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Layoffs rise, hiring declines for third month in a row

September 1, 2011

In September, job growth will fall behind the rate from a year ago in the manufacturing and service sectors, and payroll cuts are also rising for the month, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2011....

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More about the future of U.S. manufacturing

August 31, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

I devoted last week's blog post to one "Stamping News Brief" reader's comments regarding the current state and future of manufacturing in the U.S.  He expressed his concerns about governmental rules and regulations that are "strangling" his business and said things could turn around if the...

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Learning lessons from McDonald's Corp.

August 31, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

I saw a bold headline a few days ago: “Why McDonald’s wins in any economy.” As far as I am concerned, this is more of an advertisement for an article than a headline, and I am wary of flashy advertising, but it lured me in anyway. I figured a small investment, a few minutes of my time, might...

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On-demand, cloud-based ERP software designed for job shops, small manufacturers

August 31, 2011

Epicor Software Corp., Irvine, Calif., offers the Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition (Epicor Express) on-demand, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system designed for job shops and small manufacturers. The comprehensive ERP system is provided in the software as a service (SaaS)...

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Maximizing scrap yield - TheFabricator.com

Maximizing scrap yield

August 31, 2011 | By Jeff Cox

Do you feel like you are getting the best price for all of the metal that you scrap?

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How part and die design go hand-in-hand - TheFabricator.com

How part and die design go hand-in-hand

August 31, 2011 | By Edmund Herman

When engineers complete a part, then start on tooling design, inefficiencies mount. Ideally, part and tooling design should go hand in hand, and today a method exists that allows engineers to resolve part and die forming problems before designers invest in a lot of drafting.

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Stamper enters solar market via partner - TheFabricator.com

Stamper enters solar market via partner

August 31, 2011 | By Lou Kren

Bennett Machine & Stamping Co., Geneva, Ohio, made its foray into the solar energy market from another manufacturer in Painesville, Ohio, American Roll Form. Bennett's ability to construct dies of various complexities, run them in a variety of presses, and provide engineering positioned it as a flexible and valuable partner.

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Metal fabricating with a sense of ownership

August 30, 2011 | By Tim Heston

I really like my job--but not in a corny sense. I don’t wake up and immediately whistle away in gleeful anticipation of the workday. Some days I feel I can’t write another word, while other days I type several pages before I realize that what I just wrote is either unintelligible or just plain...

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John Deere factory celebrates 100th anniversary

August 29, 2011

John Deere Horicon Works, Horicon, Wis., is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Products produced at the facility range from horse-drawn grain drills to the latest in lawn care equipment and utility vehicles. "100 years of successful business is a great accomplishment. It is a true testament to...

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Straight-side press accommodates capacities from 315 to 1.250 tons - TheFabricator.com

Straight-side press accommodates capacities from 315 to 1,250 tons

August 29, 2011

AIDA-America Corp. has introduced the MCX series of straight-side stamping presses. The modular presses provide stampers with a variety of press configurations and specifications. Options include single or double gear; 0.25- or 0.5-in. rating points; five drive options, including mechanical or...

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Electronic welding helmet switches from clear to dark in 0.0005 seconds - TheFabricator.com

Electronic welding helmet switches from clear to dark in 0.0005 seconds

August 29, 2011

Linde Gases, a division of the Linde Group, has announced the introduction of the OHE350 electronic welding helmet, constructed for use in arc welding to protect welders in the construction, manufacturing, and engineering sectors. The high-speed electronic darkening filter lens, which offers...

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Dennen Steel breaks ground on new facility in Mississippi - TheFabricator.com

Dennen Steel breaks ground on new facility in Mississippi

August 29, 2011

Dennen Steel Corp., a contract stamping manufacturer of steel products, has begun construction of a 50,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Iuka, Miss. The project represents a company investment of more than $7.4 million and will initially create 50 new jobs. The facility will purchase large...

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ABI acquires Interstate Tool assets

August 29, 2011

Avery Barron Industries LLC (ABI), Tulsa, Okla., has formed Avery Barron Industries – Stamping LLC (ABI‐Stamping) with the acquisition of the assets and trade name of Interstate Tool and Mfg. Co. The acquired company, a tool and die manufacturer providing metal stampings to domestic and...

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Eriez to move service center

August 29, 2011

Eriez® will move its 5-Star Service® Center to a newly purchased 114,000-sq.-ft. building in Erie, Pa., about 15 miles from the company's world headquarters. Previously located in a rented facility in Lake City, Pa., the center repairs and services customers’ magnetic, vibratory, and...

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Donaldson expands testing capabilities

August 29, 2011

Donaldson Co. Inc., a manufacturer of filtration systems and parts in Minneapolis, has opened three new test labs in China, India, and the U.S. The company has added a new testing lab in the Greater China R&D Center at its regional headquarters in Wuxi, China, to support the rapid expansion of...

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