Advertisement
The Leading Source for Industrial Maintenance News
Subscribe to IMPO Magazine All
View Sample

FREE Email Newsletter

IMPO Insider

Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

GM Plans $328M Update For MI Plant

July 18, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors plans to spend $328 million to update a factory in Flint, Mich., to build the next generation of full-size pickup trucks. The investment will pay for equipment to build the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, which are due in showrooms early in 2013.

TOPICS:

Expert Help From A Distance

July 18, 2011 6:39 am | by Fraunhofer Institute | Articles | Comments

When electronic devices refuse to work, you rarely find the solution in the manual. Technicians often face similar problems with industrial machines, and companies end up flying in experts from the manufacturer to get things running again. A new system aims to help manufacturers lend a hand regardless of how far away they are located.

PACKing A Punch

July 18, 2011 6:26 am | by Interview By Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Charles Yuska, President, PMMI PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will be held September 26–28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Food Manufacturing spoke with Charles Yuska of PMMI about the event and about food processors’ top-of-mind concerns regarding food packaging applications.

Advertisement

Warehouse Worker Pinned Under Crate Dies

July 18, 2011 5:45 am | News | Comments

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into a warehouse accident in which a worker was killed when she was pinned under a 1,500-pound crate. The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were dispatched to Con-Way Freight after 49-year-old Marissa Garcia was killed.

CO Wind Energy Company Plans First Plant

July 18, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — A Colorado company that has developed a new kind of wind energy turbine will build its first manufacturing plant in south-central Kansas. Executives of New Millennium Wind Energy joined Gov. Sam Brownback and other officials in the city of Newton on Friday to announce the development.

TOPICS:

Whirpool Laying Off 350 IA Workers

July 18, 2011 5:15 am | News | Comments

AMANA, Iowa (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. is laying off 350 workers from its refrigerator plant in Iowa. Kristine Vernier, spokeswoman for the Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company, told KGAN-TV that 300 permanent workers and 50 summer workers are losing their jobs. Workers were told of the layoffs on Friday.

TOPICS:

Chemical Leak From CA Plant Costs City $1.5M

July 18, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — The Central California city of Merced will pay a $1.5 million settlement after a federal jury found that thousands of residents of a subdivision were potentially exposed to a cancer-causing chemical, a newspaper reported Friday. In March, the jury found that hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium had leaked from a manufacturing plant in Merced's Beachwood subdivision and spread into the air and water.

TOPICS:

PA Plant Locks Out Unionized Workers

July 18, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania ceilings plant has locked out its 260 unionized employees, saying they failed to vote on the latest contract proposal by the company's deadline. Armstrong World Industries spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson told the (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era that Sunday's decision regarding workers at the Marietta plant was taken "very reluctantly.

TOPICS:
Advertisement

Hiring To Increase For Rest of 2011

July 18, 2011 5:05 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Economists increasingly see hiring picking up through the rest of 2011, even as they predict slower overall growth. The National Association for Business Economists quarterly survey found 43 percent of respondents say their firms will likely increase employment in the next six months, the highest number in a year.

Atlas Copco Acquires Spanish Manufacturer Gesan

July 15, 2011 8:36 am | News | Comments

Geert Follens, President of Atlas Copco Portable Energy, and Luis San Gil, former President of Gesan. Stockholm, Sweden: Atlas Copco SAE has acquired Grupo Electrógenos GESAN S.A. of Spain, a manufacturer of diesel and petrol generators sold through a global distributor network.

BDI Opens New Branches in ME, PA

July 15, 2011 7:33 am | News | Comments

BDI (Bearing Distributors Inc.), headquartered in Cleveland, OH, has opened a new branch in Easton, Maine. BDI Branch #20 is located at 104 Presque Isle Rd., Mars Hill, ME 04758. Overseeing the new Easton branch is Operations Manager Kevin P. Mitchell. “Our new Easton location supports a key existing customer in that market and also will enable BDI to expand its presence in Eastern Maine,” according to John Ruth, President, BDI-USA.

Daimler, Bosch Sign Deal For Electric Motors Joint Venture

July 15, 2011 7:04 am | News | Comments

Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH have completed their negotiations and signed agreements on the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture for electric motors. These agreements are still subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities. The new company, which is to be set up under the name EM-motive GmbH, will develop and produce innovative electric motors – also known as traction motors – for electric vehicles.

Unilever Shuts CT Plant

July 15, 2011 7:01 am | News | Comments

CLINTON, Conn. (AP) — Unilever, which makes household products such as Dove soaps, Lipton tea and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, is shutting a Connecticut plant and laying off nearly 200 workers. WTNH-TV reported Thursday that the company said it will shut its Clinton plant by the end of next year and lay off 49 salaried workers and 135 hourly employees.

TOPICS:

Baldwin Hardware Closes Doors

July 15, 2011 7:00 am | News | Comments

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania company that makes brass hardware is closing its doors after more than 50 years. About 160 people will lose their jobs with the closure of the Baldwin Hardware plant by the end of next year. Stanley Black & Decker has owned the Baldwin Hardware brand since 2003.

TOPICS:

American Will Finance 35 New Planes

July 15, 2011 6:58 am | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines said Friday that it will finance up to 35 new planes in the next three years under a sale-leaseback deal with aircraft-leasing company AerCap Holdings N.V. American had already ordered 26 of the Boeing 737 aircraft. The airline disclosed Friday that it exercised an option to buy three more, and the AerCap deal also covered six planes to which American holds purchase rights.

EPA Fines Consolidated Industries

July 15, 2011 6:55 am | News | Comments

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Federal environmental officials say a Connecticut aerospace and marine manufacturer faces a fine of nearly $176,000 for allegedly violating clean air and right-to-know laws. The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that Consolidated Industries Inc.

TOPICS:

U.S. Auto Production Down

July 15, 2011 6:53 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. auto factories produced fewer goods in June than the previous month, and overall factory production was flat. It marked the third straight month of weak output slowed by supply chain disruptions caused by the Japan crisis. The Federal Reserve reported Friday that factory production was unchanged last month following a tiny 0.

Brew up Automation with Integrated ERP

July 15, 2011 5:52 am | Articles | Comments

Deacom Inc. recently announced that D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., America’s oldest brewery, has licensed its DEACOM enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system to integrate its three facilities, with functionality including accounting, sales order management, regulatory reporting, purchasing, production scheduling, inventory, order entry and retail point of sale.

TOPICS:

The Challenge Of Marketing Nutrition

July 15, 2011 5:23 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

It seems more and more emphasis continues to be placed on eating healthy, especially with the ongoing media coverage of the nation’s obesity problem. Government agencies and task forces have stepped up efforts to shrink Americans’ growing waistlines, highlighted by programs such as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the new MyPlate initiative.

Clever Cars--The Next Generation

July 15, 2011 5:17 am | Videos | Comments

Automated driving systems such as adaptive cruise control may be the latest ''must have'' gizmos, but the auto industry is already looking to their successor, cooperative driving, where cars communicate with each other as they go. The technology is in its early stages but this past weekend, researchers drove to Holland to see if their cars would interact.

TOPICS:

Pages

X
You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.
Loading