March 14, 2014
People should spend less time pushing every student toward college
and spend more time realizing what people are actually doing on a
shop floor of progressive fabricating shops. They aren’t “laborers,”
but skilled machine operators and technicians—typically without a
traditional four-year degree. Any stigma that exists about today’s
factory worker is no longer relevant.
March 13, 2014
You might have noticed the employees of CAID Industries Inc.,
Tucson, Ariz., walking around FABTECH 2013 with bright yellow
shirts indicating that the fabricator was hiring. The company is
looking for the right talent to help turn the $40-million-a-year
business into something much larger.
March 3, 2014
At The FABRICATOR's Leadership Summit, held last week in Austin, Texas, industry executives talked about growing the economic pie. One keynote speaker recalled how his business effectively grew the pie, thanks to open book management.
February 28, 2014
Millenials have gotten a bad reputation. But the best of them may
find a metal fabrication career extremely rewarding.
February 19, 2014
Small business employees now make up a smaller piece of the employment pie, and this may say a lot about manufacturing's perennial skilled-labor crisis.
February 17, 2014
No matter how eye-popping the technology, the means of getting a
job done is secondary; the result is primary. This is where General
Tool Co.'s "team of experts" appraoch comes into play.
February 13, 2014
A welding and cutting equipment company with significant presence in Europe and South America is set for a bump in market share stateside.
On Feb. 12 ESAB’s parent, Colfax Corp., based in Fulton, Md., announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to buy St. Louis, Mo.-based Victor...
February 10, 2014
Pragmatism rules the day at Directed Light, a job shop focusing on a
wide range of industrial laser applications, from UV to far-infrared.
February 4, 2014
At Fisher-Barton South Carolina, historically a stamping operation,
now gets half of its revenue from products that use metal fabrication.
But there's not a stamping and fabricating "side" to the business. In
fact, the part flow shows just how complementary fabrication and
stamping can be.
January 30, 2014
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association’s 2013 Salary/Wage
& Benefit Survey suggests that people can find fulfilling
careers—especially monetarily—if they are willing to learn the trade
and acquire additional skills during their careers.
January 29, 2014
The factory worker—that is, the skilled technician—makes the products others have researched and engineered, and you can’t have a domestic manufacturing industry without them.
January 20, 2014
The boomer generation is retiring, and they’ll need to hand off the torch to somebody. The big question is who.
January 13, 2014
Why aren’t wages rising for welders even though companies say they
can’t find skilled welders? Why is welding still one of the most
difficult skills for fabricators to hire? What can fabricators do to find
the best welding talent?
January 2, 2014
Robbins Manufacturing of Fall River, Wis., has invested in an
extensive training program, including machine-specific training,
especially on the press brake. The company also has invested heavily
in new technology, including a brake with automatic tool change.
Both investments are paying off.
December 16, 2013
Last week, when I visited Fisher-Barton South Carolina, Alex Robertson, business development manager, showed me a part on the shipping dock—a part he was proud of. The contract manufacturer had won the job about eight months ago. And it beat a quote from a stamper and fabricator in India....