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BLS: Layoffs in the manufacturing sector declined in May to their lowest levels in program history

June 24, 2010

Employers took 1,412 mass layoff actions in May that resulted in the separation of 135,789 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Each action involved at least 50 persons from...

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Automotive Applications Council of AISI’s SMDI wins American Metal Market’s 2010 Award for Steel Excellence

June 23, 2010

The Automotive Applications Council (AAC) of the American Iron and Steel Institute's (AISI) Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) has been named the winner of the American Metal Market's 2010 Award for Steel Excellence in the environmental responsibility/stewardship category. Lawrence W....

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What's old is valuable

June 22, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

On the road again, goin' places that I've already been. Seeing things (and people) that I hope to see again. I'm just glad to be on this road again. This week I'm in Rockford, Ill., home of my employer, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.®, the organization behind The...

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Toshiba to build electric vehicle drive motors in the U.S.

June 22, 2010

Toshiba Corp. has announced that it is expanding manufacturing capacity at its plant in Houston, Texas, to produce high-performance drive motors for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs). The production will be Toshiba's first...

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Chinese currency and U.S. manufacturing

June 21, 2010 | By Tim Heston

An international economic chess game just got more interesting, and metal fabricators may one day see the benefits. Today the Chinese currency rose against the dollar 0.42 percent in Asia—not much, but that’s the biggest one-day gain in five years. This came after Chinese officials announced...

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LIA to award Dr. Charles Townes with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 21, 2010

The Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., will present its first Lifetime Achievement Award to laser pioneer Dr. Charles Townes at the 29th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) in Anaheim, Calif. Townes, 94, won the Nobel Prize for physics in...

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Concentrated cutting fluids introduced

June 21, 2010

DoALL Sawing Products' Cutting Fluids Division has introduced the Ultra series of cutting fluids, including Kool-ALL Ultra®, Kleen-Kool Ultra®, and Power-Cut Ultra®. Concentrated forms of existing products, the fluids give the user more coolant, less water, and lower freight costs, the...

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Tool facilitates hole layout on flanges, base plates - TheFabricator

Tool facilitates hole layout on flanges, base plates

June 21, 2010

A tool for laying out holes on flanges and base plates is available from J&B Specialty Tools. The single tool allows the user to locate holes based on the web centerline, regardless of variations in flange width, without having to use a collection of squares to first mark horizontal and...

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Titanium 2010 coming to Florida in October

June 21, 2010

Titanium 2010 is scheduled to be held Oct. 3-6 at the Gaylord Palms convention center in Orlando, Fla. Sponsored by the International Titanium Association (ITA), Broomfield, Colo., the event has more than 110 confirmed speakers and will offer 21 different general session panels. The exhibition is...

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Dock lift table can raise up to 50,000 lbs. - TheFabricator

Dock lift table can raise up to 50,000 lbs.

June 21, 2010

Air Technical Industries has introduced the heavy-duty Zero-Low dock lift table. It has a lowered height of 0 in. and can raise a load of up to 50,000 lbs. When the table is lowered to ground level, loads can be rolled directly onto the platform without the need for a ramp or pit in the floor....

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LENOX appoints new president - TheFabricator

LENOX appoints new president

June 21, 2010

LENOX®, a Newell Rubbermaid company in East Longmeadow, Mass., has appointed Rich Wuerthele as president of industrial products and services. Wuerthele joined Newell Rubbermaid in 2003 and most recently held the position of president of the North American Sales Organization (NASO), where he...

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Barton appoints Northwest regional sales manager - TheFabricator

Barton appoints Northwest regional sales manager

June 21, 2010

Barton Mines Co., Glens Falls, N.Y., a supplier of garnet abrasives for waterjet cutting and blast media, has announced the appointment of Rick Miller as regional sales manager for the Northwest region. Miller will serve customers in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and western...

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Microsoft CEO visits Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology - TheFabricator

Microsoft CEO visits Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology

June 21, 2010

Most 15-year-olds have modest professional networks, at best. But on June 10, 70 freshmen at a new Chicago high school had the chance to rub shoulders with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Also known as Chi Tech, the Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology (CAAT) struck up a partnership with...

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Bench grinder safety gauge aids OSHA compliance

June 21, 2010

Rockford Systems offers a bench grinder safety gauge for adjusting the tongue and work rest openings on bench grinders to be in compliance with OSHA standards. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.215 specifies that work rests must be adjusted close to the wheel with a maximum opening of 0.125 in. to prevent the...

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Torch height control continuously samples, automatically adjusts arc voltage

June 21, 2010

The new ArcGlide® THC torch height control is available from Hypertherm. It is engineered to continuously sample and automatically adjust the arc voltage. This helps ensure the torch is always the right distance from the plate so consumables reach their intended life expectancy. Productivity...

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