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AL Plant Cited For Safety Violations

February 12, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal labor officials have cited a south Alabama manufacturing plant for 15 safety violations. Department of labor spokesman Michael D'Aquino says Tenax Manufacturing Alabama LLC has been cited for safety violations after an August 2012 inspection of its plant in Evergreen. The company manufactures construction netting and fencing products.


Tesla Shares Fall On Range Worries

February 12, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Tesla Motors took a ride Monday after a weekend article in the New York Times claimed that its electric sedan, the Model S, ran out of power during an East Coast road trip and had to be towed to a recharging station. Shares recovered somewhat after Tesla's CEO and others questioned the story.


Exec. To Be Sentenced In Tomato Price-Fixing Scam

February 12, 2013 10:17 am | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press | News | Comments

The meteoric rise of tomato processing company SK Foods in the industry was nothing short of amazing, but it turns out the market share gains were the result of hefty bribes paid to some of the largest manufacturers in the nation. Frederick Scott Salyer will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sacramento after pleading guilty last year to charges he bribed purchasing managers at food giants including Kraft and Frito-Lay.


Q&A: The Hostess Auction — What To Expect

February 12, 2013 8:08 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

As Hostess continues its bankruptcy auction process, the company has announced the lead bidders for many of its popular brands, including Wonder Bread and Twinkies. Food Manufacturing spoke with Professor Anthony Michael Sabino about the bankruptcy auction process and what it means for both buyers and sellers.


How To Collaborate With Europeans

February 12, 2013 8:00 am | by Mike Rainone, Contributing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

I am not sure how to define it, but what the Italians seem to be stumbling over is a lack of global reach. Outside market understanding entails extensive effort and often requires a presence in that market, in order to identify that market’s unique needs. This does not come cheap.


HP Sets Labor Guidelines For Chinese Suppliers

February 11, 2013 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest personal computer maker, is vowing to crack down on its Chinese suppliers in an effort to reduce the use of low-paid student interns and other temporary workers. The guidelines unveiled Friday are the latest attempt by a major U.S. technology company to weed out labor abuses at Chinese factories that manufacture the gadgets for an Internet-connected world.


Reward Potential Big For AR Mill, But Has Risks

February 11, 2013 2:28 pm | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The planned $1.1 billion steel mill in Osceola carries the promise of a long-term economic boost for northeast Arkansas, but investors — including the state — face a number of risks. Legislators must decide whether it's worth borrowing $125 million, then giving $75 million of it in grants to Big River Steel LLC.


Boeing Warns That 787 Deliveries Could Slip

February 11, 2013 2:25 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing acknowledged Friday that it may not be able to deliver 787s as fast as hoped. The company said it has told customers expecting the next 787 deliveries that those planes have either been delayed, or are at risk for a delay. Boeing is still building the long-range, fuel-efficient planes, and it reiterated that it has no plans to slow production.


UK Watchdog Launches Investigation Into Autonomy

February 11, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's accounting watchdog announced Monday that it is investigating the books of British business software maker Autonomy Corporation in the period before it was bought by Hewlett-Packard Co. in 2011. In a brief statement, the Financial Reporting Council said it had launched an investigation "into the published financial reporting of Autonomy for the period between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2011."


American Axle 4Q Profit Soars On Tax Benefit

February 11, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. said Friday that its fourth-quarter net income soared, helped by a hefty tax benefit and an increase in vehicle production. The Detroit-based auto supplier earned $319.9 million, or $4.21 per share, up from $31.1 million, or 41 cents per share, in the same quarter the year before.


Humans And Robots Work Better Together

February 11, 2013 2:20 pm | by Helen Knight, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Spending a day in someone else’s shoes can help us to learn what makes them tick. Now the same approach is being used to develop a better understanding between humans and robots, to enable them to work together as a team. Robots are increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry to perform tasks that bring them into closer contact with humans.


IMTSTV In Brief: Turnkey Success

February 11, 2013 11:10 am | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

This episode of IMTSTV In Brief features an interview with Mike Powell, President of Master WorkHolding, as he discusses ways that businesses can use turnkeys to find success. Turnkeys are making inroads in the manufacturing technology industry and Powell says he is seeing a rise in requests for turnkey solutions. by For more information, visit


Solar Industry Grapples With Hazardous Wastes

February 11, 2013 10:13 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment — and the wallet. What customers may not know is that there's a dirtier side.


Boeing Sends 787 On Test Flight From Seattle

February 11, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing sent a 787 up on a test flight Saturday, the first since the new airliner was grounded three weeks ago because of a battery fire. According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, the aircraft flew for 1,131 miles, slightly more than the 919 planned. The Federal Aviation Administration granted permission for test flights on Thursday.


OSHA Proposes $123K Fine For NY Manufacturer

February 11, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $123,000 in fines for operators of an upstate New York plant that makes roof insulation panels. OSHA alleged Friday that Hunter Panels LLC committed 23 serious safety violations at its Kingston plant.


House Approves Bills Backing Kemper Settlement

February 11, 2013 10:09 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi House members have blessed a settlement between the Public Service Commission and Mississippi Power Co. over the company's Kemper County plant. The House voted 90-26 Friday for House Bill 1134, which allows Mississippi Power to sell up to $1 billion in bonds to pay for Kemper construction and financing costs over $2.4 billion.


Container Plant Adds 90 Jobs In Prineville

February 11, 2013 10:07 am | by Rachel Rees, Bend Bulletin | News | Comments

Sisters-based GFP Emergency Services has opened a new facility in Prineville and created jobs for 90 people to revamp shipping containers for use as temporary housing, medical and other facilities. And more jobs appear headed to the city, with a Madras-based company's plans to start another container-conversion business in Prineville.


Dell Looks To Calm Shareholder Concern Over Buyout

February 11, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dell is trying to reassure shareholders about its proposed $24.4 billion acquisition by a group led by its founder, saying it considered a number of strategic options before agreeing to the deal. Dell Inc. laid out the advantages of the transaction in a regulatory filing Monday, three days after a major shareholder ridiculed the buyout as a rotten deal that undervalues the business.


Six Things To Consider Before Implementing An EQMS

February 11, 2013 8:08 am | by Mike Roberts | Articles | Comments

What does quality management software do? From a 30,000 foot view, it helps companies ensure the production and delivery of high quality products and processes. More specifically, though, it streamlines, standardizes, and centralizes cross-functional data from across the value chain.


Obsolete Industries Won’t Drive Economic Growth

February 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Electronic Component News | Blogs | Comments

New technologies and industries inevitably outpace older ones. When analog became obsolete, digital took over. LCD TVs gradually buried CRTs. And those who cling to obsolescence (beyond what the market dictates, that is — see the untimely incandescent ban) are left behind.



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