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Narrowing the skills gap for successful American manufacturing
IndustryWeek
Stories about high unemployment permeate news reports, so you'd think it would be easy for manufacturers like Hypertherm to find the help we need. Unfortunately, as many companies know, that isn't necessarily the case. Dick Couch, CEO of Hypertherm, writes about opening up its own technical training institute to train skilled mechanics so they can keep production in the U.S.
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Could Newark, NJ, be a manufacturing hub again?
The Star-Ledger
Newark, N.J., has much of what it would take to undergo a new manufacturing boom, but it also has much to overcome before it can, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank issued a 60-page study on the manufacturing sector in New Jersey's largest city, pointing out strengths and weaknesses its researchers found after a year-long survey of data and interviews with area manufacturers.
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Berkshire Hathaway unit to buy NV Energy for $5.6 billion
Agence France-Presse via IndustryWeek
Berkshire Hathaway's MidAmerican Energy unit will buy NV Energy for $5.6 billion as investor Warren Buffett eyes Nevada's abundant renewable energy resources. The deal has been unanimously approved by both companies' boards of directors and has an "enterprise value" of approximately $10 billion, according to the companies.
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Alabama is adding a bunch of manufacturing jobs, but mind the long-term trend
AL.com
Since the start of 2011, Alabama's manufacturing industry has added 14,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — a total that represents essentially 50 percent of all the jobs added across the state over that time. Put another way: without Alabama's manufacturing gains, the state's slow rate of job growth since 2011 would have been slashed in half.
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Laser welding for microfluidic devices prevents damage
Industrial Laser Solutions
The significance of microfluidics is growing due to the increasing number of analysis opportunities it opens up. Creating a reliable, precise seam between the upper and lower layers is extremely important, and laser welding has established itself as the technology of choice for creating these joints. It is a clean process free of the type of debris, melt blow-out and additives that can damage a device's sensitive channels.
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Manufacturing panel talks success despite obstacles
WWJ-TV
One panelist, National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons, railed on Washington for excessive regulation and taxation of business, called the Affordable Care Act "a failure from the start" and said President Barack Obama doesn't put economic development front and center. But the actual manufacturers on the panel, Rush Grouip LLC CEO Andra Rush and Sturgis Molded Products CEO Mark Weishaar, described their success and growth regardless.
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Skills gap: Jobs open, no workers
WXIA-TV
VideoBrief Inside the welding classroom at Atlanta Technical College, Julie Wolfe yells over the sound of a large fan dissipating heat from flying sparks. Work stations are separated by black plastic. Behind masks, students concentrate on practicing their skill. It's a look at one of the hardest jobs to fill in the United States right now.
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AWS appoints new marketing, technology officers
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The American Welding Society, the world's largest organization dedicated to advancing the science, technology and application of welding, has announced the appointments of William "Bill" Fudale as chief marketing officer and Dennis D. Harwig as chief technology officer.
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Register today for the 16th annual Aluminum Conference
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Aluminum lends itself to a wide variety of industrial applications because of its light weight, high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance and other attributes. However, because its chemical and physical properties are different from those of steel, welding of aluminum requires special processes, techniques and expertise. A distinguished panel of aluminum-industry experts will survey the state of the art in aluminum welding technology and practice.
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From Steel: The making of a Soulcraft
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VideoBriefSean Walling, owner of Soulcraft, builds top-notch custom steel bicycle frames. This short film documents Sean's fabrication methods: a well-choreographed dance of experience and muscle memory producing a seemingly effortless ode to process. "From Steel" invites the viewer into Sean's machine shop for an up close and personal look at the work that results in yet another Soulcraft.
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Lincoln Electric's 2020 vision is very bright
Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription)
Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., already a giant in the world of welding, has big plans for 2020. The welding equipment manufacturer is looking to double its sales from 2010 by then, with its sights set on $4.5 billion in revenue, said president and CEO Christopher L. Mapes. The company will try to do so by continuing to grow globally.
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Manufacturing skills: The only way is welding
Manufacturing Digital
Skilled welders are in short supply and few young people consider it a career worth pursuing; yet one trainee metal fabricator, currently serving an apprenticeship with a Scottish engineering business, is hoping to turn that around.
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New UK welding center to support subsea pipeline developments
The Courier
VideoBriefFirst Minister Alex Salmond has officially opened a new center for the development of subsea pipeline technologies. Steve Wisely, Subsea 7’s executive vice-president, said “the continued development of new pipeline welding technology is therefore a key enabler for Subsea 7 to help meet these challenges where we need to have access to a world-leading research capability.”
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China growth limited by struggling small manufacturers
Bloomberg
Chinese manufacturing indexes showed small businesses struggling, sapping momentum in the economy and underscoring the need for the government to shift support away from larger, state-backed companies.

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Why 3-D printing is overhyped — I should know, I do it for a living
Gizmodo
Everyone's now aware of 3-D printing, but 3-D printing is severely overhyped. Nick Allen, the founder of 3-D printing company 3-D Print UK, should know because it's what he does for a living.

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5-step plan to attract next-generation manufacturing talent
Manufacturing Business Technology
As manufacturing specialists visits facilities throughout the U.S. each week, one consistent theme continues to come into focus: the knowledge and skill-level that is exiting organizations through retirement is becoming increasingly difficult to replace with today's applicant pool. In order to kick start your organization toward the goal of attracting the next generation, here are five steps to get you on the path.

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WELDERS IN THE NEWS


Montana high school students enhance bike racks for downtown Great Falls
Great Falls Tribune
Students in Paul Hogan's welding II class at Montana's C.M. Russell High School have taken their work to the streets this spring — literally. Soon, the once dull, basic-looking U-shaped bike racks that were placed in front of businesses in downtown Great Falls, Mont., will be back on the streets, but this time with artistic designs welded to the racks by students.
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Welder builds mock motor for Yankee
The Deerfield Valley News
Frank Sprague has been in the welding business for 12 years, bending iron into everything from handrails and gates to shepherd's hooks and cowbells. So when Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon chose Sprague to create a replica of a 2,450-horsepower motor for their cooling tower, Sprague said "No problem."
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