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April 15, 2014
A growing pie for the next generation
Brody Fanning pretty much summed everything up: “Larry the press brake operator is 65. He can’t do this anymore . This is the biggest problem we can control.” The vice president of sales for Elgin, Ill.-based Bystronic made this remark... Read more...

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March 17, 2014
FMA, NAM partner to achieve goal of 500,000 industry certifications
The Manufacturing Institute and its partners in the Skills Certification System, including the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., have announced significant progress toward achieving a five-year goal to award... Read more...

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February 13, 2014
Author of The Great Game of Business to give opening address at Leadership Summit
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) has announced that Jack Stack will deliver the keynote presentation Thursday, Feb. 27, at The FABRICATOR ®'s 9th Annual Leadership Summit and FMA's 18th Annual Toll Processing Conference.... Read more...

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December 16, 2013
NBT announces spring scholarship winners
Nine students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $1,500 or $2,500 toward their postsecondary studies from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill.... Read more...

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December 6, 2013
Stainless steel gates blend security, aesthetics
When it comes to fencing materials, chain link, wood, and wrought iron are among the most common. Each has its own appearance, from simple chain link to elegant wrought iron, with wood taking the middle ground. Despite their different... Read more...

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December 2, 2013
Hinging Success—on Hinges
Walk onto the shop floor at Midlake Products & Mfg. Co. and you’ll see lasers, turret punch presses, press brakes, and stamping presses. The Louisville, Ohio, contract precision sheet metal fabricator offers welding, as well as parts finishing.... Read more...

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December 2, 2013
Big improvements in a short time
Jorge Montalvo is not one for subtlety. As he pointed to a pile of formed sheet metal parts in the spot welding area, he shouted, “There it is. We’re not hiding it! This is our overproduction. We hate it. Do we want to get rid of it? Yes. Do... Read more...

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December 2, 2013
The right equipment for the application
North American fabricators who have had the chance to fly to western Europe and visit job shops or OEMs involved in metal manufacturing more than likely came away impressed. Those European companies rely on their skilled employees and advanced... Read more...

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December 1, 2013
2014 forecast: The big question mark
While speaking at The FABRICATOR’ s Leadership Summit in Tampa, Fla., earlier this year, Don McNeeley, president and CEO of Chicago Tube & Iron, Romeoville, Ill., said that many fabricators may see business pick up significantly for the second... Read more...

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November 5, 2013
Job Shop Consumption Report shows improvements in third quarter
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released its 3rd Quarter 2013 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report — one of the most complete tools available for forecasting activity in the... Read more...

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September 25, 2013
Manufacturing Day adds four sponsors
Manufacturing Day 2013 recently gained four new key supporters. The Association for Manufacturing Excellence has joined the movement as a Silver Sponsor, while the Manufacturing Talent Development Institute, American Foundry Society, and Wearwell... Read more...

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September 9, 2013
Manufacturing Day 2013 gains four new sponsors
Manufacturing Day 2013 has gained four more sponsors, with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) both joining at the Silver level, and Women in Manufacturing (WIM) and the Precision... Read more...

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September 5, 2013
The industry gets a quarterly physical
So, how are you feeling today? “OK, I guess.” You guess? “Well, you know, I’ve been better, but I’ve been a lot worse too. Remember me a few years ago?” You were a mess. “Sure was.... Read more...

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August 26, 2013
Shell Lubricants joins Manufacturing Day as Gold Sponsor
Shell Lubricants has joined Manufacturing Day 2013 as a Gold Sponsor, supplying the national initiative with resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve public perception... Read more...

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August 5, 2013
FMA initiates unique survey to assess ongoing health of metal fabricating sector of economy
Small to mid-sized companies comprise most of American manufacturing. In the metal fabricating sector the health of this business segment predicts what is happening in the industry as a whole. For the first time, these smaller job shops and... Read more...

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July 30, 2013
Alliance for American Manufacturing Joins Manufacturing Day as a Gold Sponsor
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), Washington, D.C., has joined Manufacturing Day™ 2013 as a Gold Sponsor, supplying the national initiative with resources to support manufacturers participating in the program. Manufacturing Day... Read more...

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June 28, 2013
About good people working together
Tim Sullivan, former CEO of Bucyrus International Inc. who sold his surface mining equipment business to Caterpillar in 2011, has preached the challenges and potential consequences of the skilled-labor shortage. As of this writing, the... Read more...

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May 7, 2013
FABTECH sets its sights on India in 2014
FABTECH®, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, is expanding to the fast-growing industrial marketplace of India. The first FABTECH India exposition will be co-located with the Indian Institute of... Read more...

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May 1, 2013
Science Channel named official media partner for second annual Manufacturing Day
Science Channel, Silver Spring, Md., has been named the official media sponsor for the second annual Manufacturing Day, a broad-based grassroots effort created to drive public awareness of the U.S. manufacturing industry and manufacturing... Read more...

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March 26, 2013
FMA announces 2013 Safety Award winners
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the 2013 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners. The awards, sponsored by property and casualty insurance company CNA, recognize company members of FMA and Tube... Read more...

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March 19, 2013
FMA partners with Kelly Services® to help members find skilled workers
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced an affinity partner program with Kelly Services, a staffing, outsourcing, and consulting company in Troy, Mich. The program provides FMA member companies... Read more...

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February 25, 2013
FMA announces 2013 Industry Award winners
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its Industry Awards 2013. The two awards — presented by two of FMA Communications' magazines — recognize individuals or companies in the... Read more...

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February 18, 2013
Second annual Manufacturing Day slated for Oct. 4, 2013
After a successful inaugural celebration last year, the next Manufacturing Day has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Manufacturers and educational institutions are encouraged to host events that will highlight the importance of... Read more...

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January 22, 2013
Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards recognize 122 women for excellence in manufacturing
The Manufacturing Institute,Washington, D.C.; the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, Mich.; University of Phoenix; and Deloitte, New York, have announced the recipients of the first Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology,... Read more...

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January 18, 2013
FMA CEO receives CMA Leadership Award from NAM
Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International today received the annual CMA Leadership Award from the Council of Manufacturing Associations of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).... Read more...

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January 15, 2013
NBT announces 2013 national manufacturing camp grant winners
Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), has announced the winners of its 2013 manufacturing camp grant awards. Ten grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 were... Read more...

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November 28, 2012
FABTECH 2012 sees record turnout
A record-high first-day attendance, "sold" signs on equipment, and a packed house at education programs and special events were the hallmarks of the recently concluded FABTECH® 2012 in Las Vegas, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding,... Read more...

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November 9, 2012
Taxes and the deficit: The perils of oversimplification
This has been a year of trumpeting doom, of postulating, of worry—at least that’s how anyone would feel if they watched, listened to, or read the news. Workers in the media have serious column-inches to fill, and if you work in... Read more...

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November 1, 2012
FABTECH 2012 panel to analyze impact of election on manufacturing issues
Important tax credits used by manufacturers for equipment purchases, research and development and to keep jobs in the United States may come to an end in a matter of weeks. Bonus Depreciation, the R&D Tax Credit and Section 199 Domestic... Read more...

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October 10, 2012
More than 200 companies participate in first Manufacturing Day
On Oct. 5 more than 200 manufacturing companies participated in the first Manufacturing Day, a national event to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and showcase the highly skilled jobs available in manufacturing fields.... Read more...

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September 24, 2012
More manufacturers announce open house schedules for Manufacturing Day
Several manufacturers have announced their participation in Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event on Oct. 5, 2012, to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs... Read more...

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September 12, 2012
Manufacturers announce open house schedules for Manufacturing Day
Several manufacturers have announced their participation in Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event on Oct. 5, 2012, to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs... Read more...

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September 7, 2012
The financial benchmark for metal fabricators: Survival of the fastest
The industry doesn’t have room for waste. Fabricators don’t have that kind of time. They’re busy getting good products out the door quickly. They have become critical, reliable links in customers’ supply chains, and... Read more...

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August 2, 2012
FABTECH Intl. named one of 25 fastest-growing trade shows
FABTECH® Intl. Chicago, the metal forming and fabricating trade show co-sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has been named one of the 25 fastest-growing trade shows by Trade Show News... Read more...

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August 2, 2012
FMA founder Milo J. Pitkin Jr. dies
Milo J. Pitkin Jr., 76, founder of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., died July 18 at his home in Poplar Grove, Ill. Pitkin was a graduate of Drake University with a bachelor's degree in business. In... Read more...

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July 31, 2012
FMA Communications publications win four ASBPE awards
FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced that its publications have won four American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards. Tim Heston won a Silver National Award in the case history category for "Need a... Read more...

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July 10, 2012
2012 manufacturing scholarship winners announced
Ten students seeking careers in manufacturing have earned $1,500 toward their trade school or community college education from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA),... Read more...

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July 9, 2012
Manufacturing Day slated for Oct. 5
To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, a group of public and private organizations has announced the launch of... Read more...

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June 19, 2012
FMA Communications Inc. publications nominated for four ASBPE awards
FMA Communications Inc. has announced that its publications have been nominated for four American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards. Tim Heston was nominated for a National Award in the Case History category for “Need a... Read more...

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May 3, 2012
Manufacturing Institute and partners increase credentialed workforce
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and its partners have announced significant progress towards achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals, positioning them for employment and advancement in... Read more...

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April 12, 2012
Tube 2012 presents record number of exhibitors
The recent staging of Tube 2012 International Tube Trade Fair, in Düsseldorf, Germany, closed with record exhibitor numbers and increased visitor participation. A total of 1,184 exhibitors from 48 countries showcased their products in 527,400... Read more...

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March 28, 2012
Winners of 2012 FMA/CNA Safety Awards announced
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the 2012 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners. Open to all FMA and Tube & Pipe Association Intl. (TPA) company members, the program recognizes metal... Read more...

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March 22, 2012
NBT awards 11 grants to community, technical colleges for youth day camps
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its 2012 manufacturing camp grant awards. NBT has awarded 11 grants of $1,500... Read more...

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February 10, 2012
FMA announces 2012 Industry Award winners
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has named Airtronics Metal Products as the winner of The FABRICATOR ®'s Industry Award 2012 and Chicago Tube & Iron as the winner of TPJ – The Tube & Pipe... Read more...

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February 10, 2012
New FMA/CNA Safety Award announced
FMA has announced a new award created to recognize companies that excel beyond OSHA recordable incidence rates — companies that have a demonstrated safety culture. The Award for Safety Excellence honors Rusty Demeules for his contributions to... Read more...

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January 30, 2012
Leadership Summit keynote speakers to discuss how to navigate the changing market
Compelling and educational keynote addresses covering the vital role of manufacturing in the economy, new technology, and tactics to identify and target new markets and customers will highlight The FABRICATOR ®'s Leadership Summit: 7th Annual... Read more...

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January 10, 2012
Capital spending carries the rebound into 2012
Manufacturing technology consumption took an unprecedented dive during the recession, but since then the industry has bounced back dramatically. In the metal fabrication arena, most technology categories are experiencing some healthy gains, as... Read more...

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December 16, 2011
U.S. economy can grow 3 percent in 2012 if key issues addressed 'coherently'
If the U.S. addresses "in a coherent manner" four key issues that impact the economy — employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians — the country can expect growth of around 3 percent in 2012, forecasts... Read more...

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November 22, 2011
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Offers 2012 Capital Spending Forecast
A comprehensive analysis that projects planned 2012 capital expenditures on machinery and equipment ranging from cutting machines and ironworkers to press brakes and welding supplies is now available from the Fabricators & Manufacturers... Read more...

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November 11, 2011
FMA Precision Sheet Metal Operator certification program added to NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Manufacturing Institute to bring precision metal fabrication certifications to the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills... Read more...

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November 10, 2011
Officers elected to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), has elected a new slate of officers. Traci Tapani, co-president, Wyoming Machine Inc., Stacy, Minn., was... Read more...

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November 7, 2011
Renaissance for Mexican manufacturing?
Guest editorial by Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA The dominant story from Mexico today is one of violence and corruption. The drug wars are a very real part of Mexico these days, and nobody would underestimate the challenges that... Read more...

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November 2, 2011
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association board of directors elects new members, officers
George Bogan, president & COO of Main Steel Polishing, Tinton Falls, N.J.; Rob Clark, vice president-operations, Clark Metal Products, Blairsville, Penn.; Vivek Gupta, managing director, Texas Profab Corp. of Carrollton, Texas; and Dan... Read more...

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October 24, 2011
Industry economist says nearshoring strategy will boost U.S. manufacturing jobs
The phenomenon of nearshoring — the relocation of manufacturing production to countries that provide less expensive production processes and are closer to the end consumer — offers the potential for a mass return of jobs from China to the... Read more...

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October 7, 2011
"Fabricating industry continues to show its mettle," says association president
The current decade promises to be one of the most exciting periods in recent memory for the metal fabricating and forming industry, according to Ed Youdell, president and CEO of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford,... Read more...

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October 5, 2011
FMA Communications names group publisher
David Brambert has been named group publisher for FMA Communications, Inc., the publishing affiliate of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA). As group publisher, Brambert is responsible for the strategic... Read more...

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August 16, 2011
FAB 40 list debuts on thefabricator.com
FMA Communications Inc. has announced the online debut of the 2011 FAB 40 company list on its Web site. The list, posted under the "FAB 40" navigational tab or directly at www.thefabricator.com/fab40 , ranks the most successful U.S. metal... Read more...

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June 20, 2011
20 students earn manufacturing scholarships from FMA
Twenty students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). This year FMA awarded manufacturing scholarships totaling... Read more...

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June 15, 2011
Shankel to retire as president, CEO of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association; Youdell named successor
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) announces the retirement of Gerald M. Shankel as president & CEO, effective October 1. The FMA Board of Directors has appointed Edward S. Youdell, group publisher of FMA... Read more...

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May 18, 2011
China to lose edge over U.S. by 2016 says manufacturing group economist
Based on recent analyses and reports, a leading manufacturing sector economist asserts the Chinese will stand to lose significant market share in the years to come, and will have not a cost advantage over U.S. manufacturing by the year 2016.... Read more...

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May 16, 2011
thefabricator.com adds comprehensive glossary to site
FMA Communications Inc. has announced the addition of a comprehensive industry glossary to its Web site, www.thefabricator.com . The glossary, listed under the "Industry Directory" navigational tab or directly at... Read more...

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April 20, 2011
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association names 2011 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) has announced the 2011 FMA/CNA Safety Awards winners. Open to all FMA and Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA) company members, the program recognizes metal... Read more...

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March 28, 2011
Outside Processors Council merges with Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.
The Outside Processors Council (OPC) has merged with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) in an effort to further strengthen the two industry organizations and add value to members. The merger was announced at... Read more...

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March 15, 2011
Keynote speakers at FMA annual conferences say U.S. manufacturing can return to global leadership
Two spirited keynote speeches that offered bullish perspectives on the future of U.S. manufacturing — with specific caveats — highlighted The FABRICATOR ®'s Leadership Summit, 6th Annual Metal Matters and FMA's 15th Annual Toll Processing... Read more...

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February 22, 2011
FMA seeks participants for 2011 Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) encourages industry executives to participate in the 2011 Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey that will provide comprehensive data for company owners and managers in... Read more...

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February 17, 2011
NBT announces 2011 national manufacturing camp grant awards
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced the winners of its 2011 manufacturing camp grant awards. NBT awarded nine grants of $2,500... Read more...

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January 10, 2011
FMA's Toll Processing conference to offer strategies for successful business
Metal producers and processors can learn the best way to position their companies in the marketplace and make informed business decisions by attending the Toll Processing 2011 conference, March 2 to 4, at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort at Lake Buena... Read more...

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January 4, 2011
Industry leaders to deliver keynote sessions at Metal Matters 2011 conference
Compelling and educational keynote addresses covering tactics to implement for business growth and operation improvement and the state of U.S. manufacturing, highlight The FABRICATOR ®'s Leadership Summit: 6th Annual Metal Matters March 2-4.... Read more...

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January 3, 2011
FMA's leadership conference to offer business growth knowledge to metal fabricators
Metal fabricators will receive knowledge, skill development, inspirational ideas, and networking opportunities designed to improve operations and build strategic partnerships for business growth at The FABRICATOR ®'s Leadership Summit: 6th... Read more...

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December 2, 2010
FABTECH ushers in growth
On election morning Chris Scripsick stood outside Hall B inside Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, ready to tread the show floor of this year’s FABTECH®, which attracted some 22,000 attendees Nov. 2-4. Congressional races... Read more...

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November 29, 2010
Practical Welding Television wins Digital Azbee Award
FMA Communications Inc. has announced that Practical Welding Television has won a Silver Digital Azbee Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Webisode four of Practical Welding TV, "Learn Better GTAW... Read more...

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November 29, 2010
FMA economic analyst sees optimistic signs in 2011 for small manufacturing sector
Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), sees the "beginning stages for some optimism" in the small business community, which, in turn, indicate "solid" economic news for many U.S.... Read more...

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November 18, 2010
Business better, employment up in 2010, manufacturers report in poll
According to a poll of factory executives, supervisors, and engineers conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA) at the FABTECH® trade show in Atlanta in early November, more than seven in 10 (72 percent)... Read more...

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November 1, 2010
Economic analyst explains how U.S. can increase exports
Nobody doubts that the U.S. must get better at exporting, says Dr. Chris Kuehl. There was a call earlier in 2010 to increase exports by 5 percent in the next few years, but there was nothing to support that goal in subsequent speeches, and... Read more...

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September 27, 2010
FMA completes salary/wage, benefit survey
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., offers the 2010 Salary/Wage & Benefit Survey, providing data for both salaried and hourly shop floor employees. It is available for electronic download for a fee at... Read more...

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August 30, 2010
FMA Communications announces partnership with NOMMA
FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., has announced a partnership with the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA). Under the partnership, FMAC serves as the exclusive sales representative for Ornamental and... Read more...

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August 19, 2010
9 students win manufacturing scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs
Nine students seeking careers in manufacturing earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA). This year NBT... Read more...

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July 19, 2010
Conference to focus on wind energy opportunities for suppliers
The two-day Wind Energy Conference, Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is designed to help manufacturers identify and capitalize on the wind energy supply chain. Sponsored by Green Manufacturer... Read more...

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May 24, 2010
FMA wins 2010 public relations award for job campaign
A public relations program created and conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., and its public relations firm, L.C. Williams & Associates, Chicago, has captured a prestigious 2010 Golden... Read more...

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April 28, 2010
FMA Communications Inc. launches www.greenmanufacturer.net Web site
FMA Communications Inc., Rockford, Ill., announces the launch of the new www.greenmanufacturer.net Web site. “Greenmanufacturer.net gives us an opportunity to round out our sustainability coverage with timely updates, tweets, and blogs;... Read more...

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March 5, 2010
FMA, TPA seek applicants for industry awards
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.® (FMA) and the Tube & Pipe Association Intl.® (TPA) seek applicants for two industry awards. The FABRICATOR ®'s Industry Award 2011, presented by FMA, and TPJ – The Tube &... Read more...

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December 15, 2009
PEERS government program directs stimulus funds to energy-efficient retrofits
Manufacturing has yet to reap many benefits from the $780 billion stimulus package, but an industry economist has uncovered a program that delivers both financial rewards and environmental benefits to the sector. "As it evolved thus far, the... Read more...

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July 29, 2009
FMA International announces launch of Green Manufacturer magazine
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, Inc., has announced the launch of Green Manufacturer magazine. Beginning with the January/February 2010 issue, Green Manufacturer will be a bimonthly magazine delivered to 100,000... Read more...

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July 28, 2009
A 'fab' future for fabricating
Gerald Shankel, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, has released the following statement regarding the future of metal fabricating: Metal fabrication and forming represents a vital segment in the... Read more...

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July 23, 2009
FMA and TPA seek applicants for industry awards
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) and the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA) seek applicants for two industry awards. The FABRICATOR 's Industry Award 2010, presented by FMA, and TPJ 's Industry Award 2010, presented... Read more...

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June 15, 2009
Manufacturers support summer camps to inspire next-generation workers
Even in these uncertain economic times, companies in the hard hit manufacturing sector are stepping up to the plate to improve the industry. The Gene Haas Foundation, Amada America, and CNA Insurance Foundation contributed grants totaling... Read more...

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April 2, 2009
FMA announces safety award winners
The following companies are winners of the 2009 FMA/CNA Safety Award competition, which was based on 2008 safety results: Safety Award of Honor Aeroglide Corporation—Cary, NC AK Tube LLC—Columbus, IN B. Walter & Company,... Read more...

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February 23, 2009
John Ratzenberger's NBT, FMA join forces to encourage youth to pursue manufacturing careers
A new entity dedicated to inspiring America's youth to consider careers in manufacturing and respond to a growing need in this country has been created through the partnership of two leading foundations. Founded by actor, director and producer... Read more...

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February 11, 2009
FMA International purchases Canadian Industrial Machinery (CIM)magazine
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), Inc., announces the purchase of Canadian Industrial Machinery (CIM) magazine. Founded in 1986, Canadian Industrial Machinery , a full-service magazine supporting Canada's... Read more...

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January 13, 2009
FMA elects new members, officers
Jeffrey Knauf, president of Medalist Laserfab, Inc., of Oshkosh, Wis., and Dan McLeod, district manager of A. J. Forsyth in Delta, B.C., Canada were elected to the board of directors of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) at... Read more...

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January 13, 2009
Metal Matters 2009 to include keynote by global economist
A keynote address from a leading industry economist, as well as peer- and consultant-facilitated roundtables, will highlight Metal Matters 2009, the fourth annual conference that explores best practices and technology advancements in metal... Read more...

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January 5, 2009
Manufacturing sector economist outlines four steps necessary for rebound
A substantial economic rebound, particularly as it relates to U.S. manufacturing, will occur in 2009 only if four factors trend in a positive way, said Dr. Chris Kuehl, the economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association,... Read more...

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December 16, 2008
FMA launches sheet metal operator certification program
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has announced a new certification program for precision sheet metal operators for testing and validating their skills in sheet metal forming and fabricating. The new... Read more...

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August 12, 2008
SolidWorks partners with FMAF to support manufacturing camps, student scholarships
SolidWorks® Corp., Concord, Mass., a supplier of 3-D CAD technology, is partnering with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation (FMAF), Rockford, Ill., to support summer manufacturing camps and student scholarships that promote... Read more...

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August 12, 2008
Economist predicts Latin America primed for manufacturing comeback
An economist for the fabricating and metalworking industry predicts Latin America, once considered a growth area for manufacturing but overwhelmed by competition from the Far East, will soon see a manufacturing revival. "The once formidable... Read more...

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July 8, 2008
FMA wins ASAE's 2008 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) is one of only 11 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the third round of the 2008 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, a competition sponsored by the... Read more...

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May 5, 2008
FMA announces 2008 Safety Award winners
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA) recently announced the winners of its 2008 Safety Award competition. Eleven companies received Honor Awards for having no recordable illnesses or injuries in 2007: AK Tube... Read more...

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February 28, 2008
FMA Foundation announces new scholarship program
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation has established 10 new scholarships of $500 each for students seeking careers in manufacturing. The new "GO-Brennan" Scholarships are tied to FMA's sponsorship of 16-year-old stock car... Read more...

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March 13, 2007
FMA jumps on the certification bandwagon
Certification is everywhere you look in just about every industry imaginable: law, health care, education, and manufacturing, to name a few. People can be certified in many different jobs within a variety of businesses. Certification is... Read more...

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November 16, 2006
FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show attracts more than 21,000
The first FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show to take place in the Southeast recently concluded at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. The three-day show represented the largest showcase of metal forming, fabricating, tube and pipe, and... Read more...

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October 17, 2006
TPJSymposium scheduled for March
The Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), and its flagship magazine, TPJ – The Tube & Pipe Journal ®, announce their upcoming TPJ Symposium, to be held March 14-16, 2007, at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The... Read more...

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August 11, 2006
Charitable auction to feature custom-built motorcycle
Medalist Laserfab Inc., Oshkosh, Wis., is building a custom motorcycle for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.® (FMA) Foundation's charitable auction, which will help the Foundation encourage young people to pursue careers in... Read more...

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August 8, 2006
FMA member custom-builds motorcycle for Foundation auction
The team at Medalist Laserfab Inc. will custom-build a motorcycle for the FMA Foundation Auction . Oshkosh, Wis., is well-known for Oshkosh Truck Corp. and OshKosh B'Gosh jeans, and it is even the home of the Experimental Aircraft... Read more...

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August 2, 2006
Manzullo: Education key to turning tide in U.S. manufacturing
Education is the key to turning the tide in U.S. manufacturing. That's the message Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., spread at a visit to the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), on Aug. 2 to talk about the state of manufacturing.... Read more...

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July 11, 2006
Tube and pipe bending trends
Photo courtesy of Lang Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, Michelstadt, Germany. To many who have only a little experience in bending tube, the process can be mystifying at best. It often is referred to as a black art, as though it were part... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
Not a one-stock shop
Is metalworking a vocation practiced by craftsmen or merely a set of processes performed by machines? Is it a labor of love or just a job that pays the bills? Is it a matter of reading blueprints and programming machines, or is it more... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
What associations really do
Editor's Note: This article includes information provided by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) . The official IRS definition of an association is "In general, an association is a group of persons banded together... Read more...

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May 15, 2006
FMA and LIA purchase ALAW
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., and the Laser Institute of America (LIA), Orlando, Fla., have announced that they have purchased the Automotive Laser Application Workshop (ALAW) from founder Frank... Read more...

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April 17, 2006
FMA/TPA announce 2005 Safety Award winners
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.® (FMA) and the Tube & Pipe Association Intl.® have announced the 2005 Safety Award winners. The following member companies have achieved outstanding safety records: 10-year Winner : B.... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Successful tradeshow tips for attendees and exhibitors
Photo courtesy of 2004 FABTECH® International A tradeshow is the ultimate gathering, networking, and presentation opportunity for any industry— the place where the top buyers, sellers, and technical experts come together under one... Read more...

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September 13, 2005
FMA/CNA Safety Award winners announced
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), and CNA Safety Committee recently presented awards to FMA and the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl.® (TPA), member companies that made safety a No. 1 priority in 2004. The Award of... Read more...

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September 13, 2005
FMA/TPA to host China tube industry tour
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), and its technology affiliate, the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl.® (TPA), have partnered with the China Cold Roll-Forming Steel Association and Thermatool Corp. to offer an... Read more...