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Steel construction inspection seminars and Webinars scheduled for spring

January 24, 2011

The Steel Structures Technology Center has announced its schedule for seminars and Webinars on the inspection of steel building construction, welding, and bolting using International Building Code (IBC), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Welding Society (AWS), and Research...

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GM to add third shift, 750 jobs at Flint Assembly

January 24, 2011

General Motors today announced plans to add a third shift at Flint Assembly, generating 750 jobs for the plant that makes the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups. The shift is expected to start in the third quarter with employees starting to arrive at Flint Assembly in the second...

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Tube, pipe cutting equipment-Part 1 - TheFabricator.com

Tube, pipe cutting equipment - Part I

January 24, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

Tube and pipe cutting advancements include saws that are programmable to cope with varying cross sections and a variety of material hardnesses; a rotary axis for waterjet cutting; and automation.

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Hu's on first?

January 21, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Perhaps you noticed that Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Washington this week. If not Jay Leno did and theorized his initial meeting with President Obama's kids went like this: "So what factories do you work at?" I laughed out loud when I read that joke. After spending the early part of this...

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What’s the word, hummingbird?

January 21, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Think social media is just for big companies or individuals with nothing else to do? Think again. Social media has evolved into an important part of a comprehensive marketing strategy, even for job shops.

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Fabricating tube, learning lessons in America's Dairyland

January 21, 2011 | By Eric Lundin

J & D Tube Benders Inc., founded as a partnership to produce a single part number in 1971, today generates $16 million in annual revenues and is on the cusp of the third generation of family ownership. The key to its longevity is learning valuable lessons throughout the past four decades, finding opportunities during expansions and downturns.

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Determining the forming behavior of tailor welded blanks

January 21, 2011 | By R. Ganesh Narayanan

The forming behavior of a tailor-welded blank (TWB) is influenced by many factors. Predicting these factors can help a fabricator determine the TWB's formability. Researchers have been developing an expert system for TWBs that can predict their tensile, deep drawing, and forming behaviors.

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U. S. Steel announces management appointments in supply chain organization

January 20, 2011

United States Steel Corp. has announced three management appointments in its supply chain organization effective immediately. Gerald W. Gagliano has been named general manager – customer service. Gagliano replaces Elizabeth L. Swearingin, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities....

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Deere & Company to construct new factory and expand existing factory in India

January 20, 2011

Deere & Company has announced that it is increasing its capacity to build agricultural tractors in India. Deere said the action will better position the company to pursue the considerable growth projected for the Indian tractor market. Deere will invest approximately $100 million to build a...

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Steel prices rising

January 19, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Being an editor means putting yourself out there for criticism. No matter how objective or neutral you try to be, chances are someone, somewhere will read something you write and say, "That's quite the mouthful ... please just tell me how you can make that statement?"   How do I know? Because...

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NAM: President's review of regulations a positive step for job growth

January 18, 2011

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Aric Newhouse issued the following statement today regarding President Obama's executive order to review federal regulations harming economic growth: "Manufacturers appreciate President Obama's...

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Setting up for manufacturing growth

January 17, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Last week the federal government released a report saying exports grew for the third straight month. Despite the fact that new orders in November declined slightly, year over year new orders increased 12.3 percent from 2009 to 2010. Sure, the growth is coming off of some unprecedented lows, but the...

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3-D CAD design: The next dimension of services you will offer? - TheFabricator.com

3-D CAD design: The next dimension of services you will offer?

January 17, 2011 | By Gerald Davis

Columnist Gerald Davis provides readers with an idea on how transforming a 2-D sketch into a 3-D model can prove helpful in bettering a customer's original design.

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Capital spending set to spike

January 17, 2011 | By Tim Heston

2011 capital equipment spending could rise significantly, according to a recent survey from FMA Communications, publisher of The FABRICATOR. When compared with 2010 projections, projected plasma arc cutting investment jumped 47 percent, turret punch press investment projections were up 90 percent, and expected welding power source investment increased 70 percent.

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Jetcam celebrates silver anniversary

January 17, 2011

Jetcam Intl. s.a.r.l., Monaco, marks its 25th anniversary in 2011. The company was founded in Australia in 1986, relocating to Germany in 1990. With several machine tool manufacturers selecting to bundle the product with their machines, the company grew and subsequently relocated to the south of...

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