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MCA initiates research with ORNL on next-generation wall and roof assemblies

April 14, 2009

The Metal Construction Association (MCA), Glenview, Ill., and the Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have agreed on a multiyear research project aimed at evaluating the future...

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Rockford Toolcraft acquires flying-optic laser cutting system

April 14, 2009

Rockford Toolcraft Inc., a tool and die builder and metal stamper in Rockford, Ill., has acquired an Amada LC-F1NT series laser cutting machine. The 6,000-W LC4020 flying-optic laser uses linear...

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Atlantic Tool & Die - Alabama named 2008 Outstanding Automotive Supplier

April 14, 2009

Atlantic Tool & Die – Alabama (ATD-AL), located in Anniston, Ala., has been recognized by the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association as the 2008 Outstanding Automotive Supplier in Alabama....

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BIG Kaiser names national sales manager

April 14, 2009

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Elk Grove Village, Ill., has appointed Fred Messmer as national sales manager. He has more than 30 years of industry experience in senior sales and marketing roles with...

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John Deere announces new global operating model

April 14, 2009

Deere & Company today announced a new global operating model that will combine the technology, expertise, experience, channels, and investments of the Worldwide Agricultural Equipment Division and the...

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Kimberly-Clark acquires safety products company

April 14, 2009

Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced today that it has acquired Jackson Products, Inc., a privately held safety products company headquartered in Fenton, Mo. Jackson Products, Inc., more commonly...

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Tube cutoff system

Flexibility with smart flying shear upgrades

April 14, 2009

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Production flexibility can enable a tube and pipe producer to expand its offerings and customer base and increase its chances of survival in a down economy. One way to achieve this flexibility is to upgrade the operation's flying shear component.

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Would you want to work here?

April 13, 2009

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A visit last week to an OEM of construction equipment made me feel good about manufacturing in America. Based in Salisbury, just north of Charlotte, N.C., Power Curbers Inc. plasma-cuts, saws, welds, and machines parts for curb-making machinery. Like many connected with the construction industry,...

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TMK IPSCO opens Baytown heat treat facility

April 13, 2009

Construction of a new heat treat facility has been completed at TMK IPSCO's Baytown Works in Baytown, Texas. The facility is designed to heat treat and finish mainly seamless tubing and casing sizes...

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Spraying to all fields

April 9, 2009

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The baseball season started earlier this week. Temperatures in the Chicago area barely crept above 50 degrees this week, with snow falling on Sunday, but I witnessed baseball on the television. All is right with the world.So in the spirit of baseball, I'm going to cover a lot of area. Hitters...

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USW joins oil tubular trade case against China imports

April 9, 2009

Seven U.S. oil country tubular goods (OCTG) producers and the United Steelworkers (USW) have filed an antidumping and countervailing duty trade case against China imports with the U.S. Department of...

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'Tell me something good'

April 8, 2009

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As many do before heading off to work each day, my husband and I turn on a local television station to check the weather forecast. This morning, the two items we heard before the weather segment were about a gunman who shot several people in California (can we go a day without something like this...

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Laser resonator enhanced with new features

April 8, 2009

Bystronic has introduced advanced features for its Bylaser 6000 watt resonator.The resonator now incorporates advanced mirror detection systems, end mirror sensor (EMS), and output coupler sensor...

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Deere announces Des Moines layoffs

April 8, 2009

Deere & Company said today that 160 employees of the John Deere Des Moines Works will be placed on indefinite layoff later this month due to reduced market demand for the factory's products.The...

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Gaining market share during tough times

April 6, 2009

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Buy low, sell high. Good rules to live by for the investment-savvy person. (I, being oh-so-not investment-savvy, usually do the opposite.) The phrase could be applied, slightly altered, to a business strategy: Invest during slow times so you can sell when times are good. That sounds like a smart,...

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