thefabricator.com has a team of bloggers that cover the challenges and rewards associated with a life in metal fabricating. Topics typically addressed by contributing authors include political and demographic trends affecting the fabricating industry, the business side of running a job shop, the culture of the welding community, and detailed looks at what happens on the shop floor.
June 24, 2015 | By Nick Martin
Diversity is essential for a small shop’s viability. It also can make for some interesting jobs that require ingenuity and produce beautiful work.
June 23, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Many fab shop owners aren't in this business for the money. The act of diving in head first drives them.
June 23, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Practices professional athletes use to improve their skills translate to producing high-quality welds and products.
June 16, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Craig Montgomery of M&L Fabrication credits his family for much of his success in developing and sustaining his skills and passion for working with metal. The business he owns with his brother is thriving and growing.
June 16, 2015 | By Tim Heston
The housing and higher education markets are eerily familiar.
June 12, 2015 | By Dan Davis
No matter what happens with Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority, Mexico is moving forward with its plan to be the manufacturing hub to not only the U.S., but the world.
June 4, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
President Obama wants $150 million to expand innovation network.
June 4, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Some welding jobs require special attention to prevent damaging other parts of the structure being welded. A little thought before beginning a project goes a long way.
May 28, 2015 | By Dan Davis
One fabricator suggests that younger workers in a metal fabricating setting are more likely to follow safety rules and regulations because they don't want to cut corners. That may bode well for boosting manufacturing's image in the eyes of others who may associate death and dismemberment with manufacturing.
May 27, 2015 | By Nick Martin
Bottlenecks occur in all businesses. How you handle them makes a big difference in your shop’s operation and success.
May 26, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Medical issues are difficult, even more so when they limit your ability to work. Imagine having surgeries on your wrists when you are a welder and being told you have a long recovery time.
May 20, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Drew “Ruby” Parker has landed what many would consider a dream fabricating job—body hanger for a racing team. Where will this job take him?
May 14, 2015 | By Dan Davis
If you walk into a fabrication shop today, you more than likely are going to see a machining center on the shop floor. It's not that these shops are chasing machining work; they are just looking to add more manufacturing services to win more business from their current customer base.
May 11, 2015 | By Stephen Barlas
Mechanism to protect investors outside the purview of U.S. courts proves to be an issue of concern for those that oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
May 11, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Will the custom metal fabrication business become more consolidated in the years to come? It's hard today, but more than likely, it will depend on the fabricator's customer base.