FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

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'I wanna shake his hand'

July 29, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

The metal fabricating industry is made up of highly skilled, hard-working individuals who are passionate about their work and proud of what they create. But every now and then, along comes a slacker who does a half-backside job and creates all kinds of problems. Such is the case with the Northrop...

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Guest column: Detroit Three restructuring—What it means for suppliers

July 23, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Editor's note: This post is from STAMPING Journal® columnist Bernard Swiecki, a director, market analysis, in the economics business group with the Center for Automotive Research.How bankruptcy and restructuring are changing the Detroit Three—What it means for suppliersBy Bernard...

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Speaking the same language

July 22, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

If your business isn't doing as well as you'd like—and whose is these days—there may be internal factors that are making an already tough situation even worse. One likely suspect is waste. I know, you probably are so very tired of hearing about lean manufacturing, and you may...

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Fabricators and politics

July 15, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday's "Fabricating Update" lead item ruffled feathers, raised hackles, and had this editor ducking for cover as fabricators sounded off about comments from the Obama administration's recently released employment report.The item cited an article that appeared in The Washington Post...

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How 'green' is 'green'?

July 1, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

This blog post is rooted in a discussion my husband and I had yesterday regarding a news item I ran across about a 'green' race car that runs on vegetable oil and waste chocolate. I get vegetable oil, but where on earth does waste chocolate come from? Godiva, Ghirardelli, Hershey, Fannie...

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Proud to build the building

June 23, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Oprah, I'm not. And I don't have a book club. But this morning, I read about a book in USA Today that I believe might appeal to thefabricator.com's visitors. In fact, I'm guessing many of you could have written it. I plan to read it; maybe you'll want to also.The...

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It's paid for

June 17, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

"It's paid for" & three little words that have come to mean so much to so many. Could they have contributed to the automakers' troubles?Case in point—yesterday my colleague, Tim, and I were talking about his recent new-car purchase. You may have read about the mishap involving his...

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Blogger's block

June 10, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

It was a dark and stormy night & make that a hazy, humid day in which my brain is so exhausted from creative overload that it's refusing to come up with a really good blog topic. I've come down with blogger's block, an affliction that is by no means as serious as the potential H1N1...

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'Humans are smarter than apes'

June 3, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

In past posts, I've mentioned that I'm a tennis fan. The last few days have been quite exciting in the tennis world as No.-1 ranked, four-time French Open champ, Rafael Nadal, was defeated in the fourth round by No. 23-ranked Robin Soderling, a Swedish player who never won so much as a...

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'Work like hell to win now'

May 27, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

If you read last week's blog post "Leapfrogging the competition," you know about the Barclay's Commercial survey cited in the May issue of "Tube Talk" that said 54 percent of UK businesses view the ability to leapfrog struggling competitors as their key opportunity in the current...

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Leapfrogging the competition

May 20, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Yesterday's "Tube Talk" e-newsletter that went out to more than 10,000 metal tube and pipe industry professionals featured findings from the Turning the Corner survey conducted in the UK by Barclay's Commercial.According to this survey, a majority of UK businesses (54 percent) view the...

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HAL 9000 2.0

May 13, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Scanning news releases yesterday, I quickly passed over those with headlines that reminded me that this is not the best of times economically—there was no shortage. Ditto for the political surveys predicting the unqualified success or the unmitigated failure of potential congressional...

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Mr. Holland's Opus

May 6, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

My last blog post was addressed to Crook County (Oregon) High School officials and others who could help decide the fate of vocational and technical programs in the U.S., which often are the first items on the chopping block when funding for education is tight. It featured an item from News/Talk...

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Keep voc-tech programs alive

April 29, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

Crook County High School, educational institutions all across the U.S., and Congress, we're addressing you. Please listen.Last week's "Welding Wire" newsletter featured an item from News/Talk 1110 KBND, Bend, Ore., about a high school metal and welding class that likely will be cut in...

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One bag of garbage

April 22, 2009 | By Vicki Bell

It's one of those days—a day with a calendar reminder that we are to celebrate or commemorate something or someone. A day in which we are supposed to incorporate some sort of activity to honor the day's designated honoree. Today is a double whammy— Administrative Professionals...

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