FMA Communications Inc.

Tim Heston

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

New ideas spur success at Minnesota metal fabricator

March 21, 2016

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Bermo, a stamper and fabricator in Minnesota, takes idea generation seriously. Some of the company’s latest initiatives, including rapid prototyping and automated quoting, have come from employees starting a sentence with, “Wouldn’t it be great if …”

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So you want to buy a metal fabricator

March 21, 2016

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Buying a company isn’t just about getting a certain multiple. A buyer needs to define a buying strategy, analyze a seller’s business model, and uncover what the seller’s company truly is worth.

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Product development drives growth at Illinois metal fabricator

March 16, 2016

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The Great Recession nearly killed J-tec Industries, a cart manufacturer in East Peoria, Ill. But the company pulled through and, thanks to its product development efforts, is now experiencing record growth. During the past two years, its workforce has doubled in size.

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In custom metal fabrication, nothing is typical

March 16, 2016

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Average on-time delivery rates in custom fabrication have remained stubbornly low. Clear, constant communication and transparency can change this. And here software can help, even at the smallest shops.

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Scholarship fund to honor Dick Kallage

March 15, 2016

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FMA’s Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs foundation has set up a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Dick Kallage, an influential member of FMA and columnist for The FABRICATOR magazine. Kallage died of cancer Feb. 18.

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Positive manufacturing news: A well-kept secret during the election season

March 14, 2016

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Negativity reigns during this elections season. Here's a secret: Some good news does indeed exist, even in manufacturing.

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FMA Annual Meeting: Sharing ideas to build a better business

March 10, 2016

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Networking, conversation, and idea sharing are at the heart of the FMA Annual Meeting. For instance, what if a shop salesperson learned to operate a tube laser? That idea at one roundtable got participants talking.

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The digital-thread potential in custom metal fabrication

February 22, 2016

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The ideas behind the "digital thread" in the manufacturing supply chain may have big potential in custom metal fabrication.

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Sheet metal and plate meet the mill and lathe

February 17, 2016

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3-D software may be bringing two different crafts, sheet metal fabrication and machining, just a little closer together.

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Oil and gas downturn: Worse than 2009? For some, yes

February 16, 2016

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For some fab shops with deep ties to the energy sector, the past year and a half has not been fun.

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Manufacturing’s image: The engaging logic of the entire process

February 15, 2016

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What sparked Pat Hopkins' interest in manufacturing wasn't just the technology, but the engaging logic of the entire fabrication process.

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Managing metal fabrication through the generations

February 10, 2016

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Although the study of generations is an inexact social science, it may help company leaders empathize, minimize conflict, and get everyone on the same page.

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Lean manufacturing prepares lawn care OEM for the future

February 10, 2016

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After rapid growth, a commercial lawn care OEM prepares for the future with better part flow, better production controls, better communication, and better planning. The company’s continuous improvement initiative is well on its way.

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26 Commerce Road and the life of the small manufacturer

February 4, 2016

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A small industrial building just off the highway in northeast Pennsylvania has seen a few businesses come and go. Their stories tell a lot about what it’s like to be a small manufacturer in the U.S.

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Voices that matter, in Iowa and the metal fabrication shop floor

February 2, 2016

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Having your voice matter may be at the core of good culture. This may apply as much to Iowa voters as it does to people on the fab shop floor.

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