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Manufacturing's story on Super Tuesday

February 5, 2008

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In August 2006 a metal fabricator got a chance to tell the president why he felt businesses like his were good for America.John West, president of Fox Valley Metal-Tech in Green Bay, Wis., showed the commander in chief around the company"s facility that housed, among other things, one of the...

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Welding: 'That's awesome!'

February 1, 2008

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I"m writing this from WeldMex, a welding tradeshow in Mexico City. We"re trying to promote The FABRICATOR en Español to Mexican metal fabricators.All in all, there"s some interesting things that I"ve learned about the Mexican market:Welding technology companies are positive about the Mexican...

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Frills or no frills?

January 30, 2008

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A mere three weeks ago, the introduction of the Nano, the $2,500 car produced by Tata Motors, made the headlines worldwide. It also was the topic of the Jan. 15 "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter lead-in, which asked subscribers what they thought of the new car and whether it would have any impact...

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Stein economics

January 29, 2008

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Recently the managing editor at Money magazine sat down with Ben Steinthe quirky lawyer, economist, comedian, and former Nixon speechwriterand asked if he was worried about a recession. Stein said no.The editor responded, But aren"t you worried about the headlines, about the credit crunch, about...

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Benchtop Positioner

Putting the spin on benchtop positioners for tube and pipe welding

January 29, 2008

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Welding around any kind of circular piece can be a challenge. To make a fillet weld in the horizontal position, you will have to maneuver around the workbench, maintaining a constant arc if you wish to make a continuous weld. This type of work may be acceptable if you need only a few pieces, but can become tedious on production runs. One solution is to rotate the workpiece past the welding arc with a rotating welding positioner, such as a small- to medium-size benchtop machine.

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Durable goods orders soar

January 29, 2008

Factory orders for durable goods rose in December by the largest amount in five months—5.2 percent.The increase was far larger than had been expected. Commercial aircraft orders experienced a...

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Just pay the people

January 25, 2008

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Nuthin" like a shot upside the head to make you see the light. In this blog and in the Editor"s Corner of The FABRICATOR [Saving manufacturing one sweep at a time, p. 8, January 2008], I"ve written how a clean work environment might contribute in a small way to changing a youngster"s mindset...

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Ameristeel begins Jacksonville Mill expansion planning

January 24, 2008

Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. has announced that it has begun the planning process for a capital project to expand its Jacksonville Steel Mill, located in Baldwin, Florida.The expansion is expected to add...

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Flashdance meets real life

January 23, 2008

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I'm interviewing Brennan Palmiter, a young race car driver with a passion for welding that's almost as strong as his passion for racing. His profile will be featured on thefabricator.com next month.Palmiter's story, along with two stories I ran across today, proved to me that there...

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Legislation introduced to stimulate economy, create jobs

January 23, 2008

U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) today introduced legislation to stimulate the economy by accelerating an existing tax incentive to help manufacturers create and keep jobs in...

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Steel coil prices in U.S. surge to 12-month high

January 22, 2008

The Steel Index weekly reference prices for steel coil products in the U.S. have surged to 12-month highs and continue to rise sharply.Prices for steel coil products in the U.S. have hit their highest...

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Never give up

January 21, 2008

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The economic news has been pretty grim. Housing"s down; manufacturing production"s down; employment"s down; the stock market"s down. Most everything is pretty much, well, down.My gut says, though, that Parviz Shahriari hasn"t paid it a second thought. The director of engineering at GEMVIS, a...

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The changing world of farm life

January 18, 2008

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Many economists and politicians like to compare the evolution of manufacturing in the U.S. to that of the agricultural industry. At one time agriculture was the dominant industry in the U.S., but as time passed, the numbers employed in agricultural jobs diminished with the rise of...

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Hodgepodge

January 17, 2008

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Today's post is a mishmash of interesting items that have crossed my desk in the last few days.The words hodgepodge and mishmash are alterations of Middle English words, hochepot and misse-masche, respectively. The English language has evolved over the years, and so has the English...

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HRB spot steel prices climb

January 17, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. hot-rolled band (HRB) spot price for Jan. 14 surged 6.1 percent to $659 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the fifth consecutive rise. The world export HRB...

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