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Italy Steel Exec Arrested Over ILVA Plant

January 23, 2013 7:47 am | by Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Italian steel executive turned himself into British authorities on Tuesday after being placed under investigation in Italy over environmental and health problems at Europe's largest steel mill — a case that has become a major headache for the government given the 20,000 jobs at risk if the plant closes.

Inmet Urges Shareholders To Reject Hostile Offer

January 22, 2013 10:01 am | News | Comments

Copper miner Inmet Mining Corp. is in talks with several parties who may help it fend off a $5.1-billion hostile takeover by First Quantum Minerals and is urging shareholders to reject First Quantum's bid. Inmet said Tuesday discussions are ongoing with several unidentified interested parties.

A Draw Batch Oven For The Aerospace Industry

January 16, 2013 12:34 pm | Manufacturing.net | Product Releases | Comments

Wisconsin Oven designed and manufactured anelectrically heated draw batch oven with a manual quench tank to solution treat aluminum rivets for the Aerospace industry. The custom solution treats the aluminum rivets by placing a basket of parts in a preheated oven to soak them at the specified temperature, and then manually opens the door and pulls the basket out onto the quench table to rapidly drop them into the ambient quench water.

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Kiswire Inc. Opening Second Facility In Newberry County, S.C.

January 10, 2013 1:31 pm | News | Comments

Kiswire Inc., a maker of steel cord for the tire industry, will expand its manufacturing operations in Newberry County. The first phase will involve a $15 million investment that is expected to generate 30 new jobs. The company expects to begin construction on the building this quarter and begin production at the facility by the end of 2013.

Alcoa Earnings As Expected, Revenue Tops Forecasts

January 8, 2013 4:40 pm | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday that net income was $242 million, or 21 cents per share. That includes one-time gains like income from selling a hydroelectric project. Without those gains, the company would have made six cents per share — exactly what analysts expected, according to FactSet — on revenue of $5.90 billion. Sales were higher than the $5.58 billion that analysts predicted.

Silicor Materials Hasn't Given Up On Mississippi

January 8, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Silicor plant was initially forecast to employ 200. An additional phase of the project — a silicon metal purifying operation — was expected to provide 750 jobs. State and local officials offered an incentive package of more than $90 million.

Felman, Union Agree On New Contract At W.Va. Plant

January 3, 2013 8:03 am | News | Comments

Felman Production LLC and the United Steelworkers have agreed on a new contract at the company's ferroalloys plant in New Haven. Felman announced the agreement with United Steelworkers Local 5171 on Wednesday. It says the 42-month contract will cover more than 215 workers. The current contract was set to expire early this month.

AP: $1 Coin Backers Give To Harkin Center

December 19, 2012 7:53 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean businessman and his Iowa metals company gave $500,000 to a university institute honoring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who is pushing for a dollar coin that could generate tens of millions of dollars in new business for the company, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

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Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. To Purchase Center Manufacturing, Inc.

December 17, 2012 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. (MEC) today announced it has acquired Center Manufacturing, Inc. (Center), a Michigan-based manufacturer of metal products for the commercial vehicle, powersports, agriculture, construction, automotive and military industries, through a private stock purchase.

3 Workers Abducted At Syrian Steel Plant

December 17, 2012 1:53 pm | by Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three workers at a Syrian steel plant, including an Italian, have been kidnapped, officials said Monday. Italy's foreign ministry did not say where or when the kidnappings occurred but that the plant is located in the regime stronghold of Latakia city on Syria's Mediterranean coast.

Powerful Clamping System: KONTEC KSX NC Vise

December 14, 2012 9:19 am | Manufacturing.net | Product Releases | Comments

The KONTEC KSX NC vise from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) is a powerful clamping system for simultaneous 5-axis machining. The compact and easily accessible clamping system can handle tool-free adjustable clamping forces between 4 and 40 kN.

Baltimore County Executive: Sparrows Point Mill To Be Razed

December 13, 2012 3:46 pm | News | Comments

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says an owner of the Sparrows Point steel mill will raze the closed plant. He said Thursday's announcement marks the end of a more than century-old tradition of steelmaking in Baltimore County. Hilco Industrial, a company that specialized in liquidations, bought the mill.

Sparrows Point Union Head Angered Over Sale Report

December 13, 2012 8:10 am | News | Comments

A union official representing steelworkers at the shuttered Sparrows Point steel mill is reacting angrily to reports key mill equipment has been sold. Joe Rosel, president of a United Steelworkers local in Sparrows Point, says no one will want to buy the plant without the cold mill equipment.

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ThyssenKrupp Takes $4.66B Hit

December 11, 2012 9:00 am | News | Comments

German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG says it is taking a €3.6 billion ($4.66 billion) hit on the value of its Steel Americas unit. The Essen-based company says the writedown follows a reassessment prompted by efforts to sell the unit's plants in the United States and Brazil.

The Plant Of The Future: 3D Printing

December 10, 2012 4:16 pm | Articles | Comments

3D printing is a technology that has, for more than a decade, seen inroads mostly in the hobbyist community. It’s expensive and slow, but is capable of producing items that are difficult — if not impossible — to replicate with more traditional processes. But 3D printing could have a real place in the future of manufacturing.

Alcoa Shutting Down Indiana Factory Next Year

December 5, 2012 8:15 am | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. has decided to shut down a northeastern Indiana factory after cutting hundreds of jobs there over the past decade. The company announced Tuesday that the Auburn factory will end operations in March. The factory has 25 hourly and 18 salaried workers.

Chicago Pneumatic Introduces Powerful Angle Grinders And Sanders

December 3, 2012 4:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Chicago Pneumatic, a quality leader in performance air tools since 1901, is announcing its new line of CP3850 industrial angle grinder and sanders which offer the highest power to weight ratio and durability in their class.

U.S. Steel Lays Off 142 At Pittsburgh-Area Tube Site

December 3, 2012 12:07 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Steel Corp. is laying off 142 union workers at a Pittsburgh-area tube plant, citing unfairly traded imports as the reason. About 95 workers will keep their jobs at the McKeesport Tubular Operations plant about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Spokeswoman Courtney Boone says the company believes the supply-and-demand problem is driven largely by subsidized imports which U.S. Steel contends violate trade laws.

Congress Considers Doing Away With The $1 Bill

November 30, 2012 11:43 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional auditors say doing away with dollar bills entirely and replacing them with dollar coins could save taxpayers some $4.4 billion over the next 30 years. Vending machine operators have long championed the use of $1 coins because they don't jam the machines, cutting down on repair costs and lost sales.

Freak Tornado Hits Disputed Steel Plant In Italy

November 28, 2012 1:21 pm | News | Comments

A freak tornado struck a steel plant in southern Italy on Wednesday just days after its owners announced their intention to close what is Europe's largest steel facility. One person was reported missing and some two dozen were injured when the tornado struck Wednesday, the ANSA news agency said.

Steel Dynamics Plans New Railroad Steel System

November 28, 2012 8:28 am | News | Comments

Steel maker Steel Dynamics Inc. said Tuesday it will build a new heat-treating system capable of producing 350,000 tons of steel per year at its structural and rail division facility in Columbia City, Ind. The system will be used to make steel rails for the railroad industry.

French Minister Wants ArcelorMittal Out

November 26, 2012 7:51 am | News | Comments

France's new government minister for industrial recovery says he wants international steel giant ArcelorMittal out of the country. ArcelorMittal infuriated many on the French left and beyond by announcing Oct. 1 that it planned to stop the furnaces at its plant in the northeastern town of Florange. It gave the French government 60 days to find a new owner.

Companies, NGOs, Investors On Challenge To Conflict Mineral Rule

November 20, 2012 10:55 am | News | Comments

Since 2009, a multi-stakeholder group has been working together to develop an agenda for action to address the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) by cutting off funding from trade in conflict minerals. Recently, a petition was filed by the National Association of Manufacturers, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Roundtable for judicial review of the final rule implementing Section 1502.

Analyst Sees Better Conditions For Steel Makers

November 19, 2012 12:25 pm | News | Comments

The steel sector jumped in Monday trading with Credit Suisse seeing a better supply landscape at the start of the year, thanks to rising demand and better prices. Domestic suppliers have grappled with weak demand because of the global economic slowdown. That situation has been worsened because of imports and new U.S. steelmaking facilities.

Gearing Up For Curiosity

November 15, 2012 9:40 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Airbus, Boeing | Articles | Comments

Forest City Gear (FCG), currently based in Roscoe, Illinois, was founded in 1955, but was recently tasked with one of its most important missions to date: building the gears for critical mechanical functions in the Mars Curiosity rover.

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