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SHRM LINE: Mixed hiring outlook at beginning of 2015

January 12, 2015

In January, manufacturing hiring activity will increase, and the service-sector hiring rate will drop marginally compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for January 2015. In January, for...

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ITEC announces installation of world’s largest tube and open profile cutting machine

January 9, 2015

Innovative Tube Equipment Corp. (ITEC), Chicago, has announced the installation of a 24-in.-capacity TTM Laser S.p.A. FL600 3-D tube and open profile laser cutting machine with 60-ft. processing capacity at Steel and Pipe Supply, Manhattan, Kan. According to ITEC, the machine is the largest of its...

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Spirol receives 2014 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award

January 9, 2015

For the third consecutive year, Spirol Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of engineered components for fastening and joining in Windsor, Ont., has received the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. GM has 2,300 North American suppliers, and Spirol is one of 80 companies to receive the...

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Intelligrated launches redesigned spare parts procurement website

January 9, 2015

Cincinnati-based Intelligrated®, an automated material handling systems provider, has launched a redesigned spare parts procurement website at www.ontimeparts.com. The site offers a new design and improved back-end integration to connect customers with an inventory of more than 75,000 OEM and...

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Ford retires from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

January 9, 2015

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the retirement of longtime Technical Instructor Chuck Ford following 51 years of service. In addition to sharing his extensive welding knowledge with thousands of students over the years, Ford served as a member of AWS (past...

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T. J. Snow personnel certified as resistance welding technicians

January 8, 2015

Five service techs at Chattanooga, Tenn.-based T. J. Snow Co., plus CEO Tom Snow, recently became among the first in the U.S. to receive the certified resistance welding technician (CRWT) designation offered by the American Welding Society (AWS). A 100-question exam tests applicants’...

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Baker retires from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

January 8, 2015

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the retirement of Librarian and Editor Martha “Marty” Baker following 38 years of service. Baker was responsible for the Hobart Institute website, www.welding.org. She also worked on The World of Welding quarterly magazine,...

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Distributed manufacturing could be the next industrial revolution, says report

January 8, 2015

Distributed manufacturing (DM)—local, small-scale, rapid design and production—comes from the ability to engineer and make few parts as cheaply as many, rather than high-volume, centralized manufacturing. Currently thousands of products from trinkets to automobiles use DM. However, it's not the...

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Mill Steel president named Service Center Executive of the Year

January 8, 2015

Mill Steel Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced that David Samrick, president and CEO, has been recognized as Service Center Executive of the Year by Metal Center News. The company, a flat-rolled steel supplier, marked its 55th year in business in 2014....

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ShapeGrabber expands U.S. sales network

January 7, 2015

Ottawa, Ont.-based ShapeGrabber, a subsidiary of Quality Vision International (QVI) that manufactures 3-D scanners for industrial applications, has added more than 20 new channel partners across the U.S. The scanners are suitable for quick, complete measurement of complex-shaped parts. They can...

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens launch joint venture

January 7, 2015

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), Tokyo, and Siemens AG, Berlin and Munich, have launched a joint venture in the metallurgical industry. The new company, Primetals Technologies Ltd. in London, is a globally operating provider of products and services for the iron, steel, and aluminum...

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MultiCam Southeast hires regional sales manager

January 7, 2015

MultiCam Southeast has named Chris Deal as regional sales manager. He is responsible for direct sales and distributor relationships in North Carolina, South Carolina, and northeastern Tennessee. He has more than 15 years of manufacturing and equipment sales experience. The company is an...

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AGV Solutions enters North American market

January 7, 2015

AGV Solutions, a supplier of AGV systems, has opened in Charlotte, N.C. The company’s products include forklift AGVs, unit-load AGVs, and specialty AGVs to handle loads from light duty in hospital logistics to heavy duty in the steel industry. The firm is a collaboration between AGVE, a...

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Forming Technologies Inc. acquires Rand Technologies Japan

January 6, 2015

Burlington, Ont.-based Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI) has acquired Rand Technologies Japan and created a new company, FTI Rand Japan KK, in Tokyo. FTI is a developer of CAE software for design, simulation, and costing of sheet metal components in the automotive, aerospace, and appliance...

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Newcomb Spring acquires Pelham Precision Spring

January 6, 2015

Newcomb Spring Corp., a Decatur, Ga., supplier of custom springs and metal forms, has completed the purchase of Pelham Precision Spring Co., Greer, S.C. Newcomb Spring of North Carolina has absorbed Pelham’s equipment, tooling, and technologies and now serves existing orders and customers....

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