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RIP: High-volume metal manufacturing in the U.S.

October 30, 2009

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On the day that everyone was rejoicing about the GDP growth in the third quarter of this year, I'm still thinking about an announcement that Swedish appliance giant Electrolux made earlier this week. Somehow, that doesn't strike me as being great news, particularly for Iowa residents and...

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How can a home-buyer's tax credit help you?

October 29, 2009

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Whether it's a good idea or a bad one is a matter of perspective. It's a tax credit related to a mortgage, and it can put up to $8,000 into the pocket of first-time home buyers. A quick look at housing start permits reveals the sad state of the residential construction industry. In January 2006,...

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Freightliner Custom Chassis becomes first trucking industry company in U.S. to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill Status

October 29, 2009

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), Gaffney, S.C., has become the first chassis manufacturer and first company within the trucking industry to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill Status in the...

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NAM disappointed by House health care bill

October 29, 2009

In response to the release of the House of Representatives Affordable Health Care for America Act today, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler issued the following...

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Lack of help for small business is 'obscene'

October 28, 2009

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Fox News—most people either love it or hate it. I'm indifferent about it, preferring to look at it as I do most media: Take what I hear with a grain of salt and watch out for bias.Just yesterday, host Greta Van Susteren chatted with David Cho, financial reporter for the "Washington Post"...

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Former GM plant to make Fisker hybrid cars

October 28, 2009

Reuters has reported that bankrupt General Motors is making its first major asset sale, selling a Delaware manufacturing plant to Fisker Automotive, which will make plug-in hybrid electric cars...

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HRB prices split: China, Western Europe up; U.S., World down

October 28, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Chinese HRB ex-works price for Oct. 26 surged 5.7 percent to $430 per ton after four consecutive declines. The Western European HRB price rose 1.0 percent to...

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Reworking a codependent relationship

October 27, 2009

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Did you hear? The automotive biz is rockin' and rollin'. General Motors—that's right, the same GM that trudged to bankruptcy court earlier this year—reported 2009 growth of 40 percent. Heck, the industry overall reported 90 percent growth in August. Simply amazing! Oh, I...

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Trimmed Parts

Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part IV

October 27, 2009

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Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick explains common cutting operations used in stamping: trimming, piercing, blanking, notching, shearing, lancing, and pinch trimming. Find out how they work and which applications are appropriate for each.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: 10 design laws for tool designers

October 27, 2009

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Tool design shortcuts, oversights, and errors can be costly. Following some fundamental design laws can help you anticipate and prevent possible problems, simplify operation and maintenance, and improve production and quality.

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Survey shows improving business conditions—pickup in hiring, capital spending—over next six months

October 26, 2009

The October 26, 2009, National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Industry Survey report, based on responses of 78 NABE members to a survey conducted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 12, 2009 about...

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Pipe supplier reduces aisle width, material handling

October 26, 2009

Pipe-Valves Inc., a distributor of industrial pipes and valves in Columbus, Ohio, had a small facility and stored all of its products outdoors. The products were prone to weather damage and the storage layout required handling some products two or three times. A move to a bigger facility and the purchase of two Combilift sideloading industrial trucks have made the company approximately 30 percent more efficient.

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KUKA Systems launches research center in U.S.

October 23, 2009

KUKA North America has opened the KUKA Development Center (KDC) at its headquarters in Sterling Heights, Mich., near Detroit.Specializing in joining technologies like laser welding, the KDC becomes...

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BLS Report: U.S. manufacturing productivity leads the pack

October 23, 2009

Last year manufacturers in the United States achieved greater productivity increases than manufacturers in most other industrial economies, according to data released by the Labor Department...

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A big slice of humble pie

October 22, 2009

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I was wrong. I said it. I admit it. Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong. Totally wrong. No two ways about it. Wrong. GM filed for bankruptcy June 1, and nearly every editor, reporter, and blogger seemed to want to jump on the bandwagon and jump all over GM's executives for decades of mismanagement. I...

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