Vicki Bell

Vicki Bell


FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd
Elgin, IL 60123

Shop Management | Blog Posts

From the Web: Steel making, fabricating have changed; mfg & politics; 3-D printing semi-solid metals

October 30, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— AISC VP sets the record straight about today’s steel production; what skills today’s factory workers need; manufacturing and politics, and developments in 3-D printing.

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Metals/Materials | Articles

More than a metal warehouse—Behind the scenes at Pacesetter Steel

October 29, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Metal service centers are a vital part of the fabricating world, and their fortunes are closely aligned with their customers’. Here’s a look at how one center fared during the Great Recession and where it’s headed with its young CEO at the helm.

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From the Web: Harley jewelry; U.S. manufacturing renaissance or fantasy?

October 14, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Utica, N.Y., company decorates Harleys; manufacturing renaissance—maybe, maybe not; women provide manufacturing muscle; and predicting metal costs.

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Shop Management | Articles

Global shifts in economies make U.S. manufacturing significantly more cost-effective

October 13, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

For decades U.S. manufacturers looking to increase profits and remain competitive have moved plants and jobs offshore. Changing global economics have made doing so much less attractive. The U.S. is gaining cost advantages as other regions lose theirs.

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From the Web: Sisters making it in the USA; welding after midnight; improving 3-D printing

October 8, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Ohio sisters passionate about manufacturing; a look at some Manufacturing Day events; 3-D printing still evolving; and welding after midnight.

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From the Web: Manufacturing Day and comebacks

October 1, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Obama to participate in Manufacturing Day; Wisconsin fabricator wins #MfgDay14 video contest; students take to the road for heavy metal tour; an industrial ghost town seeks rebirth; and Rockford, Ill.-based Roper Whitney experiences a comeback.

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From the Web: Death of manufacturing greatly exaggerated; entire city to be built on stilts

September 10, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles — Ohio politician says death of manufacturing greatly exaggerated; an entire city to be built on stilts; working women to outnumber men in Canada, but not in trades; metal shaper builds iconic cars; and another builds rat rods.

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From the Web: Retraining in Atlantic City; Ford fast tracks aluminum truck; U.S. mfg losing ground

August 27, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles—Atlantic City casino workers to retrain for fab jobs; aluminum body truck production picks up speed; U.S. factories keep losing ground; materials providers focus on 3-D printing; and young entrepreneur stresses leadership.

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From the Web: Bicycle of the future; chocolate + welding; fabricator’s creative boom; and jobs

August 19, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Handlebars become a lock; an unlikely twosome—chocolate and welding; fabricator gets creative; who’s hiring, maybe; and small business’s thoughts on hiring.

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Shop Management | Articles

How to save U.S. manufacturing

August 18, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

The majority of U.S. citizens agree that manufacturing is vital to the economy and national security. So what can be done to save manufacturing? In his new book, Dr. William Killingsworth outlines a five-step program the government must implement to make it happen.

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From the Web: 3-D printing warheads; jobs lost and jobs added

July 30, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— More about 3-D printing, this time on a larger scale; the state of steel jobs in Northwest Indiana; politics and fabricating; and one company’s solution to the skilled worker shortage.

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From the Web: Blacksmithing, 3D printing, and an immigration nightmare stymies a shop’s growth

July 22, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Immigration nightmare stymies company’s growth/job creation; imagination an important tool in blacksmith’s arsenal; ultimate use of 3D printing; fabricator gives in many ways; and veterans trade combat helmets for welding helmets.

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From the Web: Welding instead of French; a heavy-metal tour; cutting energy costs

June 24, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Welding to satisfy math and language requirements; heavy-metal tour attracts future workforce; companies join to lower energy costs; stampers expect slight downturn; and metal sculpture transcends art.

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Shop Management | Articles

STIHL Inc. camp inspires youth to pursue manufacturing careers

June 23, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Think you might be interested in starting a summer camp to attract youth to manufacturing careers? STIHL Inc. did just that, found the endeavor worthwhile, and has even created a template for other companies to use in promoting manufacturing technology to youth.

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From the Web: Fabricators in the limelight; high cost of a tiny, missing part; automakers and art

June 11, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from the past week’s Web articles— Fabricators make an important list; a missing, nickel-size part leads to big settlement for ship builder; automakers contribute millions to save Detroit’s art; men continue to be on the short end of the jobs recovery stick; and more women become manufacturing entrepreneurs.

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