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The devil is in the details, especially when it comes to welding processes. This technology area has information on consumables, including cutting tips, electrodes and wire, spatter prevention compounds, temporary purge dams, and welding torch components.

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Air Products brings third Tangshan, China air separation facility on-stream

March 19, 2009

Air Products has announced that it recently brought on-stream its third air separation facility (ASU) in Tangshan, Hebei Province, Northern China to supply oxygen, nitrogen, and liquid argon to Tangshan Guofeng Steel Co Ltd and its other local customers.Air Products was awarded three long-term...

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Taylor-Wharton announces leadership changes

March 10, 2009

Taylor-Wharton Intl., Mechanicsburg, Pa., has announced several executive leadership changes.Stuart Jara has been promoted to president of the Taylor-Wharton Divisions for both cylinders and cryogenics. Jara brings senior management experience in the global industrial gases market to his new...

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Praxair completes 15 acquisitions in 2008

March 10, 2009

Praxair Distribution Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., Danbury, Conn., has announced that it completed 15 acquisitions in 2008, with sales totaling nearly $90 million, including five acquisitions made during the fourth quarter."Our acquisition program over the past two years has been very...

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Airgas acquires Great Lakes Oxygen

February 10, 2009

Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., has completed the acquisition of Great Lakes Oxygen, also doing business as Welder's Supply, Westside Welders Supply, Great Lakes Propane, and Lake Erie Iron and Metal.Great Lakes Oxygen, a distributor of industrial gas and welding supplies, generates annual revenues of...

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Tower Oil & Technology announces staff appointment

January 13, 2009

Tower Oil & Technology Co., an employee-owned metalworking fluids manufacturer in Chicago, has appointed Steve Lowery as its new vice president, director of sales.Lowery joined the company as a field sales engineer – metal stamping specialist in 2000. He was promoted to sales manager in...

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Western Enterprises donates equipment to local community college

January 13, 2009

Western Enterprises, Westlake, Ohio, has partnered with Lorain County Community College (LCCC) to supply equipment for the new National Center for Welding Education and Training to be built this year. The center will be housed in LCCC's Manufacturing Center of Excellence in the Nord Advanced...

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Lincoln Electric acquires Brazilian brazing products manufacturer

January 13, 2009

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Cleveland, has acquired a 90 percent interest in Brastak, a Brazilian manufacturer of brazing products. The company is based in Sao Paulo and has annual sales of about $30 million."The Brastak acquisition represents the expansion of our brazing product line as well...

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Hobart Brothers expands manufacturing operations

December 16, 2008

Hobart Brothers Co. has announced the expansion of its manufacturing operations into a new, 65,000-sq.-ft. facility located in Troy, Ohio. The new facility will be used to increase production capacity for the company's welding consumables. Forty employees are expected to be added to the work force...

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Cored welding wire manufacturer launches facility in Ohio

November 11, 2008

RevWires LLC, a cored welding wire manufacturer in Troy, Ohio, is scheduled to open an 80,000-sq.-ft. research and manufacturing facility this fall, with production to begin early 2009. The company is investing more than $14 million in the project.The highly automated plant, which will incorporate...

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Houghton receives Q1 award from Ford Motors in Brazil

October 14, 2008

Houghton Intl., Valley Forge, Pa., has received the Ford Q1 award, Ford Motor Co.'s highest recognition of supplier quality.Since 2004 Houghton's FLUIDCARE Division has provided chemicals and fluids management services for Ford Motor Co. Brasil Ltda. To qualify for the award, Houghton underwent a...

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ESAB opens flux plant

October 14, 2008

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has added a new flux plant to its filler metal manufacturing facility in Hanover, Pa. The company says the plant significantly upgrades its manufacturing capacity.The company already operates one flux plant, which opened in 2002. The addition of the new, larger flux...

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President Bush visits Lincoln Electric

October 14, 2008

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. welcomed President George W. Bush to its world headquarters and manufacturing plant in Cleveland on July 29.Bush toured the facility and learned about the company's welding products, including its automated welding technology. He participated in live robotic and...

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Houghton signs agreement to acquire D.A. Stuart

September 16, 2008

Houghton Intl. Inc., Philadelphia, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire D.A. Stuart. The transaction, anticipated to close in 2008, is subject to regulatory approval.Both companies are independent specialty fluid manufacturers for the global metalworking fluids...

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ESAB appoints VP of product management, development

August 12, 2008

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., a manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals, has added Michael J. Ostaffe as vice president of product management and development, filler metals, for North America. He is responsible for driving the company's programs in...

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Hypertherm acquires manufacturer, supplier of laser consumables

August 12, 2008

Hypertherm, Hanover, N.H., recently acquired ESSE A Srl., Italy, a manufacturer and supplier of laser consumables and accessories.The acquisition adds to Hypertherm's manufacturing assets and customer base in laser cutting heads and consumables, while expanding its product offering to its global...

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