FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

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What's your job satisfaction number?

July 27, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Among the most popular articles on thefabricator.com is a series about Job Satisfaction that was written early in 2003. In December 2002, we surveyed “Fabricating Update” readers about how satisfied they were with their jobs. We asked them to rate their job satisfaction for the year on a scale...

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Suppressing wages?

July 13, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

The July "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter featured reader comments about wages and whether employers are suppressing them to boost profits. These comments were inspired by a quote in the June issue from a reader reflecting on a potential manufacturing renaissance: "It is great that the companies...

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'A small bit of good news'

June 29, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Among the headlines on msnb.com today was one that stood out as some very positive news for manufacturing: 'Manufacturing companies returning to U.S.' The linked article title, “Surging China costs forces some U.S. manufacturing companies back home," had me fist pumping a la Maria Sharapova at...

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Vacation or not?

June 22, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

The July issue of "Stamping News Brief" featured an item about a recent study from CareerBuilder, which showed that financial constraints and demanding work schedules have some workers foregoing vacation plans this year.  Twenty-four percent of full-time workers reported they can't afford to take...

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'Think globally, act locally'

June 16, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Hexagon 2011 in Orlando, Fla. Held June 6-9, the conference hosted more than 2,500 attendees from 65 countries. Customers, partners, and members of the press were treated to keynotes, informational sessions in Geosystems; Intergraph Process, Power & Marine...

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Metal fabricating by the numbers

June 1, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Did you happen to see the mentalfloss.com article posted May 31 on cnn.com about 10 interesting numbers in the U.S.? Among the numbers listed were 2.3 (milligrams of B1, the amount recommended during World War II for very active men after the Selective Service discovered that about one in seven...

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Factory workers and lawyers

May 25, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

A Fiscal Times article posted on money.msn.com May 23 noted that the U.S. labor market has been looking stronger in recent months as private-sector companies have added two million workers since early 2010, with the "overwhelming bulk" coming from small businesses.  As reported, so far...

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Hiring heroes

May 18, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Since the news of Osama Bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals broke, I’ve shied away from writing about the event. It's been covered thoroughly by media and trumpeted at every opportunity as a major coup by the current administration—which you have to admit it is, no matter which...

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Manufacturing renaissance?

May 11, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday's "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter featured an item from businessweek.com that suggested the U.S. is undergoing a "manufacturing renaissance." The article, "Manufacturing booms as Deere exemplifies productivity surge," quoted Wells Capital Management Chief Investment Strategist James...

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Crying on the job

May 4, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

I was in the thick of writing about the federal gas tax and how mayors from metropolitan cities are in favor of increasing the taxes if more funds are spent on improving the infrastructure in these cities and less on highways, when a far more interesting topic caught my eye.  Perhaps you don't...

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Class of 2011

April 27, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Are you graduating from college this year, or do you know someone who is? This year's graduates may have something to celebrate besides their newly earned degrees. According to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers plan to hire 19.3 percent more recent...

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Trickle-down effect of rising fuel costs

April 20, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday's "Tube Talk" e-newsletter discussed rising gas prices and the effect the increase is having on small businesses. More than 64 percent of small business owners polled on DollarDays.com said revenue is down as a result of increased gas prices, and more than a quarter said they will have...

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Sixty jobs

April 13, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

Articles about two different companies at opposite ends of the fabricating spectrum adding 30 jobs each came to my attention this morning.  One company's plan involves a big investment by the once bankrupt, bailed-out corporation, and the other, collaboration with a state-run program and local...

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'Jobs are back, just not for everybody'

April 6, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

I had an interesting conversation the other day with a septuagenarian who is currently enrolled in an MBA program. This former president and CEO of a textile manufacturing company is making straight As. He also is actively looking for a job, having separated from his former company six years ago. ...

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Stressed at work? Let the foolery begin

March 30, 2011 | By Vicki Bell

April 1 is celebrated in the Western world as April Fools' Day, a day in which practical jokes and foolishness are generally tolerated — albeit more so by some than others — and most of us tend to view whatever we are told on this day with more than a modicum of skepticism, particularly that...

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