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Mioshi Neal welding instructor

Little by little

May 9, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Determined to make a life for herself and provide for her family, Mioshi Neal juggled full-time work,night classes, and single-parent duties to ultimately land her dream job—welding instructor.

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Arc welder welding

A journey of 1,000 welds

May 9, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Seven years ago Doug Wilkinson of Reinke Mfg., Deshler, Neb., set out to start up a welding education program for high school and adult students that would give them the opportunity to earn AWS D1.1 or D1.2 qualification. It's been an uphill battle but Wilkinson is still at it--and the welding program continues to grow.

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FABTECH show floor

Adding tradeshows to your job shop marketing mix

May 9, 2011 | By Jackie McBain

If you do your due diligence and take advantage of all of the opportunities tradeshows present, these events can be a valuable part of your marketing mix.

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Field selling for fabricators: direct or rep?

May 6, 2011 | By Richard Kallage

When stepping up sales initiatives, shop owners stand at a crossroads: Should they hire a direct salesperson or go with a manufacturer’s rep? There are pros and cons to each. To start, fabricators should fully understand the economics behind the relationship between company managers and sales.

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The Southern Fabricators family

The personal side of metal fabricating

May 6, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Southern Fabricators Inc. has put a premium on the relationships it has with its customers, and that focus has led to robust growth, particularly as the metal fabricator has invested in new equipment to keep up with customer demands.

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Abrasive cuttoff saw

Making the abrasive cutoff saw work for you

May 6, 2011 | By Scott Allen

Providing exact advice on how to get optimal performance from an abrasive cutoff saw is very difficult because each application is unique. Rough guidelines, however, can help a metal fabricator understand the cutting process, troubleshoot problem areas, and determine the right equipment for the cutting job.

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Tube cutting laser

The “hole” picture in laser tube cutting

May 6, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Ace Metal Crafts installs a laser tube cutting system with integrated tapping, a system that has shown its strength when producing structural tube. The machine cuts tube shapes, laser cuts holes, and performs tapping all in one setup.

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Greiner Industries' giant press brake

The big job of high-tonnage bending

May 6, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Bending heavy plate and high-strength steel used to require multiple workers, a large amount of bending experience, and lots of time. That's not the case anymore.

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turret punch press parts

Leaning on the turret punch press

May 6, 2011 | By Dennis Lowry

Proper planning and tools lead to greater punching efficiencies as well as smooth part flow throughout the rest of the fabrication operation.

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How much should a gallon of gasoline cost?

May 5, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

The unthinkable has happened: Gasoline prices have crossed the $5.00-per-gallon threshold. Forget the official data. The Energy Information Administration says that the average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.96, but that’s not accurate for two reasons. First, it...

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NAM urges Administration and Congress to move forward with pending trade agreements

May 5, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo released this statement May 4 regarding the Obama Administration's letter to Congress on the Colombia free trade agreement (FTA): "Manufacturing continues to drive our nation's recovery, and...

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Crying on the job

May 4, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

I was in the thick of writing about the federal gas tax and how mayors from metropolitan cities are in favor of increasing the taxes if more funds are spent on improving the infrastructure in these cities and less on highways, when a far more interesting topic caught my eye.  Perhaps you don't...

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Hypertherm to hold educational event May 26 at Houston's Lone Star College

May 3, 2011

Hypertherm is hosting an advanced plasma cutting educational event at Lone Star College in Houston from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 26. Free for end users, the event will cover topics such as: How to become more productive and profitable Tips to extend consumables life and get the best cut every time...

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ISM April ROB: U.S. manufacturing activity grows for 21st straight month

May 2, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 21st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 23rd consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued May 2 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Schuler Group to install two press lines for Shanghai General Motors

May 2, 2011

Schuler Group, Canton, Mich., has announced that it will install two press lines at Shanghai General Motors (SGM), Shenyang, China, for the manufacture of 40 different body panel parts. Production of stamped parts for two car models is expected to start in mid-2012. The two identical press lines...

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