Blog Posts has a team of bloggers that cover the challenges and rewards associated with a life in metal fabricating. Topics typically addressed by contributing authors include political and demographic trends affecting the fabricating industry, the business side of running a job shop, the culture of the welding community, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.

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A recession takes no prisoners

July 7, 2009 | By Tim Heston

It seems Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star hit a chord last week.Two metal fabricators in Morton, Ill., southeast of Peoria, changed ownership on the same day: Friday, June 26. Morton Welding, previously owned by Michigan-based BHM Technologies, was brought back under local ownership by a...

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Beware the business books

July 2, 2009 | By Dan Davis

Got a note the other day that the FMA's Research Assistance Center acquired a new book that might be of interest. It's The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten. The book provides brief reviews of...

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How 'green' is 'green'?

July 1, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

This blog post is rooted in a discussion my husband and I had yesterday regarding a news item I ran across about a 'green' race car that runs on vegetable oil and waste chocolate. I get vegetable oil, but where on earth does waste chocolate come from? Godiva, Ghirardelli, Hershey, Fannie...

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Innovators, gumption, and tenacity

June 29, 2009 | By Tim Heston

This country seems to be itching for the next big thing, those game-changing innovations that drag us out of our economic malaise. General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt knows this, and it's why his company announced a $100 million investment in an R&D center 25 miles west of Detroit. As the...

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Maybe they like Mr. Green Jeans instead?

June 26, 2009 | By Dan Davis

We are planning editorial for 2010 already around the offices of The FABRICATOR. We end up talking about trends, economic prospects, and requests from readers. Some of the ideas will emerge as features next year, and others will remain on the back burner.One trend that we have been following for a...

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Whatever happened to ... ?

June 25, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

News stories come and go. Today"s topic of interest likely won"t hold many readers" attention tomorrow, so every day reporters pick up the hot topics and run with them after dropping any that are more than a few days old. Care to dust off a few aged issues? This isn"t the news. I guess you could...

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Proud to build the building

June 23, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Oprah, I'm not. And I don't have a book club. But this morning, I read about a book in USA Today that I believe might appeal to's visitors. In fact, I'm guessing many of you could have written it. I plan to read it; maybe you'll want to also.The...

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Of popping bubbles and economic growth

June 22, 2009 | By Tim Heston

In the late 1990s I recall renting a VHS tape (remember those?) of a recently aired PBS series called "Triumph of the Nerds." It detailed the rise of the computer industry, from the garages of San Jose to the boardrooms of corporate America.It's an incredible story, really. The PC business...

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Who has time for R&D? You do.

June 18, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

The R&D tax credit. Although it"s just a six-syllable phrase, it might strike more fear in the hearts of fabricators than any other phrase, including the shipment is late or the customer is demanding a refund. Heck, it"s probably worse than hearing a spouse say, My mother is coming to...

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It's paid for

June 17, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

"It's paid for" & three little words that have come to mean so much to so many. Could they have contributed to the automakers' troubles?Case in point—yesterday my colleague, Tim, and I were talking about his recent new-car purchase. You may have read about the mishap involving his...

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The big adjustment

June 15, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Shape Corp., a supplier of car bumpers based in Grand Haven, Mich., laid off 630 people since December. But as Chrysler plans to reopen plants, the company reportedly hopes to hire back 80 people.Officials at Die-Matic Corp., a Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, metal stamper, told The Wall Street Journal...

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Be careful what you say

June 11, 2009 | By Tim Heston

I was going to write something about alternative energy today, but I found a new motivation after reading comments made by Japanese media that were reported in the June 8 issue of Automotive News.Apparently the Japanese public believes that the demise of both GM and Chrysler is proof that U.S....

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Just another copycat?

June 11, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

Even by the standards established by the world"s strictest, harshest government and its unpredictable dictator, the sentence seemed harsh: 12 years at hard labor. Certainly the punishment doesn"t fit the crime (reporting a news story). I understand that the regime in North Korea doesn"t mess around...

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Blogger's block

June 10, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

It was a dark and stormy night & make that a hazy, humid day in which my brain is so exhausted from creative overload that it's refusing to come up with a really good blog topic. I've come down with blogger's block, an affliction that is by no means as serious as the potential H1N1...

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Lookin' good ... we think

June 8, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Journalists, economists, and pundits of all sorts have turned to cautious optimism. Sure, stocks are up from their lows earlier this year, and the numbers out there indicate we're past the recession's trough and on our way up. As just one example, the Institute for Supply...

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