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Obama Says Students Need Help Getting 'In-Demand Jobs'

April 8, 2014 9:36 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the "in-demand jobs of the future."              

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Vertical Grinders Offer Maximum Material Removal

April 8, 2014 9:34 am | by Apex Tool Group | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with productivity and maximum material removal in mind, Cleco’s Vertical Grinders are engineered for heavy metal fabrication processes in multiple industries including shipbuilding, rail and foundry and infrastructure applications, says the company.

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Alfa Laval Acquires Frank Mohn AS

April 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Alfa Laval | News | Comments

The acquisition, which strengthens Alfa Laval’s fluid handling portfolio by adding a unique pumping technology, will further reinforce Alfa Laval’s position as a leading supplier to the marine and offshore oil & gas markets.   

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Nitrile Gloves Deliver Process Protection, Peace Of Mind

April 7, 2014 4:34 pm | by Kimberly Clark Professional | Product Releases | Comments

Kimtech Pure G3 EvT Nitrile Gloves offer high performance, durability, and value. Free of natural rubber latex, these Extra-Value Technology gloves are preferred by cleanroom operators for overall tactile performance, says the company.

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Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 7, 2014 4:32 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Improving the profitability of your digital presence is a hot topic with distributors. Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander - a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum - some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.

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Where Is Your Organization With Regard To Item Stratification?

April 7, 2014 3:18 pm | by Brad Vance, Senior Business Process Consultant, Epicor Software | Blogs | Comments

Most companies stratify their items in some shape or form, but few apply more than a single or dual data point methodology. Stratifying the items that your company stocks can help create focus on the products that are currently carried and are doing well, versus the ones that have fallen into the “black hole” of slowmoving and dead inventory.

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

April 7, 2014 2:48 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?            

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IWDC Celebrates 20th Anniversary By Supporting Military Foundation

April 7, 2014 11:34 am | by IWDC | News | Comments

In recognition of its March 1994 incorporation as a cooperative and consistent with a key cooperative principle, Concern for Community, IWDC is organizing a fund drive for The Wish For Our Heroes Foundation.                   

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Falcon Metal Corporation Changes Name To Falcon Fastening Solutions, Inc.

April 7, 2014 11:31 am | by Falcon Fastening Solutions, Inc. | News | Comments

A new logo and marketing message — “Your Lean, Reliable Partner” — have been created as part of Falcon’s corporate identity. The new visual identity, like the new name, draws from elements of Falcon’s former corporate identity.     

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Schrader International Names Frank Frederick VP Sales & Marketing

April 7, 2014 11:27 am | by Schrader International | News | Comments

In this position, Frederick will be responsible for sales leadership, business growth, training, and sales initiatives within the aftermarket sector. Most recently, Frederick led the North American Light Duty aftermarket sales team for Remy International, Inc.

Two Massive Cement Makers Merge In Europe

April 7, 2014 11:22 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues.            

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Custom Die-Cut Filtration & Venting Membranes

April 7, 2014 11:14 am | by Venmark International | Product Releases | Comments

Interstate custom die cut membranes can be manufactured and packaged to meet precise OEM specifications from a wide range of materials including cellulose acetate, nitrocellulose, nylon, and more.

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EdgeGard Dock Gates Increase Safety

April 7, 2014 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wildeck’s EdgeGard Folding-Rail Gate is available for 10 ft. or 12 ft. wide openings and requires only 116” maximum height clearance, which is an advantage in many situations.

Back To Life: An Innovative Approach To Moving Dead Inventory

April 7, 2014 10:55 am | by Ron Nuñez, President & COO, IBC | Blogs | Comments

Every industrial distributor deals with the looming problem of dead inventory at the end of every period. Yet, even though they know that the less inventory they have the better off their business is, the task of actually moving dead inventory is easier said than done.

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AutoCrib Names 2014 Leaders In Industrial Vending

April 7, 2014 10:49 am | by AutoCrib | News | Comments

These industrial distributors have not only designed and installed more AutoCrib systems than most distributors, but have made significant training investments in their personnel to ensure that customers receive superior service and rapid support for their AutoCrib systems.

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supplyFORCE Hires New President & CEO

April 7, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

John Burke has been serving the past 13 years as President and COO of Kirby Risk Electrical Supply, a Midwest distributor of electrical products. Prior to joining Kirby Risk, Burke held positions as Chief Operating Officer with SourceAlliance, Southeast Division President of Rexel, S.A., and Vice President, General Manager of the EESCO Division of WESCO International.

The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 7, 2014 10:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Last week, the AP reported that U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Rise of the Machines: Industrial Machinery Market Growth To Double In 2014

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | by IHS | News | Comments

As economic conditions continue to improve worldwide, the demand for machines in sectors such as agriculture, packaging, materials handling and machine tools will push revenues to $1.6 trillion this year, up from $1.5 trillion in 2013. This represents annual growth of 6.3%.

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Blackstone To Buy Manufacturer Gates For $5.4B

April 7, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Private equity firm The Blackstone Group will buy industrial products maker Gates Corp. for $5.4 billion, according to Gates' owners.                    

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NMHG Reorganizes Hyster & Yale Brands

April 3, 2014 4:20 pm | by NACCO Materials Handling Group | News | Comments

Chuck Pascarelli, president of sales and marketing for NMHG, commented: “These changes were implemented to create a more focused and customer-centric organization that will allow us to execute in a more nimble and responsive manner to the needs of our customers"

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