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Q&A: Sriracha-Based Lessons For Manufacturers

December 23, 2013 8:05 am | by Mitch Carrel, Partner, Real Estate Practice Group and Food Industry Team, Freeborn & Peters | Articles | Comments

The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Mitch Carrel talks about the case, what considerations food manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.

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KNIPEX Larger Pliers With Easy Adjustment

December 23, 2013 7:36 am | by KNIPEX Tools LP | Product Releases | Comments

The Cobra® XL (no. 87 01 400) and Cobra XXL (no. 87 01 560) additions to the Cobra® Water Pump Pliers family from KNIPEX Tools LP offer the performance and comfort of water pump pliers while being lighter in weight and having a greater gripping capacity than comparable pipe wrenches.

HTP Oil Containment & Absorbent Super Socks

December 23, 2013 7:13 am | by American Products | Product Releases | Comments

HTP Super Socks from American Products will absorb up to six quarts of free standing oil, says the company. 

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U.S. Economy Expands At 4.1 Percent Rate

December 20, 2013 1:11 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department's final look at growth in the summer was up from a previous estimate of 3.6 percent. Four-fifths of the revision came from stronger consumer spending, primarily in the area of health care.            

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Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List

December 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a "Top Safety Pick" or "Top Safety Pick +" if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

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MAPI: Growth Rebound In The Making

December 20, 2013 12:39 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

Manufacturing industrial production increased at a 1.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2013, but production has rapidly accelerated in the fourth quarter. Inflation-adjusted GDP increased at a 3.6 percent annual rate in the third quarter. MAPI forecasts that manufacturing production will increase 3.1 percent in 2014, a slight deceleration from the 3.2 percent forecast in the September 2013 report.

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Japanese Robot Chats With Astronaut On Space Station

December 20, 2013 12:35 pm | by Emily Wang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata as part of an experiment testing Kirobo's autonomous conversation functions.

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Jazz Pharma To Pay $1B For Rare Disease Drug Co.

December 20, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jazz will make a tender offer of $57 per share for the Italian company, about a 2 percent premium to Gentium's closing stock price in the U.S. on Thursday. Gentium develops drugs to treat a variety of rare diseases and conditions, including orphan vascular diseases related to cancer treatments.

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Whirlpool Reshoring Some Production To Ohio Plant

December 20, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Mexico to Ohio. The appliance maker, whose brands include Maytag, Kenmore and its namesake, said Friday that 80 to 100 new jobs will be created in Ohio over the next three years to support the relocation.

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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 7 & 8

December 20, 2013 12:24 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). 

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The Top 3 Manufacturing Trends For 2014

December 20, 2013 11:23 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

With the end of the year approaching, manufacturers are looking forward into next year and the trends that matter to them.  Matthew Littlefield, president and principal analyst with LNS Research, narrows down the list of trends that you should be aware of.

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Financing Deal Set On $1B Ind. Fertilizer Plant

December 20, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A businessman says he has reached a deal with a Chinese company to finance a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant that could cost nearly $1 billion to build.  Ohio Valley Resources president Doug Wilson of Fairfield, Ill., announced Thursday that the Chinese company will provide equity financing for the construction while his company will manage the project near the Ohio River town of Rockport.

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New Mexico AG Sues To Stop Horse Slaughter

December 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The move by Attorney General Gary King comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept Valley Meat Co. from starting operations earlier this fall. Owner Rick De Los Santos has been making plans to open Jan. 1, and his attorney said Thursday that those plans haven't changed.

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Air Bag Safety System Tested On World Cup Skiers

December 20, 2013 9:47 am | by Andrew Dampf, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Working with the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Italian manufacturer has been collecting information from skiers for four years to find the exact algorithm as to when can the system should go into effect — in other words, at what point in a fall can a racer no longer regain control.

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2 Companies To Invest $28.6M, Add Jobs In Michigan

December 20, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Circuit Controls Corp. and North American Lighting Inc. are getting incentives approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.  According to the state, the expansions could mean 112 new Michigan jobs.

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FDA Says It Will Delay Proposed Food Safety Rules

December 20, 2013 9:39 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will delay sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year and revise them to better accommodate farmers and businesses who would be affected.                    

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BlackBerry Loses $4.4 Billion In Latest Quarter

December 20, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is reporting a massive $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter and 56 percent drop in revenue.  The results are the Blackberry's first under new chairman and interim chief executive John Chen.             

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Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home.  The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.

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RFID Enables Omniscient View Of Whirlpool's Parts

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. The technology, which aims to wirelessly transfer data via minuscule tags embedded in or on various products, didn’t quite stack up against the industrial environment.

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Surface Conditioning Material For Belt Applications

December 20, 2013 9:21 am | by Saint-Gobain | Product Releases | Comments

The new cloth backed version of Norton AO Rapid Prep combines a premium aluminum oxide abrasive grain that is sharp yet extremely durable, on a non-woven nylon, bonded to a high-tensile, low-stretch polyester backing to provide a smear-free finish.

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