FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

Location, location, location

February 27, 2008

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Among the featured stories on my Internet home page today was one that listed the best and worst states in the U.S. for finding jobs. This article appeared on the same day that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest mass layoff statistics. According to the BLS, the number of...

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2008 Fabricating Update Graph

Economy edges out other concerns

February 26, 2008

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The fourth annual Fabricating Update subscriber survey revealed that anxiety about the U.S. economy outranks other metal manufacturing industry concerns, including steel prices, the No. 1 concern the previous three years. Beating steel prices by a nose was the skilled-labor shortage. Find out what metal manufacturers think of these and other concerns.

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Brennan Palmiter with his car

Go! Brennan

February 26, 2008

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Who can inspire a young person to pursue a welding career better than a peer who welds? How about a peer who also is a stock car driver? Racer and welder Brennan Palmiter has teamed up with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and Practical Welding Today® magazine to introduce more young people to manufacturing careers.

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Rogue satellite

February 20, 2008

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When watching your satellite TV or talking on your cell phone, do you ever think about all the satellites that circle the earth? Do you ever wonder how many there are? Which country has the most? What would happen if they began to fall back to earth?To tell the truth, I never gave it much thought,...

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Leaving Arizona

February 14, 2008

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Illegal immigration is among the top issues in the 2008 presidential election. The candidates have stated their plans for stemming the tide of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. and dealing with the large numbers currently residing in the country. Arizona has passed a law to address the...

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Get with the program

February 7, 2008

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Have you ever noticed how things run in cycles? Feast or famine? Drought or flood? No phone calls, or one call after another? I telecommute, and days go by that my work phone doesn't ring at all. On those days, all communication transpires electronically. This is not one of those days.Among...

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Frills or no frills?

January 30, 2008

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A mere three weeks ago, the introduction of the Nano, the $2,500 car produced by Tata Motors, made the headlines worldwide. It also was the topic of the Jan. 15 "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter lead-in, which asked subscribers what they thought of the new car and whether it would have any impact...

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Flashdance meets real life

January 23, 2008

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I'm interviewing Brennan Palmiter, a young race car driver with a passion for welding that's almost as strong as his passion for racing. His profile will be featured on thefabricator.com next month.Palmiter's story, along with two stories I ran across today, proved to me that there...

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Hodgepodge

January 17, 2008

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Today's post is a mishmash of interesting items that have crossed my desk in the last few days.The words hodgepodge and mishmash are alterations of Middle English words, hochepot and misse-masche, respectively. The English language has evolved over the years, and so has the English...

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Filling a need

January 9, 2008

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Can you remember a time without wheelchairs? Probably not. According to wheelchairnet.org, the earliest found image of a wheelchair is incised in stone on a 6th century Chinese sarcophagus. In the 16th century, King Philip II of Spain used an elaborate rolling chair with movable arm and leg rests....

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Educators, listen up

December 13, 2007

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Much has been said and written about the skilled labor shortage, yet it remains an issue that plagues manufacturers across the U.S. and the rest of the world.Skill comes from training and experience. It begins when an individual is exposed to a craft, develops an interest, and decides to pursue the...

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Say it isn't so

December 5, 2007

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Confession time. I'm a survey junkie. When I scan news sites, I always check the survey section to see the latest topics. In fact, my very first blog post on thefabricator.com, What to do about health care costs, mentioned surveys about dashboard dining and windbreakers imported from...

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After the war

November 28, 2007

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As the Iraqi War continues, business is booming for defense contractors. According to Michael Brush"s article on MSN Money, War means a windfall for CEOs, the military buildup has caused defense-contractor revenue to double, triple, and even more during the past five years, and executives at these...

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Notes on FABTECH

November 15, 2007

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WARNING: I'm on FABTECH overload. I'm back in my office looking at stacks of press kits about products featured at the 2007 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show that wrapped up Wednesday. Held in Chicago, this year's show was the largest I've seen in my nine years with the...

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Cutting the pipeline

November 7, 2007

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This week two metal tube and pipe companies announced plant closings.Wolverine Tube Inc. announced Nov. 6 that it will discontinue its U.S. plumbing tube business and will close manufacturing facilities located in Decatur, Ala., and Booneville, Miss. The same day, U.S. Pipe & Foundry announced that...

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