A federal judge ruled Friday that his court has jurisdiction to apply the U.S. Superfund law to a Canadian company that acknowledges polluting Lake Roosevelt in Washington state. U.S. District Judge Lonny Suko of Yakima ruled against Teck Metals Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, in a long-running case involving pollution of the lake in northeastern Washington. Cleanup has been estimated to cost up to $1B.
A firm headed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe never provided Virginia officials enough details to obtain economic development incentives, according to an AP review of state records. McAuliffe claimed that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership didn't want to bid on GreenTech Automotive's proposed plant to manufacture tiny, low-speed, all-electric two-seaters, so the project went to Mississippi.
There is a lot of buzz about the manufacturing industry and where it seems to be headed in the future. One source says that the skills gap is so great that growth is impossible. Another says that manufacturing’s comeback is not so very far off in the future. Manufacturers wish they could just know the answers so they can make the decisions to drive their business into the next year and beyond.
Just like in any manufacturing facility, employees’ hands get dirty and require frequent washing with abrasive products, which can cause irritation. Because of the chemicals involved, many of these products can also be less-environmentally friendly. The challenge for Hawes, Wolseley project manager, was to find a cost-effective and more sustainable way to clean workers’ hands.
Japanese manufacturers are growing increasingly pessimistic, according to a survey released Friday that added to gloom over the economic outlook ahead of Sunday's parliamentary election. The Bank of Japan's "tankan" index for the December quarter slumped to minus 12 from minus 3 in the previous quarter, a result that was much worse than expected. A reading below zero means pessimistic views outnumber optimists.
Think you might need a "bathtub truck," a tank on wheels that Hershey Co. employees once used to haul liquid chocolate from one part of the plant to another? Or maybe a telephone booth? The Hershey Co. has two of those for sale in an auction this weekend to get rid of the thousands of items in the old plant on East Chocolate Avenue.
The Virginia Manufacturers Association is partnering with ECPI University to create a hub for manufacturing education and training in Southside Virginia to help align regional employer needs and economic development objectives. Officials say the institute will help ensure a workforce pipeline to meet current and future job requirements in advanced technology industries.
General Motors says it expects to add more than 500 jobs at a Buffalo-area plant that will make engines for the automaker's new versions of two popular pickup trucks. The V8 engines for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra line of pickups will go into production early next year at the GM Powertrain plant in the town of Tonawanda, just north of Buffalo.
China's manufacturing activity rose to a 14-month high in December, adding to signs the world's second-largest economy is recovering, but export orders weakened, a survey showed Friday. HSBC Corp. said the preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers' index rose to 50.9 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 represent expanding activity. That was up from November's 50.5.
Solazyme Inc.'s shares soared Friday after the company, which makes renewable oils and bio-products, said that it has reached commercial-scale production at a plant in Iowa. Solazyme, based in South San Francisco, Calif., said it is initially targeting annual production of 20,000 metric tons of oil starting in early 2014 at the ADM facility, with targeted expansion to 100,000 metric tons.
United Technologies joins 3M and Dupont with an optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy, saying it expects profit to rise about 13 percent next year. And the fall in consumer prices in November was the first decline in six months. Lower gasoline prices pushed prices overall lower, while inflation is just below a 2 percent pace for the year.
The EXP-LED-FX4 is designed to provide an extremely durable and powerful light source for operators who require intrinsically safe approval as well as highly reliable operation, says the company.
The IndustrialPro 6000 routers are the first M2M rugged devices certified by and compatible with the Bell Mobility 4G LTE network, says the company.
The GENOS M-460 vertical machining center cut parts from titanium 6AL4V and composite materials and the MB-4000H horizontal machining center, connected to an AMPS flexible manufacturing system, cuts a variety of parts, including Inconel (using a ceramic end mill), steel, and aluminum.
The FX5 Severe Duty is the next generation Ruffneck™ explosion-proof electric air heater, built for severe duty applications that can lead to accelerated wear of electrical components and damage to the heater core.