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Metal stampers' take on unions: Part II

January 18, 2012 | By Vicki Bell

Last week's post, Metal stampers' take on unions: Part I, revealed findings from a "Stamping News Brief" (SNB) survey about unions. It also featured comments from survey respondents—both those who believe unions are still necessary and those who don’t. Those who believe unions are to blame for...

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies promotes engineering manager

January 18, 2012

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), a supplier of factory automation design, engineering, and process consulting services in Orion, Mich., has announced the appointment of Craig Salvalaggio as the new engineering manager for its General Industries Group. In this position, he is responsible...

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Kestrel Aircraft to open two plants in Wisconsin

January 18, 2012

Kestrel Aircraft, Brunswick, Maine, has announced plans to construct two facilities in Superior, Wis., for the manufacture of its K-350 airplane. The facilities — one to produce composite material for the planes and the other to assemble the planes — will create 600 jobs by 2016, the company...

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Jet Edge posts used waterjet cutting equipment on Web site

January 18, 2012

Jet Edge Inc., St. Michael, Minn., now is posting used waterjet equipment for sale on its Web site at www.jetedge.com. The used waterjet equipment inventory includes ultrahigh-pressure, tie-rod design intensifier pumps, motion systems, parts and accessories, and mobile cleaning and cutting...

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Roundtable topics chosen, networking event planned for Pipe & Tube Nashville technology conference

January 18, 2012

The Pipe & Tube Nashville organizing committee has scheduled a networking event and decided the specific topics for the roundtable events. Scheduled for June 26-28, 2012, the conference is intended for tube and pipe industry professionals involved in tube and pipe production and fabrication....

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Waukesha Metal Products featured on "World's Greatest"

January 17, 2012

Sussex, Wis.-based Waukesha® Metal Products, an international metal forming supplier with metal stamping, sheet metal fabrication, and tool design and build capabilities, was recently featured on the ION Network's television series "World's Greatest." The company's 330-ton Komatsu servo stamping...

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Leggett & Platt acquires Western Pneumatic Tube

January 17, 2012

Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt, Carthage, Mo., has completed its purchase of Western Pneumatic Tube Holding LLC, Kirkland, Wash. Western Pneumatic fabricates thin-walled, large-diameter, welded tubing and specialty formed products from titanium, nickel-based alloys, stainless steels,...

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Nissan Forklift establishes e-commerce portal

January 17, 2012

Nissan Forklift Corp. has launched NFCdirect.com, an online portal for its dealers and other partners. The system allows users to make complete orders from their own spreadsheets by uploading an Excel® file instead of individually ordering each item needed. It also offers one-click reordering. The...

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Hypertherm unveils expanded online training community

January 17, 2012

Hypertherm, a Hanover, N.H.-based manufacturer of metal cutting systems, has launched the new Hypertherm Cutting Institute, an online training community that offers a number of resources for people who work with or want to learn more about cutting metal. The 3-year-old training site has been...

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Daimler Trucks to add 1,100 jobs at North Carolina plant

January 17, 2012

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has added a second shift at its Freightliner Trucks manufacturing plant in Cleveland, N.C. It expects to create more than 1,100 new jobs by the end of 2012, a 72 percent increase in personnel at the plant. Most positions will be filled with recalled workers who...

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BMW Group expands South Carolina plant

January 17, 2012

The BMW Group has announced plans to invest $900 million in expanding capacity at its Spartanburg, S.C., plant. The expansion, expected to create 300 new jobs by the end of 2012, is set for completion in 2014. The company already invested $750 million in the plant's expansion for production of the...

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EMTEQ to open plant in Montana

January 17, 2012

New Berlin, Wis.-based EMTEQ has announced plans to open an aircraft electronic assemblies plant in Great Falls, Mont., in February. The plant is expected to employ 60 workers by the end of 2013. EMTEQ, an aerospace product manufacturing company, has locations in Wisconsin, Florida, Brazil,...

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Washington Alloy names new general manager

January 17, 2012

Washington Alloy Co. has appointed Ed Holmes as its general manager. An experienced veteran of the fabricating and welding industries, Holmes operates primarily out of the company's Charlotte, N.C., facility. Washington Alloy is a provider of welding filler metals and accessories, with seven to...

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Bettcher Mfg. appoints general manager

January 16, 2012

Stamping manufacturer Bettcher Mfg. LLC, McAllen, Texas, has announced the appointment of Juan F. Cavazos as general manager. In this position, he focuses on productivity and profit-and-loss accountability. Cavazos has a doctorate in business administration, as well as an MBA with General Motors...

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Webinar to cover basics of robot end effectors

January 16, 2012

The Robotic Industries Association will present a Webinar, "Basics of Robot End Effectors," on Feb. 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST. Through video, narration, and coverage by an experienced industry veteran, the Webinar will describe robot end effectors such as parallel jaw, vacuum, and magnet-based...

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