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Beretta Moving to Tennessee

on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:10

Tuesday, the Italian gun manufacturer, Beretta announced they will be moving the Maryland factory to Tennessee. The gun control laws have become increasingly restrictive in Maryland. Beretta had planned a $45 million facility just outside of Nashville but in the end decided on Gallatin, TN. Beretta did lobby against lawmakers to reverse key provisions in Maryland’s new gun control laws but they fear those laws could still be reintroduced in the future. Though the manufacturing plant will be moving to Tennessee in 2015 the corporate office will remain in Maryland.

Meter Bearings Group To Manufacture in South Carolina

on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 20:43


An Italy based designer and producer of ball and cylindrical roller bearings, Meter Bearings group  is making  its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Walterboro, South Carolina. The $4.5 million, 48,000-square-foot, facility located at 220 Anderson Road is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next five years in Colleton County."Part of our growth strategy is to establish a manufacturing operation in the United States to reach our customers that already exist there. We chose Colleton County thanks to the great and professional support of the South Carolina Department of Commerce

Auto Sales Up In June

on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 20:11

In June auto sales stayed afloat for another month, and American factories received some of the strongest orders in years.  Next comes the test, when the government releases the U.S. jobs report for June. Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai beat sales expectations, posting healthy gains compared with June last year. Auto sales are on track to sell about 16.2 million vehicles in the United States this year. That would be the biggest sales volume since 2006.

The furute looks bright. 

Manufacturing Firm Completes Expansion

on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:37

Lockport, NY – Local and state leaders gathered Thursday with President and CEO of Diversified Manufacturing to celebrate the completion of the Ohio Street metal fabrication facility expansion.

The $5 million expansion consisted of a 45,000-square-foot addition and equipment upgrades. Keeping 150 people employed, the manufacturing facility is now 120,000 square feet.

Making this all possible was the major supporter, New York Power Authority. They contributed $450,000 through the Western New York Power Proceeds Program.

Automotive Parts Supplier starts Third Expansion

on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:00

Halla Visteon Climate Control, builder of front end assemblies for Hyundai and Kia, has announced plans for their third expansion in Macon County. Last year Halla completed a $10 million expansion which added 50 jobs. They currently have a 290,000 square foot facility and employ over 500 and plan to add more once the project is complete.

 “The facility will significantly improve quality control for HVCC products and ultimately result in new jobs in the Shorter/Macon County area,” said Shorter city clerk Harold Powell. “The expansion demonstrates HVCC's commitment to grow with Shorter.”

Keeping Fumes Out Of The Workplace

on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:20

Safety is a critical factor when you and your company are involved in welding no matter if it is a major part of your business or a small part or if it is manual or robotic.  One of the most important hazards in welding is also the least thought of, the welding smoke.  To keep welders safe, organizations such as the ACGIH (America Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists) and OSHA have set standards to help minimize the exposure that employees have to hazardous particles.

When you think about what is happening during the welding process it is no surprise that the smoke and dust

Top Schools Using Clean Air WeldStation Series Pt. 1

on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:51

In order to attract students colleges know that having a top of the line facility and equipment will help bring in and retain students.  In this blog series we are highlighting some of the schools that currently or are in the process of putting in Clean Air WeldStation welding booths.  For years, and still some today, schools have been using skeleton booths and fume arms to filter out the welding smoke, but this style filtration is no longer effective or attractive.

NESHAP Series Pt. 3, Exceptions and Testing

on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:18

Now that you know what NESHAP is and how to tell if it impacts you, it’s time to see the exceptions to this regulation and how to tell if you are within compliance.  Even though you may use the materials that would make you fall under Rule 6x, you might be either an exception to the rule or be within compliance and not have to make any changes to how you are currently cleaning the air in your facility.  In the next section we will discuss who these exemptions are and how to test your ventilation to see if your fall within compliance.

Exceptions and Testing

There are some exceptions to Rule

What Is ISO 50001?

on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 15:17

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 was created in June of 2011 by the International Organization for Standardization as an energy management system to help business of any size establish, implement, maintain, and improve their energy management system.    The idea behind ISO 50001 is to establish a standard for organizations to create a system and processes to finding areas where energy use can be reduced.  Not only will implementing this standard benefit environmental and climate protection, but also help companies realize untapped energy efficiency potential.

Ducted System in Air Filtration

on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 12:17

Importance of Welding Smoke Filtration

What health risks does welding involve?

Many welding rods contain a high amount of manganese that helps strengthen the bond of the metals that are being joined.  While the extra strength being created by manganese is great for a producing a quality product, the fumes and smoke that comes as a byproduct of the welding process is extremely hazardous to yourself, your workers, and/or your students.  If proper filtration is not done, the gases can overpower the oxygen in the air making it difficult to breathe.