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March Adds 88,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly

The U.S. economy added 88,000 non-farm jobs in March and the overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The total number of new jobs in March represented a dip after a strong period of hiring. Over the 12 months before March, job growth averaged 169,000 per month. The unemployment rate dropped because more people stopped looking for work....

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Indiana Company to Build Facility, Add 50 Jobs

German company PMG Group will invest $22.97 million in its Columbus, Ind., subsidiary PMG Indiana Corp. to build a new facility, the State of Indiana announced. The 36,000-sq-ft facility will be constructed on PMG Indiana's 40-acre Columbus campus by the end of the year, and will house two new manufacturing lines supporting PMG's production of automotive components. The expansion will add 50...

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Engineering & Design

Field Technician Training Goes Online, On Demand at Endress+Hauser End User Academy

Online education and training has grown significantly in recent years because of the convenience and flexibility for students as well as the inherent advantages brought by the technology, such as relieving the strain on training staff, physical resources, scheduling, and logistics. Couple that with current engineering and skilled workforce challenges and online training makes much sense for...

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Horst Acquires Aerospace Parts Manufacturer

Horst Engineering and Manufacturing Co. has acquired the Sterling Machining Co., according to an announcement from the company. Connecticut precision machining shop Horst has announced plans to maintain Sterling's operations and 33 employees, including its president, as an independent company. Sterling manufactures components for the aerospace industry in its Lynn, Mass., location. "We are very...

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Methods Machine Tools Donates Equipment to Indiana Technical School

The machining industry and broader manufacturing sector continue to raise student engagement efforts as they seek to preempt a potentially crippling future talent shortage. In manufacturing pockets across the country, machinery manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers have generously provided equipment to education institutions of all levels, placing the latest, real-world machine tools on both...

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Built-Rite Tool and Die to Expand Facility

The Built-Rite Tool and Die Co. has received a $500,000 loan from MassDevelopment to expand its Lancaster, Mass., facility. Custom mold making and design firm Built-Rite will expand its Lancaster facility by 5,000 sq ft to 22,900 sq ft. The expansion will result in eight new jobs at Built-Rite, and the workforce of 70 people will focus on providing highly engineered dies and molds for...

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Tyler Machine Tool Becomes DMG/Mori Seiki Sales Organization

Tyler Machine Tool Company will become a direct sales organization for machine tool manufacturer DMG/Mori Seiki, the company announced yesterday. The announcement builds on a relationship between Tyler Machine Tool and DMG/Mori Seiki forged over 35 years, during which Tyler acted as a distributor for DMG/Mori Seiki in New England from New Hampshire and Connecticut locations. The reorganization,...

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Boeing to Lay Off Machinists

Citing a long-term plan to reduce workforce in the 747 and 787 production programs, Boeing announced it would lay off as many as 800 machinists. According to Chicago Business Journal, Boeing will cut 800 machinists from its 747 and 787 production plans, but would not reduce the rates for either aircraft. In fact, production on the 787 is expected to double from five jets per month to 10 per month...

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Engineering & Design

Fluoropolymer Maker's Material Technology Yields Significantly Lighter Chemically Resistant Pipe

Arkema Inc., a specialty chemicals maker which produces polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) thermoplastic, has a technology for producing lighter chemically resistant pipe. The King of Prussia, Pa.-based company achieved a mono-material construction of a rigid outside layer (the skin) sandwiching a foamed core through a pipe extrusion process with nucleating agents and blowing agents. Arkema says...

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GIW Slurry Pumps Debut in Mexico with Country's Second-Largest Mining Company

GIW's LCC-R pump. Credit: GIW GIW Industries has won two contracts with Mexican mining company Industrias Peñoles to supply its heavy-duty centrifugal slurry pumps. In Durango, Mexico, GIW will supply 57 slurry pumps to a metals processing plant, while in Sonora, Mexico, the pump maker will supply 30 units to a gold production plant. The contracts represent GIW's first direct and exclusive sale...

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