FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

Shop Management | Blog Posts

Would your shop survive a natural disaster?

August 31, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

One in three small businesses have felt the impact of storms or extreme weather, and nearly 40 percent do not reopen after being hit by a natural disaster. Preparation is key to survival.

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Bosses—the good, the bad, and the clueless

August 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

What do you think of your boss? Is he or she a good motivator? Do you feel valued? Does your relationship with your boss affect your job performance and satisfaction? Some “Fabricating Update” readers took the time to share their thoughts about bosses they’ve known and what makes a good boss.

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Bring home the gold with an Olympic-worthy team

August 10, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you been watching the 2016 Olympic games? If so, you have witnessed some examples of teamwork at its best. All teams are not the same. Some are dynamic and successful, and others have the makings for disaster. How is your job shop team?

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A little fun in the workplace goes a long way

July 20, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

All work and no fun makes for a stressful workplace and diminishes productivity. Are your employees having fun?

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Skills aren’t everything

June 22, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

Have you ever known a highly intelligent, skilled individual who created nothing but ill will and disorder in the workplace? How did your employer handle this situation? “Welding Wire” readers recently weighed in on this topic after reading the blog post “Voting workers off the island.”

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Fabricators weigh in on the new overtime rules

June 9, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

“Fabricating Update” subscribers were asked to share their thoughts on the new overtime rules for exempt employees that will take effect Dec. 1. Employees who responded welcome the action. Employers are not so happy about it. And one respondent questions the government’s motive behind the new rules.

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Is the customer always worth the effort?

April 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Vicki Bell

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 <i>too</i> safe

February 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Vicki Bell

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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