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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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Welding helmet delivers filtered air into breathing zone

December 1, 2014

Lincoln Electric has introduced the VIKING™ PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator) 3350 welding helmet. The PAPR draws air from the environment through a HEPA filter located on the belt and delivers filtered air in the breathing zone of the auto-darkening helmet. This model, which offers...

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General Sheet Metal to relocate in Indiana

December 1, 2014

General Sheet Metal, South Bend, Ind., has announced plans to move outside the city, to St. Joseph County. The metal fabricating company will build a 22.6 million, 170,000-sq.-ft. building. The expansion is expected to create 28 new...

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SUPERB Industries announces expansion, addition of 50 jobs

December 1, 2014

SUPERB™ Industries, Sugarcreek, Ohio, has been awarded a contract by Alevo Mfg., part of the Swistzerland-based Alevo SA Group, that will create at least 50 jobs and require a 12,000-sq.-ft. addition to the current facility. The project, dubbed "Operation Moonshine" because some of the...

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ISM ROB: Down slightly from October, manufacturing economic activity still expanding

December 1, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®. The report was issued by Bradley J....

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How a small company competes in a big way

December 1, 2014

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This month Senior Editor Tim Heston talks with Michael Chirchirillo, operations manager at Cary, Ill.-based Chirch Global Manufacturing, about how the fabricator developed the Chirch Global Manufacturing Network, a group of 14 family-owned businesses, all in different competitive markets, that collaborate to compete. Read the story.

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M. Davis doubles fabrication capacity with purchase of Delaware facility

November 26, 2014

M. Davis & Sons Inc., an industrial contractor and fabricator in Wilmington, Del., has purchased a new fabrication facility in Newark, Del. The new shop more than doubles the company’s current capacity for manufacturing skids, tanks, and structural steel. In 2013 the firm purchased a...

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LaserCoil Technologies to supply blanking system to Worthington Specialty Processing

November 26, 2014

LaserCoil Technologies LLC, Perrysburg, Ohio, has received an order for a coil-fed blanking system from Worthington Specialty Processing (WSP), a toll processor for the automotive industry. The 2,100-mm-wide, dual-head system, featuring two 6-kW lasers, is being installed at the company’s...

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NAPW names WestWind Corp. purchasing manager as 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

November 26, 2014

The National Association of Professional Women, Garden City, N.Y., has named Susan A. Willis, purchasing manager at WestWind Corp., Huntsville, Ala., as the 2014 Professional Woman of the Year for her leadership in business. Willis uses her expansive knowledge of the defense industry in her...

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FABTECH reporter notebook: A reason to be thankful

November 26, 2014

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Managers at one shop did the moral thing back in 2009, and that moral decision turned out to be a smart business decision, too. That's something to be thankful for.

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Hydraulic manipulators help eliminate strain injuries

November 26, 2014

TDA Buddy hydraulically powered manipulators are designed to allow a worker to hold and maneuver parts up to 1,000 lbs. in three dimensions with almost no strain injuries. The manipulators are suitable for heavy-duty industrial material handling applications. The throttle-style control feature...

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Upsizing in a downsizing economy

November 25, 2014

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Different shops have different ways of coping with and surviving business downturns. Some downsize, while others take advantage of opportunities and invest in people and equipment. Upsizing paid off for Wilson Works, Morgantown, W.V.

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Plasma spray gun controller offers touchscreen, scroll wheel control

November 24, 2014

Oerlikon Metco has introduced the UniCoatPro™ single-process plasma controller. The compact unit is designed for use with conventional or cascading arc (SinplexPro™) plasma spray guns. The operator controls the entire spray process via a touchscreen. Hot buttons provide quick access to...

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Air cleaning cartridge offers extended time between changeouts

November 24, 2014

AAF® Intl. has introduced the REDClean™ cartridge for air pollution control. According to the manufacturer, the cartridge offers reduced power consumption and twice the time between changeouts compared to traditional cartridges. The unit pairs with the company’s OptiFlo® dust collector...

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The economics of worker retention

November 21, 2014

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It's not unusual for a metal fabricating worker to leave one company and go to work for another for a small increase in pay. This, however, may not be in the best interest of the worker, and it sure hurts the company that loses quality talent.

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Metcam welcomes Canadian delegation to Georgia headquarters

November 21, 2014

Metcam, a certified fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies, recently welcomed a delegation of Canadian business and government leaders to its Alpharetta, Ga., campus in partnership with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. The Canadian group was in Georgia for FABTECH®...

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