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CCAT accepting applications for 2015 Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program

November 10, 2014

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), East Hartford, Conn., is accepting applications for the 2015 Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) through Dec. 31, 2014. Manufacturing companies with less than 100 employees, including start-ups, are invited to submit project...

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J.L. Becker installs car bottom furnaces

November 10, 2014

J.L. Becker, a Gasbarre Furnace Group company in Plymouth, Mich., has installed two furnace systems for a domestic alloy manufacturer. The first is a retrofit of an existing 6- by 32- by 3-ft. car bottom furnace with a complete insulation reline, upgraded pulse-fired combustion system with...

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The Harris Products Group welcomes Sen. Rob Portman on Manufacturing Day

November 10, 2014

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, recently visited The Harris Products Group, Mason, Ohio, to observe Manufacturing Day. One of the reasons Portman selected the company for a visit was its recent award from IndustryWeek magazine as one of the Best Plants in North America. Portman talked about the...

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Does outsourcing HR make sense?

November 10, 2014

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Outsourcing helps to keep shop floors busy all over the world, but the philosophy also might be feasible for some front-office activities, too, such as human resources. In fact, given the constant changes associated with employment law and the challenges of hiring workers, companies need good HR input, and outsourcing is a quick way to achieve that.

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Felling Trailers announces personnel changes

November 10, 2014

Felling Trailers Inc., Sauk Centre, Minn., has announced three changes to its staff. Nathan Uphus, who was an inside trailer sales coordinator, now is Southeast territory manager. He joined the company in the final assembly department 16 years ago. Former Trailer Parts Sales Coordinator Jake...

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Piecing together the continuous improvement puzzle

November 10, 2014

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Various improvement initiatives related to 5S, part flow, communication, management structure, and planning led to a stark change at Miller Welding & Machine Co., a contract fabricator in western Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, everything just clicked.

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New manufacturing initiative short on details, long on revamps

November 7, 2014

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The Obama administration offers up a new package of already announced manufacturing-related endeavors

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What is good company culture, exactly?

November 6, 2014

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Good culture may boil down to giving people an opportunity to contribute beyond their traditional job description, and rewarding them for it.

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Qnect names VP of engineering

November 6, 2014

Qnect LLC, Hadley, Mass., a provider of software for the structural steel industry, has hired Tim Fraser as vice president of engineering. Fraser has 35 years of experience in structural steel fabrication and consulting engineering, He spent 19 years as chief engineer at fabricating and...

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NN Inc. president/CEO recognized for corporate growth leadership

November 6, 2014

Johnson City, Tenn.-based NN Inc., a manufacturer of precision metal bearings and components, has announced that its president/CEO Richard Holder has received the M&A Atlas Americas award for corporate growth leadership related to the four acquisitions the company closed before the end of August...

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Kimball Intl. to move Idaho production to Indiana

November 6, 2014

Furniture manufacturer Kimball Intl. Inc., Jasper, Ind., has announced the planned consolidation of its metal fabrication production from its operation located in Post Falls, Idaho, into existing production facilities in Indiana. Citing improvement of customer delivery, supply chain dynamics, and...

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Rotary encoders compatible with Mitsubishi interface

November 6, 2014

Heidenhain has introduced the new absolute ECN/EQN and ROC/ROQ 400M rotary encoders for use on machines that require a Mitsubishi interface. These encoders fulfill the requirements of the Mitsubishi High Speed Generation 2 pure binary interface with two-pair transmission. The products are an...

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SHRM LINE: Hiring rates expected to reach four-year highs for month of November

November 6, 2014

In November, job creation rates will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for November 2014. In November, for the eighth straight month,...

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Classes for the masses

November 5, 2014

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Frustrated by an OEM that always makes easy products complicated, uses unrealistic tolerances, or leaves out critical information? You’re in good company—every manufacturer experiences this type of thing once in a while. Superior Tube Products Inc., Davenport, Iowa, deals with this by providing classes that teach the finer points of bending tube and pipe.

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The future of the medium-sized metal fabricator

November 5, 2014

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Small shops will be there for the small jobs; large shops are investing in equipment to compete; but what about the shop in the middle?

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