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Fabtech Shatters Attendance Record

Friday, December 2, 2011
A record 35,457 people attended Fabtech 2011 last month in Chicago, a 35-percent increase over the previous Chicago-held show in 2009. Several exhibitors received record lead counts, one noting that, “The results from this show should prove to skeptics that manufacturing is alive and well in North America.” Says first-time exhibitor Jim Gillespie, of Fast-Rite Intl., a distributor of stampings and fasteners: “We received more than 500 leads, and already have begun receiving orders (generated by our exhibit at Fabtech).” Plan now to attend Fabtech 2012 in Las Vegas—learn more at

Aluminum Fabricator Installs New ERP Software

Friday, December 2, 2011
Fireball Fab & Metal Sales Little Canada, MN, a provider of fabricated aluminum extrusions, sheet and structural shapes, as well as welded assemblies, has installed new ERP and inventory-management software from MIE Solutions, Garden Grove, CA. The MIE Trak Pro ERP software helps managers at Fireball Fab & Metal schedule and track production of hundreds of components offered in five standard colors, including its own line of powder-coated aluminum railing products. Learn more about Trak Pro ERP software at; Fireball Fab & Metal Sales is online at



Prima Industrie Absorbs Former Convergent Laser Division of Prima NA

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Chicopee, MA is the home of Prima Industrie Electro North America, a new organization encompassing the former Convergent Laser division of Prima North America. Prima Electro will continue to design, manufacture, sell and service the Convergent brand of high-power laser sources for industrial applications worldwide, and the OSAI brand of CNC and general motion-control products, according to company president Terry L. VanderWert. More at


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