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Edac Technologies to consolidate operations in one Connecticut plant

February 21, 2012

Edac Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of components for aerospace and industrial applications, has entered into an agreement to purchase a 181,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Plainville, Conn. The move to the 15-acre site will consolidate operations currently housed in four separate...

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Hypertherm names president, expands CFO's responsibilities

February 21, 2012

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of metal cutting systems in Hanover, N.H., has promoted Evan Smith, former vice president and general manager, to the position of president. Dick Couch, company founder, remains as CEO and continues to chair the company’s board of directors. In addition, CFO Carey Chen...

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Turkington USA to close plant in North Carolina

February 21, 2012

Two and a half years after renovating and establishing a 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in Clayton, N.C., Turkington USA is closing the facility. The manufacturer of industrial ovens, mixers, and coolers will lay off 101 people. The U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Turkington Industries moved to...

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Challenge Mfg. to expand in Michigan

February 20, 2012

Challenge Mfg. Co., a provider of metal forming and assembly services, has announced plans to expand its facility in Holland, Mich. The 45,868-sq.-ft. addition will house space for manufacturing and warehousing, as well as an enclosed truck dock and scrap bay. Since purchasing the building in...

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Survey shows machine tool industry had strong year worldwide

February 20, 2012

During 2011 machine tool manufacturers around the world increased their output by 35 percent compared to 2010, amid some indications that growth rate is starting to level off. Japan and Germany had substantial percentage gains in their production, and China reported double-digit expansion in dollar...

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Eclipse Automation expands into custom manufacturing

February 20, 2012

Eclipse Automation Inc. has opened an additional manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ont. The new, 25,000-sq.-ft. facility, operating as Eclipse Custom Mfg., houses fabrication equipment; GMAW and GTAW equipment; two 10-ton, 60-ft. span cranes; and sandblasting and painting facilities. The plant,...

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Applied Research Laboratory, Sciaky to receive funding for direct digital manufacturing center

February 20, 2012

A program proposed by the Applied Research Laboratory of the Pennsylvania State University (ARL Penn State) and Sciaky Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), to establish the Center for Innovative Metal Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) has been selected for...

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Gibraltar acquires Edvan's metal grating products business

February 20, 2012

Gibraltar Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of products for building and industrial markets in Buffalo, N.Y., has acquired the metal grating fabrication and distribution business of Edvan Industries Inc. Edvan Industries, based near Edmonton, Alb., has served western Canada's oil and...

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Coil-coated metal chosen for soccer stadium

February 20, 2012

Coil-coated aluminum was chosen to clad the first world-class soccer stadium in the U.S.: Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The stadium is clad with about 60,800 sq. ft. of Alucobond® prepainted aluminum composite metal in four custom shades of blue and gray. The panels are installed...

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Hot sizing mill handles API pipe - TheFabricator.com

Hot sizing mill handles API pipe

February 20, 2012

Brandt Engineered Products Ltd. has introduced a new hot sizing mill to accommodate a variety of specifications. Designed for maximum throughput, it is equipped with three stands positioned 90 degrees to each other that are adjustable electronically from the operator’s station. Each roll...

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Deep-draw stamping operation keeps growing

February 20, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Scotland Manufacturing, a North Carolina deep-drawing operation, knows how to get the most out of its manual stamping line. Optimizing the line’s productivity has allowed the firm to compete in various markets demanding quick response. The company doesn’t just specialize in low-, medium-, or high-volume work. It specializes in all three.

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Design, Build, Production: The cost-reduction continuum - TheFabricator.com

Design, Build, Production: The cost-reduction continuum

February 20, 2012 | By Mark Hansen

These days, delivering a quality product on time just gets you to the table. From here, cost remains the deciding factor in determining where work is placed.

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How to make your scrap worth more - TheFabricator.com

How to make your scrap worth more

February 20, 2012 | By Dan Zimmerman

Scrap is a necessary stamping byproduct, but it doesn’t have to be an unprofitable one. In recent years the high price of scrap has spurred the use of some sophisticated scrap handling and separation technologies.

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Uncle Sam needs you

February 17, 2012 | By Dan Davis

A metal fabricator knows the importance of diversity in business. A diverse customer base helps a company avoid the dramatic ups and downs that may come with being linked too closely to one industrial segment. A management team with diverse backgrounds helps a company prepare for a multitude of...

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Manufacturing: A modern-day Atlas

February 16, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Yesterday I visited an Atlanta-area fabricator that moved into a new facility two weeks ago. The company name says it all, really: Mitchell’s Specialized Fabrication. It’s a specialized fabricator of industrial tanks, pressure vessels, and piping run by Scott Mitchell, a no-nonsense,...

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