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FMS completes full plant conversion to solid-state welding

January 5, 2017

Freedom Mill Systems (FMS), Grand Rapids, Ohio, has completed a full plant conversion to solid-state welding at a structural pipe producing company in northern Indiana.The company commissioned two new 400-kW, solid-state, high-frequency welding...

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Simonds Saw names president

January 5, 2017

Simonds Intl. has announced that David Miles has been named president of Simonds Saw LLC, a Fitchburg, Mass., manufacturer of metal cutting saw and file products. He succeeds Ray Martino, who continues to serve as CEO of Simonds Saw and president/CEO of Simonds Intl. Miles has served as vice...

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SHRM LINE: January hiring rates to increase compared with a year ago

January 5, 2017

In January, more manufacturers and service-sector employers will add jobs compared with January 2016. Headcount reductions also will decline in both sectors compared with a year ago.A net of 41.7 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in January (48 percent will hire; 6.3 percent will cut jobs)....

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AIM appoints Mankin & Associates as manufacturers’ rep

January 4, 2017

AIM, Cranston, R.I., has announced the addition of Des Moines, Iowa-based Mankin & Associates as its new representative in Iowa and Nebraska for its line of solder materials for the plumbing industry. Mankin & Associates specializes in the plumbing, heating and cooling, industrial, and municipal...

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Robinson Metal adds fiber laser machine

January 4, 2017

Robinson Metal Inc., a single-source metal fabrication supplier in De Pere, Wis., has installed a fiber laser machine to help enhance its laser cutting efficiency and reduce project lead times. The upgraded laser features improved reliability and reduced operational maintenance to help minimize...

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Ford to invest $700 million in Michigan plant

January 4, 2017

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. has announced it will invest $700 million to renovate and expand its assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich., creating 700 jobs. The automaker canceled plans to build a new, $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico, but will build its next-generation Focus® at its...

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Electron Beam Eng. approved for laser welding Airbus A320neo engine

January 4, 2017

Electron Beam Eng. Inc. (EBE), Anaheim, Calif., has been approved for the laser welding required in the hydraulic fuel system of the Airbus A320neo engine. “We were approached to perform the intricate laser welding of the fastening device within the fluid coupling mechanism that went into...

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IFS Coatings architectural powder coatings now have EPDs

January 4, 2017

Gainesville, Texas-based IFS Coatings has announced that each product in its architectural series—IFS 300SP and IFS 400SD powder coatings and IFS 500FP high-performance powder coatings—has an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).An EPD is an internationally recognized and standardized...

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MSCI applauds Trump’s trade team

January 4, 2017

M. Robert Weidner III, president/CEO of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Rolling Meadows, Ill., has issued the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of Robert Lighthizer to be U.S. Trade Representative, Peter Navarro to direct the National Trade Council,...

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Lucas-Milhaupt launches brazing book website

January 4, 2017

Lucas-Milhaupt Inc., Milwaukee, a supplier of brazing and soldering materials, has launched a new micro-website, www.brazingbook.com, based on The Brazing Book. The website is divided into five main reference sections:Brazing - Provides general information about the process, from the six...

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AAM appoints VP/CIO

January 4, 2017

American Axle & Mfg. Inc., Detroit, a manufacturer of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems, electric drive systems, and metal formed products for vehicles, has promoted Donald E. Wright to the position of vice president/CIO. Wright joined the company...

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EB Industries hires director of operations

January 4, 2017

Farmingdale, N.Y.-based EB Industries, a provider of electron beam and laser welding services, has appointed Thomas A. Shelby to the position of director of operations. Shelby, who most recently served as vice president of operations for Monarch Metal Fabrication in Bohemia, N.Y., has more than 25...

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Canatal Steel to expand in Virginia

January 4, 2017

Canatal Steel USA, a subsidiary of Canada-based Canatal Industries, will invest $1.5 million to expand its structural steel fabrication operation in Botetourt County, Va. The expansion project is expected to create 38 new...

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Heidenhain names C&C Machine Tool as distributor in Minnesota

January 4, 2017

Heidenhain, Schaumburg, Ill., has named C&C Machine Tool Inc., Minneapolis, as a distributor of the Acu-Rite brand of equipment components in Minnesota. C&C Machine Tool specializes in the sale and servicing of Sharp, Acer, and Bridgeport mills equipped with Acu-Rite readouts and...

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Caster Concepts acquires Mitchell Golf Equipment Co.

January 4, 2017

Albion, Mich.-based Caster Concepts Inc., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters and wheels, has acquired Mitchell Golf Equipment Co., Dayton, Ohio, a producer of professional club performance tools, repair equipment, and supplies. Production of all Mitchell Golf products has been...

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