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Steel Industry Gathers Before Congress

March 27, 2015 9:29 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

"Global influences in the market like reduced steel prices, unfair trade, imports and fluctuating oil prices, continue to have an impact on the business."

Manufacturer Joins Firearm Industry's Largest Trade Show

February 23, 2015 7:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a Mitchell-based business specializing in wood and metal manufacturing said it was...

Steelworkers To Expand Strike To Two BP Refineries In Midwest

February 9, 2015 10:17 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in...

Shooting Laser Beams Inside Water Jets Gives Machining A New Cutting Edge

February 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Leonardo da Vinci always seemed to be hungry for new ideas, but sometimes he may have been just...

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Steel Industry Missing Out On Boom Cycle As Cuts Mount

January 31, 2015 8:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana's steel industry, which many hoped would be on the upswing after the end of the Great Recession, is struggling under the weight of cheap oil, a strong dollar and low prices, leading to hundreds of layoffs in just one week and uncertainty about the future. Nearly 700 steel industry jobs...

Steel Manufacturing Company Warns Of Layoffs At AL Plant

January 28, 2015 7:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A steel processing company has announced that employees in suburban Birmingham could soon be laid off. US Steel announced an adjustment in operations Monday and company spokeswoman Courtney Boone told AL.com impacted employees will informed on or after March 29. Employees at a plant in Lone Star,...

Steelworkers Union Prepared For Oil Refinery Strike As Contract Talks Stall

January 27, 2015 2:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

With its contract set to expire in less than a week, the United Steelworkers union said it has prepared for a possible work stoppage at refineries in light of stalled talks with oil industry negotiators. "The membership of this union is more mobilized and ready for a fight in my history in this position,” said USW...

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Industry Group Issues Record Number Of Metalworking Credentials

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills issued a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to join or advance in the precision manufacturing industry. The Virginia-based group, which sets metalworking skills standards, issues certifications and accredits training programs...

Canada Threatens To Block Project Over U.S. Steel Requirements

January 20, 2015 2:47 pm | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government has signed an order that would block the state of Alaska from updating a ferry terminal unless the two sides resolve an ongoing dispute over the use of U.S. steel in the project. The project is on Canadian soil that is leased by the state in British Columbia. The port at Prince Rupert is part...

U.S. Factories Churn Out More Steel, Computers, Lifting Production For 4th Straight Month

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and steel, offsetting a small decline in autos. The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.3 per cent last month, the fourth straight gain. The increase comes after total output finally passed...

U.S. Steel Lays Off 750 Employees From OH Plant

January 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel said Tuesday it will lay off about 750 employees from two plants that make tubular steel, which is used in oil and gas drilling. The company said it will shut down a plant in Lorain, Ohio, in March and lay off 614 workers. It said the move is temporary. U.S. Steel will also lay off 142...

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7% In October

December 11, 2014 10:43 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 9.7% from September’s total and...

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Altoona Ignition Wire Plant Cutting 160 Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Pennsylvania plant plans to cut 160 of 210 jobs next year as it moves its automotive ignition wire manufacturing operation to another plant in Mexico. The Altoona Mirror reports General Cable will keep its Altoona plant open, but only to make ignition wire assemblies that aren't used in...

The Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 8, 2014 9:29 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Each week news of successes and failures flood in from the manufacturing sector — from recalls to exciting new plant openings or industry breakthroughs the news runs the gamut. IMPO has sifted through all the news for you and presents this week's “Winner” and...

U.S. Steel To Build New Headquarters In Pittsburgh

November 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. has announced it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the NHL's Penguins' redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site. Company, team, city, and state officials made the announcement Monday. The steel giant has been in talks with...

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 4.6% In September

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | by The Cutting Tool Market Report News Release | News | Comments

September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up...

Ford Starts Production Of Aluminum F-150

November 11, 2014 1:04 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown. Ford was scheduled to start production of the 2015 F-150 Tuesday at its Dearborn Truck Plant, four miles from the company's headquarters. It...

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IN's Main Lake Michigan Port Has Busiest Year In Decade

November 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say increased shipments of grain and steel are leading to the busiest year in more than a decade at Indiana's main Lake Michigan port. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor surpassed its previous five-year average of total annual shipments by the end of...

Labor Department Suing For Steelworker Pension Funds

November 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matt Stroud, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost millions in retirement savings because investment managers hired by Severstal Wheeling failed to properly oversee the plan. "This case underscores the department's commitment to hold...

Engine Maker Nears Completion Of $15M Warehouse

November 3, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. expects to have construction finished by the end of this year on a new $15 million warehouse and distribution center in southern Indiana. The company plans to consolidate 80 employees from distribution sites in Seymour, Jonesville, and Greenwood at the new center in an...

Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets. Alcoa is installing manufacturing technology to enhance the performance of thick aluminum and...

Metal Manufacturer Wins $1M Business Plan Prize

October 31, 2014 10:00 am | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fledgling metal manufacturing company that promises to make lighter, stronger, and less expensive parts has won the million-dollar grand prize in a contest aimed at attracting entrepreneurs to Buffalo. Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy announced ASi, LLC as winner...

National Institute For Metalworking Skills Launches Job-Search Website

October 29, 2014 9:48 am | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, the global authority on education and training for precision manufacturing jobs, launched a new website catered to employers seeking to fill open jobs and build a pipeline of globally competitive talent. Nimsready.org provides concise information, tools and how-to guides to help employers...

Alcoa To Sell Ownership Stake Of Smelter

October 23, 2014 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its ownership stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to Century Aluminum Company for $67.5 million in cash, plus an additional potential earn-out. Mt. Holly is owned 50.3 percent by Alcoa and 49.7 percent by...

Haynes Acquires Leveltek Processing

October 22, 2014 9:22 am | by Haynes International, Inc. | News | Comments

Haynes International, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of technologically advanced high-performance alloys, reported today that it had entered into a definitive agreement to purchase those assets and operations of Leveltek Processing, LLC located in...

KY Manufacturing Company Expands, Adds 30 Jobs

October 22, 2014 4:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Kentucky company is expanding and expects to add 30 jobs in Daviess County. Castlen Welding & Manufacturing LLC was started in 2008. The company makes material-handling equipment for the fertilizer and grain industries and erects and installs the equipment...

Man Gets 10 Years For Copper Thefts

October 14, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing copper in a ring that investigators say targeted Central Texas communication towers. Ricky Thatcher must also pay more than $163,000 to victims, including the Lower Colorado...

Wyman-Gordon To Establish New Manufacturing Plant

October 14, 2014 9:59 am | by South Carolina Department Of Commerce | News | Comments

Wyman-Gordon, a manufacturer of large titanium and super alloy forgings for the aerospace and power generation markets, will establish its newest manufacturing operations in Dillon County, South Carolina. The investment is expected to create more than 400 new jobs over the next five years. Wyman-Gordon's new facility...

Alcoa Boosted By Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business. The results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company's stock rose 2 percent in after-hours...

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