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.
August 5, 2015 | By Ed Youdell
Manufacturers who open their doors for Manufacturing Day 2015 are not only educating their communities about career opportunities, they also may discover a new employee or two.
July 28, 2015 | By Nick Martin
When school’s out, high school and college students need summer jobs. Hiring them is good for both the students and the shops that employ them.
July 24, 2015 | By Dan Davis
A question from a reader asking for advice in building a metal fabricating business leads to a discussion of several different paths to follow.
July 23, 2015 | By Josh Welton
A gearhead’s dream, ICON 4 x 4 turns out 24 vehicles a year that are highly functioning works of art. Go behind the scenes with Josh as he visits with owner Jonathan Ward.
July 16, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Web articles for fabricators—Ohio community hoping to land metal fabricating plant; fabricated R2D2 rolls into Comic Con; FMA, Harper College collaborate on fab lab; Pittsburgh (and 11 other U.S. cities) poised for manufacturing growth; and 3-D printing and the Cardinals
July 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston
The recipe for precision metal fabrication includes technology and craft. We hear a lot about the technology, but not so much about the craft.
July 15, 2015 | By Josh Welton
To pursue his passion for racing, Shane Whalley taught himself how to weld. He designs and fabricates parts for the GTO he drives in drifting events and pushes them to the limit.
July 9, 2015 | By Josh Welton
Paying attention to the torch assembly process and following proper procedure can minimize equipment malfunction and help prevent welding issues.
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.