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GMAW guns and consumables

January 6, 2010 | By Andy Monk

Think GMAW guns and consumables don't have an impact on your final weld? Think again. By separating the myths surrounding GMAW guns and their consumables from the facts, you can ensure you're not compromising performance or weld integrity.

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Vogel Tool & Die becomes division of Manor Tool & Manufacturing

January 6, 2010

Vogel Tool & Die, LLC, a manufacturer of tools for tubular part fabrication, announced that it has been acquired by Manor Tool & Manufacturing Company, a precision tooling and stamping supplier that celebrated its 50th year in business in 2009.Manor will continue the Vogel product line, including...

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No purge, no problem

January 6, 2010 | By David Lucas

Although P91 offers many advantages for power generation in terms of strength and service life, it is more difficult to fabricate than traditional materials and many contractors shy away from it. Icon Mechanical, Granite City, Ill., is one such contractor. However, a chance to do some work on an energy system provided an opportunity to explore the potential of a nontraditional welding method that turned out to work well on P91.

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Factory orders rose 1.1 percent in November 2009

January 5, 2010

New orders for manufactured goods in November, up seven of the last eight months, increased $3.9 billion or 1.1 percent to $365.3 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 0.8 percent October increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased1.9 percent.Shipments, up...

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A welcome farewell to the aughts

January 4, 2010 | By Tim Heston

A year ago Troy Berg wasn't in a good place."I knew in January that 2009 was gone. Never in the history of my business have I had to kiss off a year in January & Now that we're through 2009, the hard cuts have been made, we've made a little bit of money, and those of us who are still...

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Feralloy Corp. announces death of Vice President and GM Stephen J. Szcesniak

January 4, 2010

Stephen J. Szcesniak, vice president and general manager of Feralloy's Saint Louis Division, died November 28 at his home in Edwardsville, Ill.Steve, 56, was with Feralloy Corp., a subsidiary of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., for 27 years and was the Satint Louis General Manager for six years. He...

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Manufacturing activity expanded for fifth consecutive month in December, but fabricated metal products among sectors that contracted

January 4, 2010

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the eighth consecutive month, said supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, CPSM,...

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Where is St. Jude when we need him?

December 23, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

On Dec. 12, I received a press release with an earth-shaking announcement: Dr. Orly Taitz Esq. was scheduled to fly to New York the following week to film a documentary for NBC news, highlighting "her legal efforts to bring to light the vital records of mr Barack Hussein Obama and the issue of his...

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Joe Biden and a press brake

December 21, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Rickey Moulder probably won't forget the workday he had Thursday. Moulder is press brake department supervisor for Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonvile, Ga., and on Dec. 17 he got to explain a bit about sheet metal fabrication to Vice President Joe Biden. An Associated Press photographer even...

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Returning to the slightly-worse-than-yesterday but still good ol' days

December 18, 2009 | By Dan Davis

I read an interview with some highfalutin investment guy in the Dec. 21 issue of Fortune, and I'm starting to feel good about the future. It's not that he's bullish about the economy in the months to come, but that may not necessarily be all bad.Mohamed El-Erian, who is CEO of an...

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Cargill to acquire Robinson's RPS® Steel division

December 17, 2009

Cargill, a global trader, processor, and distributor of iron and steel, has agreed with Robinson Steel to increase its investment in RPS® Sheet and Plate by purchasing Robinson Steel's cold-reduction lines in East Chicago, Ind., and Granite City, Ill. Cargill will take 100-percent ownership of...

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Metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during next three months

December 17, 2009

According to the December 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 130 metal...

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Call for conference papers about seamless and welded tubular product technology, processes

December 17, 2009

The Tube & Pipe Association, International® (TPA), USA, and the International Tube Association (ITA), U.K., have collaborated to organize a conference devoted to seamless and welded tubular product technology and processes.The conference is centered on technology for profitable production. The...

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The 12 months of oh-nine

December 16, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Here's a quick look back at a few highlights and lowlights from 2009—where we were when we began the year, where we are now, and what happened as the year unfolded, particularly when it comes to jobs. I wish you peace and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2010. The first month of...

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HRB prices off bottom

December 16, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ United States HRB spot price for December 14 rose 4.0 percent to $575 per metric ton, FOB the mill, after four consecutive falls. The World export HRB price rose 3.4 percent to $519 per ton, FOB the port of export, for the second consecutive increase. The...

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