FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

Is the customer always worth the effort?

April 13, 2016

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You can never have too many customers, or so it’s said. Is this true? What about the customer that has you do all the hard work and takes your well-designed product elsewhere for production? Are you happy to have had their business? Perhaps you can take solace in lessons learned.

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Should welding students and welders provide their own tools?

March 2, 2016

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A recent post on The Fabricator Blog sparked a Facebook discussion about whether welding students and welders should provide their own tools for school and on the job. We opened the discussion up to “Welding Wire” readers. Here are a few of the many responses we received.

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No such thing as too safe

February 18, 2016

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A recent fatality at an industrial site underscores the need to be vigilant about safety at all times. You can never be too safe.

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Bowie, Frey, Rickman, Vigoda, and Dial—let's not forget Dial

January 28, 2016

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Musicians and actors aren’t the only artists worth celebrating and remembering. Take a moment and check out the life and work of rail-car fabricator and artist Thornton Dial.

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The modern workplace—How to play nice together

January 21, 2016

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Older workers are not retiring as they once did. If you are among those still working long after you’re eligible for Social Security and Medicare, here are some tips to help foster better working relationships.

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From the Web: Luring a $100 million facility; R2D2; fab lab; and metals make American manufacturing

July 16, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Ohio community hoping to land metal fabricating plant; fabricated R2D2 rolls into Comic Con; FMA, Harper College collaborate on fab lab; Pittsburgh (and 11 other U.S. cities) poised for manufacturing growth; and 3-D printing and the Cardinals

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Upskilling – What it means and where it stands

June 3, 2015

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Much attention has been given to the skills gap, a critical issue affecting manufacturing. The Upskill Summit held in April provided an opportunity for manufacturers and other entities to explore concrete measures to alleviate the gap by upskilling workers. Summit participant Traci Tapani, co-president, Wyoming Machine, discusses the initiative.

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Rob Key Designs: Fabricator in the national spotlight

May 27, 2015

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Tulsa, Okla.-based Rob Key Designs is among 100 businesses featured in the Small Business Revolution project, an initiative showcasing successful small businesses in the U.S. How did this fabricator become successful? Owner Rob Key shares some insight.

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From the Web: Remembering Rosie; GM invests; new jobs; subpar growth; and Uber’s economic role

April 30, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—A tale of two Rosies; GM to invest billions; new jobs in Chattanooga; and the current and future economy.

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From the Web: ‘Routine’ jobs disappearing; business expands; 3-D printing updates; and brake woes

April 9, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—The future of routine jobs; Lincoln, Neb., business expands; 3-D developments; and brake concerns.

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From the Web: Training programs; evolution of can making; and a universal safety concern

April 2, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Baltimore to re-establish a training center; the importance of an educated workforce; evolution of can making; and addressing a safety concern of a different sort.

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From the Web: An arm’s value; bent & twisted artwork; sourcing materials; making 3-D affordable

March 12, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Fabricator does his own thing; what an arm’s worth depends on where you are; steel industry here and abroad; and hybrid kit designed to make 3-D printing more affordable.

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From the Web: Unique U.S.-made products; FedEx draws a line; making titanium cheaper; Texas mfg flat

February 26, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Two unique products made in the U.S.; FedEx says no to shipping a product; making titanium more affordable; and Texas manufacturing still flat

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From the Web: Diversifying; restructuring; growing; and wearing a Ferrari

February 19, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Study confirms fabricators should diversify; restructuring helps revive businesses; Nebraska company on the growth track; and how you can wear a Ferrari

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From the Web: Warning for chocoholics; love locks; doggie business; robot revolution

February 12, 2015

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Web articles for fabricators—Metal in your chocolate; a new spin on locks; fabricating for dog owners; a traveling CNC mill, and a manufacturing revolution.

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