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Rubbermaid Commercial Products plant to close

February 14, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid, Atlanta, has announced plans to close its Rubbermaid Commercial Products metal fabricating facility in Pottsville, Pa. in 2015. According to the company, the closure is a result of the company’s consolidating the Pottsville facility’s production with expanded operations...

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Matheson acquires Continental Carbonic Products

February 14, 2014

Matheson Tri-Gas Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of industrial, medical, electronics, and specialty gases and welding supplies based in Basking Ridge, N.J., has acquired Continental Carbonic Products Inc., a Decatur, Ill.-based manufacturer and supplier of dry ice and liquid carbon dioxide....

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Author of The Great Game of Business to give opening address at Leadership Summit

February 13, 2014

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) has announced that Jack Stack will deliver the keynote presentation Thursday, Feb. 27, at The FABRICATOR®'s 9th Annual Leadership Summit and FMA's 18th Annual Toll Processing Conference. Hailed by Inc. magazine as the "smartest strategist...

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CRP Industrial appoints senior applications engineer

February 12, 2014

CRP Industries Inc., Cranbury, N.J., a supplier of high-pressure paint spray and industrial hoses, synchronous belts, and specialty electric motors, has named Caitlin Travers as senior applications engineer for its CRP Industrial business unit. She provides direct engineering support to customers,...

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VR Charlotte completes sale of H & A Machine and Fab Inc.

February 10, 2014

VR Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions of Charlotte, N.C., has completed the sale of H & A Machine and Fab Inc., Lancaster, S.C., a precision machining and fabrication company. The business was sold to a strategic buyer located in Naugatuck,...

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Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards honor four SME board members

February 7, 2014

Four women who serve on the SME and the SME Education Foundation board of directors have received the STEP (science, technology, engineering, and production) Award from The Manufacturing Institute. The award is given to women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and...

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Mathison Metalfab announces name change

February 6, 2014

Mathison Metalfab Inc., a manufacturer of metal components and assemblies in Waukesha, Wis., has changed its name to Mathison Mfg. Inc. According to the company, the name change reflects the company’s services beyond metal fabrication, including engineering, manufacturing, and...

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FABTECH Canada panel to discuss how women can help tackle skilled-workforce shortage

February 6, 2014

Recruiting qualified employees in the face of a declining workforce is a top problem facing today’s manufacturers. And solving it will require taking concrete steps to narrow the gender gap, say industry experts as they prepare for FABTECH® Canada, March 18-20 at the Toronto Congress Centre....

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SHRM LINE: Hiring up, layoffs down in February

February 6, 2014

In February, hiring rates will increase and layoff rates will fall in manufacturing and services compared with a year ago according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2014. February’s hiring picture for the...

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Maytag brand, HomeAid America partner to provide shelter to homeless

February 5, 2014

More than 630,000 people are homeless on any given night in the U.S., according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. To support those in need, Whirlpool Corp.’s Maytag® brand, Benton Harbor, Mich., has teamed up with HomeAid America to help supply temporary shelter for homeless families...

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TG Mfg. acquires Craft Steel

February 5, 2014

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based TG Mfg., a division of Tiger Industrial Systems, has acquired Craft Steel, Spring Lake, Mich. Craft Steel offers metal stamping, metal fabrication, laser cutting, and robotic welding processes, serving such industrial sectors as agricultural, automotive, furniture,...

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NN Inc. acquires assets of V-S Industries

February 5, 2014

NN Inc., Johnson City, Tenn., a manufacturer and supplier of metal bearing components, has completed the acquisition of the assets of V-S Industries, a privately held manufacturer of precision metal components with operations in Wheeling, Ill., and Juarez, Mexico. The acquisition provides NN with a...

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AME’s Innovation Summit to present lean-minded thinking

February 5, 2014

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will present its Innovation Summit in Irvine, Calif., March 13-14. Industry innovators and longtime lean and innovation advocates will converge at the event to share insider knowledge with attendees. The event features four keynote speakers,...

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Airbus Helicopters to add production line to Ontario facility

February 5, 2014

Airbus Helicopters Canada (formerly called Eurocopter Canada) has announced it will add a new production line at its Fort Erie, Ont., helicopter production facility, creating about 40 new jobs. The facility will make engine cowlings for the EC225 aircraft. The manufacturer is a subsidiary of...

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MEP Group acquires Artmetco

February 4, 2014

MEP Group, Laval, Que., has announced its acquisition of Artmetco Inc., Saint-Laurent, Que. The team of MEP Technologies (owned by MEP Group) and Artmetco offers a turnkey approach for fabricated products. The companies provide mechanical design, new-product implementation, redesign of existing...

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