FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell


FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

Shop Management | Blog Posts

Illegal immigration and manufacturing—a conundrum?

February 16, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

We all have thoughts on the prevailing concerns in the U.S. these days. Families, friendships, and marriages are breaking up over differing options of who should be in the White House and what should be done about various issues—Obamacare, the Keystone Pipeline and the environment in general, and immigration, particularly the current illegal population and refugees. In resolving all of these and other matters, we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

What shop owners really look for in employees

February 9, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

Metal fabricating covers a wide range of technical skills. What shop owners are looking for in new hires depends on the shop’s processes and the services it provides. In this post, three shop owners share some new-hire criteria.

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Arc Welding | Blog Posts

Leaving Detroit

February 1, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

When life dumps lemons on you the size of boulders, you have to find a way out from under them before you can even begin to think about making lemonade. If this is a learning experience, what are the lessons to be learned, and where is that proverbial silver lining? Josh Welton might be able to answer those questions, if not now, eventually.

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Arc Welding | Blog Posts

How Carl, Jackie, and Wally began their welding careers

January 12, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

How did you find yourself where you are in your career? Are you happy with your profession and your current job? At least three individuals in the welding industry can answer “yes” to both parts of that last question. Read about their career journeys.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

ICYMI – The most viewed articles and posts in 2016

January 5, 2017 | By Vicki Bell

Remember when the Internet was in its infancy? My how it’s grown. So much content vies for your attention that you may have missed the most popular articles and blog posts published on thefabricator.com in 2016. Here are four items you may not have seen or may want to revisit.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Tis the season—Give wisely and invest in the future

December 15, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

It’s that time of year when organization after organization asks you to open your wallets and contribute to their cause. Some are legitimate and upstanding; others are not. Here are two examples of programs worthy of fabricators’ consideration.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Moving pains

December 6, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Things change and businesses move. Change and moving aren’t always easy, but acceptance and good planning can help make the transition as seamless and painless as possible. Remember, it is what it is. Make the best of it.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Job-related injuries and workers’ compensation—the more you know, the better

November 30, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Unless you work in human resources or have been involved in a work-related injury, you probably don’t know much about workers’ compensation. The leading reasons for claims just might surprise you.

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Blog Posts

FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 3

November 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

The sun has set on FABTECH® 2016. If you weren’t there, you missed an amazing show. Each year I wonder what could possibly be new? And each year I am overwhelmed by the amount of innovation. Ours is a creative industry.

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Blog Posts

FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 2

November 17, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

A new theme surfaced in today’s FABTECH® booth visits: collaboration. Find out who’s collaborating and why. Also read about what’s next in laser cutting technology and some interesting welding product introductions.

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Blog Posts

FABTECH® 2016 Highlights—Day 1

November 16, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Product improvements and introductions were on display in abundance on day one of FABTECH® 2016. Here are just a few of many that can be seen at the show.

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Bright lights, big city, metal fabrication, and memories

November 15, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

It’s that time of year again. Fabricators are hitting the road to see the sights and sounds of the biggest show in North America devoted to metal fabricating. FABTECH® opens tomorrow. Will you be there?

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Metals/Materials | Blog Posts

Medical device manufacturing and the need to adapt

November 9, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What effect does the evolving nature of materials used for fabricated medical devices have on those who manufacture them? Are shops able to use the same processes and equipment with newer materials?

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Your product is only as good as your service

October 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What good is having that new product or machine if you can’t get service when you need it? Smart companies provide exceptional service. It makes good business sense.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Fabricators and the 2016 presidential election

October 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is 25 days away. Who will be the nation’s 45th president? “Fabricating Update” readers weighed in on who they are voting for and why.

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