Masters of Business Administration degrees (MBAs) are beginning to cost as much as a small house and have been under constant criticism for the last 20 years from many critics — including the college professors who teach the programs. So, is an MBA degree worth it for the owners, CEOs, and General Managers of manufacturing companies who design and build industrial and technical products? These kinds of manufacturing companies make complicated products that usually require engineering, machining, fabrication and a large investment in plant and capital machinery.
No regulated business wants to receive an FDA Warning Letter (or Form-483) of Inspectional Observations. In such controlled industries as food, agriculture and pharmaceutical, receiving a list of deficiencies can feel like a heavy blow to your quality system. Worse, with the 2009 increase in enforcement staff (1) and the September 2009 change to the response time—now 15 days—the FDA appears to be ramping up its enforcement mandate (2).
The Paul N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) now offers the Polax-2L manually-operating meter, which features a digital indicator for the accurate measurement of the angle of rotation (or the value in the international standard sugar scale) with a simple operation.
Dalemark Industries, Inc. (Lakewood, NJ) has developed the Model 8000-TT Tabletop Hot Stamp Coder for virtually any surface. The coder has a compact design and accommodates up to three lines of print with an interchangeable metal type. Other features include: Capability to handle products up to 4mm.
The Garland Company, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has extended its reflective product line to include the Pyramic Base Coat, which is an applicator-friendly natural buff base coat. The color allows the applicator to see where the base and finish coats have been applied, ensuring proper coverage.
Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) announces their new PoolMaster Butterfly Valves for water treatment and other industrial applications. The PoolMaster valves feature a PVC body and disc with EPDM liners, and are available in sizes from 2” to 8”.
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The state and federal governments are providing $7 million to help a western Michigan company develop wind-energy products. Energetx Composites of Holland makes turbines. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. this week said it's giving $3.5 million and the U.S. Energy Department will match it.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities investigating an alleged tomato price-fixing plot involving some of the nation's biggest food chains broadened their case against the former owner of a California company Thursday with five more felony counts. The new charges, which add to seven counts pending from an earlier indictment, allege that Frederick Scott Salyer violated antitrust laws by fixing prices or rigging bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Massey Energy Co. is offering $3 million to each of the families of 29 men killed in an explosion at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, the daughter of one of the victims said Thursday. The offer came a week earlier when Massey officials visited the family, said Michelle McKinney, daughter of Benny Ray Willingham.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — McWane Cast Iron Pipe Co. says it's temporarily shutting down its Birmingham water-pipe plant because continued weakness in housing construction has reduced demand. The shutdown will idle 117 workers. The plant hasn't been shut down since the late 1970s. It was built in 1921 and is the first of McWane's pipe, valve and hydro-fittings plants across North America.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil giant BP brands itself a friend of the environment, an energy company that goes "beyond petroleum." That image, worth billions of dollars, is being sullied by the company's inability to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As the expanding oil slick threatens marshlands and wildlife along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, BP faces perhaps the biggest public relations challenge an oil company has experienced in the United States since the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Alaska in 1989.
WASHINGTON (AP) — New cars and trucks would be required to carry black boxes to record crash information and automakers would pay fees to help fund the government's auto safety agency under a series of proposals in Congress in response to Toyota's massive recalls. The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday released a draft that could form the basis of legislation to strengthen vehicle safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. has warned its employees it may have to move its Milwaukee manufacturing operations if it can't cut millions of dollars in costs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that company officials told employees Thursday there are significant "cost gaps" that must be filled.
I’m the proud owner of a 2010 Honda CR-V. I bought the car back in December—before Toyota’s problems had surfaced. When Toyota’s issues came to light a month later, I was even happier with my choice. But every now and then, I feel some guilt.
General Technologies (Delta, BC, Canada) has designed the ThermoSounder feature on the LTX12 Infrared Thermometer to provide users with audio feedback of both cold and hot spots. The audio feature prevents users from having to interpret digital readouts. The LTX12 has a wide temperature range—20° to 1,200°F—and a 10:1 distance to measurement spot ratio.
MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) has released a new video that presents the features of its CM12 and CM25 celing-mounted commercial spot air conditioners. The CM12 and CM25 are designed to fit in the cramped ceiling space above equipment closets or server roomers, and built-in mounting brackets allow for a quick installation.
Cornell Iron Works, Inc. (Mountain Top, PA) announces that it will distribute the line of industrial rubber doors from TNR Industrial Doors, Inc. The Extreme Performance Doors have been designed for applications with extreme dirt or corrosive factors, such as torrential rain, blizzard snow, scorching heat, or frigid cold.
Metal-seated ball valves used in highly corrosive or erosive applications must be able to withstand challenging operating environments. Zirconium, titanium, and other reactive/refractory metals are extremely corrosion-resistant and are often used by valve manufacturers to design valves for applications involving sulfuric, hydrochloric, and acetic acids.
IMPO recently sat down with Josh Green, CEO of Panjiva, to discuss the ongoing tale of China’s yuan, the global pressure to allow the currency to rise in value, and what affect that might have on U.S. manufacturing. IMPO: Could you provide an overview of what China is doing with their currency, and why? Green: China has pegged its currency to its specific exchange rate.
WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A major employer in southern Ohio's Pike County says it will close its two cabinetry plants if it can't find a buyer, putting more than 1,200 jobs at risk. Taylor, Mich.-based Masco Corp. said Tuesday that if there is no sale, the Mill's Pride cabinetry factories in Waverly and nearby Seal Township are likely to shut down by spring of next year.