FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

From the Web: Manufacturing Day and comebacks

October 1, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Obama to participate in Manufacturing Day; Wisconsin fabricator wins #MfgDay14 video contest; students take to the road for heavy metal tour; an industrial ghost town seeks rebirth; and Rockford, Ill.-based Roper Whitney experiences a comeback.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Death of manufacturing greatly exaggerated; entire city to be built on stilts

September 10, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles — Ohio politician says death of manufacturing greatly exaggerated; an entire city to be built on stilts; working women to outnumber men in Canada, but not in trades; metal shaper builds iconic cars; and another builds rat rods.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Bicycle of the future; chocolate + welding; fabricator’s creative boom; and jobs

August 19, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Handlebars become a lock; an unlikely twosome—chocolate and welding; fabricator gets creative; who’s hiring, maybe; and small business’s thoughts on hiring.

Continue Reading

How to save U.S. manufacturing

August 18, 2014

By:

The majority of U.S. citizens agree that manufacturing is vital to the economy and national security. So what can be done to save manufacturing? In his new book, Dr. William Killingsworth outlines a five-step program the government must implement to make it happen.

Continue Reading

From the Web: 3-D printing warheads; jobs lost and jobs added

July 30, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— More about 3-D printing, this time on a larger scale; the state of steel jobs in Northwest Indiana; politics and fabricating; and one company’s solution to the skilled worker shortage.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Blacksmithing, 3D printing, and an immigration nightmare stymies a shop’s growth

July 22, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Immigration nightmare stymies company’s growth/job creation; imagination an important tool in blacksmith’s arsenal; ultimate use of 3D printing; fabricator gives in many ways; and veterans trade combat helmets for welding helmets.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Welding instead of French; a heavy-metal tour; cutting energy costs

June 24, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Welding to satisfy math and language requirements; heavy-metal tour attracts future workforce; companies join to lower energy costs; stampers expect slight downturn; and metal sculpture transcends art.

Continue Reading

STIHL Inc. camp inspires youth to pursue manufacturing careers

June 23, 2014

By:

Think you might be interested in starting a summer camp to attract youth to manufacturing careers? STIHL Inc. did just that, found the endeavor worthwhile, and has even created a template for other companies to use in promoting manufacturing technology to youth.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Fabricators in the limelight; high cost of a tiny, missing part; automakers and art

June 11, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Fabricators make an important list; a missing, nickel-size part leads to big settlement for ship builder; automakers contribute millions to save Detroit’s art; men continue to be on the short end of the jobs recovery stick; and more women become manufacturing entrepreneurs.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Fabricators in the thick of battle; how to be a preferred stamper; gearhead photos

June 3, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— How fabricators support warfighters on location; what it takes to be the stamping company of choice; rebuilding a chassis in 29 photos; how to foster innovation; and new fabricating jobs heading to South Carolina.

Continue Reading

From the Web: 3-D printing & the supply chain; inspiration blows in; a fabricator success story

May 28, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— 3-D printing could alter supply chain; it takes a community of businesses to build a ballpark; placing the tail on this donkey is not so easy; fabricator moves out of the basement; and the wind ushers in a new product.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Tallest flagpole in NA; hydroformers on Sci Channel; society needs welding to function

May 20, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Designing the largest flagpole in North America no easy task; tube hydroforming featured on “How It’s Made” series; Florida fabricator encourages people to ‘actually build something’; South Carolina welding instructor pens opinion piece welding’s importance; and a Minnesota welding program’s students easily find jobs.

Continue Reading

From the Web: Tool and diemaker for 50 years partly to blame for the worker shortage

May 13, 2014

By:

Developments affecting the spring/stamping industry; something to consider when opening a plant in a new location Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Praise for a tool and diemaker’s 50 years’ service highlights a reason for the worker shortage; A spring/stamping company VP lists 5 developments he believes will affect the industry; a stamping company’s move to El Paso has paid off, despite some difficulties; lawmakers attempt to make it less lucrative for companies to leave the U.S.; and this summer job is a blue-print for teaching entrepreneurship.

Continue Reading

From the Web: The future of manufacturing training in New Jersey; the staggering price of a recall; golf being replaced as the networking sport

April 29, 2014

By:

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—General Motors proves Murphy’s law and takes a big hit, thanks to its cost-focused management; New Jersey launches a rolling initiative to train manufacturing workers statewide; misconceptions about the skill level required for today’s manufacturing workers aren’t exclusive to the U.S.; passing golf on the left, cycling is becoming the preferred networking activity ; and a Flint, Mich., shop bar captures the prosperity and excitement the city once knew.

Continue Reading