FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

Shop Management | Blog Posts

Business lessons from Matthew McConaughey

March 5, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

If Matthew McConaughey wants a side job, he can lecture corporations on transformation and rebranding.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

From the Web 3.4.14

March 4, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Highlights for fabricators from content published on the Web during the past week— cars, guns, jobs, and politics.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Obamacare and the workforce

February 26, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

Obamacare is having a big impact on the workforce, one that's estimated to result in 2.5 million workers leaving their jobs by 2024.

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Shop Management | Blog Posts

From the Web 2.25.14

February 25, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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

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Barnes Metalcrafters

Shop Management | Articles

The Fabricator Spotlight update-Part I

February 24, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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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Arc Welding | Blog Posts

Location, location, location?

February 19, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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

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Metals/Materials | Blog Posts

Aluminum tough as steel? Does it matter?

February 12, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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

Shop Management | Blog Posts

Chances for economic improvement ‘shaky at best’

February 5, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Earth may not be flat, but the economy is

January 30, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

In praise of snow plows

January 28, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Team USA wearing USA-made

January 23, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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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Metals/Materials | Blog Posts

A nickel for a nickel

January 21, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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

Safety | Articles

Shop towels and the unseen danger

January 17, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

U.S. small businesses increase revenue exporting to China

January 15, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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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Shop Management | Blog Posts

Encouraging employees to solve problems

January 8, 2014 | By Vicki Bell

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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