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Ford To Transition up to 500 Workers to Higher Pay

February 4, 2015 10:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire.                           

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Getting to Excellent

February 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Eric Larson, Director of Operational Excellence and Manufacturing Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials | Articles | Comments

Tips for achieving a culture of operational excellence and cost efficiency.                                                  

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White House Budget Would Fund Additional Manufacturing Hubs

February 4, 2015 10:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The Obama administration's budget proposal unveiled this week calls for seven new national manufacturing innovation hubs, along with funding to build toward a national network of 45 such sites.                  

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Health, Industry Groups Spar Over Ozone Rule

February 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Health advocates and environmental groups are urging federal officials to adopt stricter limits on ozone, while an industry group argued taking that step would needlessly hamper manufacturing.                  

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State Department Won't Intervene in Nissan-UAW Dispute

February 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The dispute between Nissan Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union over organizing workers at a Mississippi auto plant will continue without intervention from the federal government.                 

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Adept SmartVision MX Vision Processor

February 4, 2015 9:51 am | by Adept Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Adept SmartVision MX provides a way to add vision guidance and inspection to industrial robot applications.

January/February 2015: In Case of Emergency

February 3, 2015 3:36 pm | by IMPO | Digital Editions | Comments

In the January/February issue of IMPO, we take a look at some of the critical issues for manufacturers in the coming year, visit with the successful contract manufacturers Berner Food & Beverage, highlight ways to mitigate safety risks and production downtime in plants, and profile one company’s method to training success.

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Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 3, 2015 2:34 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable.        

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Are Families Accepting GM's Compensation Offers?

February 3, 2015 2:16 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

This weekend was General Motors' deadline to submit claims for compensation from auto-related deaths and injuries. Ken Feinberg, the man in charge of the compensation fund, discusses how families reacted to the offers extended by GM.     

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Coke Bets on 'Premium Milk' to Boost Category

February 3, 2015 2:10 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.                               

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U.S. Factory Orders Dropped 3.4 Percent in December

February 3, 2015 2:02 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories dropped for a fifth consecutive month in December, while a key category that signals business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month.                       

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Automakers Report January U.S. Sales Jumps, Led by GM, Toyota

February 3, 2015 1:56 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers reported double-digit U.S. sales increases in January, a sign that car sales didn't spin out even with a major snowstorm hitting the Northeast.                           

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Big Vans, Small Market

February 3, 2015 1:51 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

James R. Healey breaks down the big differences in the big van market and what manufacturers are doing to stand out.                                       

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ISM: Manufacturing Orders and Production Continue to Grow

February 3, 2015 1:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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More Oil Industry Layoffs Hit Texas

February 3, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

In recent days, a trio of oil companies informed state officials they plan to lay off hundreds of employees.                                         

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Hundreds Express Opposition to Sanderson Farms' NC Poultry Plant

February 3, 2015 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms says it is no longer planning to build a $95 million poultry processing plant in Cumberland County, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from turning out for a public hearing in which most speakers opposed the project.   

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Predictions for 2015: A Tipping Point for Supply Chain Sentience

February 3, 2015 11:04 am | by Sean Riley, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director, Software AG | Articles | Comments

Software AG has released the company’s top ten predictions for the next year in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, calling 2015 the tipping point for supply chain sentience.                   

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144 Watt LED Flood Light With Magnetic Mount

February 3, 2015 10:46 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has released a new 144 watt magnetically mounted LED flood light. 

Number of Union Jobs Varies in Recent Right-to-Work States

February 3, 2015 10:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

In Michigan, the number of employees represented by unions fell by 25,000 last year, dropping from 656,000 in 2013 down to 631,000 according to recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of union members, meanwhile, fell by a larger number, from 633,000 to 585,000 over that span.

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Report: Offshoring, Federal Policy Have Taken Toll on U.S. Industry

February 3, 2015 9:57 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A new report says the U.S. has the most productive advanced industrial sector in the world, but warns the country is losing ground relative to other nations.                           

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