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FAB 40: The story behind dramatic growth at MEC

June 11, 2014

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After a major acquisition, Mayville Engineering Co.—No. 1 again on the FAB 40—is poised for serious growth in the years to come.

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Grinder rest stores hand-held grinders within reach

June 11, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced a new grinder rest for tabletop or table-edge storage of hand-held (4.5- or 5-in.) grinders. The compact rest holds the grinder, wrench, and spare discs. A cable wrap hook allows safe storage of the grinder’s electrical cord. The spare disc hook keeps discs...

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IAM members ratify new labor agreement at AK Steel’s Middletown Works

June 10, 2014

AK Steel, West Chester, Ohio, has announced that members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 1943 have ratified a new 42-month labor agreement covering about 1,700 hourly production and maintenance employees at the company's Middletown Works in Ohio....

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Meritor appoints president/COO

June 10, 2014

Troy, Mich.-based Meritor Inc., a global supplier of drive train, mobility, braking, and aftermarket systems for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, has appointed Jay Craig as president and COO. In this role, he is responsible for the Commercial Truck & Industrial and Aftermarket & Trailer...

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Graham Corp. wins $8 million of orders for global oil refining projects

June 10, 2014

Graham Corp., Batavia, N.Y., a global business that designs, manufactures, and sells critical equipment for the oil refining, petrochemical, and power industries, has been awarded three refinery orders for projects valued at about $8 million in total. The China refinery upgrade order calls for...

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Module X Solutions to expand in Louisiana

June 10, 2014

Module X Solutions LLC has announced plans to make a $7.4 million capital investment and create 357 new direct jobs at a 750,000-sq.-ft. Shreveport, La., manufacturing facility. The company will join existing tenant MB Industries LLC at the plant, with Module X Solutions chiefly manufacturing...

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CCAT installs 3-D multimaterial printer

June 10, 2014

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) has expanded its capabilities for additive manufacturing at its Advanced Manufacturing Center with the installation of a multijet, multimaterial rapid prototyping machine from 3D Systems. The ProJet 5500X printer can build parts up to 21 by...

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Germanischer Lloyd, igus develop cable test standards

June 10, 2014

The Germanischer Lloyd (GL) classification group and igus®, East Providence, R.I., have jointly developed a new test standard for using cables for motion control applications aboard ships and in offshore applications without custom certified solutions. They have certified 328 Chainflex®...

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Variable-height rest made for use with modular welding tables

June 10, 2014

Strong Hand Tools® has introduced the BuildPro™ variable-height rest. It is adjusted by hand with the turn of a knurled band for control in very small height adjustments. The adjustable rest can be inserted into any fixturing hole on the manufacturer’s modular welding table surface for use...

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Triton Metals to invest $2.3 million in Indiana facility

June 9, 2014

Fabrication shop Triton Metal Products has announced plans to invest $2,316,720 in new equipment at its Hamilton, Ind., facility and add four new jobs. Triton Metal Products and Industrial Steering Products relocated to Hamilton in 2010, from Bryan, Ohio. The shop provides laser cutting,...

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XCMG opens wholly owned manufacturing base in Brazil

June 9, 2014

Construction machinery manufacturer XCMG, based in Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China, has opened a manufacturing facility in Pouso Alegre, Minas, Brazil. As the first overseas wholly owned manufacturing base of the company, the facility covers 8,611,128 sq. ft. The $2 billion plant will produce 7,000...

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Regal Beloit to close two plants

June 9, 2014

Regal Beloit Corp., Beloit, Wis., a manufacturer of electric motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls, and power-generation products, has informed employees at its Mount Sterling and Winchester, Ky., locations of its decision to cease operations at both facilities. The products and...

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MSSC wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

June 9, 2014

The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), Alexandria, Va., has received a Manufacturing Leadership Award from the Manufacturing Leadership Summit in recognition of its contribution to resolving the persistent shortage of higher-skilled production workers through its Certified Production...

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MMFX Steel Corp. appoints VP of sales and marketing

June 9, 2014

MMFX® Steel Corp. of America, a provider of high-strength steel products in Irvine, Calif., has appointed Kevin McKown as vice president of sales and marketing. He is responsible for the growth of acceptance, use, and marketing of the company’s products throughout North America. McKown has...

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De-Sta-Co appoints president

June 9, 2014

De-Sta-Co, a manufacturer of positioning and holding equipment in Auburn Hills, Mich., has appointed Mats Ceder as president. He succeeds John Podczerwinski, who announced his retirement after leading the company for the past three years. Ceder comes to the company from Genesis Attachments, a...

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