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Cretex Companies acquires Meier Tool & Engineering

February 10, 2009

Cretex Companies, Elk River, Minn., has acquired the assets of Meier Tool & Engineering (MTE), a manufacturer of miniature and microsized stamped components and subassemblies for the medical,...

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GM to cut 10,000 salaried workers

February 10, 2009

Detroit-based General Motors announced today that it is cutting 10,000 salaried jobs as part of a restructuring plan to meet the government's deadline of Feb. 17. The plan is required by the terms of...

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Installed Grille Gaurd

Fabricator lassos an improved packing process

February 10, 2009

Ranch Hand Truck Accessories was established in the area in 1986 to produce truck grille guards, a product that still comprises a majority of the company's sales. A 25 percent increase in production of its grille guards and front bumper replacements led to the need for a faster, more efficient, and more protective way of packaging its products.

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Coil Shape problem

Controlling flat-rolled shape

February 10, 2009

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What processes do you need to make sure your coil is flat? What is flat enough? You need to determine where you are at the start, where you want to end up, and how to get there. Once you have determined which shape problem you have you can determine which type of equipment is effective in controlling it.

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Check valves and Flashback Arresters

The importance of exercising oxyfuel welding safety

February 10, 2009

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To ensure safe oxyfuel welding and cutting, equipment manufacturers design torches with safeguards. However, nothing takes the place of the welder's knowledge and attention to safe practices. This article discusses common oxyfuel hazards and how to avoid them.

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The recession's end: Waiting for land

February 9, 2009

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Ignacio Nacho Palomarez is what you"d call an early technology adopter. The president of San Carlos, Calif.-based Spacesonic dove into laser cutting in the 1980s, and today he has laser cutting capability that includes armored plate, thin sheet, and everything in between. These days he"s...

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U.S. machine tool demand continues decline in Midwest, rises in other regions

February 9, 2009

Reuters has reported that U.S. December machine tool demand fell 2.2 percent to $194.01 million from $198.35 million in November, according to the American Machine Tool Distributor's Association...

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No friends, no problem

February 6, 2009

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You"ve got enough on your plate to worry about—producing quality parts, shipping those parts out on time, chasing new business, addressing issues with employees, and getting home in time to grab some sleep before the cycle begins all over again. Well, here"s one thing you don"t have to worry...

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Hiring expectations continue downward spiral

February 6, 2009

Mass layoffs and other cost-cutting measures have become the norm in early 2009, and that won't change in February for both the manufacturing and service sectors, according to the Society for Human...

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Ranking Small Business Committee member introduces CHOICE Act

February 5, 2009

Today House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves announced the introduction of the "CHOICE Act." "As Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, I have seen firsthand the need for...

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Good news for Michigan

February 4, 2009

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If any state could use some good news, it's Michigan, which is on track to reach an unwelcomed milestone: 10 consecutive years—a full decade—of job losses. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that of the 49 metropolitan areas with a...

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Barton Group awarded highest honors from U.S. Green Building Council

February 4, 2009

The Barton Group, Glens Falls, N.Y., has been designated LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its corporate headquarters...

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North American robot orders fall 21 percent in 2008

February 4, 2009

According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), North American-based robotics companies reported that new orders sold to North American manufacturing companies fell by 21 percent in units and...

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NAM endorses Secretary of Commerce nominee

February 3, 2009

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) as Secretary of Commerce, calling Gregg a "champion of manufacturing who...

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A not-so-good Year of the Ox

February 2, 2009

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This Chinese New Year wasn"t the rosiest for many folks on the other side of the planet. According to reports, Chinese exports were down 2.8 percent in December from the previous year--a significant number, considering the amount China exports. The country"s GDP grew 13 percent in 2007, but was...

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