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Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Drillers, business leaders and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking.

Alcoa Cultivates Manufacturing Education In Southern Calif.

February 21, 2014 10:49 am | by SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

Nurturing students’ innate creative abilities and setting them on a pathway to prosperity with upgraded skills and a broader range of knowledge, doesn’t just “happen.” Alcoa Foundation, New York, N.Y. has pledged $220,000 to support PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education), a community-based approach to manufacturing education.

5 Ways China's Slowdown Will Ripple Across Globe

February 11, 2014 8:06 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Growth has marched steadily downward over the past two years as Beijing clamped down on a spending boom that analysts worry has pushed debt to dangerous levels. That has meant less Chinese demand for imported goods from copper and cement to factory machinery and earth movers.

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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal Sees Sales Up In 2014

February 7, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

ArcelorMittal SA, the world's largest steelmaker, says it expects shipments of steel and iron ore to rise in 2014 as recoveries in the US and Europe will matter more than slowing growth in emerging markets. While reporting fourth-quarter earnings, the company said it expects global steel consumption to grow 3.5 percent in 2014.

Bringing Big Steel’s ‘Mini-Mill’ To Solar

January 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Silicor Materials, in many ways, is turning inward to implement the necessary practices rather than simply trying to respond to volatile markets. In order to make that possible, the company is implementing some philosophies most often seen in another industry altogether: the foundries of Big Steel, which has a long history of adopting new technology and ways of thinking to improve margins and stay in business.

High Court Rules Against Steelworkers' Claim

January 28, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

The court was unanimous Monday in ruling in favor of United States Steel Corp. over workers' claims that they should be paid under the terms of federal labor law for the time it takes them to put on flame-retardant jackets and pants, safety glasses, earplugs, hardhats and other equipment.

Agency Clears Way For $1B Steel Mill Construction

January 27, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission lifted a stay on an air permit for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola. The stay was imposed when rival steel-maker Nucor Corp. objected to the issuance of an air permit last year by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Steel Manufacturing Plant Planned For Alabama

January 22, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A steel company based in suburban-Chicago is planning to open a plant in the Athens area. The Decatur Daily reports Nexus AG Holdings is buying a 300,000 square-foot building from Calhoun Community College and Alliance Steel will put a steel coil company in the building.

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Sandvik, Inc. Announces $12 Million S.C. Expansion

January 21, 2014 2:21 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Sandvik, Inc., manufacturer of carbide inserts for the metal cutting industry and subsidiary of the Swedish company Sandvik, AB, is expanding its operations in Oconee County. The $12 million investment is expected to increase the company's production at its Westminster facility.

Marlin Steel: Why I Automate

January 15, 2014 11:23 am | by Robotic Industries Association | Videos | Comments

Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.                                             

Alcoa Finishes $300M Expansion At Iowa Plant

January 15, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

The expansion of the plant in Davenport, Iowa, reflects four years of strong vehicle sales increases — U.S. auto sales rose 8 percent to 15.6 million in 2013 — and growing use of lightweight aluminum for better fuel mileage in some models.    

Stueken Expands Stamping In S.C., Adds 27 Jobs

January 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Greenville Area Development Corporation | News | Comments

Stueken, LLC, which provides precision deep draw and metal stamping to the automotive, electronics and consumer goods markets, will expand its Fountain Inn location to address growing customer demand. The $3.2 million investment will add at least 27 new positions in the near future.

U.S. Challenges China Over High-Tech Steel Imports

January 14, 2014 7:51 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is accusing China of failing to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling against China's imposition of duties on high-tech American steel. Washington says the duties caused a $250 million annual drop in exports. The ruling concerns grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel that is used primarily by the power generating industry.

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Aluminum Revolution: Ford Introduces New F-150

January 13, 2014 12:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

On Monday, Ford unveils a new F-150 with a body built almost entirely out of aluminum. The lighter material shaves as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck, a revolutionary change for a vehicle known for its heft and an industry still heavily reliant on steel.

Posco Plant In India Gets Environmental Clearance

January 10, 2014 8:22 am | by Nirmala George, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $13 billion Odisha steel plant would be the largest-ever foreign investment in India. The country has been embroiled in fierce debates over how to protect its environment while lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty through investment and infrastructure development.

Alcoa Subsidiary Pleads Guilty To Bahrain Bribery

January 9, 2014 11:27 am | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. has pleaded guilty and the company will pay $384 million for paying bribes to the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain through a London-based middleman. The corporate secretary for Alcoa World Alumina LLC pleaded guilty on behalf of the company on Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh.

Intel Says Its Processors Are Now 'Conflict-Free'

January 7, 2014 8:55 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

ArcelorMittal To Reopen Tenn. Facility

January 6, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a news release, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and ArcelorMittal executives said the goal is for the facility to be fully operational by April 2014. ArcelorMittal says it plans to hire 61 new employees over the next two years in Roane County.

Miss. Silicon Plant Plans Revived After 2011 Failure

January 3, 2014 2:09 pm | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

For the second time in three years, a company is promising to build a silicon metal production facility and add hundreds of jobs. Only this time, officials say it will be in Burnsville. In 2011, the company, Mississippi Silicon, eyed Lowndes County for a similar project.

Next-Level 3D Printing With Metal

January 3, 2014 1:15 pm | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Blogs | Comments

3-D printing took another leap forward when Michigan Technological University scientists invented a 3-D metal printer available at a relatively affordable price — around $1,500. Oh, and they made the instructions for building the machine, as well as the operating software and firmware, available online for anyone to download.

3D Systems Acquires Xerox’s Solid Ink R&D Teams

January 2, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

3D Systems today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Xerox's solid ink engineering and development teams, plus the development labs and patent portfolio, for $32.5 million in cash. 3D Systems says it will bring the printer design and material science teams together, along with the associated IP, to further its R&D efforts and manufacturing capabilities.

Company Making Progress On Ind. Iron Pellet Plant

December 30, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

Magnetation Inc. of Grand Rapids, Minn., announced in late 2012 it would build the new factory at the site of an abandoned ethanol plant in the White County town of Reynolds. Several large buildings for the factory are under construction at the site.

ThyssenKrupp Sells Massive $5 Billion Ala. Mill

December 27, 2013 8:29 am | by Melissa Nelson-Gabriel, Associated Press | News | Comments

News that ThyssenKrupp planned to sell the $5 billion mill just five years after it opened sent a ripple through the region, which depended on well-paying jobs related to the mill throughout the economic downturn. ThyssenKrupp has said its plan to import steel slabs from its plant in Brazil fell apart because of the recession and increasing production costs in Brazil.

End Of An Era As Smelter Closes In Missouri Town

December 26, 2013 10:12 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

As home to the nation's only primary lead smelter, Herculaneum processes raw ore into metal to make car batteries, X-ray shields and many other products. But the end of that long tradition is in sight for the small town 25 miles south of St. Louis that began smelting when this land was still owned by Spain.

Siemens 3D Prints Toughest Christmas Tree Ever

December 23, 2013 11:26 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Siemens is already using 3D printing processes to speed up its repairs of gas turbines, to such success that defective burner parts can be simply reprinted, which reduces repair times by as much as 90 percent. But the company is also utilizing the technology for some other, more holiday-themed purposes as well.

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