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AAM 'Fixes' Walmart's Made-in-America Claims

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The web filter at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) caught a big ol' piece of chaff this week, in the form of a release from Walmart. America's largest retailer has announced plans to purchase $250 billion worth of American-made goods over the next decade, but some of their claims need adjustment. 

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New Compact Detection Laser Scanner

October 31, 2014 10:38 am | by Pepperl+Fuchs | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces the R2000 Detection Laser Scanner. Smaller than most coffee mugs, these 2D laser scanners feature a 360-degree gapless measurement angle with angular resolution within 0.071 degrees, scan frequency to 30 Hz and object detection down to 1 mm. 

U.S. Consumer Spending Down in September

October 31, 2014 10:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year.                 

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Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs to Fix Air Bags

October 31, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.                             

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3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 31, 2014 9:51 am | by Chris Fox, Executive Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

On a recent trip to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the aerospace organization provided some insight into the inner-workings of spacecraft manufacturing. At the Marshall Space Flight Center, they specialize in what can best be described as "the guts" of a rocket.

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Amy's Kitchen To Open in Converted ID Plant

October 31, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic frozen food maker Amy's Kitchen is opening a new plant in southeastern Idaho. The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs.                   

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U.S. Economy Grew at 3.5 Percent Rate in Third Quarter

October 31, 2014 9:34 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.           

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Rivals Gear Up for Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 9:24 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

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Not So Sweet: Chocolate Prices Set To Rise

October 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not just costs that are pushing up prices. A growing sweet tooth around the world means more demand for chocolate.

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Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation | Articles | Comments

As the economy recovers, middle market manufacturing companies are poised to make a big comeback in terms of profitability and as appealing prospects for investors.                         

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Museum Agrees to Purchase Rosie's Old Plant

October 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mike Householder, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yankee Air Museum chairman Ray Hunter will sign papers Thursday making the aviation museum the official owner of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II.

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Meet HP's New Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer

October 30, 2014 1:40 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Ed Baig interviews HP executive Steve Nigro about the company's new HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.                                           

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Inside the World's Biggest Auto Factory

October 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Bloomberg News | News | Comments

Volkswagen, the world's number-two carmaker, plans to cut billions in operating costs by 2017. That means making the world's biggest auto plant, in Wolfsburg, Germany, more efficient. Hans Nichols spent a day on the assembly line for a progress report.

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Lawsuit Challenges Power Plant's Restart With Gas

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | by The Associated | News | Comments

The environmental group Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's approval to restart an idled power plant on the Hudson River with natural gas instead of coal.                     

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JA Worldwide and Alcoa Foundation Implement Global STEM Education Initiative

October 30, 2014 12:22 pm | by JA Worldwide & Alcoa Foundation | News | Comments

JA Worldwide (JA) has announced a new partnership with Alcoa Foundation to launch a global curriculum that will bring enhanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to middle and high school students.       

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Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 10:42 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. 

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Versatile Die & Mold Handling Transporter

October 30, 2014 10:31 am | by Air Technical Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Air Technical Industries (ATI) has announced the development of a Versatile Die and Mold Handling Transporter with a new “twist.”

Ford Recalls 205K SUVs for Fuel Tank Leak

October 30, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire.                                 

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Bar Sues Florida for Restricting Beer Sales

October 30, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Florida craft beer bar is suing the state over its ban on half-gallon, refillable beer jugs known as growlers.                                       

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Meet Goldie, the Newest Pioneer for Women in STEM

October 30, 2014 9:59 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

My attention has been drawn to the issue of woman in STEM careers a few times in the past couple of weeks. First, when Manufacturing.Net Associate Editor, Bridget Bergin, wrote about the need for a modern Rosie the Riveter. The second time came from a more surprising source — a children’s toy.

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