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Bet on US manufacturing for a rebound
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If you were betting on a big rebound for any one sector this year, you probably would have put your money on banking instead of manufacturing. The more glamorous rebound story has been banking and the financial services sector. U.S. manufacturing, in contrast, is a warts-and-all comeback kid story that doesn't get much attention. Many of the industries left for dead in the wake of the Great Recession have undergone massive restructuring and are much more productive than they were five years ago. Industrial production posted its fastest growth in a year in April, according to the Federal Reserve. Provided the U.S. doesn't slip back into recession, manufacturing could be the long-term investment that offers some durable profits over the next few years. More



US job growth seen accelerating in 2012, 2013
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The U.S. labor market will strengthen significantly next year, with monthly job growth expected to average 200,000, according to a new survey. The National Association for Business Economics forecast the unemployment rate at 7.5 percent by the end of 2013. The survey of 54 economists painted a fairly upbeat picture of the labor market, which has slowed in recent months after job creation surged early in the year. "Economists continue to see things pick up, even if it's just slightly from pretty low levels," said Shawn DuBravac, NABE outlook survey and chief economist at the Consumers Electronics Association. More

Friction stir welding brings together reliability, affordability for space launch system
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NASA's next heavy-lift launch vehicle, the Space Launch System, is moving further in development faster thanks to proven advanced technologies like friction stir welding. Friction stir welding uses frictional heating combined with forging pressure to produce high-strength bonds virtually free of defects. The welding process transforms metals from a solid state into a "plastic-like" state, and uses a rotating pin tool to soften, stir and forge a bond between two metal plates to form a uniform welded joint — a vital requirement of next-generation space hardware. More

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Economic preview: Manufacturing, housing probably improved
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Manufacturers probably received more orders in April and home sales rose, a sign that the U.S. expansion is still on track, economists said before reports this week. Factory bookings for long-lasting goods rose 0.3 percent last month after falling 3.9 percent in March, according to the median forecasts of 61 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News before a May 24 Commerce Department report. Other figures may show purchases of existing and new houses also climbed. More

Lincoln Electric buys Wayne Trail, eyes industrial laser inroads
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Lincoln Electric Holdings, a manufacturer of laser arc welding and cutting tools, is acquiring Wayne Trail Technologies, a privately held maker of automated systems for metal processing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal strengthens Lincoln's position in laser welding automation in North America, giving it an entry into the industrial laser system business for its hybrid laser welding technology. More


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Students welding their way toward work
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Hands are dirty, sparks are flying, the noise is loud and temperatures of machines are in the hundreds as you enter the North Montco Technical Career Center welding and fabrication technology classroom in Towamencin in Kulpsville, Pa. There are 28 eager students who work day in and day out at their stations, welding new creations, excelling in their craft. As welding helmets go up, you will see the faces of 24 male students. However, it is hard to miss as the other helmets are removed. Long strands of girls' hair is released from dark maska. "I think it's pretty cool when I tell someone that I like to weld," said Souderton Area High School senior Casey Stanley, 18, of Telford. "Most people think it is a man's job but that is not the case anymore." More

Tulsa Welding School announces pipefitting program to help growing demand for skilled workers
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Tulsa Welding School has announced a new pipe fitting training program to fill the nationwide need for more skilled workers. Classes for the new pipe fitting program at the Tulsa, Okla., campus are set to begin May 29. David Gilliam, director of education at Tulsa Welding School, said the Labor Department's Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that the employment of plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations. More



Senior class says farewell by welding a pickup to their school
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A teacher always feels rewarded by the work of particularly apt students. Welding was an addition to the curriculum at Liberty Bell High School in the town of Winthrop, Wash., this year and the Class of 2012 decided to show what they learned — by splitting an old pickup down the middle, then welding it back together around a column in front of the school. Good-humored school officials allowed the senior prank to stand for a day before having the students dismantle it. If only the pickup had belonged to the principal, it would have been an epic, but classic, gag. More

Weiler Corp. capitalizing on natural gas industry
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The state's burgeoning natural gas industry has become an important market for Weiler Corp. in Cresco, Pa., which manufactures assorted types of brushes, wheels, abrasive discs and other surface-conditioning products. "The gas exploration business absolutely helped us go out of the recession quicker than other industries have," said Jim Teeple, the company's vice president of global operations. Automakers, aerospace firms and food processors are large markets for Weiler Corp. products, as is the jewelry industry. Weiler was started 114 years ago to make miniature brushes for jewelry companies, and still sells to the industry. More


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New welding technique pioneered by NASA brings hundreds of experts to Huntsville, Ala.
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Twenty years ago, it was a revolutionary idea for welding metal together. Ten years later, it was critical technology for America's space shuttle. Today, the technology called "friction stir welding" is widely used to join aluminum alloy components — particularly in the transportation field where alloys save weight and weight costs money. "Anything light that travels — trains, boats, cars, planes," said Jonathan Martin of The Welding Institute of Cambridge, England. Martin is organizer of an international friction stir welding conference that opened May 15 in Huntsville, Ala. More

Virtual reality goes to school
The New York Times via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The blistering pace of advances in automotive technology may be confusing to consumers, but it seems to be creating a strong employment outlook for those who fix cars. According to a forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2010 to 2020 the work force will add positions for 124,800 service technicians and mechanics, 32,700 automotive body and glass repairers and 13,800 painting and coating workers. While that growth rate is not explosive, the Labor Department foresees steady employment for those with training and certification. But the rapid-fire technology developments also are widening the skills gap. More

TSTC gets grant for mobile welding center
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Texas State Technical College West Texas has received $278,712 from the Texas Comptroller's Jobs and Education for Texans grant program to build a mobile welding training center. Project Director Rick Denbow said the mobile training lab will be used on-site at industrial and educational locations that require training for new and current employees. "With our new mobile trainer, we can offer area and regional industrial companies an opportunity to give training in advanced welding techniques to their new employees or to employees that are ready for advancement," Denbow said in a news release. More


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Welding/joining workshop planned for Lehigh University
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The energy industry is facing unique challenges to maintaining the edge in advanced joining technologies and training the new generation of engineers for energy applications. To address this issue, Ohio State University, in collaboration with Colorado School of Mines, Lehigh University, and University of Wisconsin have started a collaborative research center. This center focuses on developing new technologies for welding of existing and advanced materials relevant for energy industries. Power company personnel and members of the American Welding Society are invited to attend a workshop July 16 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., hosted by the National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Integrated Materials Joining Science for Energy Applications. More

Cities where jobs in manufacturing pay the most
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Not all manufacturing jobs are created equal — and certainly not manufacturing pay. According to a new study released by Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program, manufacturing wages differ widely between large cities. Workers in McAllen, Texas, earn an average of roughly $35,000 per year, while those in Silicon Valley earn an average of more than four times that. The 10 cities with the highest-paid manufacturing jobs were reviewed by 24/7 Wall St. More

US solar tariffs on Chinese cells may boost prices
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The U.S. has imposed tariffs of as much as 250 percent on Chinese-made solar cells to aid domestic manufacturers beset by foreign competition, though critics said the decision may end up raising prices and hurting the U.S. renewable energy industry. The U.S. Commerce Department ruled that Chinese manufacturers sold cells in the U.S. at prices below the cost of production and announced preliminary anti-dumping duties ranging from 31 percent to 250 percent, depending on the manufacturer. China criticized the action, saying the U.S. is hurting itself and cooperation between the world's two largest economies. More



General Welding & Fabricating, Made In America Store team up to bring US-made steel fire rings
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Just in time for summer, the Made In America Store brings durable, high quality steel fire rings manufactured by General Welding & Fabricating to their store in Elma, New York. The fire rings come in three different styles and come with additional add-ons to serve a variety of purposes. General Welding & Fabricating manufactures the fire rings. The fire rings have a 30-inch diameter and are 11.5 inches high and weigh about 58 pounds. More

Texas college's welding program wrangles nearly $350,000 in grant
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Kilgore College's Welding Technology program received a significant grant — $349,347 — from the state comptroller in the sixth round of the Job Building Fund. "Our welding tech program here at Kilgore College teaches students to be successful in the work force and the welding field," said Welding Technician head instructor Cody Edwards. Edwards began his career at KC in 2006. Since he began working at the Texas college, the enrollment of the welding program has tripled. "Enrollment since the time I started in 2006 has grown drastically," he said. He is a third-generation welder and a second-generation welding instructor. More

Training program adds revenues, jobs
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Lynn Welding of Newington, Conn., grew its sales 44 percent since November 2010. Over the same time, the company increased its workforce by 33 percent. The difference? The company's workers received training with $34,000 in grants from the state and U.S. Department of Labor. That training qualified Lynn Welding for more precision welding work, which it quickly received. "I can't say it is all because of the state program, but it is a major part of it," said Darius Kania, vice president of Lynn Welding. Lynn was one of a handful of companies in Connecticut that took advantage of a U.S. Department of Labor $1.3 million grant to fund a pilot study for its Early Warning Demonstration Program. The money, awarded to the state at the start of the year, was gobbled up in four months. More


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FABTECH 2012
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Get ready to experience the most spectacular metal fabrication technology on display at FABTECH 2012, Nov.12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, FABTECH is the place to see and compare cutting-edge equipment and technology in action. Check out what's new, network with industry pros and find solutions to work smarter and be more competitive. Registration is now open. For complete event information, go to www.fabtechexpo.com. More

Lincoln Electric booms as industrial recovery gains steam
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Nobody can say for sure how far America's manufacturing rebound can go. But for now, Lincoln Electric is enjoying the run. Cleveland-based Lincoln is a leading vendor of welding equipment and materials, holding upward of 30 percent of North American market share. After decades of outsourcing, job cuts and general decline, many U.S. manufacturers have been snapping back in the last couple of years. Durable goods manufacturing rose by nearly 8 percent last year, making it a key contributor to gross domestic product growth, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Overall, manufacturing grew by 4.3 percent after tacking on 11.2 percent in 2010. More

BP joins with Sempra US Gas & Power to develop wind farm in Hawaii
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In a first for the partnership, the Auwahi Wind farm will utilize a battery storage unit capable of storing in excess of four megawatt hours of renewable power. The recent announcement of the Auwahi Wind farm in Hawaii, will mark the fifth project developed jointly between BP and its partner Sempra US Gas & Power. Together, the two companies have more than 1,000 megawatts of wind generating capacity in operation or under construction. Located in southeastern Maui, the 21 megawatt wind farm will utilize eight Siemens wind turbines to generate enough renewable power for approximately 10,000 average Maui homes. The project will employ about 150 workers during the peak of construction and is expected to be in commercial operation by year's end. More
 


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