Selected articles from the February 2009 issue available online:

Rapid Creek Cutters—The second time around

February 24, 2009

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At a time when companies are thinning the worker ranks, many people may be thinking about going into business for themselves. Pat Burrington, the owner of Rapid Creek Cutters, has worked for others and for himself. He recommends the latter.

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Brennan Palmiter Meeting

Teen race car driver promotes manufacturing careers

February 24, 2009

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Need help motivating young people in your area to train for manufacturing careers? Want to get them fired up about pursuing their passions? Seven Minneapolis technical schools turned to race car driver Brennan Palmiter to help them accomplish these missions. They are glad they did.

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Survival—Are factors other than the economy dragging down your operation?

February 10, 2009

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Art Hedrick, longtime consultant to the sheet metal stamping industry, has observed three internal factors that can negatively affect an operation. In this economic climate in which so much is at stake, you want to make sure that your business does not suffer from these self-destructive characteristics.

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Check valves and Flashback Arresters

The importance of exercising oxyfuel welding safety

February 10, 2009

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To ensure safe oxyfuel welding and cutting, equipment manufacturers design torches with safeguards. However, nothing takes the place of the welder's knowledge and attention to safe practices. This article discusses common oxyfuel hazards and how to avoid them.

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