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Tim Heston

Senior Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
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Embracing globalization at FABTECH

October 7, 2008

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As the Dow did its dance on a cliff"s edge yesterday, the FABTECH International&reg & AWS Welding Show kicked off with gusto yesterday here in Las Vegas, and the credit crunch seemed refreshingly far away. Why? It"s because Jim Waters has visited Chinese cities with populations of more...

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The SpaceX launch: Who needs government backing?

September 30, 2008

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With all the dire news stories of the past few days, it"s nice to know something went right last weekend. Although it wasn"t on Page 1, the story got coverage, and it was quite significant.The first private company, without government backing, successfully launched a rocket into orbit. On Sunday,...

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The (North) American economy

September 23, 2008

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News of how the American government could take up to $700 billion of bad debt out of the hands of the private sector had the weight of something historic. The move will add as never before to our already mounting national debt. It will reshape the financial landscape, not only of the U.S. but of...

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A Ross way of thinking

September 16, 2008

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What a troubled week. Automotive industry execs spent it in front of Congress saying they need a loan. And of course there are those big weekend stories, with Lehman Brothers declaring bankruptcy and Bank of America acquiring brokerage giant Merrill Lynch.Hearing and reading all the pundits pine...

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Weathering the storm on Cape Ann

September 9, 2008

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The economy is looking like an intricate patchwork that"s still holding together, though with some seriously thread-bare areas. The housing and financial service sectors make up the brunt of those bare threads, while manufacturing continues to hold surprisingly strong, if you don"t include sectors...

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The people who made the levees hold

September 2, 2008

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The levees held.At least at this writing. Absorbing the news stories last night and this morning, I saw that most people held cautious optimism. We"re not out of the woods yet, but Gustav was no Katrina, and New Orleans did not turn into a giant, murky cesspool as it did three years ago. As...

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Heavy Plate Fabrication Welder

Ultrafabrication, ultraexpansion

August 26, 2008

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Ultra Machine & Fabrication, through significant capital outlays, has built an infrastructure ready to complete in the heavy plate market.

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Lori and Traci Tapani Closeup

Cycling through a business transition

August 26, 2008

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Lori and Traci Tapani, co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, aren't your typical metal fabrication managers. Together, they've managed to diversify their family business into a thriving, stable enterprise.

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Ace Metal crafts executives

Getting lean, job shop style

August 26, 2008

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Ace Metal Crafts has promoted its own brand of lean that, more than anything, gives employees ownership over the process.

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If it can"t be measured, it's not real

August 25, 2008

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There"s nothing like the Olympics to spark dreams of human potential. Something about the event brings out romantic optimism in me. I know that"s what the producers at NBC were aiming for and, with me at least, they"ve succeeded. For instance, I must have replayed Usian Bolt"s races 10...

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Made in America, sold to BRIC

August 18, 2008

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Several events this month have made me feel a tad on edge, at least at first.First, it was the Olympics. I"m sure many of you saw the opening ceremonies, and like me you probably thought it was quite a spectacle. You probably also remember commentator Matt Lauer"s comment as 2,008 drummers played...

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Looking down the tiers for change

August 12, 2008

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This week the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) holds its Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. After reading event news trickling onto the Internet, news that includes automotive execs opining away about industry troubles, I"ve come to a conclusion. They should listen to...

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SeaWorld Orlando

(Un) memorable fabrication

August 12, 2008

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Oceaneering's structural fab operation has built "dark ride" vehicles for theme parks around the world. It has custom-fabricated and erected aluminum components for a mammoth advertisement overlooking Times Square. It has welded a structural mount that holds up the recovered World Trade Center antenna, now on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. And it has fabricated and erected duplex stainless steel bridges over killer whale pools at the San Diego and Orlando SeaWorld® parks. That's quite a portfolio of jobs, and all of them quietly have gotten their start at a structural fabrication facility on the outskirts of Baltimore.

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Ski Jump Whistler Nordic Center

Gold medal fabrication for Olympic ski jump

July 29, 2008

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Dynamic Structures has fabricated huge structures across North America. But this project--two ski jumps for the Vancouver 2010 games--was different.

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Bobsledder in action

Cool (pipe) runnings

July 29, 2008

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A pipe fabricator finds a new way to fabricate and assemble a bobsled run for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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