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Cummins-Wagner Surpasses $100M In Sales

June 12, 2014 10:14 am | by Cummins-Wagner Co., Inc.

Founded in 1960 by "Charlie" Cummins and "Chub" Wagner, Cummins-Wagner began as a one-product, two-employee company in a one room office.                    

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PrimeSource Acquires Full Ownership Of Progressive Steel And Wire LLC

June 12, 2014 10:09 am | by PrimeSource

PSW was previously part of a joint venture between Dubai Wire and PrimeSource, but PrimeSource is now taking 100 percent ownership and control.                  

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Grainger May Sales Up 6%

June 12, 2014 10:05 am | by W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Results for the month included 2 percentage points from acquisitions, net of dispositions, and a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.               

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A. M. Castle & Co. Signs Agreement As Preferred Supplier With United Technologies Corp.

June 12, 2014 10:03 am | by A. M. Castle & Co.

A. M. Castle & Co. will supply raw materials and value added services, including processed and machined parts and supply chain solutions, to business units of United Technologies Corp.            

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Praxair Starts Up Packaged Gas Fill Plant In ND

June 11, 2014 10:06 am | by Praxair, Inc.

Praxair, Inc. has started up a new packaged gas fill plant in Bismarck, ND, significantly increasing its cylinder gases capacity in the Bakken shale oil formation region.              

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J.A.M. Distributing Company To Acquire Jones Oil And High Tech Equipment

June 11, 2014 10:01 am | by J.A.M. Distributing Company

Both companies are based in Houston. Jones Oil is a marketer and distributor of lubricants, fuel, and ancillary products to automotive shops, industrial facilities, and private and commercial vehicle fleets. High Tech is a provider of equipment for automotive shops, fleet maintenance, and the commercial industrial market. 

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Troubled Mining Industry Now Resurgent In Midwest

June 11, 2014 9:57 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press

The rebirth of a MI mine is almost miraculous to local residents who have borne the brunt of its demise, but it's part of something even bigger: a surprising resurgence of a mining industry that once was an economic pillar in three Upper Midwestern states but has been in serious decline.

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ParkOhio Acquires Apollo Aerospace Group

June 11, 2014 9:52 am | by ParkOhio

Apollo is a supply chain management services company providing Class C production components and supply chain solutions, headquartered in West Midlands, England, with operating locations in England, France, Poland, and India.     

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Businesses Ramp Up Job Searches in April

June 11, 2014 9:46 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Employers posted nearly 4.5 million jobs, up strongly from 4.2 million in March, the Labor Department said Tuesday. It's the largest number of job listings since September 2007.             

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GE Breaks Ground On $400 Million Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 11, 2014 9:44 am | by The Greenville Area Development Corporation

General Electric broke ground on a new state-of-the-art Power & Water Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Greenville, SC, announcing plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville to expand the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities.

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Top Manufacturers Urge Action on Immigration

June 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press

In a letter to be released Tuesday, the chief executives of Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Loews Hotels, Tyson Foods, Cargill, and a half-dozen other national and regional companies write that without action to overhaul ineffective immigration laws and allow lower-skilled workers into the country legally, their businesses cannot ensure the workforce they need.

DPA Buying Group Welcomes 10 New Members

June 11, 2014 9:35 am | by DPA Buying Group

The DPA Buying Group welcomed ten new distributor members to its Safety and Industrial products divisions.                                         

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Average Age Of Fleet Vehicles Older Than Ever

June 10, 2014 10:21 am | by IHS

The average age is in line with the trend shift first seen in 2013, in which the combined fleet of cars and light trucks on the road is older than ever. New analysis, however, indicates the average age of light trucks has increased in the past year to the same age as passenger cars, both at 11.4 years. This milestone marks the first time this has happened since 1995, when the data was first reported.

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Praxair Starts Up Air Separation Unit In Tennessee

June 10, 2014 10:09 am | by Praxair, Inc.

The new unit will produce 600 tons per day in Memphis, TN, expanding the company’s ability to supply gaseous and liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to customers across the southeastern United States.          

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MAPI Economic Forecast: Investment Spending Will Drive Growth

June 10, 2014 10:04 am | by MAPI: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report by MAPI.         

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HD Supply 1Q Net Sales Up 6%

June 10, 2014 10:03 am | by HD Supply

The first quarter performance represents the sixteenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year average daily sales growth. The company believes its sales performance represents growth of approximately 400 basis points in excess of its market growth estimate.

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IDC Product Forum Featured Networking, Awards Ceremony

June 10, 2014 9:57 am | by IDC-USA

“Our focus was providing attendees with as many networking opportunities as we could fit into the span of two and a half days while providing IDC Owner-Distributors and Suppliers with tools to be more successful in their business,” said Jack Bailey, president and CEO of IDC-USA.

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U.S. Construction Machinery Exports Drop 18.8% In 1Q

June 10, 2014 9:48 am | by Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Total U.S. construction machinery exports for first quarter 2014 totaled $4.292 billion compared to $5.287 billion in the first quarter of 2013 – a drop of 18.8%, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Department of Commerce data.

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Majority Of Small Businesses Skip Websites

June 10, 2014 9:25 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer

Small businesses that don't have one say they don't have the time, think it will cost too much or don't want the rush of orders that comes with being online. But entrepreneurs that have jumped to the digital side say their websites have boosted sales, cut down on time-consuming phone calls and brought more people into their stores.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

June 10, 2014 9:16 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology

April U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $391.53 million according to AMT. This was down 20.4% from March but up 9.8% when compared with the total of $356.52 million reported for April 2013.           

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