FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

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Ode to 2008

December 17, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

'Twas a mere two weeks before the end of a year Filled with economic unrest and little to cheer Or so it would seem, as the headlines screamed "The sky is falling; this isn't a dream" Unemployment is growing and jobs are notAutomakers are sinking; credit is shot Politicians are...

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And today's word is ...

December 10, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Ass-backwards: a slang term that means of or in a way that is particularly contrary to the usual way, confusing—sometimes referred to as putting the cart before the horse.No, I didn't just pull this term out of my & hat. It's plastered across news sites today and being broadcast on...

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That all-important bus

December 4, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

If you're reading this, you're on the Internet, and most likely, your time spent online has increased over the years. A study earlier this year by IDC, a provider of market intelligence for the IT community, revealed that Internet users are spending more time online than watching TV: 32.7...

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Nobody's favorite word—Layoffs

November 25, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Mass layoffs are occurring with greater and greater frequency. With proper planning, some may have been avoidable. Some troubled companies may be able to find alternatives to layoffs, and all can take steps to minimize layoff pain for both the displaced workers and those who remain on the job.

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Scam artists targeting fabricators

November 19, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

By now, most of us are familiar with the Nigerian scam, in which "wealthy" foreigners need help moving millions of dollars from their countries and promise those who assist hefty rewards. Victims have lost thousands of dollars to this and similar scams. Now scam artists are targeting fabricating...

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Turbulent times call for extraordinary leadership

November 12, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Whether it's nervous energy, a pre-holiday cleaning bug, this week's full moon—whatever the reason—for the past few days, I've been on a mission to clean my office. Three full trash bags now are waiting outside my door, and my paper shredder needs to be emptied. It's...

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After the ball

November 5, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

The mind is amazing. Who really knows why it remembers what it does and forgets the rest? This morning, the day after the U.S. presidential election, a song my parents taught my sisters and me when we were children sprang into my mind—totally out of the blue. (We saw a lot of blue and red...

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Welding your way to a six-figure income?

October 29, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Last week's Welding Wire e-newsletter lead feature discussed a report by Chief White House correspondent for the CBS Evening News, Jim Axelrod, who recently was surprised to learn about a career that requires no college degree and pays six figures.Axelrod reported that "thanks to a program run...

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Being like Joe

October 22, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

It isn't every day that guys like Joe "the plumber" Wurzelbacher make the news, but it does seem that in any presidential election year, a regular guy or soccer mom is dragged into the national spotlight as the quintessential make-or-break voter. How a candidate's proposed policy affects...

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The new 5S

October 15, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

At last week's FABTECH International® & AWS Welding Show with METALFORM in Las Vegas, I walked the show floor, which I'm proud to say I survived. Anyone who attended the show knows what I mean. The show was huge and the aisles were long. The first day, it also was crowded with record...

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Sherry Moser Icicle Necklace

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Mining her talent

October 14, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Imagine growing up thinking you really have no artistic ability and then taking a class that rekindles childhood interests and blows that belief sky high. Such was the case for jewelry-maker Sherry Moser, whose unique and beautiful creations pay homage to her upbringing and her deep love of her surroundings.

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I came, I saw, I welded

October 9, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

The credit for this headline goes to my publisher, Ed Youdell, who suggested it when I told him about my brief attempt at welding at the 2008 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show with Metalform that ended Oct. 8.Ed also deserves some of the credit for my attempt. As I explained in an earlier...

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Big fears, short lines

October 1, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

Last night, continuing our long-standing tradition of "date night," my husband and I went to our favorite local restaurant, Alpha Soda. A fixture in our community, Alpha Soda—which was established in 1920 and is said to be the oldest standing business in its city—draws crowds. Not so...

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Big fears, long lines

September 24, 2008 | By Vicki Bell

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 | By Vicki Bell

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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