Sunday, March 9, 2014

Manufacturing Show Spotlights Technology & Jobs

What started out 8 years ago as a welding event has become a major event, showcasing the skills of students while promoting today’s manufacturing.

The Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Show drew more than 2000 visitors earlier this month in Eau Claire to explore a variety of high-tech manufacturing equipment and career opportunities. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told the crowd “we need to encourage the next generation of workers by educating everyone about the great, family-supporting jobs available.”

Find out more in this article from the Eau Claire Leader Telegram

When a Fabricator Retires

When Wayne Bagby, of Augusta, Kansas, retired as metal fabricator for Boeing, he didn’t stop fabricating. He just turned his attention to his next passion….restoring his 1936 Chevy pickup.

You don't have to be into old cars and trucks to admire Bagby's work. In this month’s Fabricator Magazine (linked from the Wichita Eagle), he details how he used his automotive skills to rebuild the drivetrain while putting his fabricating skills to rebuild the bed and tailgate.

The results are amazing.

Check out the pictures, and more, here.

Friday, March 7, 2014

These Manufacturers Stood Out

With a nod to all companies engaged in manufacturing, the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards were presented recently. Mercury Marine, Gallery Foods, Tailored Label Products and Badger Alloys won in their respective categories. Nine companies from a pool of 34 nominees were recognized.

The annual awards are sponsored by accounting firm Baker Tilly, law firm Michael Best & Friedrich and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

Read more about it from JS Online here.

and see a complete list of this year’s winners here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Korean Steel Escapes Tariffs

The Department of Commerce did not impose anti-dumping duties on oil and natural gas pipe products from South Korea, ranked as the largest exporter among nine nations targeted in a trade case filed by U.S. Steel Corp. and others.

Although imports continue to increase, the Commerce Department found that product coming in from Korea did not meet ‘dumping’ guidelines. Although Korea is the largest importer to the US with 894,300 tons in 2013, tariffs have been placed on products coming from five other countries, including India and Vietnam.

Read more about it here from