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Polaris marks grand opening of Alabama facility

November 8, 2016

Medina, Minn.-based Polaris has celebrated the official grand opening of its new, $142 million manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala., which has been operational since summer 2016. The plant, which builds Ranger and Slingshot recreational vehicles, could employ up to 2,000 workers in the next...

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Rafter ships Turk’s-heads with 3-axis servo adjustment

November 8, 2016

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has shipped three RT-2500 single-sided Turk’s-head straighteners, each with 3-axis servo motorized adjustments, to a North American custom roll former of direct-welded profiles. The new straighteners replace existing block-type and barrel...

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Logan Corp. relocates in Kentucky

November 8, 2016

Dump truck bed manufacturer Logan Corp. has moved to a 137,000-sq.-ft. facility in Salyersville, Ky. This relocation from a 27,000-sq.-ft. plant in Martin County, Ky., allows the company to get into the aluminum body business and increase its production. By January 2018, the company hopes to double...

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Alliance Steel installs stretcher leveler

November 8, 2016

Alliance Steel has installed a Red Bud 72- by 0.400-in. high-efficiency stretcher leveler with a 90,000-lb. coil capacity at its Bedford Park, Ill., facility. Featuring SUREGRIP® technology, the line can achieve a 40-ft. stretch in a cycle time of less than 8 sec. The stretcher is complemented by...

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AutoForm software chosen by Volkswagen’s tool shop

November 7, 2016

Switzerland-based AutoForm Eng. GmbH, a supplier of software for the sheet metal forming industry, has announced the decision of Volkswagen’s tool shop to use AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA software for its process design. The software was developed in collaboration with Volkswagen. The main...

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Level 3 Inspection achieves Rolls-Royce supplier approval

November 7, 2016

Level 3 Inspection LLC, Stuart, Fla., a provider of computer-aided inspection (CAI) for precision manufactured aerospace components, has announced it has received the Rolls-Royce Corp. Supplier Certificate of Approval. This means the company is considered a Rolls-Royce subtier supplier, approved...

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MacLean-Fogg opens MacLean Curtis Mooresville plant

November 7, 2016

MacLean-Fogg Co., Mundelein, Ill., has announced the grand opening of the MacLean Curtis Mooresville, N.C., plant. The 96,000-sq.-ft. plant expands the company’s portfolio of products with more variations and increased capacity. Paul Hojnacki, president of MacLean Curtis, said, "By 2020, we'll...

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Mayville Eng. recognized as one of largest closely held companies in Wisconsin

November 7, 2016

Mayville Eng. Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., has been recognized by the Wisconsin 75 program as one of the largest closely held companies in the state. The metal fabricating company has extensive operations in Wisconsin with manufacturing facilities in Mayville, Beaver Dam, Neillsville, and...

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Presto Lifts acquires ECOA Industrial Lift Products

November 7, 2016

Presto Lifts Inc., Norton, Mass., has announced the acquisition of ECOA Industrial Lift Products of Hialeah, Fla. According to Presto Lifts Vice President Steve Albert, ECOA’s products expand Presto Lifts’ offering with bigger-footprint, heavier-capacity, and custom-designed equipment. Presto...

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ESI releases metal stamping design formulas in free, online guide

November 7, 2016

North Branford, Conn.-based metal stamping manufacturer Engineering Specialties Inc. (ESI) has released the e-book “Metal Stamping Design Guide,” available for free online at info.esict.com/metal-stamping-design-guide.The guide provides helpful rules, design tips, and stamping design formulas....

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MIE Solutions names VP of marketing

November 4, 2016

MIE Solutions, a Garden Grove, Calif.-based provider of production control software for the manufacturing sector, has promoted Susan Gonzalez to vice president of marketing. Gonzalez joined the company as digital marketing manager in...

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Methods 3D opens seven U.S. additive manufacturing labs

November 4, 2016

Methods 3D Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools Inc., Sudbury, Mass., has completed additive manufacturing laboratories in each of Methods Machine Tools’ seven technology centers: Sudbury; Detroit; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Phoenix; San Francisco; and Los Angeles. The labs are...

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Wiegel Tool Works launches website, celebrates 75th anniversary

November 3, 2016

Wiegel Tool Works Inc., Wood Dale, Ill., has launched a new website at www.wiegeltoolworks.com. The redesigned site features simplified navigation and sharper photography showing detail in the company’s tight-tolerance stamped parts. The firm will mark its 75th anniversary in business with an...

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SHRM LINE: November hiring rates to be mixed compared with a year ago

November 3, 2016

In November, more manufacturers will add jobs compared with the previous year, while service-sector employers will hire at a lower rate. Layoff rates will also decline in both sectors compared with November 2015.A net of 41.4 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in November (48 percent will hire,...

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The Welding Institute launches group for women in engineering

November 3, 2016

The Welding Institute, Cambridge, U.K., has established the Tipper Group especially for women in the engineering profession. Inspired by the success of the National Women in Engineering Day celebrations at parent company TWI on June 23, 2016, the institute has launched the group to provide events...

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