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Still Building America: From ranch manager to welder and beyond

December 11, 2014

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Ambitions, interests, and careers evolve. Craftsman Jared Craver set out to be a professional landscaper, took the reins at a cattle/hunting ranch, saw a need for welding on the ranch, took welding classes, and now has his own business. Here’s how it all came together.

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Thanking your customers at Christmas

December 9, 2014

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There are traditions, and then there are the stories behind them—something we often don’t know. In this post, Nick Martin explains Barnes MetalCrafters’ tradition of thanking its customers at Christmas.

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Built, not bought: A welder’s Christmas gifts

December 3, 2014

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It’s that time of year when those who celebrate Christmas are looking for the perfect gifts for family and friends. If you’re a skilled welder and need some ideas, read on.

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A reason to smile

December 2, 2014

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According to November manufacturing data, industry hummed along in November, shrugging off the economic slowdown in much of the rest of the world. Drew Greenblatt isn't surprised.

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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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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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American-made at FABTECH

November 20, 2014

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With much to see at FABTECH®, welder and blogger Josh Welton made special note of those companies that continue to produce products in the U.S. Here are some highlights from his visit to the show.

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FABTECH reporter’s notebook: A contract metal fabrication metaphor, in tube

November 17, 2014

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Atlanta played host to FABTECH last week, when tens of thousands descended upon the Georgia World Congress Center. Most said they expected good times for 2015, but it's a complex business that requires careful coordination. A unique exoskeletal racecar on display last week proved to be an apt metaphor of metal fabrication at its best.

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Still Building America: An ironworker in Manhattan

November 13, 2014

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Up first in this series of articles about young tradesmen and -women in the U.S. is 19-year-old Justin Nover, an ironworker in Manhattan who is continuing the family tradition in the trades.

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Shop drawings—how much information do you need?

November 12, 2014

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Just how detailed do shop drawings have to be? That depends on several factors, including whether you are doing the work in-house or sending it out.

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FABTECH 2014, and the hunt for smart capacity

November 10, 2014

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FABTECH 2014 is upon us, and industry leaders come to Atlanta to hunt for not just additional capacity—but smart capacity.

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New manufacturing initiative short on details, long on revamps

November 7, 2014

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The Obama administration offers up a new package of already announced manufacturing-related endeavors

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Stay on top of those software upgrades

November 6, 2014

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Fabricators can't afford to ignore machine programming software upgrades. It can mean a big difference when it comes to avoiding unplanned machine downtime.

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Keeping things straight—welding control arms

November 6, 2014

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Welding control arms for a Chevy COE flatbed truck seemed like no big deal, but every project has challenges.

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The future of the medium-sized metal fabricator

November 5, 2014

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Small shops will be there for the small jobs; large shops are investing in equipment to compete; but what about the shop in the middle?

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