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January manufacturing employment up from December

February 29, 2016

The Economic Situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in early February revealed a growth of 151,000 jobs for the month of January, a decrease of 42 percent over December’s gain of 262,000 jobs. Manufacturing added 29,000 jobs in January, following little employment change...

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World demand for machine tools to reach $181 billion, says Freedonia Group

February 25, 2016

Worldwide demand for machine tools is projected to climb 5.5 percent per year through 2019 to $181 billion, according to “World Machine Tools,” a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. North America is projected to see machine tool demand decline nearly...

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Belden Universal wins two manufacturing awards for aerospace universal joints

February 25, 2016

Broadview, Ill.-based Belden Universal, a manufacturer of custom universal joints and mechanical power transmission products, has won the 2016 Manufacturing Leadership Award: Engineering & Production Technology category from Frost & Sullivan, as well as the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Award in the...

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Gilchrist Metal Fabricating expanding facility, upgrading equipment

February 25, 2016

Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co. is expanding its 70,000-sq.-ft. metal fabrication and machining facility in Hudson, N.H., to accommodate an AweA double-column, 5-face machining center for use in small- and large-volume fabrication projects. The machine gives the company the capability to handle...

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Weaver Fab & Finishing receives Women's Business Enterprise certification

February 24, 2016

Weaver Fab & Finishing, an Akron, Ohio-based precision metal fabrication company serving the aerospace, medical, food equipment, heating and cooling, packaging equipment, and robotics industries, has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). The designation was...

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Blue Point Capital Partners, Alco Mfg. Corp. acquire Lakeshore Fittings

February 24, 2016

Cleveland-based Blue Point Capital Partners, in conjunction with its portfolio company, Alco Mfg. Corp. LLC, has acquired Lakeshore Fittings Inc., a designer and manufacturer of standard and custom precision machined brass, eco-brass, stainless steel, and aluminum fittings for the lawn and garden,...

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M3C program looking for Chicago-area manufacturers to host spring break interns

February 23, 2016

Chicago-based Manufacturing Renaissance has announced it is looking for Chicago-area companies to host spring break internships from April 18 to 22, 2016. The internships expose high schoolers to careers in manufacturing. In the last five years, the Manufacturing Career & College Connect (M3C)...

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C.I. Hayes installs humpback conveyor belt furnace

February 23, 2016

C.I. Hayes, Cranston, R.I., a Gasbarre Furnace Group company that manufactures industrial vacuum and atmosphere heat-treating equipment, has announced the recent installation of a humpback conveyor belt furnace for brazing of stainless steel parts to be used in the electrical industry. The...

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Böhler-Uddeholm to host March 10 heat-treatment webinar

February 23, 2016

Böhler-Uddeholm has announced it will present the webinar “The 10 Keys to Good Heat Treatment” on March 10, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Joe Price, technical manager, will cover such topics as the basics of heat treatment, the root causes of failures, and the manufacturing techniques and...

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North Carolina RIA approves funding for Elite Tube and Fab, Metcore Industrial Solutions

February 22, 2016

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved a $750,000 loan to support the reuse of a vacant building in Lexington, N.C., by Elite Tube and Fab Co. The company, a subsidiary of Steele Tube Inc., manufactures sheet metal parts used by NASCAR® racing teams, as well as coils...

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Dick Kallage, contributor to FMA and The FABRICATOR®, dies at 72

February 22, 2016

Dick Kallage, co-founder and principal of KDC & Associates, died Feb. 18. He was 72. In 2002 Kallage co-founded KDC & Associates, a Barrington, Ill.-based firm that specializes in competitiveness, turnaround, and operational performance issues facing small and midmarket manufacturing companies....

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Global 3-D printer market to reach CAGR of 56 percent until 2020, says study

February 22, 2016

According to “Global 3D Printer Market 2016-2020,” a research study released by London-based Technavio, the global 3-D printer market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 56 percent to 2020. Automotive is the largest segment of the global 3-D printers market, says the report. Sales of...

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O'Neal Mfg. Services names president

February 19, 2016

O’Neal Mfg. Services (OMS), a Birmingham, Ala., firm that offers outsourced manufacturing of fabricated metal components and welded subassemblies, has hired Larry Whitehead as president. He has extensive experience leading several large steel-related fabricating and manufacturing businesses over...

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RoboVent unveils Clean Air Initiative

February 18, 2016

RoboVent, a provider of clean air technologies for manufacturing based in Sterling Heights, Mich., has announced a new program to help industry leaders and plant managers understand and address air quality issues in manufacturing facilities. The RoboVent Clean Air Initiative will include a...

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Talan receives 2016 Evolution of Manufacturing Award

February 18, 2016

Talan Products Inc., a metal stamper and manufacturer of tooling and engineered parts based in Cleveland, has announced it has received a 2016 Evolution of Manufacturing Award in recognition of its regional leadership in manufacturing practices and innovation. According to CEO Steve Peplin, the...

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