FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

Web Content Manager
FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

From the Web 4.22.14

April 22, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about Tesla building electric cars in China … but there’s also good news for the U.S.; a certain gun accessory is outselling guns; a fab shop and a mega manufacturer have joined forces in a multimillion dollar... Continue Reading

Art of the Steel

April 21, 2014

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Welder Josh Welton, Brown Dog Welding, has found success far beyond the work he does in his shop. Through social media, Josh has created a brand in demand by an ever-increasing following. The latest venture in the shop’s evolutionary process is Art of the Steel, a book that features Josh’s metal art and more.

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Hip, hip, away ...

April 16, 2014

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Nearly four years ago, I wrote a blog about a very personal matter—the fact that a metal-on-metal implant inserted in my right hip had been recalled because of possible bodily damage related to the metal parts wearing on each other. I had just learned that I was the proud owner of a DePuy... Continue Reading

From the Web 4.09.14

April 8, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about a capital spending boom that may be on the horizon; an Industrial Internet touted to revolutionize machine performance; developments in “invisibility” technology; how prospective shop buyers decided they... Continue Reading

Parts is parts?

April 3, 2014

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Apologies to grammarians everywhere—especially my fellow editors and our beloved copy editor/proofreader, who probably hyperventilated when she saw that heading, but when I read an article this morning about the 57-cent part responsible for deaths and a massive recall of General Motors vehicles,... Continue Reading

From the Web 4.01.14

April 1, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about how U.S. manufacturing, including metal fabricating, fared in March; an interesting new product developed by a company that designs and fabricates security systems; how one of the biggest big-box stores is... Continue Reading

Fixing the economy—it's not that simple

March 26, 2014

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I had lunch the other day with a banker who spends a good deal of time, as most bankers do, handling other people’s money—in his case, his clients’ investments. I asked him what he thought about the economy—is it improving? His response was that we (in the U.S.) appear to be on a precipice,... Continue Reading

From the Web 3.25.14

March 25, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about U.S. manufacturing’s future; stalled manufacturing growth in China; the last big U.S. bike maker; a “discovered” Nebraska fabricator; and a female welding instructor surviving in a man’s world.... Continue Reading

An industrial facility’s journey to LEED certification

March 20, 2014

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More and more businesses are seeking LEED certification. Among them is Hypertherm, a provider of cutting systems for the metal fabricating industry. The company met challenges along the way and exceeded its expectations in achieving LEED Gold.

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Time for a new approach

March 20, 2014

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Turns out it’s more than just a shortage of skilled workers that may be impeding organizational growth. It’s also a failure of businesses to be prepared to respond to the challenges of the highly connected and global 21st-century workforce. Speaking about The Deloitte Global Human Capital... Continue Reading

From the Web 3.18.14

March 18, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items published on the Web in the previous week are stories about manufacturing production rebounding in February; how the much ballyhooed manufacturing hubs will struggle to create jobs (big surprise); grants by the state of Minnesota and ABB aimed at training workers in... Continue Reading

From the Web 3.11.14

March 11, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items of interest to fabricators published on the Web in the previous week are stories about Boeing’s Dreamliner, which continues to experience problems; what today’s manufacturing job looks like; how an NHRA-licensed young woman helped build her dragster; and... Continue Reading

Business lessons from Matthew McConaughey

March 5, 2014

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Matthew McConaughey is on my radar these days, and if yesterday’s Forbes article about rebranding is any indication, I’m not alone in following him. I’ve been keeping up because I’ve gained newfound respect for him as an actor (see “Dallas Buyers Club” and “True Detective”), and I... Continue Reading

From the Web 3.4.14

March 4, 2014

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Among today’s Fab Top 5 items of interest to fabricators published on the Web in the previous week are stories about a ’36 Chevy truck rebuild, a fabricator vying for governor of Massachusetts, and an Italian gunmaker bringing a factory and jobs to the U.S. Also featured is an article that says... Continue Reading

Obamacare and the workforce

February 26, 2014

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Among the top stories on cnn.com today is that of Karen Willmus, a 51-year-old 9th grade English teacher from Colorado who plans to quit teaching at the end of the school year and start her own business with her teenage daughter. The catalyst? Obamacare. Willmus is among those individuals we hear... Continue Reading