FMA Communications Inc.

Amanda Carlson

Associate Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

A new spin on an old debate

April 24, 2015

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The need to attract young people and to change negative perceptions certainly isn’t new, but after spending three days at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit in Orlando in late February, business consultants, community and technical college leaders and educators, and business owners shed some light on a well-publicized subject.

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Cliché lawn art, be gone

April 1, 2015

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Salt Lake City metal artist Fred Conlon demonstrates a steady flow in creativity with his sculptures that make you laugh, make you think, and make your lawn look good.

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Fabricating for the win

March 26, 2015

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What does it take to make it in this ultracompetitive world where your work is heavily scrutinized, your time is not your own, and all the while you have a driver’s life in your hands? It requires incredible skill, yes, but there are other qualities you must possess and things you must accomplish. To be successful at one of racing’s top teams requires more than just welding ability. It requires an unparalleled dedication to the sport and to your craft. With that dedication, however, sometimes comes sacrifice.

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Fabrication minus the relaxation

January 15, 2015

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No-niche southwest Florida fabricator grows big in small time frame

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Pass it on

December 12, 2014

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Ron Covell’s 50-year career manually building autobodies for street rods, dragsters, and motorcycles is impressive, to say the least. But he doesn’t plan on hoarding all of the expertise he’s garnered over the years. His latest passion, of the last 20 years anyway, has been sharing information in his traveling workshops to current or up-and-coming autobody enthusiasts. It’s what he hopes is his longest and most impactful legacy.

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Creativity springs forth from the darkness

November 10, 2014

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A freak accident changed the life of a materials science professor at Texas Tech University. Not only does he appreciate the second chance at living, he also discovered a talent for giving discarded metal objects a second chance at living through metal sculpture.

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Fiberglass tape that has your [weld’s] back

October 22, 2014

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Aquasol’s Fiback line of fiberglass backing tape, now available in high- and low-amperage options, gives welders a simple, safe, and reliable way to protect the back side of their weldments, even those that have a complex shape.

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A second-chance career

July 28, 2014

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A maritime welding program, jointly created by Vigor Industrial and South Seattle College, is part of a greater initiative in Washington state-to return idled workers to gainful employment. The class doesn’t just help the underemployed, it also helps feed the resurging shipbuilding industry in the greater Seattle area.

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Hope dies last

July 9, 2014

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A hard-nosed welding instructor at a medium-security prison in rural North Carolina gives his students discipline, confidence, a foot in the door to a trade, and the possibility for a new life upon release.

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Courage over fear

May 26, 2014

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After trying her hand at various traditionally female-oriented careers, an Alabama woman, on a mission to provide the best life for herself and her newborn son, found courage to ask a shipyard for a job. That courage ultimately sparked a chain of events that led her to a fulfilling career.

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The art of welding and friendship

May 19, 2014

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Ten years ago, three women enrolled in an art and sculpture welding class. Little did they know it would be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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Make way for the brew crew

May 5, 2014

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Craft beer is all the rage these days, and Crawford Co., Rock Island, Ill., has thrown its hat into the ring. After working closely with a local brewer who contracted the fabricator to build larger-capacity equipment, the two partnered to form a no-nonsense brewing division within the company to address the needs of the booming craft beer industry.

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Drip by Drip

March 20, 2014

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Ever wonder about the backstories behind the people with the funny screen names on welding message boards? This is the story of a tool and die welder who discovered a talent for drawing with a TIG torch.

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Creating art that inspires thought

February 3, 2014

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Las Vegas metal artist creates abstract contemporary pieces that make viewers think and let him sleep.

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Millennials, stress, and technology

January 23, 2014

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According to the “State of Workplace Productivity Report” released by Cornerstone OnDemand, a cloud-based talent management software company, the millennial generation, or those born between the years 1980 and 2000, is struggling with technology and information overload. The report, which...

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