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FAB 40: BTD and the quest for continued diversification

June 12, 2014

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BTD has gained a reputation for its ability to rapidly ramp up part programs. Now managers are looking at available markets and asking some big questions.

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GE to build Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility in South Carolina

June 12, 2014

General Electric (GE) has announced plans to build a new GE Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility in Greenville, S.C. The company will invest $400 million over the next 10 years in the project. The facility, which will be co-located at the current GE Greenville Manufacturing site, is...

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Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant marks 10 years of green manufacturing

June 11, 2014

Ford is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Dearborn Truck Plant, which was built as the environmentally friendly centerpiece of the Ford Rouge Center. A key feature of the plant is a living roof, which covers the entire manufacturing plant with 10.4 acres of drought-resistant plant life....

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From the Web: Fabricators in the limelight; high cost of a tiny, missing part; automakers and art

June 11, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Fabricators make an important list; a missing, nickel-size part leads to big settlement for ship builder; automakers contribute millions to save Detroit’s art; men continue to be on the short end of the jobs recovery stick; and more women become manufacturing entrepreneurs.

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Exact introduces subscription access to JobBOSS

June 11, 2014

Minneapolis-based Exact has introduced subscription access and pricing for its JobBOSS enterprise-scale manufacturing ERP software. The subscription provides small to midsized manufacturers with an economical way to acquire the software as an alternative to the typical perpetual license model....

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AT&F cuts delivery time to Europe with all-water service from Cleveland

June 11, 2014

AT&F, Cleveland, a provider of large-scale welding and fabrication, has expanded its global services with Port of Cleveland’s Europe Express service to Antwerp. The new, direct, all-water service between Cleveland and Antwerp will cut four days from delivery time to the company’s European...

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Big-time fabricating

June 11, 2014

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Greiner Industries, Mount Joy, Pa., has been able to expand over the years because its owner senses opportunities that other shops want no part of. As a result, the company has emerged as an atypical fabricator with incredible fabricating capabilities.

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Affinor Growers to acquire Fab-All

June 11, 2014

Affinor Growers Inc., Montreal, a grower of such crops as romaine lettuce, spinach, strawberries, and medical marijuana, has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Fab-All Mfg. Ltd., a strategic partner providing precision metal fabrication, machining, and finishing. Fab-All Mfg. is working...

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FAB 40: The story behind dramatic growth at MEC

June 11, 2014

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After a major acquisition, Mayville Engineering Co.—No. 1 again on the FAB 40—is poised for serious growth in the years to come.

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Grinder rest stores hand-held grinders within reach

June 11, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced a new grinder rest for tabletop or table-edge storage of hand-held (4.5- or 5-in.) grinders. The compact rest holds the grinder, wrench, and spare discs. A cable wrap hook allows safe storage of the grinder’s electrical cord. The spare disc hook keeps discs...

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IAM members ratify new labor agreement at AK Steel’s Middletown Works

June 10, 2014

AK Steel, West Chester, Ohio, has announced that members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 1943 have ratified a new 42-month labor agreement covering about 1,700 hourly production and maintenance employees at the company's Middletown Works in Ohio....

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Meritor appoints president/COO

June 10, 2014

Troy, Mich.-based Meritor Inc., a global supplier of drive train, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has appointed Jay Craig as president and COO. In this role, he is responsible for the Commercial Truck & Industrial and Aftermarket & Trailer...

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Graham Corp. wins $8 million of orders for global oil refining projects

June 10, 2014

Graham Corp., Batavia, N.Y., a global business that designs, manufactures, and sells critical equipment for the oil refining, petrochemical, and power industries, has been awarded three refinery orders for projects valued at about $8 million in total. The China refinery upgrade order calls for...

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Module X Solutions to expand in Louisiana

June 10, 2014

Module X Solutions LLC has announced plans to make a $7.4 million capital investment and create 357 new direct jobs at a 750,000-sq.-ft. Shreveport, La., manufacturing facility. The company will join existing tenant MB Industries LLC at the plant, with Module X Solutions chiefly manufacturing...

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CCAT installs 3-D multimaterial printer

June 10, 2014

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) has expanded its capabilities for additive manufacturing at its Advanced Manufacturing Center with the installation of a multijet, multimaterial rapid prototyping machine from 3D Systems. The ProJet 5500X printer can build parts up to 21 by...

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