FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

Heavy metal

October 31, 2007

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It's Halloween, and to celebrate I thought I'd Google "Halloween metal," just to see what results the phrase would conjure up. I entered the words in quotation marks to try and limit the number of results. Among the 85,900 links returned were sites that featured metal Halloween...

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Revving up in China

October 24, 2007

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While the U.S. auto industry is busy dealing with the dollar-yen exchange rate, contract negotiations with the UAW, rising fuel prices, falling sales, and a "product so mediocre they need to bribe customers with incentives to buy American," (quote from a Forbes article Detroit to Japan: Strengthen...

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Sargent current building

Not your average job shop

October 23, 2007

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Sargent Metal Fabricators, Anderson, S.C., is not your average job shop. In an economic climate in which many U.S. fabricators have suffered, the company has stayed focused on its goals, invested in new equipment, grown by leaps and bounds, and positioned itself for future growth. How? By concentrating on key factors.

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Domestic steel's image

October 18, 2007

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner and presentation hosted by the Outside Processors Council (OPC). The council, organized in 1997 with the assistance of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Outside Processing Managers Committee, serves metal producers, service centers, and...

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Fighting brain drain

October 10, 2007

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For years the term brain drain has been defined as "an emigration of trained and talented individuals (human capital) to other nations or jurisdictions, due to conflicts, lack of opportunity, health hazards where they are living, or other reasons." More recently, the term is being used to describe...

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Road trip

October 3, 2007

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Yesterday was a beautiful day in North-metro Atlanta. Not a cloud in the sky. Pleasant temperatures. A perfect day for a road trip to visit a company that will be profiled in an upcoming article on thefabricator.com.I printed out directions from Google Maps, climbed in my Jeep (the one that metal...

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Another trade milestone

October 2, 2007

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I received a press release recently about the U.S."s trade deficit relative to China. It announced that during the George W. Bush years the total merchandise deficit has exceeded $1 trillion.Now that"s a stunning statistic. Not to sidestep this bit of data or downplay the importance of it, but it...

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Being green

September 26, 2007

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Green—my favorite color—may be the most popular these days. More and more manufacturers are working to have their products labeled green, which has become synonymous with environmentally friendly. Advertisers use it to promote everything from automobiles to shampoo. Websites, magazines,...

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Hands off my Jeep!

September 19, 2007

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I read an item today from the Charleston Daily Mail that had me shaking my head in disbelief and even frightened me.The item was about recent thefts in West Virginia of catalytic converters, which are being sold by thieves to scrap metal dealers. Many are being taken from Jeeps. This frightened...

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Employee loyalty—An elusive goal?

September 11, 2007

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Today's employees likely will work for several companies throughout their careers. This does not mean that retention efforts on your part are ineffective or a waste of resources. The right strategies can help you achieve the most from your valuable employees and possibly extend the time they work for you.

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Employment hunting on the web

Job hopping—A sign of the times

June 26, 2007

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The average employee no longer stays with the same company until retirement. Some change jobs frequently. Job hopping can pose problems for both employees and employers. When workers pursue jobs that are good fits for their skills and interests, and when employers strive to meet these workers' most important needs, everyone wins.

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Neckpiece in silver and black pearls

Turning passion into profit

April 10, 2007

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Recent SCAD graduate David Creamer creates beautiful, unique jewelry, including pieces inspired by objects many might find anything but inspirational. This article discusses Creamer's views on materials and describes the process he used to create a provocative bracelet that represents societal elements.

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Abusive boss picture

Abuse of power in the workplace

April 10, 2007

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Workplace bullying can negatively affect an employee's work performance, home life, and health. Seventy-one percent of bullies are bosses. What constitutes an abusive boss, and what can employees who are abused do to correct their harmful working conditions? This article lists different types of abusive bosses and offers tips for combating the abuse.

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Metal Manufacturing Leading Concerns

Steel prices remain top concern in 2007

February 12, 2007

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The January 2007 "Fabricating Update" asked subscribers to choose their No. 1 concern from a list of factors affecting metal manufacturing. It also asked whether the Democrat-controlled Congress sworn in Jan. 4 will have a positive, negative, or no effect on their businesses. This article presents the survey findings.

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John Engler

NAM on Fabricators' Top Two Concerns

January 9, 2007

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Following the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show keynote address, the fabricator.com's Web Content Manager Vicki Bell sat down to talk with the speaker, former Michigan Governor and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler.

Citing "Fabricating Update" survey results that steel prices and the skilled labor shortage are metal fabricators' No. 1 and 2 concerns, respectively, Bell asked Engler the following questions.

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