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Growth In Mexican Auto Industry Creates Opportunities, Challenges For U.S. Suppliers

October 23, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

American auto suppliers that are considering joining the burgeoning Mexican automotive sector need to make decisions in short order, according to a leading industry consultant.


Today In Manufacturing History: 23 Die In Plastics Factory Explosions

October 23, 2015 1:46 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

On this day in 1989, 23 people were killed by a series of explosions at a Phillips Petroleum Company plant in Pasadena, Texas. The blasts were caused by an ethylene leak as a result of inadequate safety procedures. 


Caterpillar Weighed Down By Slowing Global Economic Growth

October 23, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The construction and mining equipment maker lowered its full-year earnings forecast with expectations that the costs of restructuring the company will rise sharply.


Report: VW Discounts Double The U.S. Average Following Emissions Scandal

October 23, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The price cuts are particularly focused on selling gasoline-fueled cars in the U.S. after the company was forced to pull many diesel vehicles — which accounted for 20 percent of sales — from its lots.


Moody’s Cuts Oil Price Forecast

October 23, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Moody's said that U.S. oil production only recently began to wane following months of declining oil rig counts.


Manufacturing's Winner And Loser: Adding Jobs; Dangerous Working Conditions

October 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week's winner is increasing its workforce by adding 1,200 jobs; the loser faces eight charges for its alleged lack of safety procedures. 


Manufacturing Minute: High-Speed Amphibious Motorcycles

October 23, 2015 9:14 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, Gibbs shows off its new line of water bikes. 


QuickFloor Curb And Step Repair

October 23, 2015 8:33 am | by Watco Floors | Product Releases | Comments

This fast setting concrete patch/putty with a moldable formula allows adhesion to vertical, horizontal and even overhead concrete or masonry.


Feds Offer First Guidelines For Pesticides On Marijuana Plants

October 22, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As Colorado and other states authorized the recreational use of marijuana in recent years, newly legal growing operations found little guidance regarding their use of pesticides to ward off mites or mold.


UAW Approves New Contract With Fiat Chrysler

October 22, 2015 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

UAW members at Fiat Chrysler's U.S. factories voted 77 percent in favor of the agreement, the union said. The contract covers 40,000 workers at 23 U.S. factories.


U.S. Reports 8 Deaths, 98 Injuries From Exploding Air Bags

October 22, 2015 2:07 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

About 23.4 million Takata driver and passenger air bag inflators have been recalled on 19.2 million U.S. vehicles sold by 12 auto and truck makers.


Weather Safety Preparedness At The Worksite

October 22, 2015 1:47 pm | by Stefan Trask | Articles | Comments

Here are some tips and informational resources to help facilities prepare for tornadoes, floods, extreme heat, extreme cold, and other severe weather conditions.


VW Suspends Fifth Executive Over Emissions Crisis

October 22, 2015 1:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Frank Tuch is the fifth executive to be suspended in connection with the controversy, and an indication that probes into the scandal are still focused on top VW officials with direct oversight of diesel engines.


Proposal Would Delay Rail Safety Requirement By Three Years

October 22, 2015 12:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Most railroads indicated earlier this year that they would not be ready to implement PTC on time, and federal transportation officials said that the companies could cease carrying some cargo — such as volatile crude oil from fracking — citing safety concerns.


GM Plans 2nd Detroit-Hamtramck Plant Shift, 1,200 Added Jobs

October 22, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says Thursday the new shift will increase the plant's workforce to about 2,800 and is needed to meet anticipated demand for vehicles made at the plant. 


Mazda Recalling 1.2M Vehicles In U.S. To Fix Ignition Switches

October 22, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda says it is recalling 1.2 million older cars and minivans in the U.S. because ignition switches could overheat and catch fire.


Manufacturing Minute: Volvo’s Gutsy Move Toward An Electric Future

October 22, 2015 10:00 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, Volvo’s bold new step could bring electric vehicles into the mainstream. 


Senate Subcommittee Plans Hearing On AB InBev-SABMiller Deal

October 22, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Senate hearing, however, is likely only the beginning of intense regulatory scrutiny in the U.S., where the two companies would control about 70 percent of the market. 


UPS To Pay $4M Over Improper Government Deliveries

October 22, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged that between 2004 and 2014, UPS workers recorded inaccurate times for deliveries to government customers in order to meet guaranteed deadlines for the company's next-day delivery services.


Akro-Mils Wire Utility Carts

October 22, 2015 9:39 am | by Akro-Mils | Product Releases | Comments

Pre-packaged for easy assembly, Akro-Mils’ Wire Utility Carts include heavy-duty chrome wire shelves, push handles, 5-inch swivel casters (two locking and two non-locking) and donut bumpers. 


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