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Dan Davis

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Who you callin' a protectionist?

July 9, 2010

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If you haven't read this opinion piece by Andy Grove, co-founder of Intel, you should probably check it out. In the editorial, Grove makes the point that the U.S. has outsourced not only tons of jobs to Asia, but also the ability to innovate. He thinks that manufacturing companies that grew and...

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So you want to be a certified welding inspector? - TheFabricator

So you want to be a certified welding inspector?

July 8, 2010

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Not many people who enter the welding profession think about their long-term career path. A certified welding inspector may be the next logical step for the right welder.

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Don't worry about the double-dip, worry about the new 'norm'

July 2, 2010

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The talk about the ol' double-dip recession continues. I don't buy it. I think it's just  the Unremarkable Recovery. I don't think that name will stick, but it's probably for the better. It doesn't do much for raising the morale of society. The simple fact remains that consumers aren't spending....

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Doing what was always done doesn't cut it - TheFabricator

Doing what was always done doesn't cut it

July 1, 2010

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ABMyr, Belleville, Mich., is a manufacturer of finishing systems for its automotive clients, but at the heart of the company is its fabricating talent. That is what will serve the company best as it looks to rebound from the recent downturn.

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Chinese current events and U.S. manufacturing

June 25, 2010

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My co-worker Tim Heston stole a little of my thunder for this week's blog post with his coverage of China's decision to adopt a more flexible approach to how it values its currency. U.S. manufacturers have been clamoring for years for some shift away from China's currency manipulation, but to no...

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Understanding the cost of ownership

June 17, 2010

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There is a reason that I work for someone else: I don't have that desire to strike out on my own to build a business. The entrepreneurial gene can't be found in my DNA. So when I'm chatting with business owners, I'm doing so with a lot of respect for their accomplishments. If the shoe were on my...

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So the government shows up and says, 'I'm here to help'

June 11, 2010

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Ask any metal fabricating business owner or manager what the government can do to help them out, and the response is pretty typical: "Stop trying to help." The last attempt that comes to mind is President Barack Obama's offer of a tax incentive to hire people. Business owners found it laughable....

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How to set up an internship program - TheFabricator

How to set up an internship program

June 8, 2010

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Insight from a metal fabricator and the head of Kansas State's Advanced Manufacturing Institute provides companies with good tips for setting up an internship program.

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Speak up but don't hold your peace

June 4, 2010

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The continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is silently eating away at my insides. My grandmother purchased a camp in Clermont Harbor, Miss., back in 1969 after Hurricane Camille dramatically rearranged the Gulf Coast. Growing up I spent most of my summers down on the white beaches of the...

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Making It in America

May 28, 2010

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I'll have the American flag flying outside my house this holiday weekend. It's not a statement of my patriotism so much as a view of summer as a time when all of those fun, all-American activities take place: baseball, competitive hot dog eating, and parades. It's the perfect time to let Old Glory...

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The Wisconsin Family Robinson - TheFabricator

The Wisconsin Family Robinson

May 28, 2010

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Anyone that works for Robinson Metal Inc. learns the business from the ground up. This approach has served it well as the De Pere, Wis., company has grown to become one of the largest fabricating job shops in the U.S.

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What I did on my vacation to Detroit

May 26, 2010

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I took a day trip to Detroit last week, and I have no joke about it. I actually enjoyed my time in the Motor City. Whereas others like to use Detroit as the poster child for what's wrong with big-city politics, the U.S. automotive industry, and public education, I see the city as one that may be...

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Fabricating to the rescue yet again

May 5, 2010

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By now everyone has heard about the massive oil spill taking place in the Gulf of Mexico, a result of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig April 20. If you haven't, you'll also be shocked to know that bell bottoms have come and gone out of style again and that Abe Vigoda is still alive ....

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The 'hole' story about the Tampa Museum of Art

April 30, 2010

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How does an architect create a building that mirrors the daylight and a nearby river? In the case of the new Tampa Museum of Art, architect Stanely Saitowitz turned to perforated metal panels that enveloped the entire building, all 96,000 square feet of building surface.

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Green efforts save greenbacks

April 30, 2010

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When you are president of a company, you might observe things that others don’t even notice. That just comes with the territory when you are dealing regularly with profit and loss statements. Jon DeWys, president of DeWys Manufacturing, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based precision fabricator,...

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