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Matheson acquires Sims Welding Supply

February 18, 2015

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Matheson has acquired Sims Welding Supply, Long Beach, Calif. Sims, a supplier of industrial, specialty, and bulk gases, as well as welding equipment and supplies, operates out of seven locations in Southern California. Commenting on the acquisition, Scott Kallman,...

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MSC Software acquires Simufact

February 17, 2015

Newport Beach, Calif.-based MSC Software has announced the acquisition of Simufact Eng., a provider of simulation tools for metal forming and welding processes. "Too often, our customers tell me that poorly understood manufacturing processes result in products that don't function as designed...

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M. Davis purchases facility in Delaware

February 17, 2015

M. Davis, a manufacturer of skids, storage tanks, and structural steel frames in Wilmington, Del., has acquired a fabrication facility in Newark, Del. The 20,000-sq.-ft. facility, which features three 20-ton overhead cranes, doubles the company’s current...

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BorgWarner equips Volkswagen diesel engines with turbocharger technology

February 17, 2015

BorgWarner, Auburn Hills, Mich., is supplying its variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers for the newly developed 1.4-l, three-cylinder diesel engines from the Volkswagen Group. Engineered to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, the turbochargers boost the performance of the 55- and...

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Ball acquires two Sonoco metal end and closure plants

February 16, 2015

Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colo., has acquired Sonoco's metal end and closure facilities in Canton, Ohio. The Canton plants, which employ approximately 100 people and produce multiple-sized closures for the food can market, will become part of Ball's global metal food and household products packaging...

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Tower Intl. plans sales of two China joint ventures

February 13, 2015

Tower Intl. Inc., Livonia, Mich., an integrated global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies, has reached a preliminary agreement to sell one of its China joint ventures, subject to Chinese government approval. Closing is expected midyear 2015. The...

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NBT announces 2015 summer manufacturing camps

February 12, 2015

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the locations of its 2015 summer manufacturing camps. Campers design and build a product, experiencing the start to finish satisfaction of creating something...

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USW applauds U.S. effort to address Chinese export subsidies

February 11, 2015

United Steelworkers (USW) Intl. President Leo W. Gerard made the following comments after the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the U.S. is pursuing consultations with China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding certain export subsidies. The effort stems from a filing made...

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ABB Robotics announces customer certification program

February 11, 2015

ABB Robotics, Auburn Hills, Mich., has developed a customer certification program that allows customers to take classes to become a certified robot maintenance technician and/or a certified robot programmer. Instruction, hands-on training, and qualification assessments are conducted at each of the...

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AJW Architectural Products to expand in Texas

February 11, 2015

AJW Architectural Products, New Windsor, N.Y., has announced the selection of Comfort, Texas, as the site for its new manufacturing/warehouse facility. The first phase of the project will be a 150,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing/office/warehouse facility. This phase will employ about 120 people in...

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New Page Capital acquires Engineered Steel Products

February 10, 2015

New Page Capital, a Greensboro, N.C.-based private equity firm focused on investing in privately held companies in the Piedmont Triad region, has acquired Engineered Steel Products, a structural steel manufacturing company in Sophia, N.C. The firm, which employs 30 people, fabricates more than...

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Nelson receives Navistar Diamond Supplier Award

February 10, 2015

Nelson Global Products, Stoughton, Wis., has received Navistar's Diamond Supplier Award for 2015. Given to 26 of Navistar's 1,200 global suppliers, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in quality, delivery, technology, and cost. The company produces exhaust system components and...

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MW Industries Inc. acquires Helical Products Co.

February 10, 2015

MW Industries, a provider of highly engineered springs, specialty fasteners, machined parts, and precision components in Rosemont, Ill., has acquired Helical Products Co. Inc. Based in Santa Maria, Calif., Helical manufactures standard and custom couplings, U-joints, and machined...

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Girl Scouts participate in hands-on STEM workshop with Cincinnati manufacturing companies

February 10, 2015

Definity Partners, Ojett, Upside Innovations, and Scarlet Oaks Career Campus of Cincinnati recently held a manufacturing and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workshop for two troops from the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio chapter to inspire girls to explore STEM at a younger age and...

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Wirefab purchases fiber laser cutting machine

February 9, 2015

Worcester, Mass.-based Wirefab Inc., a manufacturer of wire and metal-based products for restaurant equipment manufacturers, bakeries, OEMs, and display industries, has purchased a new TRUMPF® 1030 fiber laser cutting machine. The machine allows the company to cut up to 0.5-in.-thick...

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