Good News for People Who Hate Bad News

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In case any of you are wondering, the above title hearkens back to the Modest Mouse 2004 album “Good News For People Who Love Bad News”, but I can’t think of anyone who wants to hear any more bad news right now.  I’m sure that all of you know someone who’s been laid off in the past couple of months; I certainly do, and it’s… disheartening.  So once in a while, it’s good to see that someone’s doing well right now.

So, if you hate bad news, these articles are for you.

North Omaha company steeled against bad times

BY ERIN GRACE
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

The beep-beep-beep of forklifts in reverse, the clank-clank of steel parts coming off a press and the hum and whir of all matter of machinery are the sounds of job security at a north Omaha plant.

Distefano Tool & Manufacturing Co. just wrapped up its best month ever, in February, giving its 94 employees the comfort of knowing there’s still plenty of work to do.

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Schuff Steel Midwest Awarded Construction Contract in Kentucky and Hits Major Milestone at Fort Meade, Maryland

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 09, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Schuff Steel Midwest, part of Schuff International, Inc. (SHFK: 11.00, -1.75, -13.7%) , a family of leading steel fabrication and erection companies, received a contract to fabricate and erect steel for the University of Kentucky’s Patient Care Facility in Lexington, Kentucky.

Schuff is currently fabricating 4,800 tons of structural steel in its Ottawa, Kansas, steel plant for the 1,200,000 square feet structure–612,000 square feet of which is structural steel. When complete, the health care facility will provide state-of-the-art emergency and interventional care, imaging and surgery and two towers of private patient rooms. Schuff is on schedule to start erecting the facility in the second quarter of 2009. Turner Construction Company, the construction manager on the project, awarded Schuff the contract.

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Steel company expands
St. Helena firm adds 35 new jobs

By GARY PERILLOUX
Advocate business writer

Gov. Bobby Jindal got to do Wednesday what any governor would love to do these days: welcome three dozen new jobs paying 50 percent more than the prevailing wage in a rural parish.

Southland Steel Fabricators Inc. announced Thursday a $1.5 million expansion that will add 35 jobs to a staff of 141 people. Most of the jobs will be tied to a new paint shop that will allow Southland to complete coating work on its steel — work that to-date has gone out of state.

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Local Company Booming Despite Tough Economy

By KELLY O’CONNELL
Reporter
Published: March 12, 2009

It seems like everyday we hear about companies laying off employees or closing up shop all together.
But tonight we have the story of a local company that’s exceeding all the odds in this economy.
We take a look at the secret behind their success.

There’s no shortage of work at Industrial Metal Fabricators in Columbus.
In fact, there’s more work than they can handle.
Despite the economy, the company is having the best year they’ve ever had in their 50 year history.

“We recognize that we are in a very blessed position, and we don’t know how long it will hold up,” says CEO Bob Gilson.

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