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Macsteel Service Centers expands with Florida facility

April 12, 2011

Macsteel Service Centers USA, Newport Beach, Calif., has expanded its business operations in the Southeast with the opening of a new, 60,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in Lakeland, Fla. The facility, which will service the state of Florida, stocks ERW pipe in Grades A, B, and seamless. Future...

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Liquid paint marker resists spreading in contact with water - TheFabricator.com

Liquid paint marker resists spreading in contact with water

April 12, 2011

La-Co Industries has developed the Markal® Pro-Line WP industrial-grade liquid paint marker. Engineered with a permanent, fast-drying, low-VOC formula, the marker resists spreading when in contact with water or water-based liquids. Low in halogenated compounds and sulfur, the marker uses a...

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Bushwick Metals promotes three executives

April 12, 2011

Bushwick Metals LLC, Bridgeport, Conn., a distributor of carbon steel, HSLA steel, stainless steel, and specialty products, has announced the promotion of three executives. Gary Magnotti has been promoted to vice president of finance/controller. In this position, he oversees accounting, human...

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Oxford Instruments, Verichek Technical Services form business alliance

April 12, 2011

Oxford Instruments Industrial Analysis, a supplier of XRF-based materials analysis instruments in Buckinghamshire, U.K., has announced an agreement with Verichek Technical Services (VTS), Pennsylvania, to sell the X-MET hand-held XRF analyzer into the scrap metal and PMI markets. Verichek currently...

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The jungle of tax reform

April 11, 2011 | By Tim Heston

On Friday night I was like a kid half-heartedly doing his homework while watching the weather and awaiting the snowstorm. I kept thinking the storm would close school (government shutdown), and I could stop this blasted homework (my income taxes). Then at the 11th hour (literally: it was a little...

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Wisconsin company part of worldwide effort to help cool Japan's nuclear reactors

April 7, 2011

A Wisconsin company is part of a global effort to help contain Japan's damaged nuclear reactors. Putzmeister America Inc., based in Sturtevant, Wis., is a division of heavy equipment manufacturer, Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH (PCP). The two affiliates are sending four additional boom pumps to...

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'Jobs are back, just not for everybody'

April 6, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

I had an interesting conversation the other day with a septuagenarian who is currently enrolled in an MBA program. This former president and CEO of a textile manufacturing company is making straight As. He also is actively looking for a job, having separated from his former company six years ago. ...

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AMT: Year-end 2010 industrial laser shipments up 37 percent from 2009

April 6, 2011

Shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems in 2010 are reported at $356.2 million, according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Unit sales jumped 44.9 percent for a total of 1,210 units. CO2 lasers accounted for 88.5 percent of the value of shipments, which...

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NAM calls for swift passage of Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

April 6, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement today on the announced deal between the White House and the Colombia government on the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement: "This agreement is essential to job creation and our global...

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Welder metallurgy

Basic metallurgy for welders

April 6, 2011 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welders do not have to be metallurgy experts, but they do need to be knowledgeable about the chemical, mechanical, and physical properties of different materials.

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Manufacturing rockets: Metal fabricating what’s next

April 5, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This week I recalled one of my favorite television moments. During an early West Wing episode, one of the president’s advisers, Sam Seaborn, argues for the extension of NASA funding. After several minutes of heated banter, his counterpart asks why space travel is so important when we...

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Tramec LLC acquires Hill Fastener Corp.

April 5, 2011

Gary Sullo, president of Tramec LLC, Iola, Kan., has announced that Tramec has acquired Hill Fastener Corp. located in Rock Falls, Ill., owned by Robert Hill, CEO. The acquisition positions Hill Fastener as an integral part of the Tramec LLC fastener business. According to the company, the legacy...

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Regal Beloit acquires technology company Ramu Inc.

April 5, 2011

Regal Beloit Corp., Beloit, Wis., has announced that it has acquired Ramu Inc., a motor and control technology company headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, backed by the venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. Ramu Inc. is a start-up company founded by Krishnan Ramu with a research and development...

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Mobile GMAW systems suitable for medium-sized construction, various repair work - TheFabricator.com

Mobile GMAW systems suitable for medium-sized construction, various repair work

April 5, 2011

Kjellberg Finsterwalde offers the KJELLmig 180, 230, and K350 mobile GMAW units. They are designed for medium-sized steel construction companies and for use in vehicle repair work, agriculture, industry, and craft. Using argon or mixed gases, the units can weld unalloyed, low-alloyed, and...

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Portable end prep tool designed to remove simply from tube and not catch on burrs - TheFabricator.com

Portable end prep tool designed to remove simply from tube and not catch on burrs

April 5, 2011

Esco Tool’s Ground MILLHOG® is a right-angle-drive, air-powered, portable welding end prep tool that features a clamp rib assembly incorporating a captive internal band and smooth clamp ribs. The ID clamping tool removes simply from the tube, does not catch on burrs, and is unaffected...

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