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The economic impact of 'Made in the USA'
Industry Edge
"Made in America" isn't just the name of a song anymore. Whether out of a sense of patriotism, a desire to help the American economy or the belief that U.S.-made products are of higher quality, consumers of everything from clothes to computers increasingly want to see a "Made in the USA" sticker on the items they buy. Last year, General Electric began making some of its water heaters and refrigerators at U.S. factories. Wal-Mart announced plans in April to buy an additional $50 billion of American-made products over the next decade, and Apple said it would begin building some of its computers in the United States this year. This trend presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the hardware industry.
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Goodbye for good to GM Weld Tool Center after 70 years
MLive.com
General Motors Co. stopped production at its Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center July 1. The company announced in January its plans to shutter the facility, forcing all of the plant's 343 hourly and salaried workers into a premature retirement or a change in work environment. None of the employees were left without a job as a result of the closing, and most of the work that was done at the Weld Tool Center will be shifted to the Parma, Ohio, plant.
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With Mexican auto manufacturing boom, new worries
The Washington Post
In the division of labor that has long governed North American auto manufacturing, the Big Three and other companies typically built their top moneymakers in the United States, using their Mexican plants to produce smaller, cheaper cars with lower profit margins. But that division is breaking down. As Mexico cranks out record numbers of vehicles and attracts billions in new investment, Mexican auto workers are increasingly able to match the skill and productivity of their U.S. counterparts — and at a fraction of the wages.
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American Welding Online launches CWI exam preparation
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The American Welding Society's online welding learning center – American Welding Online has launched a new Certified Welding Inspector Pre-Seminar course which will allow participants to better prepare for taking the CWI examination. The CWI Pre-Seminar is composed of six individual courses that combine 57 hours of e-learning content and are designed to prepare users for the fundamentals section of the CWI test.
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Caterpillar to move Milwaukee welding work south
The Milwaukee Business Journal
Caterpillar Inc. will discontinue welding operations at its small Milwaukee facility and shift the work to its South Milwaukee factory. Caterpillar said the decision is not expected to result in additional job cuts beyond the previously announced indefinite layoffs of 260 production workers at the South Milwaukee plant due to weakness in the mining sector.
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Shared high-tech production facilities may be the new face of American manufacturing
The Valley Advocate
Definitions abound for makerspaces and similar fab labs and hackerspaces. They vary from artists' shared work spaces to high-tech machining, metalworking and electronics labs. Some are clubs of programmers who build robotic devices by writing code and manipulating microcontrollers. Others, like the 40,000-square-foot nonprofit Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, Mass., rent stalls to entrepreneurial artisans and offer classes in everything from building bike frames to mold-making and kinetic sculpture.
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Manufacturing expanded in June after shrinking in May
Los Angeles Times
Growth returned to U.S. manufacturing sector in June after a one-month contraction, the Institute for Supply Management said. The group's manufacturing index rose to 50.9 from 49 in May, which was a four-year low. A figure above 50 suggests business in the factory sector is expanding. The index is based on a survey of purchasing managers at manufacturing firms.
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SGS wins pipeline welding inspection contract in US
Energy Business Review
SGS, a Switzerland-based inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has won a contract to provide non-destructive examination and certified welding inspections on an oil pipeline for a midstream company in the U.S. Under the contract, which is scheduled from June 1-Aug. 31, five SGS certified welding inspectors will be performing on-site inspections in Wisconsin.
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Can manufacturing push past uncertainty?
IndustryWeek
The path to prosperity has been littered with economic obstacles in 2013, but economists expect growth to pick up soon and U.S. manufacturers to benefit from a changing energy picture. The slow return of jobs has generated considerable debate about what constitutes a U.S. manufacturing "renaissance." Chris Kuehl, managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, says industry will never again provide jobs for "the high school graduate who doesn't want to go on to college." But he said manufacturing has reversed 30 years of decline in its contribution to U.S. GDP and remains a world leader in producing sophisticated, high-value goods.
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Developing integrity confidence in an aging turbine fleet
HydroWorld
In response to recent industry events and an ongoing requirement to prudently manage an aging hydropower fleet, Hydro Tasmania has introduced integrity assessments of critical turbine components. These assessments help the utility improve its understanding of potential risks within the turbine portfolio.
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Successful inspection beyond pipe bends using Teletest®
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A novel use of pre-and post-processing techniques has opened up the potential for more refined inspection of pipelines beyond bends. A team of researchers has shown that compensating for the distortion of guided waves will also allow flaw sizing techniques to be used beyond pipe bends, bringing solutions to challenges faced in power plant, chemical processing plant, oil refinery and heat exchanger tube inspection.
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The search for the right welding mix
Gasworld
Welding applications have come a long way, thanks to advancements in welding technology and machinery in recent years, and a wider knowledge when it comes to ascertaining the right combination of gases for the right process. The most commonly used welding gases are carbon dioxide and argon, an inert gas, although oxygen is often used in either a two-part or three-part mix, in small percentages.
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Massachusetts high school introduces 'virtual welding'
The Republican
Gateway Regional High School welding teacher Paul Atkinson and his students tried their hand at "virtual welding," an opportunity to test drive some new equipment the school is purchasing through a grant. Seth Short, who works for a company called Reality Works, visited Gateway in mid-June, bringing with him a welding simulator to train staff and students how to use it.
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Texas town, community college prep mall for new welding program
Palestine Herald-Press
The city of Palestine, Texas, and Trinity Valley Community College are working together to weld solid futures for the area's youth. City council members approved authorizing renovations to the city's mall facility to support the local community college's creation of a new welding program.
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No, manufacturing jobs won't revive the economy
Salon
The promise of a U.S. manufacturing revival has gained strength and currency in policy circles, with many arguing it's a way to turn the economy around. But, for all the optimism and nostalgia for an America that once was, it's worth asking whether factory jobs are more likely to help workers rise to the middle class today — or leave them stranded among the working poor.

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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.

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Toyota investing $200 million in Southern manufacturing
Autoblog
Over the past two years, Toyota has invested more than $2 billion at its North American production facilities, and it apparently doesn't plan on stopping there. To keep up with recent strong sales, Toyota is investing an additional $200 million at its engine plants in the Southern U.S. to increase production capacity of its V6 engines.

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$1.5 million grant adds fire to Montana welding program
Great Falls Tribune
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said that Great Falls College-Montana State University has received a nearly $1.5 million grant to boost its welding program and help area residents fill the growing demand for good-paying jobs.
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