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Busy times, busy shops

January 24, 2012 | By Tim Heston

I started this year with a spurt of shop visits-- a sorry excuse for my lack of blogging, but there it is. One high-mix, low-volume job shop is beginning the process of reorganizing its machines into cells: a sheet metal cutting machine next to a brake, next to hardware insertion. In a bold move,...

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ROSS CONTROLS acquires DECCO

January 24, 2012

ROSS CONTROLS®, Troy, Mich., has acquired the assets of the Detroit Coil Co. (DECCO®), Ferndale, Mich., a supplier to ROSS for many decades. ROSS designs and manufactures precision pneumatic valves, control systems, and related products to the general fluid power, metal forming, aluminum, glass...

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Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals moves corporate headquarters

January 24, 2012

Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals Inc., a manufacturer of strip, foil, and wire products, has announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to a new facility in North Haven, Conn. The company's former location sustained severe damage in Hurricane Irene. The new, energy-efficient...

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Airtronics adds new laser to robotic fleet

January 24, 2012

Airtronics Metal Products (AMP) has added a new Amada Gemini FO M2 3015 laser to its 100,000-sq.-ft. San Jose, Calif., plant. The 4,000-W, dual-processing robotic laser machine includes a rotary index to cut medium to thick materials. The rotary index is located on one of three shuttle pallets,...

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ATAS launches new Web site

January 24, 2012

ATAS Intl. Inc., Allentown, Pa., has established a revamped Web site at www.atas.com featuring a new look, updated content, additional features, and revised tools. Users no longer have to register to see product details. Products have been divided into roofs, walls, ceiling and soffit, mansards,...

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Schuff Steel expands fabrication and erection services to New York market

January 24, 2012

Schuff Steel Co., a subsidiary of Schuff Intl. Inc., a family of companies providing fully integrated steel construction services, now offers its steel fabrication and erection services to the metropolitan New York construction market. In December the company opened a sales and management office in...

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Walter Surface Technologies celebrates 60th anniversary

January 24, 2012

Walter Surface Technologies is marking 60 years in business in 2012. Walter J. Somers and a few colleagues opened the first office in the Montreal area in 1952. Today the company is based in Pointe-Claire, Que., in a new international headquarters and industrial center built to LEED® standards....

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Mayville Products plant to close, affecting 130 jobs

January 24, 2012

Mayville Products Corp., a contract manufacturer of cabinets, frames, racks, and mounting products, has announced plans to close its 350,000-sq.-ft. plant in Mayville, Wis., by March 30. The company cited "business conditions" for the closure, which will result in the loss of 130 jobs....

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PTG announces new distributor network for hydroforming presses

January 23, 2012

Pryer Technology Group, Tulsa, Okla., has established a new nationwide network of distributors for its Triform sheet hydroforming presses. The distributor network comprises nearly 20 machine tool distributors and dealers covering all 50 states, as well as parts of Mexico and Canada. The...

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Gesswein opens new U.S. headquarters

January 23, 2012

Gesswein, a supplier of abrasives, tools, and machines for metalworking, has announced the opening of its new headquarters in Bridgeport, Conn. The 40,000-sq.-ft. facility has been under construction for a year and a half. The new headquarters provides expanded office space, customer demonstration...

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Eriez celebrates 70 years in business

January 23, 2012

Eriez®, Erie, Pa., a manufacturer of magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, X-ray, materials feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment, is marking its 70th year in business in 2012. The company states that it plans to observe the anniversary throughout the year by striving...

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Noble Industries acquires Madsen Wire

January 23, 2012

Noble Industries, a metal fabrication company in Noblesville, Ind., has acquired the assets and business of Madsen Wire, a custom steel wire fabrication company offering wire forming, straightening, and GMAW/GTAW, with both small and large production runs. Madsen Wire will remain a separate entity...

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Nieder Fabricating receives Top Supplier award

January 23, 2012

Killark Electric, St. Louis, has named Nieder Fabricating Solutions Corp., Union, Mo., as its Top Supplier of Performance and Quality in 2011. Killark, a division of Hubbell Inc., is an international manufacturer of electrical and electronic products for nonresidential and residential...

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Heidtman Steel to build steel processing facility in Alabama

January 23, 2012

Toledo, Ohio-based Heidtman Steel, a processor of flat rolled carbon steel, is building a 114,000 sq. ft. Steel processing facility in Calvert, Ala. The $18.5 million facility will be located on the campus of ThyssenKrupp Steel. "ThyssenKrupp's Calvert mill is touted as the most technologically...

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Roundo AB merges with group of Swedish fabricating companies

January 23, 2012

Roundo AB, Hässleholm, Sweden, a manufacturer of bending rolls, has joined a group of family-owned metal fabricating companies in southern Sweden. This merger gives Roundo direct access to multiple TRUMPF® laser machines, Amada and TRUMPF CNC press brakes, as well as a high-speed plasma burning...

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