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Rust-Oleum Acquires XIM Products

July 12, 2013 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rust-Oleum Corporation today announced that it has acquired certain assets of XIM Products, Inc., a producer and marketer of specialty primers and coatings based in Westlake, Ohio. XIM offers a range of primers offering excellent adhesion to difficult-to-paint surfaces, as well as other problem-solving coatings. Their brands, including Peel Bond, UMA, and TILE DOC are widely available in paint stores. 

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Smartphone Slowdown Could Spell Trouble In Taiwan

July 12, 2013 11:45 am | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

With signs the high-end smartphone market in the developed world is at a near-term saturation point, Taiwanese chipmakers like TSMC may find once-assured profits are more fleeting than expected. The promised explosion of next-gen mobile devices may not create the windfall these chipmakers were expecting.

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NTSB: No Sign Of Mechanical Trouble On Asiana 214

July 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical problems with Asiana Flight 214, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, putting the focus of the safety probe into the crash landing at the San Francisco airport squarely on the pilots.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Up 0.8 Percent In June

July 12, 2013 10:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A big jump in gasoline prices pushed wholesale inflation up in June by the largest amount in nine months. But underlying inflation showed only a modest gain. Wholesale prices rose 0.8 percent in June compared with May when prices had risen 0.5 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. It was the biggest gain since a 1 percent jump in September and was driven by a 7.2 percent surge in gasoline prices.

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Governor Wants Never-Used Statute To Aid Boeing

July 12, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state and local officials are looking to expedite their permitting work in order to woo Boeing as the company mulls where to build its 777X jetliner. Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he wants to utilize a never-used law that would lead to more state and local coordination to help streamline the permitting process.

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OR Company Moving Plant From China To NY

July 12, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Disposable flatware maker Trellis Earth Products is moving its manufacturing operations from China to upstate New York, where it will create 189 jobs. Trellis, with headquarters in Portland, Ore., plans to break ground on an $8 million, 80,000-square-foot facility in the Rochester Technology Park by the end of the summer.

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VT Airport To Host Small Plane Manufacturer

July 12, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont officials say a German light aircraft manufacturer is going to set up operations at the Newport State Airport creating 25 jobs. The expansion was announced Thursday by Gov. Peter Shumlin and the owners of the Jay Peak resort who are leading an economic charge designed to create thousands of jobs in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

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Carpet Company To Invest $350M On Factory

July 12, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents filed with a state agency show that a carpet company expects to invest $350 million to complete one of two new factories planned for Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Engineered Floors filed documents with the Department of Community Affairs saying the project should generate almost $7 million a year in local sales and property tax revenue.

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Lean Energy Management In Manufacturing

July 12, 2013 8:02 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO, ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Lean manufacturing is by now a widely understood method of making wide variety, small quantity products. Few manufacturing managers are not familiar with the idea of lean manufacturing having come of age in the 1980s. This movement has effectively created the low-cost, wide variety product universe in which we live now. Industrialized societies have become so efficient at making stuff in such variety that we’re literally drowning in it.

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Prevent Your Kidnapping With Re-Shoring?

July 12, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Who, at this point, hasn’t heard about Chip Starnes, the American co-owner of a medical supply company, who was held against his will for five days by his own Chinese employees? As with most other news of labor relations coming out of China, many are using this event as another example of why manufacturers need to be moving back to the U.S. as soon as possible. I wouldn’t be so quick to judgment.

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Game Plan B2B E-Commerce Forum

July 11, 2013 3:47 pm | Events

hybris has announced the Game Plan B2B E-Commerce Forum, taking place October 8-9 in Chicago. hybris - along with co-founders Crown Partners, OpenText, and industry publications Manufacturing.net, Manufacturing Business Technology and Industrial Distribution - established the inaugural global series of forums for wholesalers, distributors, branded manufacturers, and other B2B companies currently facing a major transformation in the advent of omni-channel commerce.

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New Car Too Pricey? Used Car Prices Are Dropping

July 11, 2013 1:53 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Is that new set of wheels out of your price range? Used cars have gotten more affordable, especially if you're looking for a small car or a hybrid. Used car prices have been falling since 2011, and they're expected to decline gradually for the remainder of this year. That's good news for those joining or re-entering the workforce, or anyone else who might find a payment on a new car too steep.

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Russian Co. Plans Its First U.S. Fertilizer Plant

July 11, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana is giving $6 million to help a Russian chemical company build a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant and distribution center in the state. Moscow-based EuroChem, which ranks itself among the world's top 10 fertilizer producers, will choose between two sites — one in Iberville Parish and one in St. John the Baptist Parish.

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Microsoft Reshuffles Company Structure

July 11, 2013 1:50 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software maker comes amid lukewarm response to the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system and a steady decline in demand for PCs as people turn to tablets and other mobile gadgets.

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China Plans To Further Restrict Car Purchases

July 11, 2013 1:48 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported Thursday. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last year, motor vehicles and their emissions have emerged as the chief culprit for the air pollution in large cities.

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Toshiba Completes U.S. Inverter Plant Expansion

July 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday its U.S. affiliate Toshiba International Corp. completed an expansion to its inverter plant in Houston, Texas, that it began in August 2012. The expansion is part of a $20 million capital investment in Toshiba International's medium voltage industrial inverter production.

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Denso To Expand Plant In Mexico

July 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp. will invest approximately $51.4 million (about 5.1 billion yen) to expand the Silao plant, which will start producing air conditioners in October, to accommodate the new line for customers such as Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., as they increase production in the region.

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Stealth Barcodes For Manufacturing Tracking

July 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Diginfonews | Videos | Comments

Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process. The barcodes are printed with an invisible ink that is virtually undetectable to the naked eye, but under a black light glows. The system allows manufacturers to track individual products and collect data about their processes.

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July 2013: Let's Get Visible

July 11, 2013 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, manufacturers face new resources as they look to improve the visibility of their facility's assets, Lantech talks 40 years of innovation, and IMPO readers reveal how evaluate their current equipment and potential purchases when it comes to energy efficiency, and more.

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Is Apple Making A Comeback?

July 11, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The future may be looking brighter for Apple after the company reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan to patent the iWatch. Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on exciting new products that may hit the market later this year.

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