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Let them know about the value of metal fabricating

September 2, 2011 | By Dan Davis

When Greg Madden, president of Madden Fabricating, Portland, Ore., was asked in a recent interview if he would encourage a family member to go into metal fabricating, he provided an interesting response: "I would definitely do that. Only a few years ago, there was a shortage of skilled trades...

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No weak link allowed - TheFabricator.com

No weak link allowed

September 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Holloway Houston Inc. uses waterjet cutting to fabricate critical linkages for its extreme testbed that's capable of exerting up to 5,000 tons of pulling force. Any weak link between the workpiece and testbed structure can render the pull test invalid--which is why waterjet cutting components to extremely tight tolerances is so important.

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Distributor, metal fabricator, metal finisher--wraparound service - TheFabricator.com

Distributor, metal fabricator, metal finisher--wraparound service

September 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This Atlanta area company is an extruded metal distributor, architectural metal fabricator, and metal finisher all rolled into one. Such vertical integration gives the company a leg up over the competition.

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Job shop quotes competitively but fairly--not below cost - TheFabricator.com

Being fair and competitive

September 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Salem Metal Fabricators quotes a fair price, regardless of the economy, and has been able to maintain long-term customer relationships because of it.

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Metal fabricator’s product launch proves profitable - TheFabricator.com

Metal fabricator’s product launch proves profitable

September 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

A business doesn't have to be glamorous to be profitable. For Zeus metal Works, a Siler City, N.C., fabricator, heavy-duty cabinets, a necessity in many industries, have opened the door (so to speak) to new business opportunities.

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Metal fabricator asks what else customers need--and grows

September 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

This Buffalo, N.Y., job shop is difficult to pigeonhole. It offers contract fabrication services, assembles complex material handling systems, and distributes certain products, including rooftop support systems. The company grew so diverse simply by asking what else their customers needed. In other words, managers followed the market.

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ISM ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grew at slighty slower rate in August

September 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 25th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 26th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued September 1 by Bradley J....

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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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