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GM To Invest $877M To Upgrade Oldest Assembly Plant

August 5, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 and finish in 2018.


Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 185K Workers In July

August 5, 2015 9:39 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Low oil prices weighed on the manufacturing sector, which added just 2,000 jobs last month.


ConAgra Removes BPA From Canned Foods

August 5, 2015 8:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ardagh began providing new BPA-free cans earlier this year and ConAgra announced the complete transition in late July.


Survey: U.S. Companies Budget Slightly More For Pay Raises

August 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Analysts said reports of an improving U.S. economy did not to translate into additional competition in the labor market.


New Safety Glasses With Metal-Frame Look

August 5, 2015 8:28 am | by Gateway Safety | Product Releases | Comments

The new Ingot Safety Eyewear is manufactured with a specialized paint coating to provide a metal look.

Giving Robots A More Nimble Grasp

August 4, 2015 3:02 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Engineers at MIT have now hit upon a way to impart more dexterity to simple robotic grippers: using the environment as a helping hand.


PwC: Industrial Manufacturing M&A On A Steady Climb

August 4, 2015 2:47 pm | by PwC US | News | Comments

With $28.2 billion in announced deals, second quarter totals exceeded the $20.5 billion raised in the first quarter this year but were well below the near-record $60.4 billion set in the same quarter last year.


Clock Winds Down on Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

August 4, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The 12 nations could be left with only weeks to get trade pact terms in place before the 2016 elections begin interfering with the issue in Congress.


Investor Poll Shows Support for Monsanto-Syngenta Talks

August 4, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Monsanto, which long targeted Syngenta as a potential avenue to reduce its U.S. tax burden, twice this year submitted takeover offers to Syngenta, which responded in turn with strongly worded rejections.


Smaller Ports Suffer As Cargo Ships Expand

August 4, 2015 1:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Shipping lines are now ordering new vessels that carry twice as much cargo as ships from 10 years ago, and as a result, more companies are bypassing smaller ports such as Portland, Oregon, because it is too shallow, too far inland and too rife with delays to accommodate those ships.


Industry Insider: Acquity Comments On The Impact Of The e-Marketplace

August 4, 2015 12:05 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Videos | Comments

Bob Barr of Acquity Group reviews the three dimensions e-marketplaces bring to industrial distribution online, outlining key questions businesses should ask themselves about their own value proposition.


Manufacturing Minute: Lamborghini’s New Luxury SUV

August 4, 2015 12:01 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Videos | Comments

Also in this episode, the Lexus hoverboard and why manufacturers might sue the EPA.


Fire Sale On Stuff That Burns: Oil, Natural Gas, Coal Down

August 4, 2015 10:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Prices for coal, natural gas, oil and the fuels made from crude such as gasoline and diesel are all far less expensive than they have been in recent years.


FDA Clears First 3D Printed Prescription Drug

August 4, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 An agency spokeswoman confirmed the new drug is the first prescription tablet approved that uses the process.


Why The Shale Industry is Slamming Obama's Climate Plan

August 4, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The requirements — should they survive an inevitable court challenge from opponents — would hamper the nation's already embattled coal industry, but they would also aim to maintain the current percentage of energy derived from natural gas.


Meat Industry Braces For Report On Possible Cancer Link

August 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is expected to issue its report in October after beginning efforts to identify the connection between red and processed meats and cancer last year.


ExxonMobil To Expand U.S. Domestic Crude Processing Capacity At Beaumont Refinery

August 4, 2015 9:38 am | by ExxonMobil | News | Comments

The increase in capacity at the Beaumont refinery is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of U.S. light crude from shale.


The Internet of Things: Manufacturing’s Latest Technology Revolution

August 3, 2015 5:31 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Products that used to comprise only mechanical and electrical parts have now transformed into complex, interconnected systems combining hardware, software, microprocessors, sensors and data storage.


GM Ignition Switch Deaths, Injuries Total 398

August 3, 2015 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each.


ONE-KEY Digital Platform For Tools And Equipment

August 3, 2015 3:49 pm | by Milwaukee Tool | Product Releases | Comments

This free-to-use platform allows companies to keep detailed records of tools so they can build a budget and manage their annual spending on equipment.


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