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HRB spot steel prices continue climb in most regions

March 27, 2008

SteelBenchmarker™reported that the world export HRB price for March 24 surged 6.6 percent to $870 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the eighth consecutive rise totaling $289. The Western...

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What is Tata thinking?

March 26, 2008

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Scanning a major news site this morning, I faced a difficult decision—which story would I read first? Vying for my attention were the compelling headlines about the escalated fighting in Iraq, the floods in Arkansas, and American Airlines grounding its MD-80 jets and the not-so-compelling...

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Durable-goods orders fell in February

March 26, 2008

The U.S. Commerce Department reported today that durable goods orders dropped 1.7 percent in February for the second straight decline. Analysts had expected a slight rebound following the 4.7 percent...

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Marmon, Warren Buffett, and the "d" word

March 25, 2008

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Warren Buffett must be among the world"s richest individuals for a reason. When Forbes measured asset values for its annual list on Feb. 11, Buffett sat on top, edging out software pioneer Bill Gates, Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu, and Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.Evidently,...

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LINE predicts labor market will remain soft in April

March 25, 2008

The latest SHRM/Rutgers Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) survey indicates that similar to last month, the labor market in April 2008 will remain soft and will be much weaker...

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5 tenets for finding and keeping new business

March 25, 2008

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Ann Latham, owner of Uncommon Clarity, a consulting and strategy firm with many industrial clients, has outlined some tenets for firms seeking ambitious marketing goals:1. Select a group to target.You might choose:Those likely to buy your most profitable products.Those within a geographic...

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Worthington Steel honored by John Deere

March 24, 2008

Worthington Steel, Columbus, Ohio, has announced that it has been recognized by Deere & Company as a Partner-level supplier for 2007 and was also named a 2007 Enterprise Supplier of the Year in the...

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Things on my mind besides hair

March 20, 2008

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I"ve got plenty of thoughts this week, but they are all over the board. Here are a few of them that don"t deal with the NCAA college basketball championship tournament. 1. I talked with my high school buddy and college roommate on Sunday evening. He"s about to break off and start his own...

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6,000 W laser cutting system has solid-state RF power supply

March 20, 2008

Laser cutting and press brake systems manufacturer, Bystronic Inc., offers the Bystar 6,000 W laser cutting system. The system features a solid state RF power supply with wear-free power generation...

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A solution to the skilled-labor shortage?

March 19, 2008

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Among my job responsibilities is compiling and sending out monthly e-newsletters—Fabricating Update, Stamping News Brief, Tube Talk, and Welding Wire. These newsletters deliver industry-specific information to subscribers. They also are what I like best about my job. Why? Because subscribers...

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The skilled person and the entrepreneur

March 19, 2008

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A Sunday profile in the Detroit Free Press sparked some reader emotion, judging by the 200 comments the story received within a day. It"s about a welder, Detroit resident George Dreher, his family, and the Michigan economy. "He hates asking for helpwhether it"s the government or...

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Metal forming companies expect business to remain steady in coming months

March 17, 2008

According to the March 2008 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain steady during the next three months....

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Successful Extruding: Part I

March 15, 2008

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Extrusion is the process in which a continuous radial stretch flange is created by expanding a hole. Of all of the factors controlling the success of an extruding operation, material type and its mechanical properties are the most influential. Materials exhibiting good stretch capability and stretch distribution characteristics are best suited for extruding.

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U.S. Air Force makes a "fuelish" decision

March 13, 2008

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I"m not a believer that the U.S. government can save manufacturing. In fact, I"ve written about that issue before in this blog, and my Editor"s Corner in the April 2008 The FABRICATOR will address it again.While it may not be able to save manufacturing, the federal government surely can stop...

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Saving pennies

March 12, 2008

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My husband traveled to Houston on Monday to visit a client. Before boarding his plane, he called from the airport to ask me to take my vehicle to our local wholesale club and fill up the gas tank, which was close enough to empty to make me wonder if I could make it that far. Watching the news on a...

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