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Waterjet purchase becomes watershed moment

December 11, 2007

Allright Tool Co. in Birmingham, Ala., increased its sales revenue by 79 percent only two years after buying its two waterjet cutting tables. The technology allowed the company to offer cutting services unmatched in the region and reduced its production time of parts dramatically.

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Clay Andrews Hype Manufacturing

Hyperactive fabrication

December 11, 2007

Hype Manufacturing invested in a horizontal machining center, two lathes, two vertical machining centers, a universal milling machine, tube bending equipment, a press brake, a laser cutting system, and a waterjet to support its racing effort.

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Wheelchair rugby players

These aren't your grandparents' wheelchairs

December 11, 2007

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Vesco Metal Craft, a manufacturer of rugby wheelchairs, makes specialized wheelchairs from 6061 seamless aluminum tubing. This violent, collision-oriented sport causes cracks in the welds' heat-affected zone, so the company sought better manufacturing methods. It added heat-treating to its process and switched to an inverter-based welding unit that gives the company's welders advanced waveform control.

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Dissecting defects

December 11, 2007

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Dissecting Defects is a three-part series.

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Wind Point Partners acquires Harsco GasServ businesses

December 10, 2007

Wind Point Partners, a private equity investment firm, has announced the acquisition of the Harsco GasServ group of gas technology businesses from Harsco Corp. The acquisition includes Taylor-Wharton,...

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Pop culture and fabricating

December 7, 2007

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I just got back into town from visiting a metal fabricating shop that will be highlighted in The FABRICATOR in early 2008. It"s the type of company that makes me feel good about manufacturing in the U.S. You wouldn"t mind working for the management team or spending an eight-hour shift in this...

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Flow signs option agreement to acquire OMAX

December 7, 2007

Flow International Corp., a developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines used for cutting and cleaning applications, announced that it has signed an exclusive option agreement to...

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Say it isn't so

December 5, 2007

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Confession time. I'm a survey junkie. When I scan news sites, I always check the survey section to see the latest topics. In fact, my very first blog post on thefabricator.com, What to do about health care costs, mentioned surveys about dashboard dining and windbreakers imported from...

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U. S. Steel proposes $1 billion capital investment in Clairton Plant

December 5, 2007

United States Steel Corp. has announced that it is considering a $1 billion capital investment program at its Clairton Plant coke making operation near Pittsburgh that will enhance the company's...

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The dollar"s decline: Good or bad?

December 4, 2007

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Jean-Guy April knows the value of a dollar, and in this case more value isn"t always better.April owns April Services Techniques, a metal fabrication consultancy in Montmagny, about 50 miles northeast of Quebec City, and many of his clients are feeling the pain as the dollar falls and the Canadian...

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Feeling fuel-ish

November 30, 2007

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I won $30 in fuel cards during an all-staff meeting earlier this week. It's an enticement for people to come to the meeting and an overall nice thing to do for the employees—especially those with a long commute. I'm one of those employees. It's a 106-mile round trip for me each day. And the...

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After the war

November 28, 2007

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As the Iraqi War continues, business is booming for defense contractors. According to Michael Brush"s article on MSN Money, War means a windfall for CEOs, the military buildup has caused defense-contractor revenue to double, triple, and even more during the past five years, and executives at these...

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Manufacturing employment, compensation, recruiting difficulty down

November 27, 2007

The current SHRM/Rutgers LINE® survey indicates that employment expectations for December 2007 have dropped in the manufacturing sector. New-hire compensation is lower than it was a year ago. The...

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The silent foundation of U.S. manufacturing

November 26, 2007

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On Sunday, after the Thanksgiving guests departed, with enough turkey leftovers to last for the next few millennia or so, and with my wife and 9-month-old daughter out at a brunch, I had a quiet moment to sit.Yes, sit. And as any parent knows, sitting is not something somebody with a 9-month-old...

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A top 10 list from FABTECH & AWS Show

November 16, 2007

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North America"s largest metal fabricating technology show is over, and for those who couldn"t make it to Chicago this week, I"m hoping to help you out. Here"s a list of the top 10 things that caught my attention at the 2007 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show:Everyone knows that dust...

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