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Death Reported at Altoids and Life Savers Plant

February 4, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Chattanooga Wrigley Manufacturing plant, the home of Altoids and Life Savers, has had a reputation for being dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this past week when a 54-year old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months.

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GM 2014 Profit Falls 26 Percent to $2.8B on Recall Costs

February 4, 2015 2:44 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

If it weren't for the recalls, 2014 would have been a stellar year for General Motors. Even with $2.8 billion in pretax costs to fix more than 30 million recalled vehicles and $400 million set aside for death and injury claims, GM still managed to turn a $2.8 billion profit.

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Report: Trade Deficit with Japan Resulted in Job Losses in Every State

February 4, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A new report says every state saw job losses due to a growing U.S. trade deficit with Japan, and warns Congress should not approve a proposed trade agreement without protections against Japanese currency manipulation.         

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This is Not Your Grandpa's Buick

February 4, 2015 2:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The official car of elastic waistbands and white sneakers is attempting to be cool again. Buick unveiled two new cars at the Detroit Auto Show and, surprisingly, they're pretty with it.                   

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The Challenges of Defining 'Dangerous'

February 4, 2015 2:18 pm | by Adam Gittler | Articles | Comments

In 2008, General Motors conducted internal training for its engineers on how to document product risks, including bans of the words 'defect' and 'problem.' Well-intended or a shameful legal dodge, the training skirted around the problem instead of attacking it head-on. 

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China, Argentina Team Up to Discuss Upcoming Energy Projects

February 4, 2015 11:18 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

A global partnership between Argentina and China was strengthened today as leaders from both countries agreed to collaborate on two new nuclear power plants.                           

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Post Steady Job Gains in January

February 4, 2015 11:13 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies hired at a solid pace last month, a private survey found, the latest sign of steady improvement in the job market.                                   

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Ford To Transition up to 500 Workers to Higher Pay

February 4, 2015 10:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire.                           

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Getting to Excellent

February 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Eric Larson, Director of Operational Excellence and Manufacturing Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials | Articles | Comments

Tips for achieving a culture of operational excellence and cost efficiency.                                                  

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White House Budget Would Fund Additional Manufacturing Hubs

February 4, 2015 10:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The Obama administration's budget proposal unveiled this week calls for seven new national manufacturing innovation hubs, along with funding to build toward a national network of 45 such sites.                  

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Health, Industry Groups Spar Over Ozone Rule

February 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Health advocates and environmental groups are urging federal officials to adopt stricter limits on ozone, while an industry group argued taking that step would needlessly hamper manufacturing.                  

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State Department Won't Intervene in Nissan-UAW Dispute

February 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The dispute between Nissan Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union over organizing workers at a Mississippi auto plant will continue without intervention from the federal government.                 

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Adept SmartVision MX Vision Processor

February 4, 2015 9:51 am | by Adept Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Adept SmartVision MX provides a way to add vision guidance and inspection to industrial robot applications.

January/February 2015: In Case of Emergency

February 3, 2015 3:36 pm | by IMPO | Digital Editions | Comments

In the January/February issue of IMPO, we take a look at some of the critical issues for manufacturers in the coming year, visit with the successful contract manufacturers Berner Food & Beverage, highlight ways to mitigate safety risks and production downtime in plants, and profile one company’s method to training success.

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Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 3, 2015 2:34 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable.        

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Are Families Accepting GM's Compensation Offers?

February 3, 2015 2:16 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

This weekend was General Motors' deadline to submit claims for compensation from auto-related deaths and injuries. Ken Feinberg, the man in charge of the compensation fund, discusses how families reacted to the offers extended by GM.     

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Coke Bets on 'Premium Milk' to Boost Category

February 3, 2015 2:10 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.                               

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U.S. Factory Orders Dropped 3.4 Percent in December

February 3, 2015 2:02 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories dropped for a fifth consecutive month in December, while a key category that signals business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month.                       

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Automakers Report January U.S. Sales Jumps, Led by GM, Toyota

February 3, 2015 1:56 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers reported double-digit U.S. sales increases in January, a sign that car sales didn't spin out even with a major snowstorm hitting the Northeast.                           

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Big Vans, Small Market

February 3, 2015 1:51 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

James R. Healey breaks down the big differences in the big van market and what manufacturers are doing to stand out.                                       

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