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Weighing The Risks Of Nanotechnology

January 3, 2012 11:17 am | by Interview by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Interview with Amy Galland, Ph.D., Research Director, As You Sow Nanotechnology is an emerging science that offers many new opportunities for the food industry, but food manufacturers should be aware that there are some potential risks with this new technology. Food Manufacturing spoke with Amy Galland of As You Sow about nanotechnology and what processors should consider before implementing this new science into their...

Industrial Fire Damages Trucks In AL

January 3, 2012 8:42 am | News | Comments

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — A wood processing company says a fire at a plant in northwest Alabama damaged eight big-rig trucks. Great Southern Wood Preserving says the blaze at its plant in Tuscumbia damaged tractors owned and operated by Greenbush Logistics, Inc. Muscle Shoals fire inspector Donald Ray Coons says an explosion occurred Sunday afternoon at Colbert County Industrial Park.

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Worthington Industries Acquires Angus For $180M

January 3, 2012 8:39 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Metal products maker Worthington Industries Inc. announced Tuesday that it has acquired manufacturer Angus Industries for $180 million in cash. Angus, based in Watertown, S.D., designs and manufactures cabs and operator stations for heavy mobile equipment in agriculture, construction, mining and other markets.

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Helen Of Troy Completes PUR Acquisition

January 3, 2012 8:36 am | News | Comments

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Helen of Troy Ltd. has closed on its acquisition of the water-purifier business PUR from Procter & Gamble Co., the company said Tuesday. "We expect to quickly integrate the PUR brands into our health care/home environment segment, where it is a natural fit.

GM Recalling Chevrolet Sonics

January 3, 2012 8:34 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling more than 4,000 of its 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars to check for missing brake pads. Some Sonics could be missing an inner or outer brake pad, which could increase stopping distance. GM said there are no known crashes or injuries related to the issue.

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Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Pace In 6 Months

January 3, 2012 8:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing grew in December at the fastest pace in six months and hiring at U.S. factories picked up. The data helped bolster the view that the economy gained momentum at the end of last year. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index rose to 53.

In A First, Fuels Are Top U.S. Export

January 3, 2012 8:27 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world's biggest gas guzzler, is — wait for it — fuel. Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S.

An American Manufacturing Movement: Competition

January 3, 2012 7:10 am | Articles | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness ’s Make: An American Manufacturing report issues a call to the American people to keep manufacturing a cornerstone of American independence, economic prosperity, and national security. This series was recently presented to the government as a non-partisan strategy to resolve issues facing American manufacturing, which remains a driver of innovation and job creation, even as automa­tion and technology make...

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An American Manufacturing Movement: Productivity

January 3, 2012 7:10 am | Articles | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness ’s Make: An American Manufacturing report issues a call to the American people to keep manufacturing a cornerstone of American independence, economic prosperity, and national security. This series was recently presented to the government as a non-partisan strategy to resolve issues facing American manufacturing, which remains a driver of innovation and job creation, even as automa­tion and technology make...

An American Manufacturing Movement: Talent

January 3, 2012 7:08 am | Articles | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness ’s Make: An American Manufacturing report issues a call to the American people to keep manufacturing a cornerstone of American independence, economic prosperity, and national security. This series was recently presented to the government as a non-partisan strategy to resolve issues facing American manufacturing, which remains a driver of innovation and job creation, even as automa­tion and technology make...

An American Manufacturing Movement: Expansion

January 3, 2012 7:07 am | Articles | Comments

The Council on Competitiveness ’s Make: An American Manufacturing report issues a call to keep manufacturing a cornerstone of American independence, economic prosperity, and national security. This series was recently presented to the government as a non-partisan strategy to resolve issues facing American manufacturing, which remains a driver of innovation and job creation, even as automa­tion and technology make manufacturing more...

An American Manufacturing Movement: Innovation

January 3, 2012 7:05 am | Articles | Comments

Council on Competitiveness calls for a new era of production excellence in America. Check back Monday for the next strategy for American manufacturing excellence. The Council on Competitiveness ’s Make: An American Manufacturing report issues a call to the American people to keep manufacturing a cornerstone of American independence, economic prosperity, and national security.

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Sanyo To Move More Work From AR Plant

January 3, 2012 4:05 am | News | Comments

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — Sanyo Manufacturing Corp. will move more of its Forrest City operations to plants in Mexico and San Diego and reduce the number of workers remaining at the Arkansas factory. The plant had 650 employees making cathode ray tubes for use in televisions five years ago.

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CA Company Cancels $177M Solar Plant

January 3, 2012 4:03 am | News | Comments

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A California-based solar power company is canceling plans to build a $177 million solar panel factory in Michigan, the chief executive said. When the project was announced in 2009, San Jose-based GlobalWatt Inc. said it would create 500 jobs. At that time, Saginaw was one of two communities in the running for the project.

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As Ford Plant Waned, Workers Slow To Prepare

January 3, 2012 4:01 am | by Chris Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When the last Ranger pickup truck rolled off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Co. plant here in December, it came five years after Ford announced plans to close the plant. And yet it managed to catch many employees unprepared for life's next step. It's a theme that's become all too familiar for union leaders at shuttered plants around the country who have watched workers cling too long to high-paying jobs.

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Woman Sues Honda Over Mileage

January 3, 2012 3:58 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman who expected her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid to be her dream car wants Honda to pay for not delivering the high mileage it promised. But rather than joining other owners in a class-action lawsuit, she is going solo in small claims court, an unusual move that could offer a bigger payout if it doesn't backfire.

Fisker Recalls Karma Electric Car For Fire Risk

January 3, 2012 3:56 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even expensive electric cars get recalled sometimes. Fisker Automotive is recalling its 2012 Karma because of a potential coolant leak. The plug-in hybrid cars cost about $100,000. Fisker has sold about 50 of them and says 1,200 more are in production or waiting to be sold.

U.S. Auto Industry To Post Another Good Sales Year

January 3, 2012 3:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, U.S. auto sales are poised for a second straight year of growth — the result of easier credit, low interest rates and pent-up demand for cars and trucks created by the Great Recession. The sales forecast bodes well for the industry's continued recovery and for the broader American economy.

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When Performance Lags, Look To Team Culture

December 22, 2011 10:32 am | by Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

When team results lag, leaders must closely examine the team culture. The culture is established when the team is initiated and is defined by its charter, mission, norms, roles, responsibilities, and performance goals.

Judge Allows AMR To Continue Boeing Purchases

December 22, 2011 8:32 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A bankruptcy judge says that the parent of American Airlines can go ahead with its previously scheduled deliveries of Boeing aircraft next year. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane ruled Thursday that AMR Corp. can continue the process of purchasing 32 Boeing planes.

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