Job Shop Report

FMA report shows fabricators, job shops facing uncertainty

In Industry Reports by Megan Paja

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released the Q4 2015 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report. The report looks at small and medium-size job shops and fabricators.

The overall sense of this most recent report is that fabricating shops are facing a lot of headwind and uncertainty, but not enough to cause panic.

Nearly as many participants reported a decline (23 percent) as reported improvement (24 percent) in Q4 2015, although 53 percent indicated they are in a stable position. Capacity utilization for participants was just more than 61 percent.

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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Announces Plans to Move Headquarters to Elgin, Illinois, from Rockford

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New Location to Provide Greater Access for Members, Other Metal Fabrication Industry Constituents

 

ROCKFORD, ILL. (Dec. 1, 2015) – The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) announced today plans to move its headquarters office and operations from Rockford, Ill., to Elgin, Ill. The relocation will offer greater access and convenience for FMA members, suppliers and other industry stakeholders, particularly those located in the greater Chicago area or approximate to the Interstate 90 corridor, FMA executives said.

FMA anticipates breaking ground to construct a new building in April and occupancy to occur in November. The office will be located within Elgin city limits near the intersection of Interstate 90 and the Randall Road exit, approximately 45 miles from FMA’s current facility. Elgin is located about 40 miles from downtown Chicago and 25 miles from O’Hare International Airport.

“The new headquarters will offer many benefits to FMA and to the thousands of our constituents located in the Chicagoland area and beyond,” said Al Zelt, FMA board chairman. “The location greatly enhances FMA’s ability to serve the metal fabrication industry, which is our overarching goal, and sets the foundation for FMA’s future growth.

“In addition, we now will be much closer to one of our most exciting initiatives – the new FMA Metal Fabrication Lab being built at Harper College in nearby Palatine, Ill., and set to open in January,” Zelt said. “And, our proximity to O’Hare is advantageous for all in our industry.”

FMA executives stated the relocation will not result in the loss of any staff positions. The organization also will provide ways to help minimize inconveniences employees may face upon making the move. FMA has 75 employees.

Youdell said the new building itself will offer benefits for both staff and stakeholders, including added capabilities to conduct on-site training and to host other industry events. “We will have the most up-to-date technology and amenities, further enabling us to respond to the needs of FMA members, readers and advertisers of our publications, trade show exhibitors and other industry partners.”

Youdell stated the FMA budget accommodates the land purchase, building construction and relocation costs. The organization plans to sell its Rockford building.

About FMA

Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® tradeshow. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional council of individual members dedicated to working toward cost-effective environmentally friendly manufacturing. Visit fmanet.org for more information.

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Legendary Commander of USS Cole and Author of Front Burner to Give Keynote at FMA Annual Meeting

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ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 23, 2015 – Retired Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, U.S. Navy, will give the keynote address, titled “Leadership & Accountability When It Matters,” at the 2016 FMA Annual Meeting in San Diego on Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 a.m.

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.) - FMA Annual Meeting Keynote

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)

“Cmdr. Lippold was the commanding officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack in the port of Aden, Yemen, one of the most brazen acts of terrorism by al- Qaida prior to Sept. 11, 2001,” said Jim Warren, FMA’s senior director of member services, education, and foundation. “We are honored that he will share the riveting story of the attack on the ship and his team’s response with our audience.”

Lippold, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, received his commission in the Navy in 1981. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School from 1987 to 1989 where he received a master’s degree in systems engineering (joint command, control, and communications). He is a 1994 graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College as well as a 2001 graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

Lippold’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), in addition to various campaign and service ribbons. “Cmdr. Lippold’s unique experience will offer strategies for attendees to effectively train teams to prepare for and manage challenges in their own organizations,” Warren said.

The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit and Toll Processing Conference tracks of FMA’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 24-26, 2016. Over 300 owners, top-level executives, and budding leaders of job shops and metal producers, processors, and distributors are expected to attend.

Additional details on the program, registration, as well as sponsorships and exhibit opportunities can be found at fmanet.org/annualmeeting or by calling 888-394-4362.

About FMA

Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® tradeshow. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional council of individual members dedicated to working toward cost-effective environmentally friendly manufacturing. Visit fmanet.org for more information.

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Patricia Lee
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Officers Elected to Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International

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ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 5, 2015 – Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA), elected a new slate of officers at its recent meeting.

David Brown, president, Affiliations Unlimited, Inc., Irvine, Calif. was elected chair; Warren Long, defense commodity manager, NPG, Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh, Wis. was elected vice chair; and Bruce Benedict, President, Production Tube Cutting, Dayton, Ohio was elected secretary/treasurer. Newly elected officers will serve one-year terms.

Elected to the NBT Board for a two year term was Franklin Maccotan, Director, Industry Leader Manufacturing Segment, CNA, Seattle, Wash.

Grants from NBT provide seed funding for community and technical college organizers offering summer manufacturing camps designed to inspire junior high and high school students to consider careers in manufacturing, and provide scholarships to help community/technical college and trade school students studying to prepare for careers in manufacturing. Visit www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org  for more information.

 

About FMA
Based in Rockford, Ill., the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal fabricating and forming industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH trade show.

FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating and the Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional council of individual members dedicated to working toward cost-effective environmentally-friendly manufacturing.

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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Elects New Directors, Officers

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Zelt Elected Board Chairman

 

ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 5, 2015 – Brian Havlovic, Senior Engineer, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A., Jason Hillenbrand, Laser Products Manager, Amada America, Inc., and Pamela Swanson, President, Airgas North Central were elected to the board of directors of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) at the group’s recent annual meeting. All will serve three-year terms on the board.

Current board member Al Zelt, Director of Sales & Marketing, Processors & Service Centers, ASKO, Inc. was elected chairman. Zelt became active on the FMA board in 2007.

In addition to Zelt, the slate of board officers for 2015-2016 includes: Vivek Gupta, president, Texas ProFab Corp., Carrollton, Texas as 1st vice chairman; Lyle Menke, vice president, administration & marketing and chief spiritual officer, Peddinghaus Inc., Bradley, Ill. as 2nd vice chairman: and William “Jeff” Jeffery, CEO, IRMCO, Evanston, Ill. as secretary/treasurer.

 

Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® tradeshow. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional council of individual members dedicated to working toward cost-effective environmentally friendly manufacturing.

Visit www.fmanet.org and www.sustainablemfr.com for more information.

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Patricia Lee
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Students Benefit from Manufacturing Scholarships

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ROCKFORD, Ill., Aug. 20, 2015 – Fourteen students pursuing careers in manufacturing were awarded scholarships between $1,500 and $3,500 to go toward their post-secondary studies from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA).

For the Fall 2015 semester, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT) awarded a total of $34,000 in manufacturing scholarships to the following students:

  • Jason Callahan, Ogden, Utah, Mechanical Engineering Technology,
    Ogden-Weber Applied Tech College
  • Sean Campos-Jaramillo, Gallup, N.M., Computer Engineering,
    University of California – San Diego
  • Kevin Carpenter, Waterford, N.Y., Mechanical Engineering,
    SUNY Polytechnic Institute – Utica
  • Curtis Davis, Marthasville, Mo., Engineering, Missouri University of
    Science & Technology
  • Kayla Gronewald, Mendon, Ill., Mechanical Engineering,
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Adam Gronowski, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Mechatronics Engineering,
    University of Waterloo
  • Olivia Hadlaw, South Amboy, N.J., Integrated Business & Engineering,
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Jonathan Hartzler, Rosedale, Ind., Precision Machining Technology,
    Vincennes University
  • Ryan Henderson, Sussex, N.J., Mechanical Engineering,
    Penn State University
  • Daniel Pousset, Austin, Texas, Mechanical Engineering,
    University of Texas – Austin
  • Bartosz Kozminski, Norridge, Ill., Mechanical Engineering,
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Nathaniel Lyon, Draper, Utah, Manufacturing Engineering,
    Weber State University
  • Martine Montgomery, Fleming Island, Fla., Mechanical Engineering,
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lauren Werner, Manteno, Ill., Industrial Engineering,
    Purdue University

“We are pleased to award scholarships to these deserving students and are happy to assist them in reaching their academic goals,” said Edward Youdell, president of Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs. “They recognize that skilled manufacturing careers can be financially rewarding and personally fulfilling and will help them be more competitive in the current job market.

“The most difficult jobs to fill in the U.S. today are those in the skilled trades and engineering,” added Youdell. “With majors in engineering, mechatronics, precision machining, and computer engineering, these students will be prepared for the skilled career openings that American manufacturers are desperate to fill.”

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants were required to be full-time students meeting a specified minimum GPA, and enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study, or a trade or technical program leading to a career in manufacturing. Students were responsible for submitting academic records and an engineering or manufacturing-related program description with each application.

In addition to the scholarship, each winner also received, from NBT’s industry partner SolidWorks Corporation, a copy of its Student Design Kit CAD software package. The Student Design Kit is an easy-to-learn, Windows-based 3D CAD application that gives students the ability to create “real-life” 3D designs they can easily manipulate.

Since 1990, FMA’s Foundation has awarded scholarships annually to students in courses of study that will lead to careers in manufacturing. For more information visit http://www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/Scholarships.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000.

About FMA

Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® tradeshow. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and the Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to working toward environmentally-friendly manufacturing.

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Patricia Lee
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Workshop offers manufacturers methods to turn waste into profit

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Registration for Sept. 23rd Event Available Online

ROCKFORD, Ill., July 3, 2015 – According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 250 million tons of waste are generated by homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses each year in the United States, and more than half ends up in a landfill.

Manufacturing executives can learn how to help reverse this trend and make their company’s operations more sustainable, eco-friendly, and profitable by attending the Sustainable Manufacturer Network’s Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop Sept. 23 in Wilson, N.C. A presentation and plant tour at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations facility will provide attendees the opportunity to see a zero-waste-to-landfill program in action by the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

“It’s really exciting that manufacturers are leading the nation’s zero landfill effort, and even more exciting and gratifying to hear that their zero landfill and waste-to-landfill diversion achievements are yielding significant cost savings,” said Kate Bachman, editor of the Sustainable Manufacturer Network (SMN) e-magazine. “Manufacturers seeking help with their waste reduction and diversion programs have relayed that this informational and inspiration-packed workshop has been extremely helpful. I highly recommend it to everyone who contacts me for waste management information.”

“Being a good steward of the environment and our natural resources is a critical part of doing business today – and tomorrow,” said Michael Darr, Wilson Plant Manager, Bridgestone Americas. “We’re proud some of our environmentally sustainable initiatives are considered best practice and tour worthy.”

Cost to attend the event is $395. SMN members can attend for $245. Registration is available online at sustainablemfr.com/events or via phone at (888) 394-4362.

Bridgestone, the world’s largest manufacturer of tire and rubber products, employs more than over 2,000 people at its Wilson plant, a 2 million square foot facility surrounded by the company’s 350-acre Wildlife Habitat and Refuge.

About Bridgestone Americas

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

About FMA & Sustainable Manufacturer Network

Based in Rockford, Ill., the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) is a professional organization with members working together to improve the metal-forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and industry trade publications. The Sustainable Manufacturer Network (SMN) is an affiliate of the FMA. The mission of SMN is to be the principal resource for advancement of cost-effective, environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing.

FMA Communications, Inc., the publishing affiliate of FMA, produces Sustainable Manufacturer Network e-magazine, a monthly digital newsletter designed to help manufacturers implement sustainability initiatives in their plants and operations. It is delivered to more than 20,000 manufacturing professionals internationally.

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Patricia Lee
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FMA, Harper College Partner to Construct New Metal Fabrication Lab

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500,000 gift from Fabricators & Manufacturers Association spurs partnership to address shortage of skilled workers

 

PALATINE, Ill., June 29, 2015 – The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) has partnered with Harper College for the construction of a new $1.5 million facility designed to create critically needed skilled workers for area manufacturers and related businesses. The new 6,000 square foot FMA Metal Fabrication Lab, funded in part by a $500,000 grant from the FMA, will double the size of Harper’s current manufacturing lab.

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An artist’s rendering shows the 6,000 square foot FMA Metal Fabrication Lab expected to open in the fall of 2015.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the FMA Metal Fabrication Lab is set for Monday, June 29 at Harper’s main campus in Palatine, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago. The lab is expected to open in the fall 2015.

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A Hard Hat Celebration took place Monday, June 29 at the future site of the FMA Metal Fabrication Lab of Harper College in Palatine, Ill. Pictured left to right: Mary Beth Ottinger, dean of Career and Technical Programs, Harper College; Kathleen Gilmer, president, Harper College Educational Foundation Board of Directors; Greg Dowell, chair, Harper College Board of Trustees; Dr. Kenneth L. Ender, president, Harper College; Carlos Borjas, immediate past chair, FMA Board of Directors; Kurt Billsten, coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing, Harper College; Ed Youdell, president & CEO, FMA

The new facility will support Harper’s Advanced Manufacturing Program which trains students for high tech manufacturing careers in mechatronics/automation, precision machining, metal fabrication and supply chain management/logistics. The program offers industry-endorsed skills certificates and paid internships with 75 local manufacturers. The program was the recipient of a $13 million federal grant to expand its best practices statewide.

The expanded facility will train up to 600 students annually and will house state of the art equipment such as lasers, turrets, press brakes, and robotic welders. Some of the equipment will be donated by FMA members. According to research from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, the U.S. faces a shortage of nearly 2 million manufacturing workers over the next decade.

“Two years ago the chairman of the FMA Board of Directors challenged us to develop a new way for the association to create a workforce solution for our industry that would have a positive impact for a large number of member companies,” said Ed Youdell, FMA president and CEO. “Establishing a stand-alone FMA University would have been cost prohibitive. Through discussions with Harper College, we found that partnering with an established program would be both cost-efficient and give us a speed-to-market advantage.”

The $500,000 FMA grant has a unique structure: $400,000 will be released over the next five years and will be contingent on enrollment benchmarks and $100,000 will go to manufacturing students who qualify for the Harper Promise Scholarship. The Promise Scholarship guarantees area students up to two free years of tuition if they get solid grades, have good attendance, don’t repeat classes and perform community service during all four years in high school.

“It’s a unique approach,” said Youdell. “The college has to grow the program in order to take full advantage of the grant and the timed disbursements will keep the association actively engaged in the process.”

“We appreciate our partnership with the FMA in helping us train workers for good paying and family sustaining jobs in manufacturing,” said Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender. “None of us can solve the shortage of skilled workers in isolation. By working together, we can ensure that our local manufacturers have the highly trained workforce they need to compete in a 21st century global economy.”

About Harper College

Harper College is one of the largest community colleges in Illinois with an annual headcount of over 35,000 students. The College’s main campus is located in Palatine, IL and serves 23 communities that make up the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Under Harper President Dr. Ken Ender, Harper has become a national leader in student success by increasing graduation, transfer and certificate completion rates, aligning the College’s curriculum with high schools, training students for new economy jobs and implementing new accountability and transparency standards. Since 2009, Harper has experienced record graduation rates and a dramatic increase in the number of students who come to Harper college-ready. The College has also formed new alliances with businesses and manufacturers to fill the shortage of skilled workers in key industries in the Chicago area.

About FMA

Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with more than 2,300 members working together to improve the metal fabricating and forming industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® trade show. The official publications of FMA include: The FABRICATOR®, TPJ – The Tube & Pipe Journal®, STAMPING Journal®, Practical Welding Today®, The Fabricator en Espanol, and Canadian Industrial Machinery. FMA serves members involved in the following processes: bending, blanking, cutting, drawing, extruding, fastening, finishing, leveling, piercing, punching, roll forming, shearing, slitting, spinning, straightening, stamping, swaging, and welding. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to deploying sustainable manufacturing practices. Membership spans the United States, Canada and Mexico and reaches into more than 30 other countries. Visit www.fmanet.org for more information.

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Patricia Lee
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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA)
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+1-815-227-8286

FMA releases Q1 2015 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report

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The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA), Rockford, Ill., has released its 1st Quarter 2015 Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report — one of the most complete tools available for forecasting activity in the heart of the manufacturing cycle.

According to the report, the level of capacity utilization for small and mid-size metal fabricators is lower than the national norm by about 10 points. Of those participating in the survey, 78 percent indicate that their usage and new orders are either stable or increasing, while 22 percent report that usage and orders are decreasing.

Employment is stable or increasing, with 85 percent of respondents falling into one of these two categories. Fifteen percent of those surveyed reported decreased employment. Many companies report they are struggling to find appropriate workers.

The stable or falling prices of steel and aluminum have been a boon for many manufacturing companies. Only 19 percent of respondents have seen prices rise, and those seem to be mostly in the aluminum area.

Most respondents report that logistics cost are stable and relatively high. Twenty-seven percent of companies have seen costs rise, while just 4 percent have seen decreases in costs.

According to the report, 53 percent of respondents are on track with plans for capital investment. For 23 percent of companies, though, capital investment plans have been postponed indefinitely.

The results are interpreted by FMA’s economic analyst, Dr. Chris Kuehl, founding partner of Armada Corporate Intelligence and author of Fabrinomics®, a biweekly economic analysis e-newsletter for members of FMA. Kuehl’s commentary is included in the survey results.

The Forming & Fabricating Job Shop Consumption Report for the 1st quarter of 2015, as well as previous reports, can be found at the FMA Store (fmanet.org/store). The report is distributed free as a service to professionals in the metal forming and fabricating industry.

 

The Dupps Company Receives The 2015 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence

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ROCKFORD, Ill., March 27, 2015 – The Dupps Company of Germantown, Ohio was recently named the winner of the 2015 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence. The award is presented by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA), sponsored by CNA Insurance Companies, and created by FMA’s Safety Council to recognize a company with a demonstrated safety culture. It is named in honor of Demeules, a significant volunteer contributor to FMA, who was President of the FMA Safety Committee from its inception in 1989 until 1996.

The Dupps Company is celebrating their 80th year as a family run business and currently employ 143. They design, build, and install high-quality process equipment and systems. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of rendering equipment used to recycle animal protein by-products.

Dupps Company Safety Signs

The Dupps Company’s significant achievements in the area of safety include no lost time injuries in their heavy industrial manufacturing facility in over eight years. Each year there is a contest among the employees to come up with the upcoming year’s safety slogan. This year the winning slogan was, “With Nine on the line, keep SAFETY in mind.”

The Dupps Company will be honored at a dinner ceremony during FMA’s Annual Safety Conference to be held April 22-23 at Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, Minn. As the recipient, a representative of the company receives complimentary registration, travel, and hotel accommodations at the conference.

“FMA is honored to present the Rusty Demeules Safety Award to The Dupps Company,” said Edward Youdell, president and CEO of FMA. “The Dupps Company’s excellence in the area of safety was reflected in their application and they were a great choice by the judging committee. I congratulate them on winning this year’s award.”

For more information on the awards program, safety conference, or FMA membership, please visit fmanet.org or call 888-394-4362.

About FMA

Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,300 members working together to improve the metal fabricating and forming industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® trade show. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to working toward environmentally-friendly manufacturing.

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+1-815-227-8286

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Names 2015 FMA/CNA Safety Award Winners

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ROCKFORD, Ill., March 24, 2015 – The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Safety Awards. Open to all FMA and Tube & Pipe Association, International® (TPA) company members, the program recognizes metal processing and fabrication companies that have a commitment to excellence in safety. Award winners are determined by the FMA Safety Council and the awards are sponsored by CNA.

The 2015 Safety Award of Honor is presented to companies having perfect safety records – no recordable injuries or illnesses for calendar year 2014.

Companies receiving the 2015 Safety Award of Honor are:

  • Eberl Iron Works, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Eskay Metal Fabricating, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Feralloy Processing, Portage, Ind.
  • Integrity Stainless, Latrobe, Penn.
  • Nisshin Automotive Tubing LLC, Versailles, Ky.
  • Olympic Steel – Mt. Sterling, Ky.
  • Plymouth Tube – Streator, Ill.
  • Progressive Metal Manufacturing Company – Warren, Mich.

The 2015 Safety Award of Merit is presented to companies posting an injury and illness incidence rate for calendar year 2014 that is better than the published Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) rate by 10 percent or greater, based on their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Of the merit winners, Anderson & Dahlen has won a safety award for nine consecutive years; GH Metal Solutions and Tampa Tank-Florida Structural Steel have each won a safety award for six consecutive years; and BTD – Detroit Lakes and JMC Steel – Harrow, Ontario have each won a safety award for five consecutive years.

Companies receiving the 2015 Safety Award of Merit are:

  • Anderson & Dahlen, Inc., Ramsey, Minn.
  • BTD Manufacturing – (Four facilities – Detroit Lakes, Minn.; two facilities in Lakeville, Minn.; and Washington, Ill.)
  • Buhler Aeroglide, Cary, N.C.
  • Cerro Flow Products LLC, Shelbina, Mo.
  • Genzink Steel, Holland, Mich.
  • GH Metal Solutions, Inc., Fort Payne, Ala.
  • JMC Steel Group – (Four facilities – Blytheville, Ark.; Niles, Ohio; Harrow, Ont.; and Plymouth, Mich.)
  • LSI Metal Fabrication, Erlanger, Ky.
  • McAlpin Industries, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Olympic Steel – (Seven facilities – Schaumburg, Ill.; Dover, Ohio; Winder, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Chambersburg, Penn.; Plymouth, Mich.; and Detroit, Mich.)
  • PlayCore Wisconsin, Inc., Fort Payne, Ala.
  • Shickel Corporation, Bridgewater, Va.
  • SPI Lighting, Mequon, Wis.
  • Standard Iron – (Four facilities – Monticello, Minn.; Grand Island, Nebr.; Sauk Centre, Minn.; and Alexandria, Minn.)
  • Steel Warehouse, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Tampa Tank, Inc.- Florida Structural Steel, Tampa, Fla.
  • The Dupps Company, Germantown, Ohio
  • Tri-Tool, Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif.

The 2015 Safety Award – Honorable Mention is presented to companies posting an injury and illness incidence rate for calendar year 2014 that is at least equal to but less than 10 percent better than the published BLS rate based on their NAICS code.

Companies receiving the 2015 Safety Award – Honorable Mention are:

  • Harco Metal Products, Valley Head, Ala.
  • JMC Steel Group – Chicago – Structural, Chicago, Ill.
  • Olympic Steel, Milford, Siler City, N.C.

The 2015 Most Improved Safety Record was awarded to Olympic Steel of Mt. Sterling, Ky. for being the Safety Awards winner with the greatest percentage of improvement over the prior year.

“On behalf of the FMA, I’m pleased to announce this year’s FMA/CNA Safety Award Winners,” said Edward Youdell, president and CEO of FMA. “This year’s winning companies provide world-class safety environments that deliver each of their employees the highest commitment to safely returning home at the end of each work day. FMA, along with CNA, are proud to recognize these manufacturers for their outstanding achievements in the area of safety.”

To be eligible to receive recognition, companies were required to submit OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, for the period Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014. Firms of all sizes were eligible. Winners were determined based on NAICS code categories and BLS injury and illness incidence rates.

The awards will be presented at a recognition dinner at the Annual FMA Safety Conference, which will be held April 22-23, 2015 in Plymouth (Minneapolis), Minn. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For more information on the awards program, the Safety Conference, or FMA membership, please visit fmanet.org or call 888-394-4362.

CNA is the 8th largest commercial insurer providing insurance protection to more than one million businesses and professionals around the world. CNA has been FMA’s endorsed business insurance provider for over 20 years. The FMA/CNA insurance program offers asset protection tailored to the needs of metal manufacturing companies, dedicated customer service from an independent agent, and industry-specific counsel. To learn more about the FMA/CNA insurance program, visit www.cna.com/fma.

About FMA

Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,300 members working together to improve the metal fabricating and forming industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® trade show. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to working toward environmentally-friendly manufacturing.

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Patricia Lee
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+1-815-227-8286

 

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Announces 2015 Manufacturing Camp Grant Winners

In News by Megan Paja

25 Grants Awarded to Community and Technical Colleges Offering Day Camp Experiences for Youth

 

ROCKFORD, Ill., Feb. 2, 2015 – Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA), announces the winners of its 2015 Summer Manufacturing Camp grants.

Twenty-five grants, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 were awarded by NBT to community and technical colleges offering day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12 to 16 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. Major sponsors of these camps are the CNA Foundation of Chicago, Kelly Services, and Disney/ABC Television.

The 2015 grant winners (listed alphabetically by state) are:

  • Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville Ala. – two grants, beginners camp and advanced robotics camp
  • Arkansas State University-Newport, Jonesboro, AR
  • Fresno City College, Fresno, Calif.
  • College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • FLATE – Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Fla.
  • North Georgia Technical College, Clarksville, Ga. (main campus)
  • North Georgia Technical College, Toccoa, Ga. (Curahee campus)
  • Harper College, Palatine, Ill.
  • Triton College, River Grove, Ill.
  • Henry Ford College, Dearborn, Mich.
  • The Academy for Manufacturing Careers, Jackson, Mich.
  • Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical, Red Wing, Minn.
  • Itawamba Community College, Tupelo, Miss.
  • Charles Community College, St. Peters, Mo.
  • White Mountains Community College, Berlin, N.H.
  • Manchester Community College, Manchester, N.H. – two grants, beginners camp and advanced camp
  • Zane State College, Zanesville, Ohio
  • Kiamichi Technology Center, McAlester, Okla.
  • Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee, Okla.
  • Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Ogden, Utah
  • Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Va.
  • Marshall University Research Corporation on behalf of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, Huntington, W.V.
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wis.

An additional five camps will be conducted as Affiliate Camps – these schools do not receive NBT funding, but do receive marketing and classroom materials and shirts for all campers. These are long-running camps which have become self-sustaining with local support.

  • Anoka Technical College, Anoka, Minn. – 3 camps
  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis.
  • Moraine Park Technical College, West Bend, Wis.

“The demand for highly-skilled manufacturing professionals is growing each year as more and more Baby Boomers retire — and we don’t see that demand subsiding for decades,” said Rory DeJohn, NBT board chair and senior vice-president, Turner Construction. “We are focused on creating a talent pool of young people who set their sights on the many career opportunities offered in the manufacturing sector and it all starts with providing them with an introduction to the manufacturing process. Inspiring young people to consider these careers will have a positive impact on graduation rates, and will create a more qualified workforce in the participating communities.”

“The manufacturing skilled labor shortage won’t solve itself,” said Edward Youdell, president and CEO of FMA and NBT. “These camps provide youth with exposure to vocational and technical trades that no longer is available in most public education systems. For most of the young people who attend these camps it is their first introduction to how things are made and what skills are required for entry into the world of manufacturing. They also discover that the training they will need to get started is readily available in their local community at the very college where they are attending camp.”

The camps target middle- and high school-aged youth, introducing them to practical applications of math, science and engineering principles and giving them opportunities to tour local manufacturing companies, work directly with technology, and design and manufacture a product they can take home. Supporting these camps with CAD/CAM student edition design software donations is Solidworks Corporation.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl., also issues scholarships to students attending community colleges, technical colleges and trade schools to pursue training leading to careers in manufacturing. More information on NBT is available by visiting nutsandboltsfoundation.org.

About CNA
CNA is the 7th largest commercial insurer providing insurance protection to more than one million businesses and professionals around the world. The CNA Foundation concentrates its support in programs designed to meet the educational needs of children; assist and support children, youth and adults in developing vocational skills, and support economically disadvantaged children and families. Learn more at www.cna.com.

About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. Learn more at www.solidworks.com.

About FMA
Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® tradeshow. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and the Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to working toward environmentally-friendly manufacturing. Learn more at www.fmanet.org

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Patricia Lee
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patl@fmanet.org
+1-815-227-8286

Students Earn Manufacturing Scholarships for Spring 2015

In News by Megan Paja

ROCKFORD, Ill., Jan. 22, 2015 – Thirteen students pursuing careers in manufacturing each earned $2,500 toward their post-secondary studies from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA).

For the Spring 2015 semester, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT) awarded manufacturing scholarships to the following students:

  • Angela Aviles, Palatine, Ill., welding technology/maintenance technology at Harper College
  • Louis Bogowith, Gainesville, Mo., welding at Lincoln College of Technology
  • Jovani Blas, Franklin Park, Ill., engineering technology/mechanical design at Triton College
  • Michael Czerniakowski, Toledo, Ohio, engineering at The Ohio State University
  • John Dubravec, Rockford, Mich., engineering manufacturing at University of Michigan
  • Mark Emond, Jr., Oxford, Wis., automated manufacturing systems technology (AMST) at Madison Area Technical College (MATC)
  • Michael Murphy, Marion, Iowa, CNC machining at Kirkwood Community College
  • Morgan Nash, Kettering, Ohio, mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University
  • Robert Robinson, Niceville, Fla., drafting and design at Northwest Florida State College
  • Titus Shumaker, Oxford, Mich., mechanical engineering at Kettering University
  • Joshua Smith, Loveland, Colo., biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering at Colorado State University
  • Sydney Tefft, Salem, Ill., mechanical engineering at Saint Louis University
  • James McClure, Zimmerman, Minn., mechanical drafting at Anoka Technical College

“We are pleased to award scholarships to these deserving students and are happy to assist them in reaching their academic goals,” said Edward Youdell, president of Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs. “They recognize that skilled manufacturing careers can be rewarding financially and fulfilling personally and will help them be more competitive in the current job market.

“The most difficult U.S. jobs to fill today are those in the skilled trades and engineering,” added Youdell. “With majors in machine tool and CNC technology, structural and pipe welding, sheet metal fabrication, engineering, and precision machining technology, these students will be prepared for the skilled labor openings that American manufacturers must fill.”

To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants were required to be full-time students meeting a specified minimum GPA, and enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study, or a trade or technical program leading to a career in manufacturing. Students were responsible for submitting academic records and an engineering or manufacturing-related program description with each application.

In addition to the scholarship, each winner also received from NBT’s industry partner SolidWorks Corporation a copy of its Student Design Kit CAD software package. The Student Design Kit is an easy-to-learn, Windows-based 3D CAD application that gives students the ability to create “real-life” 3D designs they can easily manipulate.

Since 1990, FMA’s Foundation has awarded scholarships annually to students in courses of study that will lead to careers in manufacturing. For more information visit www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/Scholarships.

About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000.

About FMA
Based in Rockford, Ill., FMA is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® tradeshow. FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, Intl. (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating; and the Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to working toward environmentally-friendly manufacturing. www.fmanet.org

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Patricia Lee
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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA)
patl@fmanet.org
+1-815-227-8286

Officers Elected to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association

In News by Megan Paja

ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 20, 2014 – Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA), elected a new slate of officers at its recent meeting.

Rory DeJohn, senior vice president, Turner Construction, Branford, Conn. was elected chair; David Brown, president, Affiliations Unlimited, Inc., Irvine, Calif. was elected vice chair; and Warren Long, defense commodity manager, NPG, Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh, Wis. was elected secretary/treasurer. Newly elected officers will serve one-year terms.

Elected to the NBT Board for two year terms were R. Bruce Benedict, CEO, Production Tube Cutting, Inc., Dayton, Ohio; Mike Cattelino, associate dean – manufacturing and agriculture technologies, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wis.; and David Pettigrew, general manager, All Metals Service & Warehousing, Inc., Cartersville, Ga.

Grants from NBT provide seed funding for community and technical college organizers offering summer manufacturing camps designed to inspire junior high and high school students to consider careers in manufacturing, and provide scholarships to help community/technical college and trade school students studying to prepare for careers in manufacturing.

About FMA
Based in Rockford, Ill., the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), is a professional organization with nearly 2,500 members working together to improve the metal fabricating and forming industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH trade show.

FMA also has two technology affiliates, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating and the Sustainable Manufacturer Network, a professional organization of individual members dedicated to working toward cost-effective environmentally-friendly manufacturing.

Visit www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org and www.sustainablemfr.com for more information.

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Patricia Lee
Director of Marketing
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA)
patl@fmanet.org
+1-815-227-8286