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Grabbing the skilled-labor issue by the horns

February 16, 2010

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High unemployment has muted manufacturing’s cry for skilled workers, but the cry is still there. It’s a paradox. As manufacturers shed unskilled workers, those who are left must be more skilled and versatile than ever. According to the Labor Department, American manufacturing produces more...

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J&S Machine selected as U.S. distributor for Simasv's horizontal press product line

February 15, 2010

J&S Machine Inc., Ellsworth, Wis., has entered into an agreement with Simasv srl of Thiene Italy to distribute the manufacturer's horizontal press and beveller lines in the U.S. Simasv's presses can...

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Metal formers expect business conditions to remain fairly steady over next three months

February 15, 2010

According to the February 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect conditions to remain fairly steady over the next three months....

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The aftermath of exuberant times

February 12, 2010

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Remember former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan's comments about the U.S. economy being swept up in "irrational exuberance"? He used the phrase in 1996 to describe the stock market boom that might have been overvalued. To be frank, I thought he had coined the phrase in the 2000s to...

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generalmetalworks

Waste not, want more

February 11, 2010

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In recent years General Metal Works, Mequon, Wis., has leaned heavily on practices that eliminate waste in its shop floor operations and kept its work force engaged. The efforts have paid off in that no layoffs have occurred during the recent economic downturn, and the company is still on track to finish with $10 million in sales revenue in 2009. The company also has been named the winner of The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010.

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Ohio governor visits Wayne Trail Technologies, commends company for helping its work force retool and stay current

February 11, 2010

February 2, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland visited Wayne Trail Technologies in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Company officials took Strickland for a tour of the facility before he addressed employees and state...

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Stop the bloodletting

February 10, 2010

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Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that December mass layoffs and initial unemployment claims were at the lowest levels since July 2008. Even if they are happening at a slower pace, layoffs continue and are having a devastating effect on workers, the economy, and companies'...

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Personifying Toyota

February 9, 2010

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This morning’s announcement of Toyota’s recall of 437,000 hybrid vehicles seems to have brought the automaker’s woes to a whole new level. Judging by the media coverage, these events are epic. Want to understand the media circus around the Toyota recall? Here’s a little something John...

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p and h mining

Tons of reasons for a new welding positioner

February 9, 2010

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P&H Mining equipment, Milwaukee, Wis., makes very large equipment, such as its largest electric shovel that weighs 1,200 tons. Shovel components keep getting larger, and to keep up with the market trends, the company needed a new welding positioner. That's a "big" deal in every sense of the word. Luckily, Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome was able to help.

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orion energy systems

Bright lights, big opportunity

February 9, 2010

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Orion Energy Systems, Manitowoc, Wis., has found tremendous success as a company that manufactures energy efficient lighting. The company also found that the best way to keep manufacturing in-step with demand was to bring its metal fabricating activities in-house

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tube benders unannealed

No need for annealing

February 9, 2010

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Tube benders work with unannealed material and deliver better-performing products to customers.

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alabama laser hot wire

Two processes sometimes are better than one

February 9, 2010

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Alabama Laser ramps up its development efforts in hot-wire laser cladding, a new process that may have big potential, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

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Mounted points aid in blending corner welds inside stainless steel tanks, fabrications

February 9, 2010

A line of mounted points for blending corner welds inside stainless steel tanks and fabrications is available from Rex-Cut Products Inc. The mounted points feature a laminated construction of nonwoven...

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Stretch film suitable for stabilizing odd-shaped loads

February 9, 2010

Yellow Jacket, marketed by ITW-GaleWrap, offers Jacket Wrap™ machine film for use with Yellow Jacket machines for securing palletized loads on the forks of the forklift. The wrap is resistant to...

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Airless, swing-table shotblast system introduced

February 9, 2010

Viking Blast & Wash Systems has announced the release of the 36 ST airless, swing-table shotblast system. The worktable is attached to the blast door, so that when the door is opened, the table swings...

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