FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

Big fears, long lines

September 24, 2008

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Yesterday, I met a co-worker for lunch. You're thinking ho-hum, big deal. Actually it was a big deal for me, because my employer and almost all of my co-workers are located 624 miles from me. However, two of us telecommute long distances from our homes, which just happen to be in the same...

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Metal manufacturers on bailouts

September 17, 2008

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The September Fabricating Update e-newsletter discussed recent U.S. government bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since the newsletter went out, AIG also has been the beneficiary of a government-backed bailout. Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch weren't as lucky.This newsletter also...

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Where the jobs are and aren't

September 10, 2008

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Texas made the national news today when thousands of Texans in Brazoria County were urged to evacuate, and officials contemplated ordering a mandatory evacuation of one million people in a second county, as Hurricane Ike gathered strength in the Gulf of Mexico on its way toward the state. If the...

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Tough choices

September 3, 2008

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It's been a rough couple of weeks in the Bell household. While we normally have difficulty finding anything we care to watch among the gazillion stations available on satellite TV, for the past two weeks, we've found ourselves having to choose between watching the political conventions or...

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More than a dollar sign

August 27, 2008

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Listen up, fabricators. Looking for a new product to fabricate? One that capitalizes on the "green" movement and, therefore, stands a decent chance of finding a market? Then look to the sidewalks of New York City.Ignore any pigeon droppings and trash bags awaiting pickup. Focus instead on some...

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What price gold?

August 20, 2008

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As I write this, the U.S. leads in total medals (82) in the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, China has won more gold medals (45) than the U.S. (26) and Russia (13) combined, and more than the U.S. and Great Britain (26) combined.The U.S. is expected to gain ground in the gold medal race in...

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Desk rage on the rise

August 13, 2008

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One of my co-workers always ends her e-mails with a profound one-liner. Her current gem is: Events are less important than our response to them.My immediate reaction to these words of wisdom was also a one-liner: Truer words were never spoken.Life is a continual learning process. A lesson that we...

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What's hot—What's not

August 7, 2008

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This post isn't about the dog days of summer, nor is it a list of Paris Hilton's "that's hot" endorsements. Rather it's a glimpse of one metal bending company that has a $7.4 billion backlog of projects—now that's hot.It also is about the hottest manufacturing sectors...

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Picking up the torch

July 30, 2008

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Confession time. At last year's FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show in Chicago, I had the opportunity, along with several of my co-workers, to try welding. Sue from ESAB graciously invited us to the company's Solutions Tour Truck Booth to suit up and weld under the guidance of a...

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Jamestown Fort Model

The road to Jamestown: A white-collar dropout fabricates his legacy project

July 15, 2008

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Few people are lucky enough to turn their hobbies and passions into a satisfying and lucrative career. Even fewer have the opportunity to create a lasting legacy of historical proportions. One individual working under a canopy at historic Jamestown is doing both. Bravo, Bob Williams.

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Bionic boomers

July 9, 2008

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Last week I met with my orthopedic surgeon to discuss my upcoming hip replacement procedure. I'm one of the growing numbers, particularly those in the 45 to 64 age group (baby boomers), who are having joint replacement surgery.I'm not a newbie when it comes to this surgery. My left hip...

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Commemorating history—Creating a legacy

July 2, 2008

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It's July, and here in the U.S., we're planning our Independence Day, celebrations. July 4 is an important day in our nation's history. On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and set the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign...

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Chemical Containers

What fabricators need to know about REACH

June 30, 2008

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The registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals (REACH) legislation enacted by the European Union is a complicated chemical management program that could affect manufacturers worldwide, including metal fabricators. This article sheds light on the legislation and provides resources to answer fabricators' questions about REACH.

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defibrillator

A matter of life or death

June 30, 2008

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Journalist Tim Russert's death from a heart attack caused many of us to think about what might transpire should a cardiac arrest or other life-threatening event happen to us at work. Responsible, sensible companies have first-aid programs designed to minimize damage and increase the likelihood of survival.

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A thumbprint in the right direction?

June 25, 2008

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Despite efforts by lawmakers and the metals industry, scrap metal theft continues worldwide. Singapore's Straitstimes.com reported today that metal thieves there are targeting letter boxes. Apparently more than 200 metal letter boxes were stolen in the past two days. According to the report,...

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