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55 percent favor government subsidies to U.S. manufacturing

February 2, 2012

In President Obama's State of the Union address in January, he proposed corporate tax credits and reductions to encourage an increase in U.S. manufacturing jobs. A new survey shows a majority of Americans nationwide are in agreement with the idea. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone...

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Cincinnati Incorporated appoints new sales manager, expands sales team

February 2, 2012

Cincinnati Incorporated, a manufacturer of metal fabrication equipment in Cincinnati, has appointed John Prevish as sales manager. The appointment is part of the company’s launch of new sales and marketing initiatives, which includes the recent appointments of Matt Garbarino as the company's new...

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Heidtman Steel completes pickling line upgrade

February 2, 2012

Heidtman Steel, a processor of flat-rolled carbon steel, has installed a Bradbury leveler in its Cleveland pickling line. While the overall capacity of the pickling line is broader, the hydraulic leveler accommodates thicknesses from 0.075 to 0.250 in. up to 65 KSI and widths from 24 to 72 in. The...

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ABB to acquire Thomas & Betts

February 2, 2012

ABB, with North American headquarters in Cary, N.C., has announced plans to acquire Thomas & Betts, Memphis, a manufacturer of low-voltage and ultralow-voltage electrical products such as connectors, conduits, and fittings, as well as wiring management products for the construction, industrial,...

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LINE survey: Hiring gains expected in February, but job growth rate still behind 2011

February 2, 2012

The hiring outlook for February shows a net gain in employment in the manufacturing and service sectors, although the pace of job creation lags that of a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February...

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Manufacturing and the State of the Union

February 1, 2012 | By Tim Heston

For the past two years Mary Isbister, president of Wisconsin fabricator GenMet (one of The FABRICATOR’s past Industry Award winners), had a friendly bet with colleagues of the Manufacturing Council, a group that meets to propose ideas to Commerce Department Sec. John Bryson, who in turn reports...

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Reliance Steel to acquire McKey Perforating Co.

February 1, 2012

Reliance Steel & Aluminum has announced that a subsidiary is acquiring McKey Perforating Co. Inc., a metal perforating and fabricating company in Berlin, Wis. The deal includes a McKey subsidiary in Manchester, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed. Reliance said McKey had sales of about $18 million...

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ISM ROB: Manufacturing starting year on positive note as new orders, production, and employment grow in January

February 1, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 32nd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued February 1 by Bradley J....

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Balancing effectiveness with efficiency - TheFabricator.com

Balancing effectiveness with efficiency

February 1, 2012 | By Dan Davis

They represent several different areas of metal fabricating, but all members of The FABRICATOR's Advisory Board share the same observation: In today' manufacturing world, working lean is OK, but only if you are working effectively.

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The melding worlds of motorsports and metal art - TheFabricator.com

The melding worlds of motorsports and metal art

February 1, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

A community college motorsports fabrication instructor finds common ground in race car fabrication, metal art.

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New year, new welding helmets - TheFabricator.com

New year, new welding helmets

February 1, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Taking a closer look at a few new welding helmets.

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What's driving these industries? - TheFabricator.com

What's driving the tube/pipe industry?

February 1, 2012 | By Eric Lundin

Interviews with several TUBE expo exhibitors reveal that two booming industries throughout the world are energy extraction and automobile production. Although some industries are expected to lag in 2012, notably the U.S. housing construction sector, on balance the year is expected to be stable for the tube and pipe production and fabrication industries.

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No holes in modern laser cutting story - TheFabricator.com

No holes in modern laser cutting story

February 1, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Fabricators want to process metal parts with the least amount of handling as possible. As a result, they are always looking to maximize the capabilities of their equipment. One example is the use of laser cutting equipment to produce high-tolerance holes in a speedy manner, instead of taking metal blanks to a secondary station for additional holemaking activities. Advancements in drive system and piercing technology have given fabricators a chance to raise their hole-cutting capabilities while the sheet remains in the laser cutting bed.

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Tube bending, the lean way - TheFabricator.com

Tube bending, the lean way

February 1, 2012 | By Tim Heston

A Wisconsin tube bending shop takes an untraditional approach to the traditional job schedule--and thrives because of it.

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Fabricating tight ships on a tight deadline - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating tight ships on a tight deadline

February 1, 2012

For Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of the Great Lakes Towing Co., located on the Cuyahoga River’s Old River Channel just off of Lake Erie, one order posed the ship designer and fabricator’s biggest challenge in recent history: designing and fabricating not one but two aluminum ships, something the company had yet to do.

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