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3i finalizes acquisition of Stork Materials Technology

December 6, 2010

London-based 3i, an international investor in private equity, infrastructure and debt management, and funds managed by 3i, has signed an agreement to acquire Stork Materials Technology, an international materials testing services business. SMT, with headquarters in the Netherlands, employs more...

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Vacuum lifter designed for lifting precision metal coils up to 4 ft. dia. - TheFabricator.com

Vacuum lifter designed for lifting precision metal coils up to 4 ft. dia.

December 6, 2010

The VPFL-4 air-powered, below-the-hook vacuum lifter, designed for lifting precision metal coils up to 4 ft. dia. from the skid to the winding machine, has been introduced by Anver Corp. The lifter has an X frame with adjustable suction pads and spring suspensions to accommodate and grip...

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SHRM LINE survey: Payrolls show signs of stabilizing in December compared with a year ago

December 6, 2010

The U.S. private-sector labor force is expected to add jobs in manufacturing in December, but the hiring pace is still too slow to put a sharp dent in unemployment, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for December...

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A time to be thankful

December 3, 2010 | By Dan Davis

I didn't post a blog last week. I got caught up in the holiday rush. Cooked my own turkey on Wednesday, celebrated with the family on Thursday, got the Christmas tree on Friday, decorated the tree and the house on Saturday, and tied up the loose ends on Sunday before the second part of the holiday...

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FCAW-S basics: Fast, no gas cylinders required - TheFabricator.com

FCAW-S basics: Fast, no gas cylinders required

December 3, 2010 | By Tom Myers, Frank Dragolich Jr.

In a nation striving to upgrade its infrastructure, FCAW-S has become the process of choice for many. It combines the efficiency of wire welding with the portability and flexibility of SMAW.

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FABTECH ushers in growth - TheFabricator.com

FABTECH ushers in growth

December 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

At this year’s show, many attendees said they expected significant growth ahead. Some companies have acquired previous competitors, and the recession’s survivors are gearing up for growth.

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It came from Europe - TheFabricator.com

It came from Europe

December 2, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Fiber laser and bending automation developments seen at EuroBLECH 2010, Oct. 26-30, Hanover, Germany, may one day be found in North American shops.

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ISM November ROB: New orders, production, and employment growing; supplier deliveries slower; inventories growing

December 2, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 19th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued Dec. 1 by Norbert J. Ore,...

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U.S. Steel, Kobe Steel joint venture investment to create 500 temporary, 80 full-time jobs

December 2, 2010

United States Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel Ltd. announced today that they have reached an agreement for their joint venture, PRO-TEC Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio, to begin construction on a continuous annealing line at the facility. The project is expected to increase the joint venture's...

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Fabricators anticipate growth in 2011 - TheFabricator.com

Fabricators anticipate growth in 2011

December 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Metal fabricators expect continued growth in 2011, but uncertainties abound. Many firms are going into the New Year with a straightforward strategy: Improve what you can control to prepare for what they can’t.

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Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help - TheFabricator.com

Through thick and thin, punching tooling can help

December 2, 2010 | By Dan Davis

More metal fabricators are venturing into the area of thicker materials, so it's not too unusual to see 0.25-in. material thrown onto a punch press that also accommodates thin material. Luckily, the right punching tooling can help fabricators work with this mix of material thicknesses efficiently.

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11 ways to increase your job shop's online presence - TheFabricator.com

11 ways to increase your job shop's online presence

December 2, 2010 | By Jason Bartholme

Most job shops have Web site, but they don't do much with them. They might as well be billboards on a road to nowhere. However, with a little knowledge about constructing a proper Web site and optimizing the site for Internet search engines, those same sites can be attracting more visitors in a short amount of time.

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Fabricator growth strategy: Lower cost brings greater profit - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator growth strategy: Lower cost brings greater profit

December 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Hi-Tech Industries of New York invests heavily in automation, including a new laser cutting center and robotic press brake--large investments unusual for a typical job shop. But this is no typical job shop.

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Fabricating to the drumbeat - TheFabricator.com

Fabricating to the drumbeat

December 2, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A central Ohio job shop uses a mix of improvement methodologies-- including the theory of constraints--to reduce lead-times from weeks to days.

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Snow mean feat - TheFabricator.com

Snow mean feat

December 2, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

Snowshoes have been used for thousands of years, but only recently have modern manufactured materials come into the picture. These days lengths of bent and welded tube, usually aluminum, make up the frame. Although the market is crowded, Jake Thamm and Tamara Laug thought they could build a better snowshoe and founded a new company in 1997.

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