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Potential sequester will have big effect on manufacturing, private sector
Carroll County Times
An October study estimates manufacturing will be hit the hardest in the private sector if Congress does not pass a sequester deal. The study found manufacturing will experience the largest job losses, due to the large number of manufacturing companies that supply goods such as defense equipment and aerospace vehicles to the Department of Defense. For contractors, it will lead to more diversified portfolios and less dependence on the federal government.
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Much to their chagrin, most welding engineers have witnessed a crack or two or even more in the welds fabricated within their plants. That is no fun. Most of these cracks can be prevented from taking place. All it takes is more practical knowledge. Were the cracks caused by hydrogen diffusion, residual stress, some mix-up in heat treating, misuse of electrodes in dissimilar metal welds, or some unexplained problem with the heat-affected zone? To find out what it takes to eliminate weld cracks, go out of your way to make plans to attend a new and different AWS Conference on Weld Cracking which will be held on March 26-27, in Las Vegas. The experts will be there, armed with solutions to many of your problems.
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Sign of a comeback: US carmakers are hiring
The New York Times
A few years ago, American automakers cut tens of thousands of jobs and shut dozens of factories simply to survive. Now steadily rising auto sales and two-tier wage concessions from labor have spurred a wave of new manufacturing investments and hiring by the three Detroit automakers in the United States. The latest development occurred when Ford said it was adding 450 jobs and expanding what had been a beleaguered engine plant in Ohio to feed the growing demand for more fuel-efficient cars and SUVs in the American market.
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Is China the world's next rust belt?
According to a growing number of media and analyst reports, China's days as the world's largest manufacturing nation are already numbered — only two years after ending the United States' 110-year reign. Labor costs are on the rise, the demographic dividend is dissipating, and rising oil prices are making long-distance transportation costs to China's major export markets in the U.S. and Europe unsustainable. At the same time, U.S. firms are developing a new respect for the art of manufacturing.
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GAWDA to implement self-management plan
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Factories in US probably expanded on capital spending
Manufacturing in the U.S. probably expanded for a third month in February as the global economy stabilized and businesses invested more in new equipment, economists said. The healing in some overseas markets and the need for U.S. businesses to replenish their capital stock are helping underpin manufacturing, which stumbled in the second half of 2012.
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Reshoring best practices for manufacturers
Manufacturers need to consider the big picture when thinking about reshoring. While improving one or two aspects of the business that are causing concern may save considerable amounts of money, the savings could be lost in other areas that are affected by the change.
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Goal is to boost manufacturing in Appalachian region of Ohio
The Times-Reporter
Manufacturing and assembly companies of all sizes in the Appalachian region are eligible for help in handling problems preventing them from reaching the next level of achievement. The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth is partnering with Ohio Development Services Agency to provide Manufacturing Extension Partnership services in an effort to spark economic growth in the nearly 30 counties in the Appalachian region of Ohio.
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Whistleblowers file lawsuits against Louisiana welding company
St. Tammany News
Two whistleblowers — one a former uncertified welder and another a quality inspector — from Slidell, La., have filed lawsuits against their former employer Alliance Laser alleging the subcontractor to Textron Marine & Land Supply falsified documents and committed fraud against the U.S. government.
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Ford to add 450 jobs at Cleveland engine plant
Agence France-Presse via IndustryWeek
Ford announced plans to add 450 jobs and invest nearly $200 million at an Ohio engine plant as it expects to more than double the sale of its fuel efficient "EcoBoost" engines. The expansion is aimed at supporting new products and investments as it recovers from a deep economic downturn and painful restructuring.
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Study: Manufacturing jobs growing faster in Chicago than US
Crain's Chicago Business
The number of manufacturing jobs in the Chicago area grew faster during the past three years than in the nation overall, according to a new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development. From 2010 through the third quarter of 2012, manufacturing employment grew 5 percent in the metropolitan area compared with 4 percent nationally. During the previous decade, the country had lost manufacturing jobs.

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This augmented reality welding mask shows you how sloppy your welds really are
The creators of the MannVis augmented reality welding helmet have come up with a set of complex algorithms which allow real-time processing of HDR videos at 120 frames per second — in stereoscopic 3D, no less. The process creates an effective contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1 which is far beyond natural human capability. This incredible contrast ratio is used in an augmented reality view to show the welder inhuman detail as they weld.

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Exotic, useful metals are about to become cheap and plentiful
The Economist
Aluminum was once more costly than gold. How times change. And in aluminum's case, they changed because, in the late 1880s, Charles Hall and Paul Héroult worked out how to separate the stuff from its oxide using electricity rather than chemical reducing agents. Now, the founders of Metalysis, a small British firm, hope to do much the same with tantalum, titanium and a host of other recherché and expensive metallic elements including neodymium, tungsten and vanadium.

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Michigan man wins welding competition at Daytona International Speedway
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Alex Pazkowski will represent the United States at the WorldSkills International competition in Germany in July. Pazkowski, 21, of Ann Arbor, Mich., won the U.S. finals welding competition at Daytona International Speedway and will also win a $40,000 college scholarship toward a welding engineering bachelor's degree.
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Arkansas Northeastern College receives grant, adds welding position
Blytheville Courier News
Arkansas Northeastern College has been awarded a $16,500 grant that will go toward the support of activities designed to promote awareness for career and technical programs offered at the school. The grant is an extension of the school's Career Education Grant and will allow ANC to host a "Graduating to College and Career" event in early April.
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Massachusetts welding sophomore wins national essay contest
Community Advocate
When Mikayla Bradford, a sophomore honors student, entered Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Massachusetts, she already knew that metal fabrication and welding would be her first choice of the technical programs. What she did not know, though, was that one year later, she would enter an essay contest sponsored by Victor Technologies in Utah and win first prize.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Exotic, useful metals are about to become cheap and plentiful (The Economist)
New welding technique helps Acura integrate more aluminum in its cars (Motor Authority)
Stinger Welding leaving Montana, 70 to lose jobs (The Billings Gazette)
Tenaris to build $1.3 billion Texas plant (The Associated Press via
What do American manufacturers owe their country? (The Huffington Post)

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Capital Area Career Center welding class aimed at women
The State Journal-Register
The Capital Area Career Center and ILMO Products Company are offering a five-week welding class for women. The class is geared toward women who are interested in using welding in artwork, but it will also provide a good introduction for women interested in pursuing a career in the field. Steve Hoff, a welding instructor at the career center, said women who take the course can develop skills to make garden ornaments, sculptures and pieces of unique art.
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Mitchell Technical Institute welding program up and running
The Daily Republic
VideoBrief To the untrained eye, the student is simply standing in the corner of his classroom wearing a welding mask. Inside that mask, however, Conner Whitley, of Redfield, a first-year student in Mitchell Technical Institute's new welding and advanced manufacturing technology program, is "welding" in a virtual world he views through a special headset built into his mask.
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Nevada teachers get crash course in manufacturing needs
Northern Nevada Business Weekly
Twenty teachers from the Carson City, Nev., school system will spend a professional development day touring local manufacturers. The field trip is part of an ongoing partnership between schools and local businesses, the goal of which is to better prepare area students for life after high school, in this case by better preparing educators to teach them about opportunities at local employers.
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