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Feralloy Corp. announces death of Vice President and GM Stephen J. Szcesniak

January 4, 2010

Stephen J. Szcesniak, vice president and general manager of Feralloy's Saint Louis Division, died November 28 at his home in Edwardsville, Ill.Steve, 56, was with Feralloy Corp., a subsidiary of...

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Manufacturing activity expanded for fifth consecutive month in December, but fabricated metal products among sectors that contracted

January 4, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the eighth consecutive month, said supply executives in the latest...

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Where is St. Jude when we need him?

December 23, 2009

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On Dec. 12, I received a press release with an earth-shaking announcement: Dr. Orly Taitz Esq. was scheduled to fly to New York the following week to film a documentary for NBC news, highlighting "her legal efforts to bring to light the vital records of mr Barack Hussein Obama and the issue of his...

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Joe Biden and a press brake

December 21, 2009

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Rickey Moulder probably won't forget the workday he had Thursday. Moulder is press brake department supervisor for Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonvile, Ga., and on Dec. 17 he got to explain a bit about sheet metal fabrication to Vice President Joe Biden. An Associated Press photographer even...

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Returning to the slightly-worse-than-yesterday but still good ol' days

December 18, 2009

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I read an interview with some highfalutin investment guy in the Dec. 21 issue of Fortune, and I'm starting to feel good about the future. It's not that he's bullish about the economy in the months to come, but that may not necessarily be all bad.Mohamed El-Erian, who is CEO of an...

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Cargill to acquire Robinson's RPS® Steel division

December 17, 2009

Cargill, a global trader, processor, and distributor of iron and steel, has agreed with Robinson Steel to increase its investment in RPS® Sheet and Plate by purchasing Robinson Steel's...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during next three months

December 17, 2009

According to the December 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during the next three...

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Call for conference papers about seamless and welded tubular product technology, processes

December 17, 2009

The Tube & Pipe Association, International® (TPA), USA, and the International Tube Association (ITA), U.K., have collaborated to organize a conference devoted to seamless and welded tubular...

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The 12 months of oh-nine

December 16, 2009

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Here's a quick look back at a few highlights and lowlights from 2009—where we were when we began the year, where we are now, and what happened as the year unfolded, particularly when it comes to jobs. I wish you peace and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2010. The first month of...

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HRB prices off bottom

December 16, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for December 14 rose 4.0 percent to $575 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after four consecutive falls. The World export HRB price rose...

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The Catch 22 of collateral

December 15, 2009

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Earlier this year, I landed at the Detroit airport en route to a conference. I got into my rental car, headed to the I-94 on-ramp, and then I saw it. There, next to the highway, was a big billboard advertising, of all things, a metal fabricator: "W Industries: Aerospace, Defense, Energy,...

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part V

December 15, 2009

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How are bending, flanging, coining, embossing, stretching, curling, hemming, ironing, necking, and drawing related? They all are common metal forming operations. Find out more about these processes in this final installment of stamping expert Art Hedrick's sheet metal stamping series.

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Traction drive system

Newer linear-drive technology improves waterjet accuracy, reduces costs

December 15, 2009

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Recent developments in linear-drive technology are designed to improve waterjet cutting accuracy and safety, while making high-precision machines more affordable. Find out more about this traction-drive system that has its roots in railroad locomotives.

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Abrasive grinding wheels remove heavy welds with minimal vibration

December 15, 2009

A line of abrasive grinding wheels for removing heavy welds from stainless, mild, and carbon steel with minimal vibration is available from Rex-Cut Products Inc.Rex-Cut® Sigma-Green grinding...

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Automated barrier door prevents entry into robotic welding machine area

December 15, 2009

Frommelt Safety Products offers the Slimline automated barrier door for robotic welding applications. The unit helps eliminate weld flash and flying debris and prevents entry into the machine area.The...

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