FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

From the Web 2.25.14

February 25, 2014

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Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week.

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Barnes Metalcrafters

The Fabricator Spotlight update-Part I

February 24, 2014

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From 2010 through early 2013, thefabricator.com profiled various metal fabricating shops in “The Fabricator Spotlight.” How have these businesses fared since their profiles were published? Here’s a look at two profiled at the beginning of 2010: Barnes Metalcrafters and Brown Dog Welding.

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Location, location, location?

February 19, 2014

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Whether you're a welder looking for a job, or a job looking for a welder, location matters.

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Aluminum tough as steel? Does it matter?

February 12, 2014

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Scanning news sites this morning looking for something other than coverage of PAX, which I’m experiencing firsthand in the North Atlanta suburbs, I came across an interesting item on cnn.com—“Ford’s aluminum secret weapon.” The automaker is banking on its decision to build its...

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optimism

Chances for economic improvement ‘shaky at best’

February 5, 2014

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The Great Recession officially ended June 2009 in the U.S. Since then, the economic recovery has plodded along slowly. Nearly five years later, the snail’s pace continues, with small business optimism crawling along with it. The National Federation of Independent Business (NIFB) Research...

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Earth may not be flat, but the economy is

January 30, 2014

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You no doubt have heard many experts weigh in on the economy, and you may have heard the 2014 State of the Union address, which focused a lot on economic conditions. Yes, we want to know what others think, what the trends are, and where experts think we are headed. But those who weigh in seem to...

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In praise of snow plows

January 28, 2014

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As I write this, I’m watching the snow fall outside my office window. If you’re in a part of the world that has seen far too much snow this winter, you’re probably thinking, “Big deal.” Actually, for those of us in parts of the country that seldom see snow, it is a big deal. It’s...

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Team USA wearing USA-made

January 23, 2014

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Less than two years ago, the 2012 U.S. Olympic athletes’ official uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, drew much criticism—not for appearance, but because they were made, head-to-toe, in China. The 2012 fiasco was a subject of a blog post on thefabricator.com entitled, “Will Olympic uniform...

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A nickel for a nickel

January 21, 2014

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Fabricators aren’t alone in looking for ways to cut back on material costs. A friend recently posted a photo of a large jar of coins on his Facebook page—change from a routine purchase. In coming years, that change jar might have a different color, from the inside out. As reported in the...

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Shop Towel

Shop towels and the unseen danger

January 17, 2014

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Those freshly washed shop towels you may be using to clean your hands in the workplace might be doing more harm than good. A recent study shows just how contaminated these towels can be.

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U.S. small businesses increase revenue exporting to China

January 15, 2014

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If you think only large U.S. corporations export to China, you’re wrong. Small businesses export as well. Money.cnn.com recently profiled five small businesses that currently are exporting their products to China. These products include wine, air purifiers, wallpaper, explosives detection...

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Encouraging employees to solve problems

January 8, 2014

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Yesterday’s “Fabricating Update” e-newsletter featured an item about a soft skills gap—how manufacturers are finding that their current employees and potential hires, are deficient in communication and problem-solving skills. According to a recent survey of hiring managers and human...

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The shoppingest time of the year

December 17, 2013

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Three days ago someone asked if I was done with my Christmas shopping. When I said, “No,” this person said, “Why not?” Not that I owed him or anyone else an explanation, the truth is, I really dislike shopping. I know this flies in the face of the stereotypical thinking about women: Women...

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'I quit'

December 12, 2013

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Yesterday's "Stamping News Brief" e-newsletter focused on job satisfaction. It featured a blog post by my colleague, Dan Davis, in which he wrote about the relationship between age and job satisfaction, and how employers are happy with older workers. We asked newsletter readers to share their ages...

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Honor and influence

December 4, 2013

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Today is my dad’s birthday. If he were alive, he would be 89 years old. Sadly, he passed away at the young age of 48. He served in World War II honorably, enlisting when he was 17. Well, he lied about his age to go into the military, but for an honorable reason. He lived his life honorably, and...

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