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Epic Systems appoints business development coordinator

December 8, 2015

Epic Systems Inc., a multidiscipline engineering and fabrication firm in St. Louis, has promoted Eric Coale to business development coordinator. He oversees the commercial stages of packaging systems and custom machines projects, coordinates contract negotiations, and manages industrial customer...

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Waukesha Metal Products welcomes seventh-graders as part of Be the Spark campaign

December 8, 2015

On Dec. 3, Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex, Wis., hosted 23 students from Alcott School as part of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council of Small Business Executives' (COSBE) Be the Spark Education Tours program. The seventh-graders were welcomed by President/CEO Jeff...

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The IFH Group acquires Bowman Mfg.

December 8, 2015

The IFH Group Inc., Rock Falls, Ill., a producer of industrial fluid storage and handling systems and fabricator of custom hydraulic reservoirs and fuel tanks, has acquired Bowman Mfg. Co. Inc., Arlington, Wash., to create The IFH Group West LLC. Bowman’s manufacturing operation, in an...

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CNA leader elected to FMA’s Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs foundation

December 8, 2015

Franklin Maccotan, director and industry leader of manufacturing for commercial insurance writer CNA, has been elected to serve as a director for a two-year term on the board of Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA),...

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Southern Metal Fabricators adds wing for automated finishing operations

December 7, 2015

Custom metal fabricator Southern Metal Fabricators Inc. has opened a new wing at its facility in Albertville, Ala., adding 30,000 sq. ft. to its shop floor, most of which is devoted to an automated finishing operation. This allows the company to bring all blasting and painting for its...

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Mio Metals promotes nine nonprofits to help raise awareness, donations

December 7, 2015

San Francisco-based Mio Metals, a manufacturer of custom metal products with less than 10 employees, is devoting its December marketing budget to raising awareness for nine nonprofit organizations. With a specifically curated Giving Guide, the company has selected nonprofits based on their mission,...

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Superior Tube veteran retires

December 7, 2015

Superior Tube Co. Inc., Collegeville, Pa., has announced the retirement of longtime company executive John Reinhart. Employed in 1969 at the company’s facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Reinhart started as a draftsman in the plant engineering department and worked his way up to become project engineer...

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Matheson acquires 3-D Welding & Industrial Supply

December 7, 2015

Matheson, a provider of welding and industrial gases, supplies, and equipment based in Basking Ridge, N.J., has acquired 3-D Welding & Industrial Supply Inc., an independent welding supply company with seven facilities in central Texas. Matheson is the largest subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso...

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EU air and space companies hold additive manufacturing summit at Norsk Titanium

December 7, 2015

Norsk Titanium AS (NTi), a supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components, hosted a European additive manufacturing summit on Dec. 1 at its Technology Center in Olso, Norway. Norsk executives granted unprecedented access to the company’s patented Rapid Plasma...

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Davron Technologies expands facility in Tennessee

December 7, 2015

Industrial oven manufacturer Davron Technologies Inc. has added 20,000 sq. ft. to its facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., doubling the floor space devoted to heavy manufacturing and enlarging its electrical shop. This expansion responds to the company’s 100 percent increase in sales volume and 50...

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Winnebago to open plant in Oregon

December 3, 2015

Winnebago Industries, an Iowa-based recreational vehicle maker, has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Junction City, Ore. The plant, expected to open in the second half of 2016, will employ 200 people initially....

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Van-Am Tool & Eng. adds 5-axis laser system

December 3, 2015

Van-Am Tool & Eng. LLC has added a 5-axis laser system to its facility in St. Joseph, Mo. The machine offers capacities up to 131.6 by 60.8 by 28.3 in., plus 4,000 W of cutting power, for processing of flat plate, formed or drawn shapes, tubing, pipe, and structural items. The firm also offers...

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Universal Trailer begins construction of facility in Indiana

December 3, 2015

Universal Trailer Corp. has announced the start of construction of a 200,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Bristol, Ind. According to the company, the facility will feature advanced manufacturing techniques not currently used in the cargo trailer industry. The firm manufactures for the...

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Manufacturing Day 2015 helps change perception of industry

December 3, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM 2015, including all events scheduled throughout the year, has far exceeded expectations of scale and impact, reaching more than 400,000 participants and improving the public’s perception of manufacturing. A Deloitte perception survey, developed in collaboration with The...

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Kennametal completes sale of noncore businesses

December 2, 2015

Pittsburgh-based Kennametal Inc. has completed the sale of several noncore businesses related to certain castings, steel plate fabrication, and deburring operations to Madison Industries. The sale is in alignment with the company's previously announced portfolio simplification strategy and its...

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