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Not just patriotic: US manufacturing may be smart
NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The advantages to making products in the U.S. are starting to stack up — and companies are taking notice. Among them are Apple, which recently announced that it plans to start producing some of its Mac computers in the U.S. instead of in China, and General Electric, which is making big investments at home. It's not just a matter of publicity, either. As the December issue of The Atlantic reports, companies are seeing real economic advantages to "insourcing," a reversal of the outsourcing trends that sent U.S. manufacturing overseas. More

Macs made in US could jump-start American manufacturing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Apple CEO Tim Cook told NBC's Brian Williams that the company plans to make one of its Mac lines in the United States next year, he offered an early glimpse of what the return of American manufacturing will look like. It bears little resemblance to a 20th-century factory floor. "[It] likely means a few hundred new jobs," said Peter Misek, managing director of technology research at Jefferies & Co. "It's a big start and show[s] the wage and productivity gap with Asia is closing." While it might be a big start, even hundreds of jobs won't move the needle on unemployment. What's promising is the idea that Apple's multimillion-dollar investment will spark demand for a more close-to-home supply chain that could have a ripple effect. More

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Naval welding technique crosses over to computers
R&D Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A state-of-the-art welding process refined for use in naval shipbuilding by the Office of Naval Research has crossed over to the world of computing. Known for creating the alternative to PC computing, Apple credits friction-stir welding for the design of its new iMac computers, which recently went on sale. The welding process, which uses heat and pressure to join metals and alloys, has long been a research investment for ONR. More

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Deere-Hitachi officials talk about jobs at Forsyth Tech
Winston-Salem Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Officials with Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp. recently explained to about 50 people at Forsyth Technical Community College how they can land jobs at the Kernersville, N.C.-based company after they receive their degrees as welding technicians. "Who wants a job?" Mike Fogleman asked the audience in the Ardmore Auditorium on the FTCC campus. "That is what we are here to talk about." Fogleman, the human resources supervisor at Deere-Hitachi, and Delmar Vandike, the company's general operations supervisor, talked about the company’s hiring process and its production of hydraulic excavators. More

Welding school set to open in Owatonna, Minn.
Owatonna People's Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cody Huber wants to give people the opportunity to develop skills for a field that is looking for workers not only in Owatonna, Minn., but across the country. Huber, regional sales manager for Huber Supply Welding Outfitter in Owatonna, said the business will start hosting a welding school in January. Classes are slated to begin Jan. 23. "We're starting it because there is an extreme shortage of welders not only in our area, but across the whole United States," Huber said. More

Students learn about robotic welding at ICTC
Sequoyah County Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Welding students at Indian Capital Technology Center's Sallisaw, Okla., campus, recently had an opportunity to learn about the world of robotic welding. "Rick Tatum of Airgas of Fort Smith, Ark., brought the robot welder in to demonstrate. Each student had the opportunity to learn how to program the robot and to make a new weld," said Lee Dorsey, welding instructor. More

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Welding inspection can reduce costs by detecting discontinuities in the early stages of manufacturing, reducing the cost of rework and extending the life of components by detecting flaws. Non-destructive testing methods can identify cracking, porosity, incomplete penetration, misalignment, inclusions, lack of fusion and similar conditions, which can compromise weld strength. MORE
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Eclipse, Weldments help scouts earn welding badge
Rockford Register Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Twenty-three Boy Scouts, ages 12 to 17, from Troop 620 of Roscoe, Ill., took a welding class with staff from Eclipse Inc. and Weldments Inc. to earn the new Welding Merit Badge. Scout leaders Todd Cleaveland of Eclipse and Steve Gleasman of Weldments, taught Scouts about the types of welding and welding safety and then led them through the completion of a welding project. Scouts were required to demonstrate welding process selection, equipment set up, safety precautions and hands-on welding of a t-joint, butt joint and lap joint. More

Welding school planned for farmers in Richmond, Ky.
The Richmond Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Madison County Cooperative Extension Service and the Madison County Area Technology Center (Vocational Technical School) in Richmond, Ky., are offering a welding school for farmers in January and February. Organizers say participants will learn MIG welding, stick welding and oxy-acetylene cutting and brazing. More

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Manufacturers, businesses struggle to find skilled workers
The Republican    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dozens of people walked around a recent job fair in Somerville, Mass., handing out resumes. There was Jim Lundy, 53, an English teacher with a Ph.D. and 30 years of experience. When he could not find a teaching job, he started a business that sells used blue jeans, but has been unsuccessful. There was Isabel Sendao, 38, who lost her job in marketing and sales a year and a half ago and is keeping current on the latest technology while interviewing for jobs. There was Sandy Carr, 51, who worked at non-profit and social service jobs for three decades. She was laid off when a medical billing firm went under and has been doing temporary and contract work until she can find something full-time. "Job searching's a constant thing to be doing these days," Carr said. At the same time, there are businesses in Massachusetts looking for workers. More

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Protests set to resume in Michigan right-to-work fight
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Right-to-work opponents are set to resume their protests, building toward a large one planned for Michigan's state Capitol. The Republican-led Legislature resumes session and could take final legislative votes on bills to make Michigan the 24th state with laws to prohibit requiring union dues as a condition of employment. More

Syracuse metals welder fired up to keep business, arts growing
Standard-Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a large metal shop behind his residence, Corey Stahle regularly creates fireworks, or as he puts it, "lightning in a box." Stahle uses that phrase to describe his CNC plasma cutter, which shoots sparks while it cuts designs into sheet metal. Stahle, 61, began welding years ago, while still in high school. He added to his skills while working for an Ogden, N.Y., business. Eventually, while working for the post office, he decided to turn his talent into a side business, one he began nearly 20 years ago. More

New welding company looks to grow in Longmont, Colo.
Longmont Times Call    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ashley Honeyman says that in her business, there are welders and there are fabricators. Proudly, she is a fabricator. "I was talking to my mom and I said, 'I don't know why but building kind of comes naturally to me,'" said Honeyman, owner of Joan of Arc Welding, recalling a conversation she had with her mother years ago. In her senior year at Olde Columbine High School, the Boulder County, Colo., native needed some elective credits to meet graduation requirements, so she enrolled next door in the Career Development Center's welding program. "You kind of go, 'You what? Are you kidding me?'" recalled her mother, Brenda Holt Harris. "And she said, 'I kind of feel like I might like it.'" More

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Muncie, Ind., addressing skilled worker shortage
The Star Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Muncie and Delaware County are turning to ACT — the same people who administer the ACT college admissions and placement test — to get certified as a Work Ready Community. "It's free," Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler told several hundred people during a recent meeting at Horizon Convention Center. "As a local elected official, I like the idea of free." The goal of the initiative is to ensure prospective and current employers in the manufacturing, construction, energy, health care, information technology, logistics and other sectors have access to skilled workers. More

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Thermion - Ceramic Composite Coating
The purpose of the ceramic composite coating is to provide a wear resistance surface while also providing corrosion protection of the coated object. The coating material, a "Ceramic Core" tubular aluminum wire is filled with up to 46 percent ceramic, when sprayed onto an object produces a ceramic composite coating of aluminum and ceramic.

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