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Ford sets $80 million for truck plant improvements
Welding Design & Fabrication
Ford Motor Company outlined plans to invest $80 million in plant improvements, retooling, and new automation systems at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, where it manufactures the Ford F-Series pickup trucks, one of its best-selling product lines. The investments would spur 350 new jobs there, the automaker indicated. The goal of the investments is a 15 percent increase in capacity by 2014 for producing Ford F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
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2014 Pipeline Conference
AWS
March 3-4, 2014
Houston
Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel

Welding has always been an integral part of pipeline construction. It all goes back to the days when handheld oxyacetylene torches were used to connect pipes together in the field. Current and future pipeline welding trends will be discussed during this AWS-sponsored conference on pipeline welding.

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AWS Conference on Welding of Stainless Steels
AWS
March 25-26, 2014
Philadelphia
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

This conference will bring together some of industry's most outstanding experts to discuss the welding of austenitic, duplex, and other grades of stainless steel. Topics will include dissimilar metal welds between stainless and steel, repair welding, cladding, cleaning, and the pitfalls involved in stress corrosion cracking.

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Call for entries for 12th Annual AWS Image of Welding Awards
AWS
The American Welding Society (AWS) is once again searching for the best and brightest stars in the welding community, and has issued a call for entries for the 12th Annual Image of Welding Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate outstanding public contributions to the welding industry. The deadline for entries is July 31, 2014.
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Welders wanted: Employers with jobs struggle to fill them
Juneau County Star-Times
It's a familiar story: An economy still shell-shocked from the Great Recession of 2008-09 has left businesses downsizing and workers scrambling for a dwindling supply of low-paying jobs without benefits. But what if the story isn't as true as we think? "We lose a lot of business because we do not have enough people to staff our shop," said Larry Willer, operations manager for W.M. Sprinkman Corp. in Elroy, Wis.
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Obama touts manufacturing, education on road tour
NBC News
President Barack Obama talked up manufacturing jobs as a worthwhile pursuit for young people and said students should not suffer "because adults can't get their act together" during two rallies Jan. 30. Taking his State of the Union message on the road to Wisconsin, the president talked up skilled trades, and signed a directive to have Vice President Joe Biden lead a comprehensive review of federal job training programs.
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Kansas' Buffalo Forms, Young's Welding team up for Dallas bridge project
The Chanute Tribune
Continuing a 30-plus-year relationship, Young's Welding of Chanute, Kan., and Buffalo Forms Incorporated are teaming up to build a form for a pedestrian bridge in Dallas. The $800 million Horseshoe project is a pedestrian and bicycle bridge designed by architect Santiago Calatrava that will cross the Trinity River along Interstate 30 in Dallas.
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New technology for welding aluminum
Assembly Magazine
To meet federally mandated fuel economy standards, automakers must dramatically reduce vehicle weight. As a result, engineers are using more and more aluminum for body panels, engine components and structural parts. Aluminum use in vehicles is expected to double by 2025, as automakers roll out a wide variety of lighter weight models. The material offers many advantages over steel. For instance, one kilogram of aluminum can replace two kilograms of steel.
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Connecticut measure would create $25 million state manufacturing fund
The Hartford Courant
Connecticut's manufacturing sector — growing in sales but falling in employees — needs more state support to modernize and grow, the administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy says, so it will ask the legislature to authorize an Advanced Manufacturing Fund . The state already has more than $100 million in the Manufacturing Assistance Act pool, but the MAA is really a misnomer, according to Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith.
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Ontario fabricator thrives with flexible manufacturing
MRO Magazine
Ask Dennis Dussin what helped his family's company survive the recession, and he'll point out flexible manufacturing and a focus on diversity. Alps Welding Ltd., a metal fabrication company just north of Toronto, has doubled in size over the past 10 years, prompting a move to a larger plant in 2008. Key to the expanded location is a responsive shop floor.
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Weatherford (Texas) College receives workforce grant
Weatherford Democrat
The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Weatherford College's Workforce and Economic Development program an additional $174,900 to purchase equipment. Last year, the college received an initial Skills Development Fund grant of $476,076. "We were granted these funds to purchase welding equipment because of the outstanding performance and successful training we have provided through our current grant," said Julie Lundy, workforce training and development coordinator at WC.
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In a Washington state welding class, students are the teachers (The Herald)
Florida construction industry hunting for skilled workers in 2014 (Tampa Bay Times)
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$6.5 million upgrade at Pennsylvania career center benefits students
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A major tuneup has made Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center brighter, cleaner and warmer for about 1,000 Westmoreland County, Pa., students who learn skills and trades there. The $6.5 million project, the first major renovation since the building in New Stanton was constructed 39 years ago, is nearly complete, said the center's director, Brad Elwood. Crews from Johnson Controls Inc. have completed about 70 percent of the project and will finish by mid-July. Work began over the summer.
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UAW close to big win thanks to Volkswagen
Agence France-Press via IndustryWeek
American labor leaders are closing in on a decades-long goal of organizing a factory run by a foreign automaker, thanks to a bridgehead opened up at Volkswagen. While a vote has not yet been scheduled, United Auto Workers says that a majority of the 1,700 workers at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have signed cards asking for union representation.
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Lincoln Electric releases 2014 equipment catalog
Bodyshop
Lincoln Electric has released its new 2014 Equipment Catalog, which details the company’s MIG, TIG, and multiprocess equipment, as well as plasma cutting systems, welding automation, fume control systems, training product solutions, orbital welding systems, accessories and welding gear products. New in 2014, the welding consumable section, previously shown to provide a summary view of the company's wire and electrode offering, now includes product numbers to enable quick cross-referencing or order placement.
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Ford sets $80 million for truck plant improvements
Welding Design & Fabrication
Ford Motor Company outlined plans to invest $80 million in plant improvements, retooling, and new automation systems at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, where it manufactures the Ford F-Series pickup trucks, one of its best-selling product lines.

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Good news: It's possible to weld wood with friction
Geek.com
By melting small portions of the metal together, welding can create air- and water-tight seals, and extremely strong connections. But one downside is that it can only be done with certain types of materials — or so we thought.

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Welding worries on the eastern part of San Francisco Bay Bridge
KMPH-TV
If you've driven over the new part of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, you know what an amazing sight it is. But how safe is it? A new report from the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee shows engineers are now questioning some of the welding that was done on the bridge.

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Human-robot collaboration comes of age
Assembly Magazine
A new generation of robots is redefining man-machine interaction and rewriting the way that automation can be used in manufacturing environments. Collaborative robots can perform a variety of repetitive assembly tasks — all while safely and intelligently working next to people without the need for traditional safety barriers. Since robots first started appearing in factories 50 years ago, they have operated autonomously. But recent safety standards and technological advancements have allowed engineers to implement friendly features that promise to improve productivity and increase the use of robots.
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