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Prima Industrie named best-performing Italian industrial machinery company

March 30, 2010

Prima Industrie S.p.A. has been named best-performing Italian public company in the industrial machinery sector, and second of all large companies, according to an independent study by A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. The results have been reported in Italian media sources La...

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Dixie-Southern adds sales, estimating staff

March 30, 2010

Dixie-Southern, Duette, Fla., has added a sales and estimating team to help achieve faster turnaround for its RFQs, a stronger project management focus for customer requests, and to assist manufacturing sales representatives in marketing its products and services. This new team consists of W. Glen...

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Sominn expands work force, machine offerings

March 30, 2010

Southern Minnesota Machinery Sales (Sominn), Dodge Center, Minn., has added Matt Helfenstein as territory manager, Rocky Drinkwine as territory manager, and Jim Anderson as inside service technician. Along with the staff expansion, the company has added to its new machine lineup with Han-Kwang...

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Solar Atmospheres, RTI Intl. Metals enter into supply agreement

March 30, 2010

Solar Atmospheres of Western PA, located in Hermitage, Pa., has signed a long-term agreement with RTI Intl. Metals Inc., Pittsburgh. Solar will provide the services of vacuum heat treating, vacuum creep forming, and fluorescent liquid penetrant inspection (NDT) of structural titanium components...

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Gladwin expands representation of Mazak Optonics laser products in Midwest

March 30, 2010

Mazak Optonics Corp., Elgin, Ill., has announced that in addition to Minnesota, the Dakotas, and northern Wisconsin, Gladwin Machinery and Supply Co. will now represent Mazak laser products in Illinois, all of Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Gladwin has four facilities and major...

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Acero Prime announces investment in Ramos Arizpe, Coah. Mexico

March 30, 2010

Acero Prime, in a joint venture between Feralloy Corp., U.S. Steel, and Mitsui USA, has announced an investment to expand operations at its Ramos Arizpe, Mexico facility. The investment includes 55,000 sq. ft. of building expansion and the acquisition of a new multi-blanking Line to service the...

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Ford sheds another brand, thank goodness

March 29, 2010 | By Tim Heston

My 3-year-old daughter has never seen the lights on at a house up the street; the building has been empty and on the market longer than she’s been alive. I don’t know the owners or the situation, but I do know the asking price has steadily fallen. The owners probably just want to get that asset...

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Real-life concerns for metal fabricators

March 26, 2010 | By Dan Davis

"Worry about those things that you can control," my mom used to tell me. It's a great piece of advice, especially as we struggle to deal with the weak economic rebound and the political ruckus that passes for progress in Washington, D.C. So what's a metal fabricator to worry about? I don't run a...

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The inventor-manufacturer relationship

March 24, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Inventors and manufacturers are entities that truly go hand-in-hand, meaning you really can’t have one without the other, at least not in any substantive manner. Similar to "Love and Marriage", about which the song (written in 1955) says "you can’t have one without the other." (Not too sure...

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Lincoln Electric celebrates 115 years in business

March 24, 2010

Welding equipment manufacturer Lincoln Electric is celebrating its 115th year anniversary in 2010. In 1895, John C. Lincoln founded the company with a capital investment of $200. His younger brother, James F. Lincoln, joined the company in 1907, and together the two brothers built a solid...

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Air filtration units offer variety of bolt-on intake options

March 24, 2010

The Module-Air AF-1000 series air filtration units from Tanis Technologies offers a variety of bolt-on intake options, including multidirectional angled intakes, standard straight intakes, hood pans, and curtain enclosures. All options offer standard two-stage filtration, as well as optional spark...

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Automated metrology system

Launching new cars sooner

March 23, 2010 | By Richard J. Gerth

Automakers and other manufacturers increasingly are using optical metrology to help reduce the time and money spent in new-product development while improving quality. What is this technology, and how does it work?

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Kinder Morgan donates extra pipe to Louisiana Technical College

March 23, 2010

Kinder Morgan, Houston, has donated $8,000 worth of surplus pipe from the 500-mile Midcontinent Express natural gas transmission pipeline to welding students at Louisiana Technical College in Tallulah, La. Kinder Morgan's energy division and Energy Transfer Partners LP oversaw construction of the...

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Swagelok® welding system receives award

March 23, 2010

The M200 power supply from Swagelok Co., Solon, Ohio, has been recognized by Gases & Instrumentation International with a 2010 Golden Gas Award. The power supply received the only Gold Award in the weld category. The Golden Gas competition evaluates products on their ability to solve an important...

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Rofin-Baasel receives supplier award from Intel

March 23, 2010

Rofin-Baasel, Hamburg, Germany, has received Intel Corp.'s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award for its performance in 2009 in providing Intel with laser marking equipment. This is the third consecutive year that Rofin has received the award. The award is part of Intel's Supplier Continuous...

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