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Two steps to success?

May 7, 2009

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This is going to sound strange, but a recession like this sometimes feels like a breath of fresh air. If a company can operate through a downturn like this relatively unscathed, that's really something. If a company's inefficient, it shutters its doors. Sometimes bad things happen to good...

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Delcam announces new hires

May 7, 2009

Software provider Delcam is introducing two new staff members at the EASTEC exhibition May 19 to 21 in Springfield, Mass. David Gray has joined the company as sales engineer for the Southeast U.S.,...

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Mr. Holland's Opus

May 6, 2009

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My last blog post was addressed to Crook County (Oregon) High School officials and others who could help decide the fate of vocational and technical programs in the U.S., which often are the first items on the chopping block when funding for education is tight. It featured an item from News/Talk...

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Wheelabrator, DISA complete merger

May 6, 2009

DISA Group, a supplier of moulding, sand and core technologies and metal surface finishing systems, has merged with Wheelabrator Group, a provider of surface preparation equipment. Effective May 5,...

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The wind business: Following a passion

May 5, 2009

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This has been a busy few weeks for Eric Isbister. The chief executive at General MetalWorks in Mequon, Wis., north of Milwaukee, held an open house Friday to celebrate 10 years since he and his wife, Mary, took over the fabrication business. Late last month he braved the halls of Hannover Messe,...

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Manchester Tool & Die launches new Web site

May 5, 2009

Manchester Tool & Die Inc. has announced its new Web site, www.manchestertoolanddie.com, which features an updated, user-friendly design. The site offers complete product details and specifications...

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Manufacturing decline continues to moderate

May 4, 2009

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in April for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy contracted for the seventh consecutive month, say the nation's supply...

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NAM: New taxes on corporate foreign earnings a 'disastrous proposal'

May 4, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler today offered his strong opposition to President Obama's proposals to change rules governing the taxation of foreign earnings of U.S....

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Don't keep the fire burning

May 1, 2009

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I check out weekly news feeds for reports involving metal fabricating, forming, and welding. It's a great way to get a quick feel for the industry and find interesting leads and tidbits for stories.In checking out these leads, I find a common story appearing almost on a daily basis: Welding...

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Panic? Pandemonium? Across?

May 1, 2009

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Panic? Pandemonium? Across?It started in Mexico in late March and spread rapidly; within a month, cases were reported in 11 countries. It"s swine fluH1N1, specificallyand in its wake are anxiety, nervousness, overreactions, and jammed emergency rooms. The outbreak itself was an epidemic, and it"s...

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heavy hauler trailers

Heavy hauling, heavy fabricating

May 1, 2009

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Ohio-based Diamond heavy-haul found efficiency in its cutting operations through nesting software by managing remnants and reducing scrap.

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Love of loft in 3-D CAD modeling

May 1, 2009

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Leaning to use the loft tool in 3-D CAD modeling takes some work, but it can come in handy in certain circumstances.

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GW Products

Automating to grow

May 1, 2009

Over the past several years G&W has ramped up its robotic welding operations to the point where the company offers 2,500 available welding hours every week.

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Fewer malls, more factories

April 30, 2009

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I have a feeling something good's going to happen in manufacturing. Maybe not this year or next, but good times are coming.Yes, this is an odd thing to say just days after those dreadful GDP numbers were released. Gross domestic product declined by 6.1 percent during the first quarter, the...

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Wintrust CEO sees hope for manufacturing

April 30, 2009

The Chicago Tribunehas reported that Edward Wehmer, CEO of Lake Forest, Ill.-based Wintrust Financial Corp., said industrial borrowers are starting to see signs of life in their businesses.During a...

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