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Dan Davis

Editor in Chief
FMA Communications Inc.
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Rockford, IL 61107

Don't forget Detroit

January 16, 2009

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This isn"t about the automotive industry or bailouts. It"s a wish for better times for places like Detroit.What prompted this? An incredibly thoughtful and moving column by Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press. I"ve been to and through Detroit a handful of times in my life. I remember...

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EuroBLECH 2008: A celebration of metal fabricating and forming

January 13, 2009

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EuroBLECH is a celebration more than anything. Most of the booths have plenty of tables and, usually, a bar for customers, distributors, business partners, and friends to swing by, chat, have a drink, and talk about life both in and out of the industry. In fact, unlike shows in North America, a visitor will find materials suppliers—the folks that make the metal sheet, plate, and tube—among the exhibitors. Everyone comes together for this global event.

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A look to the future

January 8, 2009

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A lot has been written about the current economic funk that has gripped the world. A lot has been speculated about what the economy will do in 2009. A lot is too much for me to take.I"m not going to tune out and drop off the grid. I want to know what"s happening in the world; I just don"t want it...

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2008: A year in review

December 18, 2008

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We"re wrapping up things at The FABRICATOR and its sister magazines this week—getting the January and January/February issues ready to be shipped to the printer almost immediately upon our return from Christmas break, and working ahead on February features. You can tell everyone wants to gear...

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Cutting more than metal with a waterjet

December 15, 2008

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With waterjet cutting equipment, shops are no longer limited to the world of metal fabrications. They can search for new business in areas that were once considered unrealistic.

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Laser cutting for the first time

December 15, 2008

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M&L Industries found a laser cutting machine for the right price and at the right size. After a year of laser cutting and bringing in new business, it looks like the right choice.

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Job losses in metal fabricating: A sign of hope?

December 12, 2008

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Nobody wants to be thinking about layoffs this time of year. But it"s inevitable given the economic reports that come out on a regular basis.Look on the bright side. Things aren"t as bad in the manufacturing sector as they were during the last recession. If you look at overall job losses in...

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The welder who saved Christmas

December 5, 2008

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Not too many people know the tale of Holslag, the elf welder who saved Christmas. Ol" St. Nick and his merry band of flying reindeer get most of the press, but the tale of ol" Holslag deserves to be shared for all to remember and cherish.You see, on this particular frigid Christmas Eve, St. Nick"s...

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A different recession, different challenges

November 25, 2008

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As you can see by this headline, I"ve used the word recession for the first time in writing blog postings or features for the magazine. I don"t think I have to worry about anyone giving me a ring and chastising me for bringing down U.S. manufacturing single-handedly by muttering the dread r...

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Getting the weld right the first time

November 25, 2008

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When a metal fabricating company moves into a new, larger building, it has a great opportunity to take a hard look at production flow. Victory Industrial Products, Batavia, Ohio, did just that and the results were extremely powerful.

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How does this legal action suit you?

November 13, 2008

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We get plenty of magazines delivered to the office. It helps us stay abreast of other manufacturing segments and the steelmaking and distribution business.In the October 2008 edition of Metal Center News, I came across Editor-in-Chief Tim Triplett"s editorial on three lawsuits filed against eight...

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Five things I learned from this election

November 6, 2008

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Maybe you"ve heard that we have a new presidentor president-elect, as someone at the office reminded me. For many of us, the election of Barack Obama is a sign that we now can get on with our lives. The never-ending campaign is finally over. Well, some people don"t want it to end.I"m not going to...

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EuroBLECH—It's a good thing

October 30, 2008

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Well, I"m barely alive and well after a weeklong trip to EuroBLECH in Hanover, Germany. Tell someone who doesn"t have to travel a lot that you are going to a foreign country, and it sounds exotic. Only after those same people have walked a thousand steps through slow-moving airport security;...

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Are you ready for a metal fabricating consultation?

October 17, 2008

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I spent yesterday at the grand opening ceremonies for Amada"s newest North American Solution Center in Schaumburg, Ill. It is a very impressive facility that contained the prerequisite meeting rooms, training areas, and demonstration area. It also has a System-Up Area, where all custom-designed...

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7 winning moments from FABTECH

October 10, 2008

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The giant North American metal fabricating event known as FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show introducing METALFORM with special guests the National Association of Manufacturers and the Blue Man Group wrapped up its first foray to Las Vegas Oct. 6-8. Attendees skipped the gambling and...

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