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Opportunities in the wind

June 6, 2008

The announcement this week that GM was closing several truck-making facilities around the U.S. and Mexico came not as a surprise, but as a disappointment. These high-paying manufacturing jobs are instrumental in keeping these communities alive: Workers invest in their homes, keeping property values...

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RathGibson installs greencleaning system in Clarksville facility

June 6, 2008

RathGibson, a manufacturer of welded, welded and drawn, and seamless stainless steel, nickel, and titanium tubing, has completed a large capital project in its Clarksville, Ark., facility. The...

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Saving the environment—One push at a time

June 4, 2008

The weather's warm, and my dormant Bermuda grass that appeared brown and dead all winter now is green and growing. Here in the Southeast, we've been mowing for weeks. We have a John Deere riding mower (for which we paid way too much) that requires annual service (which is also costly) and...

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AK Steel announces July surcharges for electrical and stainless steels

June 4, 2008

AK Steel has advised its customers that an $820 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for electrical steel products shipped in July 2008.July surcharges for the company's stainless steel...

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What construction slowdown?

June 3, 2008

Manufacturing continues to plug along, not expanding, but not exactly in a slump either. The Institute for Supply Management"s index, the PMI, released this week, grew slightly, from 48.6 in April to 49.6 in Maystill not in growth mode, but it"s more than most had predicted. The view from the...

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GM to close plants, possibly drop Hummer

June 3, 2008

General Motors CEO Rick Waggoner announced before today's annual meeting in Delaware that GM is closing its plants in Oshawa, Ontario; Moraine, Ohio; Janesville, Wis.; and Toluca, Mexico. He also said...

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Die part hard marks

Reading progressive die strip — Part II

June 2, 2008

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Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part article about reading progressive-die strips. Part I, which appeared in the May issue, covered the causes of pilot hole distortion and mismatched cuts. Hard marks, otherwise known as coin marks, occur when metal is severely squeezed between two...

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Unfolding truth about flats

June 1, 2008

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Columnist Gerald Davis reveals the usefulness of unfolding parts on the computer screen.

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Reading progressive die strips — Part II

June 1, 2008

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Looking at the results of a process—in this case, the strip produced in the die—certainly can lead to good data indicating the root cause of a problem. This Part II of a two-part series discusses hard marks, poor die design, and coil-related problems.

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Manufacturing to the rescue

May 30, 2008

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Today I spoke with Steve Smith, president, It Straps On Inc., a Covington, La.-based manufacturer of stainless steel banding, buckles, and brackets. We were chatting about his company"s E award, an honor the federal government bestows on companies that are aggressive in promoting U.S. exports.He...

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Stampers expect little change in next three months

May 29, 2008

According to the May 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect little change in business conditions during the next three months. ...

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HRB price eruption sputters

May 29, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the U.S. HRB spot price for May 12 rose 0.3 percent to $1,158 per ton, FOB the mill, for the fourteenth consecutive rise totaling $581. The Western European HRB...

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Silver lining in energy costs?

May 28, 2008

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These days, wherever I go & whomever I talk to & the conversation usually turns to high gas prices. When I shake my head at the ever-increasing cost of produce at the market, my first thought after "Should I buy these blueberries at this price?" is It"s those high fuel costs!It's not just...

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Manufacturers worldwide face REACH compliance

May 28, 2008

Editor's note: This information is taken from a release provided by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) May 28, 2008. Links to more information and to a Webinar on the subject, hosted by...

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Good leadership comes from inside

May 27, 2008

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How important is good leadership? Extremely important. Poor leadership can cause a massive talent drain and cripple a company. When it comes to leadership, emotional intelligence can make the difference between a good leader and one who needs work to become an asset rather than a liability.

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