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Norfolk Iron and Metal Commissions New CTL Line

Monday, August 9, 2010
Steel-service center Norfolk Iron and Metal has commissioned a new temper mill cut-to-length line at its facility in Norfolk, NE. The line, designed and built by DBI Manufacturing, Irving, TX, processes coils to 96 in. wide of steel to 0.787 in. thick and to 100-KSI yield strength. It includes a four-high temper mill, two levelers, a six-roll brush cleaning system and a rotary shear. Norfolk Iron and Metal operates five plants to serve steel users in 15 states; Learn more about DBI Manufacturing at

Earn Exporter of the Year Status

Friday, August 6, 2010
ThinkGlobal, a print and online publishing company that publishes Commercial News USA, has begun accepting nominations for its 2011 ThinkGlobal Exporter of the Year Awards. The awards recognize American companies that excel in exporting their products and services, in a dozen different industry categories. Winners will be selected based on their total number of documented export deals, percentage increase in export sales, and exports as a percentage of total sales, as well as their commitment to exporting and to customer service and their innovation and originality in marketing their products and services. And, yes—you can nominate your own company. Learn more, and read about last year’s winners, at

Robots Moving into U.S. Factories in a Big

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Nearly 200,000 robots are now at work in U.S. factories, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. RIA’s current market study shows that robot orders by North American factories jumped by 40 percent through the first half of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. When orders to companies outside of North America are included, the increase climbs to 54 percent. The biggest gains came in orders by nonautomotive companies (up 51 percent), while automotive orders grew by grew by 30 percent. In terms of applications, arc welding showed the biggest gain for new robots, up 52 percent,, followed closely by material handling (up 51 percent). More at


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