A microcosm of the evolution of modern metal fabrication has unfolded outside Chicago since November of last year. A dumbwaiter manufacturer having roots going back to the 1880s, Matot’s Bellwood, Ill., factory, with its unassuming brick façade, houses a typical high-product-mix operation. Some dumbwaiters are floor-loading, some are loaded at waist-level, and all are customized for the building. There’s a common template for product families, but options abound. One dumbwaiter doesn’t entirely resemble the next. It’s engineered to order.
Posts Tagged ‘World Trade Center’
By: Vicki Bell
Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The September "Fabricating Update" e-newsletter that went out that day described the safety elements that went into the design of the new One World Trade Center building. It also made special note of the welding aspect of the structure—how the welders are undoubtedly mindful of the serious nature of their work and are doing their best to ensure that the welds are sound, just as they do on bridges and other critical structures—every day. (more...)