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A gust of good news

August 31, 2009 | By Tim Heston

If you're connected to the wind energy business or are looking to get your foot in the door, you're probably thinking about two things: 1. You're tired of cheesy puns in article headlines (like the one above). 2. You are hoping investors start embracing the business again....

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The many faces of fabricating

August 28, 2009 | By Dan Davis

When you are laid off from two separate companies in a six-month time span, you have to sit back and think long and hard about your career path. That's where a 25-year-old welder found himself earlier this year. He found a scholarship opportunity at Missouri State University that allows the...

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A good week for tube

August 27, 2009 | By Eric Lundin

It was a good week for tube, at least as far as I am concerned. I am always on the lookout for any chance to get out of the office and see tube or pipe applications, and I had two such opportunities this week. First off, the local elementary school needed a new play area. The old one was...

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GM & Chrysler - Will you buy their cars?

August 26, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

The August issue of "Stamping News Brief" (SNB) featured comments from an SNB reader responding to an item in the previous month's issue about employment in the metal stamping sector. This reader said, "I am soon to be unemployed, and there are really not many prospects around here for employment...

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HRB price recovery stalls

August 26, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ Western European HRB price for Aug. 24 rose 3.3 percent to $570 (on a Euro basis, it rose 2.1 percent), ex-works, for the fifth consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price rose 2.4 percent to $566 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the sixth...

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Sheet Metal Stamping 101, Part III

August 25, 2009 | By Art Hedrick

Continuing his series about sheet metal stamping, tool-and-die expert Art Hedrick focuses on die basics, including die materials and rudimentary maintenance. He also explains the cutting process and what happens to metal when you cut it with a stamping die.

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Faith in the face of a recession

August 25, 2009 | By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Leadership isn't for the faint-hearted, particularly in stressful times such as a recession. You can learn to manage your attitudes and behaviors to help you and your organization more effectively weather the storm and emerge even stronger.

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Tube City IMS announces executive management appointments

August 25, 2009

Joseph Curtin, president and CEO of Tube City IMS Corp., a provider of products and services to steel mills and foundries globally, today announced that Raymond Kalouche has been named chief operating officer of the company. He will continue as president and COO of the company's Mill Services...

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Nissan becomes first automaker to deploy methanol fuel cells for material handling equipment commercially

August 25, 2009

Nissan North America (NNA) has become the first vehicle manufacturer to commercially deploy methanol fuel cells to power its material handling equipment (tugs) at its Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant. The methanol fuel cells from Oorja Protonics, OorjaPac™, provide an energy-efficient process...

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Rethinking the knowledge worker

August 24, 2009 | By Tim Heston

I understand the term's intent, and that it describes workers who are ever-more-valued. I just have reservations about how the term is used. When people think of a "knowledge worker," they think of a white-collar IT professional, engineer, doctor, or others who think to innovate, using their...

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Manufacturing executives report signs of improving economy in new poll

August 24, 2009

Optimism about the economy is beginning to permeate among the ranks of recession-wracked manufacturers, according to a new poll conducted by the co-sponsors of the upcoming FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, in Chicago.More than half (53 percent) of the...

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Put out the welcome mat

August 21, 2009 | By Dan Davis

I came across this story earlier this week and was reminded just how important it is for metal fabricators to open their doors to the community, in particular elected officials and government bureaucrats.In this case, Karen Mills, an administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA),...

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Metal forming companies expect spike in business conditions in next three months

August 20, 2009

According to the August 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metal forming companies predict a spike in business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 137 metal forming...

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GE, FANUC announce agreement to dissolve joint venture

August 18, 2009

GE and FANUC have announced that the two companies have agreed to dissolve the GE Fanuc Automation Corporation joint venture. This agreement would allow each company to refocus its investments to grow its existing businesses and pursue its respective core industry expertise. GE and FANUC expect the...

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No stimulus for manufacturing

August 17, 2009 | By Tim Heston

Buried within the Institute for Supply Management™'s July Manufacturing ISM Report on Business® is a telling quote from a metal fabricator."No stimulus for manufacturing." Technically, the government has set aside a bit of money. On Thursday the Treasury Department...

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