Blog Posts

thefabricator.com 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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Major energy bill includes manufacturing provision

February 12, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas

Under the provision, Industrial Assessment Centers would be able to do more than advise manufacturers.

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10 things welding students need for class

February 11, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Getting the most out of your welding classes requires some tools of the trade. Well-prepared students need these 10 items.

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Voices that matter, in Iowa and the metal fabrication shop floor

February 2, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Having your voice matter may be at the core of good culture. This may apply as much to Iowa voters as it does to people on the fab shop floor.

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Never undervalue what you do

February 2, 2016 | By Josh Welton

“Welding is easy; business is hard.” At least that’s how Josh Welton sees running his own business. An important thing to remember is “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

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Bowie, Frey, Rickman, Vigoda, and Dial—let's not forget Dial

January 28, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Musicians and actors aren’t the only artists worth celebrating and remembering. Take a moment and check out the life and work of rail-car fabricator and artist Thornton Dial.

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Have you thanked your welding instructor today?

January 28, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A simple expression of appreciation can go a long way.

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A job to remember

January 26, 2016 | By Nick Martin

Custom fabricators get some unusual requests, both in terms of the job itself and the timeline for completion. Sometimes they go the extra mile to “do the right thing.”

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The modern workplace—How to play nice together

January 21, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Older workers are not retiring as they once did. If you are among those still working long after you’re eligible for Social Security and Medicare, here are some tips to help foster better working relationships.

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Still Building America—From Legos to bicycles

January 21, 2016 | By Josh Welton

In February 2015, Lego® replaced Ferrari® as the “world’s most powerful brand.” Perhaps an even bigger accomplishment is the number of engineers, designers, and artists who got their start working with the blocks, people like Clyde James.

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New law enhances manufacturers’ tax benefits

January 21, 2016 | By Stephen Barlas

Congress finally provides permanent approval for Section 179 expensing deduction and bonus depreciation laws.

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Perspective on 2016: Metal fabricators stand ready to swing

January 19, 2016 | By Tim Heston

For U.S. manufacturers, 2016 is full of uncertainty. But shops with diversified customer bases and healthy balance sheets stand ready to swing.

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Preserving history

January 14, 2016 | By Josh Welton

Welders and other tradespeople not only build things, they also restore precious items from the past, including awe-inspiring, iconic aircraft.

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Fab shop customer mix: Hitting the right spot

December 22, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Interest rates are rising, oil prices are falling, and energy and agriculture equipment sectors continue to struggle. What's next for fabricators in 2016? The news isn't all bad, really, depending on a shop's mix of services, technology, talent, and customers.

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And they handed the reins to a welder from Detroit—2015 in the rearview mirror

December 17, 2015

Life is busy and filled with highs and lows. In his personal retrospective of 2015, Josh Welton shares both.

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Fabricator wannabees tell us how it’s done

December 16, 2015 | By Nick Martin

Continuing a theme explored by Josh Welton in a previous post on thefabricator.com, Nick Martin shares his experience exhibiting his shop’s custom products at festivals and farmer’s markets.

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