The tags are transferred from the top to eliminate jamming and scratching. This also helps eliminate problems with thickness tolerance and sharp edges.The feeder is...

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QualiChem named Small Business of the Year in Roanoke, Va.

October 26, 2016

QualiChem, Salem, Va., an international manufacturer of metalworking fluids, has been recognized as the Small Business of the Year by the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Roanoke, Va.The selection criteria for the award are increased sales, employee growth, staying power, innovation, and...

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Running a shop in the aftermath of a hurricane

October 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin

We hear a lot about disaster preparedness, but sometimes conditions are such that even the best plan isn’t enough. Hurricane Matthew had a devastating effect on many southeastern communities and businesses.

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