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Vicki Bell

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

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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Fabricators on rebuilding manufacturing's infrastructure

April 18, 2012

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It all started with a blog post by The FABRICATOR®'s Senior Editor Tim Heston: The moral imperative of U.S. manufacturing. The post discussed the manufacturing supply chain and how the U.S. must rebuild its infrastructure to compete in the global marketplace. It led to posts by Editor-in-Chief Dan...

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Unemployment benefits or a factory job?

March 28, 2012

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If you’re a regular reader of The Fabricator Blog, you may have seen the post about wages that drew comments from both employers and workers—both those who think current wages are fine and those who don't.  These comments also offered opinions about why employers may be having such a...

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'Manufacturing is wealth creation'

March 14, 2012

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again … the very best part of my job is hearing from readers. It doesn't matter whether the reader shares my views or thinks I’m 'out to lunch.' What matters is that he or she feels strongly about the topic and takes the time to share his or her view. Each...

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Adding technical tracks back into high schools

February 29, 2012

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Ever read something that makes you see red? Occasionally, I do. In fact, this happened to me Tuesday morning as I read an article on msnbc.com with the headline "Some employers want return of vo-ed training." My first reaction? "No kidding; this is old news." The metalworking industry has been...

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Making music in the U.S.

February 23, 2012

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If music is the universal language, then metal fabricators who make musical instruments and their components must be the masters of the universe. OK … that might be a stretch, but at the very least they are creators of products that can bring pleasure to many. (Sorry, but following my own...

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A U.S. export that might surprise you

February 15, 2012

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Almost lost among today's msnbc.com headlines and the Internet chatter about Whitney Houston's death and whether the New Jersey governor is justified in calling for the state's flags to be flown at half-staff in memorial was a link in the "Business" section that captured my attention and made me...

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