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March 2018 Edition
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What Manufacturers Are Saying About Proposed Tariffs
What Manufacturers Are Saying About Proposed Tariffs
The manufacturing sector is quite alarmed by President Trumps proposed tariff of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum. The auto companies, in particular, have made it known the increase will have adverse effects on the industry as higher prices will push down demand and eventually could lead to job loss.
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One Fabricator’s Blueprint for Growing its Business

One Fabricator’s Blueprint for Growing its Business
When other fabricators were cutting costs and postponing investments during the Great Recession, BTD Manufacturing, Detroit Lakes, Minn., was moving forward with plans to grow the business. Today the payoff is evident. The fabricator is growing because it has figured out what makes it special and how to maintain that with expansion and new blood entering the organization.
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Welding Race Cars: NHRA vs. NASCAR Techniques

Welding Race Cars: NHRA vs. NASCAR Techniques
While managing a welding filler material R&D lab in the mid-1970s, a company that built drag race car frames and sold tubing kits to customers fabricating their own chassis asked for a recommendation for a gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) rod for joining normalized 4130 tubing without preheat.
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Is Your Die-Change Process All That?

Is Your Die-Change Process All That?
If your pressroom is cluttered, poorly laid out, or lacks a good die-transport system, then achieving quick die changes (QDC) is going to be, at the very least, difficult. MetalForming spoke with Lee Ellard, national sales manager for Stamtec, Inc., Manchester, TN, to learn the most common pressroom mistakes and what to do about them in order to achieve QDC. Poor staging and layout is the most common inefficiency.
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Energy Coatings Withstand Time, Corrosion

Energy Coatings Withstand Time, Corrosion
There is no bad time to be in the oil and gas industry, if you are a custom coater. Adam Adkisson, the executive vice president of family-owned Metal Processing International and Oklahoma Custom Coating, says business is great when the oil and gas industry is booming. And when oil and gas is not growing, the coatings market is still good, because that is when customers want the best coatings in order to make their equipment last even longer.
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Make Your FABTECH 2018 Hotel Reservations
Make Your FABTECH 2018 Hotel Reservations
Attendees and exhibitors of FABTECH 2018 can now make housing and travel reservations through the official housing provider, onPeak. Enjoy the biggest savings and the most valuable perks and benefits, including free shuttle service, when booking through onPeak.
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