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Denso Products and Services America names director of OE sales

December 8, 2016

Denso Products and Services Americas Inc., Long Beach, Calif., an automotive components sales, remanufacturing, and distribution company, has named David H. Williams as director of original equipment sales, marketing, and strategic planning. Williams joined the company in 2013 as manager of the...

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MIE Solutions names solutions consultant

December 8, 2016

MIE Solutions, Garden Grove, Calif., a supplier of software products for integrating business data for the manufacturing community, has hired Sefan Toubia as solutions consultant. In this position, he delivers service and support to end users implementing, converting to, using, and operating MIE...

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Minnesota business owners call for middle-skill job support from Washington

December 8, 2016

A delegation of Minnesota business leaders have traveled to Washington, D.C., to call on Congress and the incoming Trump administration to support middle-skill jobs. The fly-in of employers from 25 states and the District of Columbia was organized by Business Leaders United for Workforce...

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Extraction system protects employees against fine dust while cutting

December 8, 2016

Kemper offers the PlasmaFil Compact extraction system for combustion and plasma cutting applications. The stand-alone system features integrated plate filter technology for long service life. Individual filter elements are prevented from sticking. The entire filter area always is available when...

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Sheet metal modeling

December 7, 2016 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis shows seven different ways to deliver the same 3-D model.

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The Rose Corp., Abbott Furnace become sister companies

December 6, 2016

The Rose Corp., a Reading, Pa.-based contract manufacturing steel fabrication company, has announced it has become a sister company to Abbott Furnace, St. Mary’s, Pa., a producer of continuous thermal process equipment, as both companies have been purchased by Edmund Gaffney of Haverford, Pa. The...

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McArthur Sheet Metal Works expands in Nebraska

December 6, 2016

McArthur Sheet Metal Works has expanded its facility in South Sioux City, Neb., with a $1.2 million addition. The custom steel fabrication shop expects the 6,000-sq.-ft. expansion, which doubles its manufacturing space, to create up to three new jobs. The addition includes a new fiber laser and...

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Hawk Technology makes managerial changes

December 6, 2016

Rock Island, Ill.-based Hawk Technology Ltd., a provider of manual and robotic welding equipment, tooling, and automation, has announced organizational changes in response to growth of its heavy part positioning division ALM Positioners Inc. ALM Positioners has named Kevin Toft as president. Hawk...

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The need for estate planning: A sign 'o the times

December 6, 2016 | By Jonathan W. Michael, JD

When Prince died, dealing with his estate wasn’t simple. Believe it or not, owners of metal fabrication and manufacturing businesses could learn a lot about how to preserve the value of their companies and other assets by studying the rock icon’s death.

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Moving pains

December 6, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Things change and businesses move. Change and moving aren’t always easy, but acceptance and good planning can help make the transition as seamless and painless as possible. Remember, it is what it is. Make the best of it.

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Metal fabrication in a small shop: The hidden blessing of having no space

December 5, 2016 | By Tim Heston

As shop metrics go, sales per square foot is elegantly simple. One New England fab shop has a sales-per-sq.-ft. metric that’s twice the industry average. Its success shows how having so little space can be a blessing in disguise.

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Metal fabrication improvement: Manage the gray area between operations

December 5, 2016 | By Jeff Sipes

If you analyze the entire quote-to-cash cycle for an order, you’ll find that it spends most of its time in a gray area, sitting between operations—both on the shop floor and in the front office. So if a shop really wants to improve, it should tackle this gray area.

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A foundation for company expansion

December 5, 2016 | By Dan Davis

Anchor Investments has manufacturing companies located in two states, with the original being Anchor Fabrication in Fort Worth, Texas. It has had success bringing these acquisitions into the family because it has an ERP system that is flexible enough to match the operational style of the individual divisions, while also being able to deliver the necessary information for company management to make the correct strategic corporate decisions.

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing sector up in November; primary metals and fabricated metal products reported growth

December 5, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November, and the overall economy grew for the 90th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business®.The report was issued Dec. 1 by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the...

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

December 5, 2016

In December, more manufacturers will add jobs compared with the previous year, while service-sector employers will hire at a lower rate. Headcount reductions will also decline in both sectors compared with December 2015.A net of 36.7 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in December (44.9 percent...

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