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Optimize your plasma performance

January 11, 2005

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Plasma arc welding (PAW) uses plasma, a gas that has been heated to a high temperature and ionized. The plasma becomes electrically conductive, transferring an electric arc to the workpiece through a small orifice.

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Welding zirconium and zirconium alloys Part III

January 10, 2005

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Editor's Note: This is the third installment of a three-part series on welding zirconium. Part I addresses metallurgy, weld preparation, and shielding techniques. Part II covers welding technique. Part III discusses additional methods of joining refractory metals.

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Nucor to purchase Fort Howard Steel's Oak Creek, Wis., assets

January 10, 2005

Nucor Corp. has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Fort Howard Steel Inc.'s Oak Creek, Wis., operations. The finalization of the acquisition...

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Welding zirconium and zirconium alloys

January 10, 2005

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Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on welding zirconium. Part I addresses metallurgy, weld preparation, and shielding techniques. Part II, which will appear in the October/November issue, will cover welding technique. Part III, which will appear in the December issue, will discuss additional methods of joining refractory metals.

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IPSCO donates $100,000 to Tsunami Relief Fund

January 7, 2005

IPSCO Inc. is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross South Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. The company has pledged $50,000 to help the Canadian Red Cross raise money for tsunami survivors. The...

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Manufacturing employment about unchanged in December

January 7, 2005

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.4 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Job...

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Manzullo continues as Small Business Committee chairman

January 6, 2005

U.S. House Republicans today reappointed Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Small Business, one of 18 standing committees of the U.S. House of Representatives,...

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Ryerson Tull completes Integris Metals acquisition

January 4, 2005

On January 4, Ryerson Tull announced the completion of the acquisition of Integris Metals Inc. from its shareholders, Alcoa Inc. Ryerson Tull purchased all of the equity interest in Integris for $410...

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Manufacturing activity up for 19th consecutive month

January 3, 2005

According to the December Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report on Business®, released January 3, economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in December for the 19th...

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ISG to restart Indiana plate mill

December 20, 2004

International Steel Group Inc. (ISG) has announced plans to restart its idled 110-inch plate mill located at the company's facility in Burns Harbor, Ind. The mill is expected to begin production early...

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Small business loan programs receive boost

December 17, 2004

On December 17, President Bush signed legislation making more than $21 billion available to small businesses through the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) two main loan programs. The legislation...

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Michigan companies collaborate, receive tax abatements

December 16, 2004

A collaborative of 12 tool, die, and mold-making companies was approved for renaissance recovery status December 16 under a law spearheaded by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA). State and...

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AK Steel announces January surcharges

December 16, 2004

AK Steel has advised its flat-rolled carbon steel customers that a $205 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for products shipped in January 2005, an increase of $52 from December's surcharge...

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CFOs expect 14 percent capital, technology spending increase

December 14, 2004

According to the December "CFO Outlook Survey," conducted by Financial Executives International and Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, participating CFOs expect capital spending at their...

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CFOs concerned about health care costs, increasing competition

December 9, 2004

According to the findings of the December Duke University/CFO MagazineBusiness Outlook survey, which asked chief financial officers (CFOs) from a broad range of public and private companies about...

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