FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

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

July 30, 2014

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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.

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

July 22, 2014

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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.

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

June 24, 2014

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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.

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STIHL Inc. camp inspires youth to pursue manufacturing careers

June 23, 2014

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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.

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

June 11, 2014

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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.

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

June 3, 2014

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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.

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

May 28, 2014

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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.

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

May 20, 2014

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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.

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

May 13, 2014

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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.

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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

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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.

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From the Web 4.22.14

April 22, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Tesla to build electric cars in China; sales for a certain gun accessory are booming; a fab shop and mega manufacturer are involved in a multimillion dollar venture; bike center expansion to make fab equipment available to more people; and British Columbia, Canada will need 2,000 new welders and fabricators over the next 10 years.

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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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Metal-on-metal hips seemed like a good idea, in theory. In reality, some have become an implant patient’s worst nightmare.

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From the Web 4.09.14

April 8, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—a possible capital spending boom; GE’s big plans for the ‘Industrial Internet’; invisible technology in development; a Washington fabricator does it better; and a Ford Bronco’s (not that Bronco) 12-year journey.

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Parts is parts?

April 3, 2014

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So the part doesn’t meet the specifications. Well, let’s just install it anyway and hope for the best. What are the odds something will happen? Wrong, stupid decision.

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