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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 revealed...

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LAI recognized by Inc. 5000 for third consecutive year

August 15, 2009

LAI International Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, has announced that it has been named for the third consecutive year to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. This positions LAI...

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What is new is not so new

August 13, 2009 | By Tim Heston

I'm still recovering from a visit to Washington, D.C. It's not that I was taxed to death, even though I left with an empty wallet, or that I was roughed up during an angry AARP demonstration. It's just difficult to immerse myself back into the work world after being more than 750...

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Ford increasing North American production

August 13, 2009

Ford Motor Company today announced it is increasing North American production in the third and fourth quarters to respond to growing demand for new Ford products and to ensure dealers are well stocked with fuel-efficient vehicles eligible for the "Cash for Clunkers" program.Ford is increasing third...

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Decline and rise of the fabricating empire

August 12, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

According to early results of yesterday's "Fabricating Update" survey that asked metal fabricating industry professionals where their companies stand in the recession cycle, 32.5 percent are in serious pain, and 67.5 percent see signs of recovery.For an industry plagued with declining...

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HRB prices rebound

August 12, 2009

The bi-monthly SteelBenchmarker™ World export HRB price for Aug. 10 surged 6.9 percent to $542 per ton, FOB the port of export for the sixth consecutive rise. The United States HRB spot price surged 5.9 percent to $553 per metric ton, FOB the mill, for the fifth consecutive increase. The...

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Foot switch for variable-speed motor drives meets IP56 specs

August 11, 2009

The Linemaster Hercules potentiometer foot switch was designed for use with variable-speed motor drives and is available in select 2-W linear values. It features a cast-iron housing, and most models are offered with a cast aluminum shield in sizes designed to accommodate the standard shoe size or...

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