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HRB spot prices up in U.S., Western Europe, down elsewhere

March 2, 2011

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for February 28 surged 3.9 percent to $932 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the seventh consecutive increase. The Western European HRB price rose 1.6 percent to $815 per ton (on a Euro basis, it slipped 0.5 percent), ex-works, for the...

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Welding triumphs and woes in Wisconsin

March 1, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

There's good news coming out of Wisconsin's network of technical colleges. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported that enrollment at the state's 16 technical colleges is up 40 percent over the last decade, which aligns well with the state's prediction that middle-level jobs will grow at a...

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Shale-Inland acquires Main Steel Polishing Company Inc.

March 1, 2011

Shale-Inland Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Craig T. Bouchard, has announced Shale-Inland's acquisition of 100 percent of the stock of Main Steel Polishing Company Inc., which is based in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. The debt-free transaction provides Shale-Inland with a national...

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ISM February ROB: U.S. manufacturing sector continues strong performance

March 1, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 21st consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued March 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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Macsteel Service Centers USA acquires Steel Coil Services from U.S. Steel

March 1, 2011

Macsteel Service Centers USA has announced the acquisition of the assets and business of Steel Coil Services in Catoosa, Oklahoma, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corp. Michael Hoffman, President & CEO, Macsteel Service Centers USA said, "We are excited at the prospect of adding to our...

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Mazak Optonics announces Automated Recovery Seminar for Western region

February 28, 2011

Increasing laser-cutting capacity without the burden of added manpower is the driving theme behind the Automated Recovery Seminars presented by Mazak Optonics Corp. As part of its 2011 Spring seminar schedule, the company will conduct an Automated Recovery Seminar in Anaheim, California, on March...

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Swaging collar studs attach dissimilar panel materials, multiple panels - TheFabricator.com

Swaging collar studs attach dissimilar panel materials, multiple panels

February 28, 2011

New PEM® Type SGPC™ swaging collar studs from PennEngineering® are designed to attach dissimilar panel materials and multiple panels. They can accommodate most panel materials, including stainless steel, and exhibit strong torque-out resistance, the manufacturer says. Their design...

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Dual-chamber part blasting machine allows loading while cleaning is in progress - TheFabricator.com

Dual-chamber part blasting machine allows loading while cleaning is in progress

February 28, 2011

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has introduced the SH 1545 indexing spinner hanger for blasting various part sizes and shapes. The unit removes scale, flashing, corrosion, rust, and paint by indexing two 15-in.-dia. by 45-in.-high work envelopes on a continuous basis. As the chambers rotate,...

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Samuel, Son & Co. closes Kentucky plant

February 28, 2011

Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd., parent company of Associated Tube Group, has announced plans to close its only remaining U.S. stainless steel tube manufacturing facility, located in Elizabethtown, Ky., by June 30. The closing will eliminate 48 jobs. The company maintains facilities in Markham, Ont.,...

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Ohio Rod Products announces promotions

February 28, 2011

Elgin Fastener Group, Versailles, Ind., has promoted two members of its Ohio Rod Products division. Joe Johannigman has been named accounting manager. He has been with the company six years, previously serving as systems administrator. He oversees all Ohio Rod accounting functions. Mike Hughes...

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Merfish Pipe & Supply hires general manager/vice president

February 28, 2011

Merfish Pipe & Supply, Houston, has announced the appointment of Robert Setzekorn as general manager/vice president. In this position, he provides leadership for several key functional areas of the company, reporting to the owners. Setzekorn has more than 28 years of experience in the building...

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Certified paint markers designed for use on stainless steel

February 28, 2011

LA-CO Industries has introduced Markal® Certified Valve Action® paint markers. The markers have gone through extensive, independent analysis for certification to meet MIL- STD – 2041D, EDF PMUC, US DOE RDT F-7-3T (expired), and Navy C3070 specifications. Designed for use on stainless steel,...

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Nanshan America to build aluminum extrusion plant in Indiana

February 28, 2011

Nanshan America Co. Ltd., Chicago, has announced plans to construct an aluminum extrusion plant in Lafayette, Ind. The new plant, to be named Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Technologies, is expected to create more than 200 new jobs in the next two to three years. It represents a $100 million...

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Plasma torches now available for upgrade

February 28, 2011

Hypertherm has announced that its Duramax™ torch series now is available for upgrade on its Powermax1000® and Powermax1250® plasma systems. The torches use a new Conical Flow™ nozzle and spring electrode to help increase consumable life up to 55 percent, according to the company. They are...

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Seconn Fabrication opens Solar Fabricators

February 28, 2011

Seconn Fabrication has established Solar Fabricators, located down the street from Seconn headquarters in Waterford, Conn. The new company is designed to cater to small, local businesses; inventors; and entrepreneurs. It is equipped with facility upgrades, new equipment, and a staff of experienced...

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