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A 'fab' future for fabricating

July 28, 2009

Gerald Shankel, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, has released the following statement regarding the future of metal fabricating:Metal fabrication and...

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Learn your trade, pay your dues

July 28, 2009

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Welding jobs may not be as plentiful as they once were, but welding instructor Marty Rice believes a lot of welding work is "waiting to bust loose once the economy straightens out, and there's always work in welding, if you're willing to pack a suitcase." Rice has some advice for those embarking on a welding journey.

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Trends in offshore energy

July 28, 2009

The welding industry is known for a persistent shortage of skilled workers, and the energy sector is no exception; meanwhile, offshore welding is getting more rigorous. The easiest-to-find oil sources were discovered long ago; with each passing year, energy companies go into harsher environments (deeper waters) to find petroleum and natural gas. Drilling into deeper waters means dealing with higher pressures and colder temperatures, and many companies have been switching too high-strength pipe, which tends to be more difficult to weld than common pipe.

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Itching for economic recovery

July 27, 2009

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Rodie Woodard just finished a good week. When I talked with the president of Irving, Texas-based Maximum Industries Thursday, he told me he just closed a deal that will keep his contract fabrication shop humming 24 hours a day for several months. His customer in the signage industry is putting...

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In-line system reduces need for secondary marking operation

July 27, 2009

Durable Mecco offers the DuraDot, an in-line marking system that reduces the need for secondary marking operations.The system works with standard machining center software. Simple dot-to-dot marking...

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L.B. Foster to provide 480 tons of pipe piling to Minnesota DOT

July 27, 2009

L.B. foster Co., Pittsburgh, a manufacturer, fabricator, and distributor of products for rail, construction, utility, and energy industries, has been awarded a contract to provide 480 tons of TRU...

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A streetcar to desire [again]

July 27, 2009

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Welder/fabricator Bernie Bisnette takes the corroded, worn-down,and skeletal remains of trolley cars and restores them to their originalappearance for the Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, Maine.

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This exciting fabricating opportunity won't last long ...

July 24, 2009

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Wanna talk about health care? Not really. The thought of a discussion gives me a headache, and I don"t think I could get around to seeing my doctor until next Tuesday.Wanna vilify China? I"ve got be careful on this one. I think a company from China actually owns my mortgage now.Wanna bash illegal...

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Guest column: Detroit Three restructuring—What it means for suppliers

July 23, 2009

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Editor's note: This post is from STAMPING Journal® columnist Bernard Swiecki, a director, market analysis, in the economics business group with the Center for Automotive Research.How bankruptcy and restructuring are changing the Detroit Three—What it means for suppliersBy Bernard...

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FMA and TPA seek applicants for industry awards

July 23, 2009

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) and the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA) seek applicants for two industry awards.The FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010, presented by FMA,...

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DEWALT discontinues NASCAR sponsorship

July 23, 2009

DEWALT®, a manufacturer of industrial power tools, announced today that it will not renew its agreement with Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor Matt Kenseth, driver of the #1& Ford® Fusion®...

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Speaking the same language

July 22, 2009

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If your business isn't doing as well as you'd like—and whose is these days—there may be internal factors that are making an already tough situation even worse. One likely suspect is waste. I know, you probably are so very tired of hearing about lean manufacturing, and you may...

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Nucor praises U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk's commitment to trade enforcement

July 22, 2009

Nucor Corporation Chief Executive Officer and President Dan DiMicco today commended United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk for his recent stance in favor of enforced free and fair trade."On...

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Hardinge announces additional work force reductions

July 21, 2009

Hardinge Inc., an international provider of metal-cutting equipment, today announced it is further reducing its North American work force by approximately 50 employees in response to continued...

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Boldly go!

July 20, 2009

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Firing up your plasma cutting system might be a fitting tribute to the momentous event that happened 40 years ago today. Here's why.When Neil Armstrong planted the first lunar footprint, the world was watching with an excitement most famously seen in our recently departed Walter Cronkite, who...

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