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760 manufacturing companies

July 17, 2009

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That number bounced around the blogosphere this week as CIT teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. CEO Jeff Peek told news outlets that 760 manufacturing companies could shut down if CIT collapses. And then comes the ripple effect, which is even scarier. CIT is a middle-market lender...

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A recession takes no prisoners

July 7, 2009

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It seems Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star hit a chord last week.Two metal fabricators in Morton, Ill., southeast of Peoria, changed ownership on the same day: Friday, June 26. Morton Welding, previously owned by Michigan-based BHM Technologies, was brought back under local ownership by a...

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Rolling it just so

July 2, 2009

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Contract manufacturer BEPeterson takes tight roll-bend tolerancing to the extreme: some cans are rolled to +/-1/32 inch on the circumference.

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Counting on the combo

July 1, 2009

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Revolving door manufacturer brings fabrication in-house, including a combination waterjet-plasma machine.

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Innovators, gumption, and tenacity

June 29, 2009

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This country seems to be itching for the next big thing, those game-changing innovations that drag us out of our economic malaise. General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt knows this, and it's why his company announced a $100 million investment in an R&D center 25 miles west of Detroit. As the...

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Of popping bubbles and economic growth

June 22, 2009

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In the late 1990s I recall renting a VHS tape (remember those?) of a recently aired PBS series called "Triumph of the Nerds." It detailed the rise of the computer industry, from the garages of San Jose to the boardrooms of corporate America.It's an incredible story, really. The PC business...

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The big adjustment

June 15, 2009

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Shape Corp., a supplier of car bumpers based in Grand Haven, Mich., laid off 630 people since December. But as Chrysler plans to reopen plants, the company reportedly hopes to hire back 80 people.Officials at Die-Matic Corp., a Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, metal stamper, told The Wall Street Journal...

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Be careful what you say

June 11, 2009

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I was going to write something about alternative energy today, but I found a new motivation after reading comments made by Japanese media that were reported in the June 8 issue of Automotive News.Apparently the Japanese public believes that the demise of both GM and Chrysler is proof that U.S....

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Lookin' good ... we think

June 8, 2009

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Journalists, economists, and pundits of all sorts have turned to cautious optimism. Sure, stocks are up from their lows earlier this year, and the numbers out there indicate we're past the recession's trough and on our way up. As just one example, the Institute for Supply...

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Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II - TheFabricator.com

Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II

June 7, 2009

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Ultra Tool & Manufacturing launched a program to tackle sensor technology in an effort to errorproof the pressroom.

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Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part III

June 4, 2009

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Ultra Tool & Manufacturing adds in-die projection welding to its capabilities, eliminating secondary operations and significantly reducing labor costs.

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Curbing waste at Power Curbers

June 4, 2009

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Equipment manufacturer streamlines part flow and drastically reduces WIP and raw stock inventory. Once a part hits the floor, it never goes onto a rack.

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Of freedom and gearheads

June 1, 2009

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A decade ago we watched events leading up to the dot-com-era implosion, and this morning we witnessed a milestone of the drawn-out automotive bust: General Motors is now a bankrupt company. Economic history is peppered with booms, bubbles, and busts of various sorts, but the current automotive...

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Tooling up to bend hard

May 28, 2009

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Different high-tensile-strength metals bend—and spring back—in starkly different ways, so developing a bending strategy takes some serious planning.

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Don't drop the box

May 26, 2009

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Friday was just one of those days. As usual, I drove my daughter to daycare, parked, carried her in, dropped her off, walked out, and saw the back end of my car smashed, with the hood lid looking a bit like a fortune cookie. Because the vehicle's 11 years old, it didn't take much to...

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