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Hydrotech Expanding Ohio HQ, Donates to Tech School

Monday, August 31, 2015
Hydrotech, Inc., a provider of fluid-power and motion-automation products, announced that it is undergoing a 23,000-sq.-ft. expansion to its headquarters in West Chester, OH, a suburb of Cincinnati. The expansion is necessary, according to company officials, as Hydrotech has grown 14 percent per year since 2010, including hiring 35 people in the past five years with 10 more to be added before the end of 2015. The expansion is set to be completed by year’s end.
As part of groundbreaking ceremonies, Hydrotech announced a donation of four new hydraulic training stands to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. The training assemblies, valued at $30,000 per unit, will be used by students in Cincinnati State’s Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technologies program. This marks the second major donation of lab equipment by Hydrotech to Cincinnati State in the past year. In 2014, the company donated pneumatic training stands to the same program at the college.
Hydrotech currently holds 26 patents for various fluid-power and motion-automation products within the industrial-manufacturing industry, including a new monitoring device that plans to introduce an Internet of Things approach to preventive machine maintenance. For more, visit

General Sheet Metal Breaks Ground for New Plant

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Metal fabricator General Sheet Metal Works, Inc., South Bend, IN, has broken ground for a 180,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and office facility in South Bend. Over the next three years, the company plans to invest more than $25 million in the facility and equipment, and add more than 25 jobs by 2016. The new facility also will serve as a resource to the community for school outreach programs, training programs, internships and local business-development functions, according to CEO John Axelberg.
In its 94th year of continuous operation by the Axelberg family, General Sheet Metal Works offers prototype-through-production services via a range of fabricating processes. For more, visit

New Magazine Covers 3D-Metal-Printing Technology

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), in partnership with MecklerMedia , has announced the launch of 3D Metal Printing magazine. With its first issue slated for spring 2016, 3D Metal Printing will target designers, engineers, executives and others working in the aerospace, automotive, tooling, medical and other industries where applications for metal additive manufacturing promise to rapidly expand.
“The pace of change in this industry is unbelievably rapid,” says Andrew Flando, publisher of 3D Metal Printing and vice president of publishing and expositions at PMA. “Manufacturers continue to find ways to use 3D metal printing to create complex parts in a way that increases efficiency and allows them to quickly deliver new products to market.”
“The use of additive-manufacturing services grew by 40 percent in 2014,” adds Alan Meckler, chairman and CEO of MecklerMedia, quoting recent industry surveys. MecklerMedia produces the Inside 3D Printing tradeshow and conference--the largest professional 3D printing and additive manufacturing event worldwide.
“We know that the use of 3D metal printing to manufacture end-use parts will increase dramatically during the next three years,” continues Meckler. “That’s why we’re excited to partner with PMA to launch this new publication.”
Meckler’s point is reinforced by a new market survey released by Stratasys, finding that by 2018 additive manufacturing of end-use parts is predicted to increase by 38 percent.
“Metals are the fastest-growing segment of 3D printing,” adds Flando, “with printer sales growing by 48 percent and material sales growing by 32 percent in 2014. And, the adoption of 3D metal printing is expected to nearly double by 2018.
“This new publication will be a critical resource,” continues Flando, “to help designers, engineers and others working in manufacturing stay up to date on the latest 3D metal-printing technology.”
For more information contact Andrew Flando,; or Brad Kuvin, editor, 3D Metal Printing,


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