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A metal fabricator you can’t pigeonhole

June 15, 2016

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IMS Engineered Products’ revenue has increased by 45 percent during the past five years. How? The fabricator is part of a larger organization, IMS Companies, with diverse revenue streams coming from gear manufacturing, stamping, electrical harness assembly, and more. But IMS’s story of growth really boils down to a straightforward strategy: quick response.

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Lean, large, and keeping pace

June 15, 2016

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Ironform Corp. formed in 2013 after Wynnchurch Capital purchased two large metal fabricators. But Ironform’s story is more about scaling up metal fabrication through acquisition. It’s about adapting the principles of lean manufacturing to custom metal fabrication—on a large scale.

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Scaling up metal fabrication: In support of the front line

June 15, 2016

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General Sheet Metal Works has experienced double-digit growth in recent years. For a $70 million operation, that’s saying something. And yet, the company has few growing pains to speak of—thanks to a new business structure that has made scaling up much easier.

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Quintus to deliver hot isostatic press to Sintavia LLC

June 14, 2016

A Västerås, Sweden-based Quintus Technologies hot isostatic press (HIP) will round out the lineup of equipment in Sintavia LLC’s recently opened 10,000-sq.-ft. metal additive manufacturing (AM) center in Davie, Fla. The model QIH 15L press will give Sintavia serial production capability for...

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CE Metal Fabrication expands

June 14, 2016

CE Metal Fabrication, Kalama, Wash., has doubled its size by adding a 10,000-sq.-ft. expansion. Serving companies in the Pacific Northwest, the firm provides crafted metal works for decorative and ornamental projects for commercial and industrial buildings, as well as metal fabrication for food...

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Advanced Heat Treat Corp. hires corporate controller

June 14, 2016

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. (AHT), Waterloo, Iowa, has hired Janet Ekstrom as corporate controller. She has more than 34 years of experience in financial and management roles. Ekstrom has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. She previously served as controller...

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Not your typical workspace

June 14, 2016

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Independent fabricators and artists need workspace. On his search for space in Detroit, Josh Welton came across an interesting alternative to the typical offerings modeled on a similar, successful venture in New York. He’s excited about the prospect of working in this environment.

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Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick launches manufacturing industry blog

June 13, 2016

Business law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, Charlotte, N.C., has launched “Shumaker Manufacturing: A Legal & Industry Review,” a blog dedicated to manufacturing, one of the largest industries the firm serves. The first post on the blog, authored by Attorney David H. Conaway, focuses on...

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MEC named top fabricator for sixth consecutive year

June 13, 2016

Mayville Eng. Co. Inc. (MEC), Mayville, Wis., has been named first on the FAB 40 list of the nation’s largest fabricators, published by The FABRICATOR® magazine. This marks the sixth consecutive year that MEC has led the list. The firm, which employs about 2,000 employee shareholders, serves...

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FabTech Supply expands into new services

June 13, 2016

FabTech Supply, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based manufacturer of enclosure hardware, has announced the expansion of its metal fabrication services. By expanding its manufacturing base of high-volume OEM parts, the company will provide metal fabrication services, including welding, bending, shearing, and...

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Sluggish economy puts pinch on manufacturing technology orders

June 13, 2016

The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report for March 2016 showed that orders for April 2016 were down 27.5 percent from the same month a year ago, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Year to date, orders still were down 16.6 percent compared to the same...

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Dana Holding Corp. recognized by Spartan Motors for supplier excellence

June 9, 2016

Maumee, Ohio-based Dana Holding Corp. has earned the Spartan Diamond Award for supplier excellence from Spartan Motors Inc. This award recognizes Spartan's top-performing key supply chain partners. Dana was recognized for dedication to quality, on-time delivery, total cost control, and...

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Fabricators weigh in on the new overtime rules

June 9, 2016

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“Fabricating Update” subscribers were asked to share their thoughts on the new overtime rules for exempt employees that will take effect Dec. 1. Employees who responded welcome the action. Employers are not so happy about it. And one respondent questions the government’s motive behind the new rules.

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How equipment can help relieve the skilled-worker shortage

June 9, 2016

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If you need more workers and you’re having a difficult time finding them, perhaps you should explore equipment options that can mitigate the need for more help. For example, some welding tables can eliminate the need for extra hands.

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Global metal additive manufacturing market to grow at 24 percent CAGR through 2020

June 8, 2016

London-based Technavio has released a study covering the present scenario and growth prospects of the global metal additive manufacturing market for 2016-2020. According to the report, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 24 percent in that period. The report lists aerospace,...

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