Like many big cities, Chicago goes by many nicknames. The Windy City and Second City are probably the oldest and best known. The winds coming
off Lake Michigan and endless bragging by its inhabitants a century or so ago are the likely origins
of the first; its status as the second-largest U.S. city
(for most of the 20th century, anyway) is the origin
of the second. Its contingent of blue-collar, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth people led to two other
nicknames: the City of Big Shoulders and The City
That Works. Because it is centrally located and a big
transportation hub, some call it the Heart of America. Its setting influenced two more nicknames—
City by the Lake and City in a Garden—and the
bone-chilling winter of 2014 led to a temporary
nickname, Chi-beria. Not bad for a place originally
called Shikaakwa, an Algonquian word that refers
to the wild onions, garlic, or leeks, or all three, that
grew in the area before it was developed.
For a week in November, it’s going to be known
as Metfab City. More than 1,700 exhibitors will set
up shop in McCormick Place for FABTECH®, the
world’s largest annual metal forming, fabricating,
welding, and finishing exposition, and more than
50,000 fabricators will visit the convention center
Nov. 6 to Nov. 9.
A few highlights:
• Interested in additive manufacturing? The expo
organizers went after this topic in a big way—see
the schedule in this issue for information on exhib-
its, presentations, panel discussions, and confer-
ence sessions on the hottest topic in manufacturing.
• Shopping for tube or pipe? For the first time,
the FABTECH team joined up with the staff of
Messe Duesseldorf, the group that organizes TUBE®
Duesseldorf every alternating year, to bring you
a pavilion dedicated to tube and pipe suppliers.
Browse the exhibits, make new contacts, and see
what’s available from a select group of world-class
• Looking to show off your welding chops? One
of the FABTECH organizers, the American Welding
Society, is holding its Professional Welders Compe-
tition. For an entry fee of $15, you have a shot at
the $2,500 grand prize. The second and third prizes
aren’t bad at $1,000 and $500, respectively.
• Keen to learn more about automation, finishing, forming, fabricating, stamping, structural steel
and plate, welding, lean manufacturing, management, workforce development, or job shop operations? You can find conference sessions on all of
these topics every day of the show.
• Have you heard of the Paley-James project?
World-renowned sculptor Albert Paley and metal
fabricator Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame
are teaming up in a project that sounds like a plan
developed by Salvador Dali. Each will start a sculpture, then they’ll swap and finish each other’s work.
The completed works will be unveiled at FABTECH.
Oh, if you’re flying to Chicago and wondering
about another name—O’Hare—and why it doesn’t
match the airport code—ORD—that’s because they
have different origins. Built in 1942 near a community named Orchard Place, the airport was designated ORD. In 1949 the airport was renamed in
honor of the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace and Medal
of Honor recipient Lieutenant Commander Butch
O’Hare. It was too late to change the designation to
OHR—that code had been in use since 1926 by the
airport at Wyk auf Föhr in Germany—so the airport
is still known as ORD to this day.
In the Tube & Pipe Mill Machine Buyers’ Guide©,
which appeared in the September issue of The Tube
& Pipe Journal®, Addison Machine Engineering Inc.
and Fives Bronx Inc. were inadvertently omitted.
The editors regret the error.
Readers interested in reviewing information regarding the companies’ products can find the buyers’ guide at www.thefabricator.com/guide.
This city, by any other
name, would still be
a great place for FABTECH®