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    Brooklyn, NY, startup plays manufacturing matchmaker
    CNNMoney
    Matthew Burnett is no stranger to American-made products. He learned the craft of watchmaking from his grandfather, who was a worker on Ford's Detroit assembly line for $5 a day. Eventually, the younger Burnett, now 28, moved to New York to study industrial design. He designed watches for Marc Jacobs and DKNY before launching his Brooklyn, N.Y.-based business Steelcake. Just one problem: Like many U.S. companies — which have shipped more than 3 million manufacturing jobs overseas since 2000 — Burnett contracted with foreign companies to make his watches.
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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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    Weld Cracking Conference
    AWS
    April 15-16, 2014
    Denver
    Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

    This conference will help welding engineers and others avoid mistakes and turn out high quality products. Topics range from impact tests and how they relate to potential weld cracking as well as the control of moisture in welding consumables.

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    Public-private partnership gives the jobless new skill, prospects in
    Seattle area

    The Seattle Times
    Naomi Ruden has a degree in sculpture from the University of Washington. She’s been unemployed since being laid off as office manager for University Baptist Church in Seattle five months ago. Daniel McKee studied printmaking and photography at Western Washington University. He has not earned a full-time paycheck since losing his job as a manager and custom framer at Aaron Brothers in Issaquah in July. Now Ruden and McKee are training for a blue-collar dream — jobs as ship welders they hope would offer a secure living and annual pay of $40,000 or more.
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    Manufacturing in US expands more than projected
    Bloomberg
    Manufacturing expanded at a faster pace than projected in February, showing the U.S. economy is making headway in emerging from the harsh winter weather that has slowed growth in early 2014. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 53.2 from 51.3 in January, the Tempe, Ariz.-based group reported March 3. Readings above 50 signal expansion.
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    Sparks are flying in Montana for 'old lady welding'
    Cut Bank Pioneer Press
    Cut Bank, Mont.'s "Arc Angels" are a small group of women, about a dozen of them in all, who have the community buzzing about their Tuesday evening escapades. They meet at the Cut Bank Schools bus garage for two to three hours each week and when they leave, they're usually tired, dirty and laughing. The ladies ornamental welding class, offered through School District No. 15's Adult Education Program, has been a hit this winter.
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    Welding sparks Minnesota girls' interest
    Fairmont Sentinel
    Six Fairmont (Minn.) Junior/Senior High School girls have fused into the male-dominant welding class this year. Instructor Bob Bonin's initial surprise at the girls' appearance in his welding class has evolved into total pride in his female students. "They've out-welded all the boys in the class," he said.
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    A gorilla made out of utensils? Artist turns forks, spoons and knives into amazing wildlife sculptures
    Daily Mail
    For Ohio-based artist Gary Hovey, forks, knives and spoons are much more than simply utensils. Hovey, a father of four who suffers from Parkinson's disease, has been building intricate sculptures by cutting, welding, and shaping stainless steel utensils into impressive animal forms since 2004. "My sculptures are about things that I enjoy — wildlife, welding, and humor," the artist explains.
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    Training a new generation of skilled workers key to future of Massachusetts' manufacturing sector
    The Berkshire Eagle
    The state of Massachusetts needs to ramp up investment in workforce development programs aimed, in part, toward filling the anticipated tens of thousands of manufacturing job vacancies over the next decade. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki on March 6 called for more state funds to boost job training from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. "We are prepared to put our money where our mouth is … but it's just not about the money," Bialecki said. "We also have to be thoughtful on where it should go."
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    Formed in iron: Corvallis, Mont., father and son create variety of welded products in shop
    Ravalli Republic
    "When you live in the Bitterroot, you have to be willing to do a lot of different stuff to make it," said Chuck Wroble while sitting in the office of his successful welding shop on Old Corvallis Road in Corvallis, Mont. At the tail end of his long and storied career, hard work and versatility are just two key elements of his success that's included creating everything from 12-foot chandeliers worth $33,000 for Stock Farm luxury homes to custom trailers for mobile outhouses in North Dakota oil fields.
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    Virginia manufacturing research center gets new partner
    The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
    An advanced manufacturing research center in Prince George County, Va., is partnering with the Defense Department. Officials say the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing will partner in the new public-private Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. It's one of two new manufacturing innovation institutes being led by the Department of Defense.
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    Optical sensor increases spot welding efficiency for automated spot-welding system
    Vision Systems Design
    A joint project between four research institutes and four industrial companies has resulted in the development of an automated system for the monitoring, optimization and post-processing of electrode tips for resistance spot welding in the automotive industry. The average car is held together by approximately 5,000 spot welds, but the more welding processes that are completed, the more the welding electrodes are worn out, which can lead to the spot welds becoming larger and the melting area between the plates becoming irregular to the extent that they no longer bond. As a result, production lines can be shut down for time and material-intensive maintenance intervals.
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    Wet welding cavitation erosion — Restoration of weld seams
    The Maritime Executive
    Cavitation erosion of weld seams in rudders is an inherent problem that plagues vessels around the world. Prior to now, the only remedy available that was recognized by class societies was to perform a dry atmospheric weld to the affected areas in the dry dock or engage Subsea Global Solutions to perform a dry hyperbaric weld repair based on existing weld procedures. As announced earlier this year, Subsea Global Solutions recently gained approval for more wet welding procedures. Groove weld procedures were approved meeting the Class A requirements of the American Welding Societies specification AWS D3.6M:3010 - Underwater Welding Code.
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    Airgas buys Welding & Therapy Service
    Zacks
    In order to enhance its product and service offering, Airgas Inc., the supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases as well as hard goods, has acquired Welding & Therapy Service Inc. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Welding & Therapy Service distributes industrial and medical gases as well as welding supplies through five locations in Indiana and Kentucky. Its annual revenues exceed $10 million and the company has been serving customers for more than 40 years.
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    Kewanee, Ill.'s Black Hawk College to offer new welding center
    KWQC-TV
    Enrollment in welding courses is on the rise at Black Hawk College in Kewanee, Ill., to accommodate, construction for a new, 15,00-square-foot facility will start later in March. The college hosted a groundbreaking, or snow-breaking, ceremony for the new center. The building will have three labs, one of which is virtual.
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    Brooklyn, NY, startup plays manufacturing matchmaker
    CNNMoney
    Matthew Burnett is no stranger to American-made products. Just one problem: Like many U.S. companies — which have shipped more than 3 million manufacturing jobs overseas since 2000 — Burnett contracted with foreign companies to make his watches.

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    American manufacturing and welding to women: We want you!
    CNBC
    Six years after the start of a deep recession and a growing call for more middle-class manufacturing jobs, one American industry is tackling workforce development in a unique way. Welding is courting fresh recruits — women in particular.

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    Caltrans: New Bay Bridge welds not an earthquake safety issue
    KTVU-TV
    The nonstandard weld connections that were used to hold road deck sections together on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge won't affect the bridge's performance during earthquakes, Caltrans officials said Feb. 25.

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    Gateway the only Wisconsin college in veteran manufacturing initiative
    The Journal Times
    Based on its manufacturing boot camps and adoption of nationally recognized standards, Gateway Technical College has been named Wisconsin’s only college involved in a national coalition of industry, educators and nonprofit organizations helping veterans discover careers in advanced manufacturing. The Manufacturing Institute, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, recently announced 50 colleges nationally participating in the Get Skills to Work Initiative.
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    Noncredit welding course to begin March 18 at NIACC
    Forest City Summit
    In response to the high demand for production welders in the area, North Iowa Area Community College is offering another 45–hour, non-credit Production Welding course. This course, which is being offered for the third time this year due to high demand, will provide participants with the skills necessary for entry-level manufacturing welding with the MIG process.
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    International firm moves manufacturing operations from Switzerland back to Ann Arbor, Mich. area
    MLive
    Güdel Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the Swiss-based robotics engineering firm, announced it has transitioned all manufacturing of its third-generation robot tracks for domestic markets to its headquarters in Pittsfield Township, Mich. Some of the company’s initial equipment was fabricated and machined in Switzerland, but the entire product line will now be built in the U.S. The company manufactures robotic automation products, systems and services, and supplies linear motion modules, robot track motion units and machine builders for the automotive, aerospace, logistics, heavy industrial and power generation industries in its 45,000-square-foot facility.
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