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Party hearty or hardly party?

December 9, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Last week global outplacement and business coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported the results of its 2010 Holiday Party Survey. The findings indicate that as a growing number of companies benefit from a slowly improving economy, there are indications that workplace holiday parties...

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Ball to acquire Aerocan S.A.S.

December 9, 2010

Ball Corp. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Barclays Private Equity to acquire Aerocan S.A.S., a supplier of aluminum aerosol cans and bottles in Europe, for approximately &eruo;221 million inclusive of debt and other liabilities. The acquisition is expected to close...

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The Army’s manufacturing muscle

December 9, 2010 | By Dan Davis

The Rock Island Arsenal has been a manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s, but today it has established itself as the only general-purpose, vertically integrated metal manufacturer in the U.S. Department of Defense. With that responsibility, it boasts an incredible array of manufacturing capabilities and expertise, all of which allows it to rapidly respond to the needs of its military customers.

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Spiraling out of control

December 8, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

Last week I took a trip to Genoa City, Wis., and felt like I had spent a couple hours in 1955 or so. I paid a visit to Ralph Wells, owner of Wells-Osborn Spiral Stairs, a company that specializes in spiral staircases. Founded in 1949 as a welding and repair shop, it expanded its repertoire to...

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Changing the point of attack

December 8, 2010 | By Paul Williams

For inline cutoff, tube and pipe producers typically use a mechanically driven, single-blade device. This type of cutoff unit is good for most applications, but in many specialized cases, it might not produce good results. Square or rectangular tubes, heavy walls, and lockseam tubing present cutoff challenges that call for a hydraulic unit or a swing blade.

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Nucor partners with The Dylan Ratigan Show to focus on America's future

December 7, 2010

Nucor Corp. and The Dylan Ratigan Show are partnering for a series of programs focused on solutions to the most pressing problems facing America today. Titled Steel on Wheels, these programs will originate from communities across the country and tackle issues vital to fixing our nation's problems....

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Junk e-mail and unemployment

December 6, 2010 | By Tim Heston

I used to joke about my own little leading economic indicator, the JEI ... or my “Junk E-Mail Index.” I sometimes called it the FEI too, replacing “junk” with “forwarded.” In the 1990s, when e-mail was new and unemployment was incredibly low, my JEI was incredibly high. I attributed...

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Chrysler Group LLC celebrates Sterling Heights Assembly Plant investment and extension of production

December 6, 2010

Chrysler Group LLC celebrated the extension of production, the addition of a second shift and an $850 million investment at an event today at its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. The celebration also marked the start of production of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. "Today...

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Liquid mixing, delivery system introduced

December 6, 2010

IntelliMeld™, a new dual liquid mixing and delivery system for industrial use, has been introduced by Colvin Consulting. It is designed for use with stamping presses, chemical mixing, and finishing applications. The system can store hundreds of recipes, integrate with process equipment, and...

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Nonmarring safety air gun delivers strong blowing force - TheFabricator.com

Nonmarring safety air gun delivers strong blowing force

December 6, 2010

Exair's new lightweight, precision safety air gun delivers a highly focused, forceful blast of air for cleaning and other industrial applications. The air gun has a small-diameter nozzle and extension that fit into tight spaces while delivering a strong blowing force. The gun's Nano Super air...

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Van Reenen Steel wins Swedish Steel Prize

December 6, 2010

SSAB has awarded this year's international Swedish Steel Prize to the South African company Van Reenen Steel Ltd. The company has developed a lighter and more durable body for dump trucks in the mining industry. The purpose of the prize is to provide inspiration and to disseminate knowledge about...

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RoHS-compliant construction tubing offered - TheFabricator.com

RoHS-compliant construction tubing offered

December 6, 2010

J.W. Winco Inc. offers series GN 990-AL construction tubing for tube clamp connectors as part of its new line of tube connection and conveyor components. The RoHS-compliant tubing comes in inch sizes in round versions, and in metric sizes in both round and square versions. It is offered in...

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Materials testing consumable kits contain grinding, polishing materials to prepare 100 specimens - TheFabricator.com

Materials testing consumable kits contain grinding, polishing materials to prepare 100 specimens

December 6, 2010

Buehler has created Sum-Met™ Bundles to help simplify ordering consumables for materials testing and analysis labs. The kits contain all the grinding and polishing consumables required to prepare 100 specimens. Kits are available for several testing applications: ferrous and nickel-based...

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Two Lincoln Electric employees elected to AWS 2010 Class of Counselors

December 6, 2010

Lincoln Electric's Richard J. Seif and David Fink have been elected to the 2010 Class of Counselors of the American Welding Society (AWS). The two were honored at the 2010 FABTECH® Intl., held in Atlanta, and inducted during the AWS annual business meeting on Nov. 1. The election as an AWS...

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Minster relocates expanding Automation Division

December 6, 2010

The Minster Machine Co. will relocate its expanding Automation Division from Beaufort, S.C., to its global manufacturing headquarters in Minster, Ohio. "The decision was made to facilitate our Automation Initiative, which includes expanding our existing technologies and product offerings to...

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