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Welder

How to start, establish, and grow a welding or manufacturing business

October 22, 2013

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Many welders and other highly skilled workers likely have thought about going into business for themselves, but lacked the business knowledge required to launch a successful venture. A new book endeavors to provide that knowledge.

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Baron Machine Co

A career versus a job

October 4, 2013

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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

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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...

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Statistically insignificant?

September 19, 2013

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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...

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Reflections on 9-11

September 11, 2013

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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...

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Your greatest asset

September 6, 2013

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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...

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Impressed in Seattle

August 29, 2013

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“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...

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MFG Day Event Superior Joining Technology

Manufacturing takes center stage

August 28, 2013

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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

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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

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We keep hearing/reading that the U.S. job picture is improving. An article published today on nbcnews.com, “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...

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Arc Welder

The welder’s helper

August 5, 2013

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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

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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...

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Covering all the bases to keep the registers ringing

July 25, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post that centered on a Costco Connection poll asking if U.S. manufacturing jobs are still important to the economy. The magazine presented arguments supporting both the “yes” and “no” positions. I took issue with the latter, largely because I believe that...

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Manufacturing, who needs it?

July 11, 2013

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Flipping through The Costco Connection July 2013 magazine last night, I ran across an interesting tidbit on page 8—an image of a welder with the caption: “Debate goes on—in response to the June Debate, ‘Are U.S. manufacturing jobs still important to the economy?’” Clearly, I had missed...

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Oh, Canada

June 13, 2013

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After reading yesterday’s “Fabricating Update” e-newsletter, a reader from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, wrote to tell me how disappointed he was that Canada was not included in the news item about how difficult it is to find skilled workers globally. Mexico’s  stats, which are nearly the...

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