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Specialty Strip & Oscillating hires sales rep

December 15, 2009

Specialty Strip & Oscillating Inc., a supplier of conventional slit and oscillate coils in Masury, Ohio, has hired Jamie R. DeVore as a sales representative. He is responsible for direct sales of cold-rolled carbon and alloy strip steel in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada.DeVore has more...

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Eriez® adds robotic welding machine at Erie facility

December 15, 2009

Eriez, Erie, Pa., has purchased a robotic welding machine to help maintain accuracy while meeting increasing production volumes. Testing before the purchase showed that the unit can complete 90 percent of the company's vibratory trays.The company's welding staff will continue to be responsible for...

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Account manager joins Elite Mfg. Technologies

December 15, 2009

Elite Mfg. Technologies, Bloomingdale, Ill., has hired Steve Schommer as account manager. He brings more than 15 years of sales experience in fabricating and outsourcing to the position.In his new role, Schommer focuses on increasing the company's existing markets and supporting customers' needs....

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American Piping expands in Houston, hires CFO in St. Louis

December 15, 2009

American Piping Products has expanded its Houston facility with a new sales and operations headquarters. The company is a supplier of heavy-wall carbon, stainless, and chrome-moly steel pipe, fittings, and valves used in the oil and gas and power generation industries, as well as for manufacturing...

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Wilson® Instruments establishes new Web site

December 15, 2009

Wilson Instruments, an Instron® company, Norwood, Mass., has announced the launch of its new Web site at www.wilsoninstruments.com.Showcasing the company's new design and logo, the site highlights a featured product section on the home page that links to product-specific pages. Designed to...

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LAI to manufacture JSF jet structural components

December 15, 2009

LAI Intl. Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz., supplier of precision components and subassemblies for OEMs, has entered into a multiyear, multimillion-dollar frame agreement to manufacture structural components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.The company signed a manufacturing contract with Kongsberg...

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Durable Mecco partners with Manufacturing Solutions

December 15, 2009

Durable Mecco, a provider of marking systems in Franklin Park, Ill., has formed a strategic partnership with Manufacturing Solutions Inc. based in Beaumont, Texas.The partnership allows Durable Mecco to integrate marking equipment into custom applications by using the technical staff and experience...

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Dörken names global fastener technical specialist

December 15, 2009

Dörken Corp. USA, the Grass Lake, Mich.-based North American unit of Dörken MKS-Systeme GmbH, Herdecke, Germany, has appointed Ron Strong to the position of global fastener technical specialist. He is responsible for providing service and support to automotive industry OEMs, suppliers, coating...

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MSCI scholarship program awards exceed $1 million

December 15, 2009

A college scholarship program started in 2002 by the Florida Chapter of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), Boca Raton, Fla., has expanded throughout the U.S. and Canada and has awarded more than $1 million to more than 450 students, all of them the children of MSCI member-company...

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Advanced high-strength steel technologies featured on 2010 Ram Heavy Duty – Motor Trend Truck of the Year

December 15, 2009

Motor Trendmagazine has selected the new Ram Heavy Duty as its Truck of the Year, giving the North American steel industry and AISI's Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) a reason to celebrate.The RAM Heavy Duty features a road-tested, proven commercial-grade frame and suspension system with...

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101

December 15, 2009 | By Art Hedrick

Editor's Note: This series presents an overview of metal stamping. Part I focuses on the various careers in the metal stamping industry. Part II discusses stamping materials and equipment. Part III focuses on dies and cutting and Part IV offers more detail about cutting processes. Part V, the final installment, investigates forming methods.

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The end of TARP as we know it

December 10, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

Two years ago the U.S. economy had many symptoms of a bubble ready to burst-runaway stock prices, rapidly inflating real estate prices, and interest rates that encouraged many homeowners to refinance (that's a synonym for "take unnecessary risks with") their most valuable assets. One symptom,...

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Dallas Industries purchased by Advanced Feedlines LLC

December 10, 2009

Dallas Industries has announced its purchase by Advanced FeedLines LLC, a new management firm specializing in pressroom equipment. The announcement was made by Dallas president and managing partner of Advanced FeedLines, Joseph Gentilia. Gentilia confirmed, "We foresee no major changes in our...

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All I want for Christmas is ...

December 9, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Jobs—especially good paying jobs that can't be exported. Well, that's almost all. I also want world peace and an end to hunger and homelessness. Then there's the climate. Oh, all right, I guess I want more than jobs, but it's beginning to look as though jobs—which...

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Of GM, chainsaws, rattlesnakes, and risk

December 8, 2009 | By Kate Bachman

There's something eerie about a prediction that comes to pass. When Fritz Henderson was announced as Rick Waggoner's replacement as GM's CEO on March 30, a business blog headline read Fritz Henderson May Not Last Long at GM. The blog, by John Gapper, associate editor and chief...

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