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Road trip

October 3, 2007

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Yesterday was a beautiful day in North-metro Atlanta. Not a cloud in the sky. Pleasant temperatures. A perfect day for a road trip to visit a company that will be profiled in an upcoming article on thefabricator.com.I printed out directions from Google Maps, climbed in my Jeep (the one that metal...

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TRUMPF acquires 100 percent of AFM, Canada

October 3, 2007

Sept. 6, 2007, TRUMPF Inc. acquired 100 percent of Advanced Fabricating Machinery (AFM), Canada. AFM was formed July 1, 1997 by TRUMPF Inc. and Robert Watson as an equal joint venture.AFM, under the...

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Another trade milestone

October 2, 2007

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I received a press release recently about the U.S."s trade deficit relative to China. It announced that during the George W. Bush years the total merchandise deficit has exceeded $1 trillion.Now that"s a stunning statistic. Not to sidestep this bit of data or downplay the importance of it, but it...

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Flow International ranked in Deloitte's Fast 50 Program

October 1, 2007

Flow International Corp., a developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) waterjet technology, has been named to Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Program for Washington State, a ranking of the...

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Fabricating a new future in Michigan

September 28, 2007

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The economy of many Rust Belt states has undergone quite a transformation over recent years. These states that were so closely tied to manufacturing have had to deal with the effects of globalization. Michigan is no exception.Michigan reportedly has lost about 170,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000....

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Durable goods orders decline sharply

September 27, 2007

The U.S. Department of Commerce reported Wednesday that orders for durable goods fell by 4.9 percent in August, the biggest decline since January 2007's 6.1 percent decline.The decline was far larger...

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Being green

September 26, 2007

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Green—my favorite color—may be the most popular these days. More and more manufacturers are working to have their products labeled green, which has become synonymous with environmentally friendly. Advertisers use it to promote everything from automobiles to shampoo. Websites, magazines,...

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Nucor's Harris Steel grows rebar fabrication business

September 25, 2007

Nucor Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Harris Steel Inc. (Harris), has entered into an agreement with Barker Steel Company, Inc. (Barker), to form a new entity that combines the...

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Bystronic appoints managing director, Mexico

September 25, 2007

Bystronic has appointed Ferdinand Reyes as managing director of Bystronic Mexico, S.A. DE C.V., effective August 1, 2007.Reyes, who joined Bystronic in April 2005 as sales manager for the Mexico...

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Really big lunch boxes

September 20, 2007

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So I"m watching an episode of Feasting on Asphalt on The Food Network about a week ago. The show documents chef/scientist Alton Brown and his motorcycle crew"s cruise up the Mississippi River in search of authentic roadside grub.After feasting on all sorts of fried food in south Louisiana, the...

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Teeing off for a good cause

September 20, 2007

The Outside Processors Council (OPC) is hosting its Annual Scholarship Golf Classic Oct. 11-12, 2007, at the Marietta Conference Center & Resort near sunny Atlanta, Ga.The golf outing will raise...

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Hands off my Jeep!

September 19, 2007

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I read an item today from the Charleston Daily Mail that had me shaking my head in disbelief and even frightened me.The item was about recent thefts in West Virginia of catalytic converters, which are being sold by thieves to scrap metal dealers. Many are being taken from Jeeps. This frightened...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain steady

September 19, 2007

According to the September 2007 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during the next three...

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Laser Mechanisms restructures senior management

September 18, 2007

Laser Mechanisms Inc. President William Fredrick has named Mark Taggart as managing director North American operations. Taggart previously served as general manager medical operations. Fredrick also...

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Chinese steel targeted

September 14, 2007

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Everyone knew that the Aug. 1 collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis would spark plenty of scrutiny into the state of this country"s infrastructure and the construction methods used in these projects. But who knew that China would fall smack dab in the middle of the investigations? On...

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