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National-Precision opens new facility in Utah

July 26, 2010

National-Precision, a distributor of electronic hardware and fasteners based in Dallas, has opened a new facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the company's eighth location, and it expects to open four more in the next year. Scott Ambre is the area manager, and Robert Rist is the regional...

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BLS: Mass layoffs up in June, but manufacturing's proportion at lowest level in program history

July 26, 2010

Employers took 1,647 mass layoff actions in June that resulted in the separation of 145,538 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Each action involved at least 50 persons from a...

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Meet Metcam - a leaner, greener, meaner fabricator

July 23, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Operating seven days a week fabricating and shipping products domestically and worldwide, Alpharetta, Ga.-based Metcam Inc. has found a formula for success that has this company thriving when others are struggling to survive.

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The unfortunate event of retirement

July 22, 2010 | By Dan Davis

As I write this, I'm sitting at a restaurant checking e-mail and doing some other work. Even though my eyes are working perfectly fine, I'm heading to the eye doctor. I'm watching about 30 senior citizens enjoy their morning coffee and cool temperatures before the summer sun becomes unbearable. It...

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Tell it like it is

July 21, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

I don't pretend to be an economic or political expert. I'm just an average U.S. citizen who is worried about our economy and about my fellow citizens, including friends and family, who can't find jobs. I'm also a taxpayer, and I want the money I pay Uncle Sam each year to be spent judiciously and...

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Fabricating more value

July 19, 2010 | By Tim Heston

I’m glad I talked with Drew Greenblatt last week. Otherwise, news of waning manufacturing output might have gotten to me. At Greenblatt’s company, Marlin Steel Wire Products, output certainly isn’t waning. The 28-employee contract manufacturer has grown throughout the recession, and much of...

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Bluff Mfg. buys B&L Structures

July 19, 2010

Bluff Mfg. Inc., a provider of material handling and warehouse safety equipment in Fort Worth, Texas, has acquired B&L Structures Inc., a Dallas-based steel manufacturer. The B&L Structures brand will be retained, and production of its products, previously outsourced, will be moved to Bluff's...

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Serapid hires new staff members

July 19, 2010

Serapid Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., has hired four new employees since the beginning of 2010. Chris Evitts and Tom Zhang have joined the company's engineering team. Brian Kattleman has joined the marking department working on graphic design and animation. Rich Wodnicki is in the sales...

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Laser alignment kit checks, measures straightness, flatness, squareness, parallelism, and leveling - TheFabricator

Laser alignment kit checks, measures straightness, flatness, squareness, parallelism, and leveling

July 19, 2010

Pinpoint Laser Systems® has introduced the new Pinpoint Proline alignment kit, a visual laser system for checking and measuring straightness, flatness, squareness, parallelism, and leveling. The kit combines the features of a transit, an infinitely long straightedge, and laser alignment...

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Exact Metrology opens new Milwaukee office

July 19, 2010

Exact Metrology Inc., Cincinnati, has announced the opening of a new office in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, Wis. The new location has a lab that can perform scanning, measurement, and reverse engineering services. Scanning also is provided on-site at customers’ facilities. The company...

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Amark to open fabrication plant in North Carolina

July 19, 2010

Amark Corp., Suffolk, Va., has announced plans to convert a vacant plant in Elizabeth City, N.C., into a fabrication shop to cut, weld, and fabricate steel structures and assorted metals. The company makes steel and pipe for general and industrial construction use. Amark plans to create 43 jobs...

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Sodick names national service manager - TheFabricator

Sodick names national service manager

July 19, 2010

Sodick Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., has appointed Ramiro Perucho as national service manager. He has worked in the machine tool industry for more than 12 years. Perucho started at the company as a service engineer and later was promoted to assistant service manager and then Midwest service manager....

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Presses with 80- and 110-pressure capacities introduced - TheFabricator

Presses with 80- and 110-pressure capacities introduced

July 19, 2010

Haco has introduced the HPE80 and HPE 110 presses, with 80- and 110-ton pressure capacities, respectively. The bottom table base measures 23 by 31 in., while the moving cylinder base is 15 by 15 in. Depth is set by limit switch or through pressure setting. A two-hand control comes standard with...

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Conference to focus on wind energy opportunities for suppliers

July 19, 2010

The two-day Wind Energy Conference, Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is designed to help manufacturers identify and capitalize on the wind energy supply chain. Sponsored by Green Manufacturer magazine, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association...

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