FMA Communications Inc.
2135 Point Blvd.
Elgin, IL 60123
President & CEO,
FMA Communications Inc.:
Group Publisher: Dave Brambert
Editor-in-Chief: Dan Davis,
Senior Editor: Tim Heston,
The Tube & Pipe Journal Editor:
Eric Lundin, firstname.lastname@example.org
STAMPING Journal Editor:
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The WELDER Editor:
Contributing Editor: Amy Nickel
Associate Editor: Sue Roberts
Senior Copy Editor: Teresa Chartos
Graphic Designers: Mary Mincemoyer,
Janell Drolsum, Margaret Clark,
Publication Coordinator: Holly Lipper
Director of Circulation: Kim Bottomley
Circulation Manager: Brenda Wilson
Data Verification Specialist:
Senior Fulfillment Specialist:
Web Content Manager: Vicki Bell
Web Designer: Sherry Young
Senior Web Developer: Mike Kunzelman
Senior Account Representatives:
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As the official publication of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, The
FABRICATOR recognizes the need and importance of disseminating information about modern
metal forming and fabricating techniques, machinery, tooling and management concepts for
the metal fabricator. The policy of the publisher and this journal is to be nonpartisan, favoring
no one product or company. The representations of fact and opinions expressed in the articles
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that on occasion there may be oversights and errors; the editors regret such oversights and
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Tim Heston Fan Club
I was reviewing the October
2017 issue of The FABRICATOR
that you sent me, and I wanted
to say that Tim Heston really
does an excellent job with the
publication. Great content. In
particular, I loved the financial benchmarking information
Change Management Associates
Mount Laurel, N.J.
Feedback on Possible Expensing
Editor’s Note: The October 2017 edition of “The Fabricating Update” e-newsletter included a discussion on
how the current tax reform battle on Capitol Hill may
result in changes in the way that manufacturing companies can expense certain capital investments. One
change in particular is full expensing, which allows a
company to take the entire deduction in the first year
and then carry forward any additional net operating
losses, because it is simpler for businesses to track.
The discussion generated the following responses.
Full expensing will not have a great effect on large
equipment purchases for us since we lease finance
The change may make it justifiable to build a new
facility. When I looked at building a new facility in
1996, the bank payment would have been about
several thousand per month. The tax payment with
alternative minimum tax would have been close to
half of the bank payment per month, so there was
no way to justify building a new facility.
That would be great! When a higher percentage was
offered many years ago, we made the decision to replace several service trucks. We also would be likely
to purchase new shop equipment more often.
Marks Air Inc.
I hope Congress can move forward and pass this tax
Remember when President Ronald Reagan
passed his tax bill? You can see what happens then.
Publications for a
I have a question. Is there any publication that a
young person might follow to maintain their interest in welding and metal fabrication while they’re
still in high school? I have a grandson who is in the
eighth grade who recently had a tour of a metal
shop, and now he says this is what he wants to do.
The FABRICATOR has had some articles that mentioned some social media and online things. Do you
have any suggestions along those lines?
It is so important that we fire up our youth to this
wonderful world of making things from metal. I’d
have him come over to my little shop, but the distance is a problem. I can encourage him to follow
through with his high school work and take any
metal fabrication and welding classes they offer.
Thanks for a good publication.
Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Editor’s Note: Thanks for the kind words and congratulations on your grandson discovering a possible
career path. That’s great news! First, consider having
him subscribe to a digital copy of our magazines. He
can register at www.thefabricator.com/publication.
Unfortunately, we offer print copies only to working
fabricators in the industry, the target audience for
advertisers in our publications. Second, try out these
(This is “Jimbo’s Garage.” The November/December
2017 issue of The WELDER has a good story on this
(This is a good all-around site for knowledge.)
(This young man is pretty popular and known to a
lot of folks in the welding world.)
That’s just a start. The real excitement will be
working on his own projects. Sometimes if students
can get involved with a shop class either at the high
school or community college level, they can work on
their own projects on the side.
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