FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

The greatest show in fabricating

November 13, 2013


The holiday season is fast approaching, and what better way for fabricators to kick it off than by holding their own extravaganza celebrating metal manufacturing and its technology. FABTECH® truly is an extravaganza—a spectacular array of the latest equipment and software for producing metal... Continue Reading


November 6, 2013


As promised, here are some positive comments from “Welding Wire” readers about their experiences dealing with today’s young workers. First up is Dan, who works for a Michigan-based company that touts its “benchmark craftsmanship by certified welders.” Dan said, “I like to work with the... Continue Reading

Those who do well really shine

October 31, 2013


The October “Welding Wire” e-newsletter asked readers to share their observations about today’s workforce, specifically, younger workers. You can always count on “Welder Wire” workers to respond and to do so with candor and conviction. Based on their responses, there are some issues with... Continue Reading

Barely 18, Part II

October 23, 2013


Joe, Joe, Joe. It’s now been three weeks since I e-mailed you in response to the comment you left for a blog post about how welders began their welding careers. You wrote about your desire to begin yours and how no one would give you a chance. I wanted to find out and report on your experiences... Continue Reading

Baron Machine Co

A career versus a job

October 4, 2013


Baron Machine Co., Laconia, N.H., views its tuition reimbursement program as a win-win for the company and its employees—one that will attract individuals looking for a career versus a job.

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Barely 18, Part I

October 1, 2013


Posts on The Fabricator Blog typically don’t generate much feedback, and that doesn’t surprise me. I read blogs and many thought-provoking articles every day, and most have comment capability. How many times have I commented? Not once. I get why people don't comment. There are far more of us... Continue Reading

Statistically insignificant?

September 19, 2013


Earlier this week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced its income, poverty, and health insurance coverage statistics for 2012. According to the numbers, the median household income in the U.S. last year was $51,017, not statistically different in real terms from the 2011 median of $51,100. This... Continue Reading

Reflections on 9-11

September 11, 2013


As I sat down to write today’s post, I thought about all the topics I could cover—jobs, the economy, manufacturing, world events, Miley Cyrus’s record-breaking video (apparently that’s big news today)—the list is endless. However, none of these outweighs the events that transpired on this... Continue Reading

Your greatest asset

September 6, 2013


If someone asked you to name your greatest asset, what you would say? Your home? Maybe once upon a time, but probably not anymore, thanks to the recession. Your 401(k) or stock portfolio? See previous statement. As stated in the article “Lessons from the Recession” in the September AARP... Continue Reading

Impressed in Seattle

August 29, 2013


“Go to Seattle,” they said. “You’ll love it,” they said. They were right. Last week I spent a couple of days in the Seattle, Wash., area visiting OMAX, a provider of waterjet cutting systems. The company was celebrating its 20th anniversary and had invited the press. While many... Continue Reading

MFG Day Event Superior Joining Technology

Manufacturing takes center stage

August 28, 2013


Actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to changing the public perception. Thanks to Manufacturing Day, more and more people are becoming more positive about manufacturing and manufacturing careers.

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Ed Barr

Interview with Ed Barr, author of Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication

August 19, 2013


What prompted educator Ed Barr to write a book about sheet metal fabrication? Find the answer and more about the book in this Q&A.

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Show me the jobs, good jobs

August 8, 2013


We keep hearing/reading that the U.S. job picture is improving. An article published today on, “Jobless claims point to healing employment market,” said “the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose slightly last week but was still near its lowest level... Continue Reading

Arc Welder

The welder’s helper

August 5, 2013


Not everyone involved in welding wields a torch. Welders’ helpers play integral parts in welding projects and sometimes command a higher salary than the welder.

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You need a vacation

August 1, 2013


A co-worker called a few minutes ago, and I asked her how things were at the office. You see, I work several states away in my home office, where it’s always quiet. Just me, my computer, phone, and a couple of cats that pop in and out occasionally. Apparently, it’s not too different at... Continue Reading