From Staff Reports
John Axelberg came to FABTECH® 2015 with a tall order. The president of General Sheet Metal Works in South Bend, Ind., has a new
plant to fill. Opening later this year, the factory will
have a front office surrounded on three sides by
the shop floor, with a wall of windows in between.
When people start their first shift at the new facility, everyone will walk in the same door.
“We recognized that we needed to create opportunities for people to communicate,” Axelberg said.
“So one of the easiest ways to do that is to bring
FABTECH has always spurred plenty of opportunities for conversation and good communication. For
the show that took place Nov. 9-12, which drew a re-cord-breaking 43,000 attendees to McCormick Place
in Chicago (see Figures 1 and 2), communication
was an overarching theme, both in the human and