FMA Communications Inc.

Vicki Bell

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

Where is your career going?

September 5, 2012

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We hear a lot these days about the plight of employers looking for skilled workers and job seekers who can’t find jobs. What we don’t hear about too often—mostly because they are so grateful to be employed and want to remain so—is how the employed among us really feel about their jobs and...

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Low-key Labor Day celebration

August 30, 2012

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The workweek is winding down, and the Labor Day Weekend is upon us. As I thought about what my family might do to “celebrate,” it occurred to me that I don’t really feel all that inclined to celebrate. Yes, I’m grateful to have the day off to relax and maybe catch up on some much-needed...

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Middle class and concerned

August 23, 2012

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Every time I see the words “middle class” in an article title, I read the article. Why? Because I relate. I consider myself middle class, and I want to know if what is happening in my middle-class life also is happening to others in my economic circle. I’m looking for reassurance that the...

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Spreading the word about manufacturing beyond the choir

August 15, 2012

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Have you read the article “A moral argument for manufacturing?” If you haven’t, please do, and if you agree with the author’s premise that the only way to really change the landscape for manufacturing in the U.S. is to bring the moral argument for its existence to the collective...

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The sure path to economic success?

August 1, 2012

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No one would argue that postsecondary education is the most likely path to greater earnings and a better quality of life. However, just how much education and what type is debatable. For decades, parents and educators have preached fervently that a college education—preferably at a top-tier...

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'When working was seen as an honorable thing'

July 25, 2012

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You may have read the blog entry “Money and prestige” that was posted on thefabricator.com in June. The post discussed why more young people aren’t taking advantage of training opportunities such as the one being offered by Marinette, Wis.-based shipbuilder Marinette Marine. This topic was...

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Will Olympic uniform outrage be the catalyst for change?

July 19, 2012

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By now, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Ralph Lauren, and you probably have heard much about the U.S. Olympic athletes’ official uniforms, and I don’t mean their style. A July 12 report on the ABC program World News Tonight featured a look at the uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren and...

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How fabricators are faring this summer

July 12, 2012

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It’s summer, a time when some companies (not ice cream and sno-cone vendors) experience a lull in business. Although a summer lull most often is a temporary situation, businesses worldwide fear any slowdown as being an indicator of a possible move back into a recession. On its website and...

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'Money and prestige'

June 20, 2012

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A colleague brought an interesting article to my attention the other day. The article, published on jsonline.com, told the story of Marinette, Wis.-based shipbuilder Marinette Marine and its struggles to attract young workers. Among its efforts are reaching out to local schools and offering paid...

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Manufacturing and U.S. competitiveness

June 13, 2012

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You may have read or heard something today about how the world views the U.S. The Pew Research Center has released its Global Attitudes Survey findings, and pundits have been quick to jump on and analyze the results, particularly as they relate to this year’s presidential contest and the two main...

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'Reasons to push jobs overseas are starting to fall apart'

May 30, 2012

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News website headlines, such as those on msnbc.com today, battle each other for my attention. While I'm fascinated by the six-year-old spelling prodigy Lori Ann Madison, the youngest speller ever in the National Spelling Bee, reading her story had to wait until I read the one under the headline...

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Marty Rice's Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans

May 23, 2012

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In my e-mail inbox this morning was the latest installment of "Rice's World Famous, Randomly Sent, Unsolicited VetLetter." Authored and distributed by Marty Rice, a veteran, welder, and educator who has contributed many articles to thefabricator.com, the VetLetter always takes me on an emotional...

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Whinges across the globe

May 17, 2012

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A recent blog post by Editor-in-Chief Dan Davis was the subject of last week's "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter. This post—Manufacturing on the rise; pay not so much—dealt with an issue (starting wages) that might be hampering hiring efforts and stressed the need for employers to do a better...

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How healthy is your business?

May 3, 2012

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The first quarter of 2012 is behind us. Companies of all sizes are examining their first quarter results to gauge how well they are doing and plan for the months ahead. Investors wait anxiously for corporations to tally, massage, report, and spin their figures, comparing them to economists'...

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How long has this been going on?

April 26, 2012

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How long have we been talking about a welder shortage? If you type "welder shortage" with the quotation marks in thefabricator.com's search box, you will retrieve a list of 367 articles; without the quotation marks, the list grows to 619.  The very first article in both searches, "Feeling the...

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