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Outsourcing From Indiana Doubles From Previous Recessions

May 3, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Burial casket jobs in Richmond and computer assembly services in Carmel have shifted to Mexico. Auto stamping work once done in Howe has moved to Canada and India. Client performance analysis done in South Bend is now being handled in China. The number of Indiana plants, warehouses and offices sending jobs abroad since the recession began in December 2007 has more than doubled that of past economic downturns, U.

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Fleet Maintainers Moonlighting As Fire Truck Manufacturers

May 3, 2010 4:26 am | by Holly Setter | News | Comments

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The garage at Circle K Service in Midland maintains the fleet of vehicles at nearby Dow Chemical Co., but a group of mechanics there has an unusual side job: building fire trucks. "We do what they call component manufacturing," said Rodney Kloha, executive vice president of Circle K Service, 4300 James Savage.

Manufacturing Expands At Six-Year High In April

May 3, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The manufacturing sector likely expanded in April at the fastest pace in nearly six years, analysts say. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters expect the index from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, rose to 60 in April from 59.

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Keeping It Fresh

April 30, 2010 12:09 pm | Articles | Comments

A leading international wholesale distributor that provides quality products at very competitive prices, Fair Market, Inc. requires extensive storage space to keep its products cold and fresh.  With its corporate headquarters and main warehouse located in Wentzville, MO, Fair Market, Inc.

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Manufacturing, MBAs, And Residencies

April 30, 2010 12:01 pm | by Michael Collins, President, MPC Management | Articles | Comments

Masters of Business Administration degrees (MBAs) are beginning to cost as much as a small house and have been under constant criticism for the last 20 years from many critics — including the college professors who teach the programs. So, is an MBA degree worth it for the owners, CEOs, and General Managers of manufacturing companies who design and build industrial and technical products? These kinds of manufacturing companies make complicated products that usually require engineering, machining, fabrication and a large investment in plant and capital machinery.

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How to Avoid And Respond To FDA Warning Letters

April 30, 2010 10:29 am | Articles | Comments

No regulated business wants to receive an FDA Warning Letter (or Form-483) of Inspectional Observations. In such controlled industries as food, agriculture and pharmaceutical, receiving a list of deficiencies can feel like a heavy blow to your quality system. Worse, with the 2009 increase in enforcement staff (1) and the September 2009 change to the response time—now 15 days—the FDA appears to be ramping up its enforcement mandate (2).

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How Sweet

April 30, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) now offers the Polax-2L manually-operating meter, which features a digital indicator for the accurate measurement of the angle of rotation (or the value in the international standard sugar scale) with a simple operation.

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Printing Goes Anywhere

April 30, 2010 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dalemark Industries, Inc. (Lakewood, NJ) has developed the Model 8000-TT Tabletop Hot Stamp Coder for virtually any surface. The coder has a compact design and accommodates up to three lines of print with an interchangeable metal type. Other features include: Capability to handle products up to 4mm.

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It's Time To Cool Off

April 30, 2010 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Garland Company, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has extended its reflective product line to include the Pyramic Base Coat, which is an applicator-friendly natural buff base coat. The color allows the applicator to see where the base and finish coats have been applied, ensuring proper coverage.

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Spend Time By The Pool

April 30, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) announces their new PoolMaster Butterfly Valves for water treatment and other industrial applications. The PoolMaster valves feature a PVC body and disc with EPDM liners, and are available in sizes from 2” to 8”.

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Turbine Maker Gets $7 Million In State, Federal Grants

April 30, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The state and federal governments are providing $7 million to help a western Michigan company develop wind-energy products. Energetx Composites of Holland makes turbines. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. this week said it's giving $3.5 million and the U.S. Energy Department will match it.

Tomato Exec Faces More Felonies For Antitrust Violations

April 30, 2010 4:33 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities investigating an alleged tomato price-fixing plot involving some of the nation's biggest food chains broadened their case against the former owner of a California company Thursday with five more felony counts. The new charges, which add to seven counts pending from an earlier indictment, allege that Frederick Scott Salyer violated antitrust laws by fixing prices or rigging bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc.

Massey Offers $3 Million To Families Of Killed Coal Miners

April 30, 2010 4:31 am | by Tim Huber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Massey Energy Co. is offering $3 million to each of the families of 29 men killed in an explosion at its Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, the daughter of one of the victims said Thursday. The offer came a week earlier when Massey officials visited the family, said Michelle McKinney, daughter of Benny Ray Willingham.

McWane Cast Iron Idles Pipe Plant, 117 Workers

April 30, 2010 4:20 am | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — McWane Cast Iron Pipe Co. says it's temporarily shutting down its Birmingham water-pipe plant because continued weakness in housing construction has reduced demand. The shutdown will idle 117 workers. The plant hasn't been shut down since the late 1970s. It was built in 1921 and is the first of McWane's pipe, valve and hydro-fittings plants across North America.

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For A 'Green' Company, BP Wreaks Environmental Damage

April 30, 2010 4:18 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil giant BP brands itself a friend of the environment, an energy company that goes "beyond petroleum." That image, worth billions of dollars, is being sullied by the company's inability to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As the expanding oil slick threatens marshlands and wildlife along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, BP faces perhaps the biggest public relations challenge an oil company has experienced in the United States since the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Alaska in 1989.

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Lawmakers: Black Boxes For All New Cars

April 30, 2010 4:13 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — New cars and trucks would be required to carry black boxes to record crash information and automakers would pay fees to help fund the government's auto safety agency under a series of proposals in Congress in response to Toyota's massive recalls. The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday released a draft that could form the basis of legislation to strengthen vehicle safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Harley-Davidson Threatens To Abandon Wisconsin

April 29, 2010 11:29 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. has warned its employees it may have to move its Milwaukee manufacturing operations if it can't cut millions of dollars in costs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that company officials told employees Thursday there are significant "cost gaps" that must be filled.

The Price Is Right

April 29, 2010 9:36 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

I’m the proud owner of a 2010 Honda CR-V.  I bought the car back in December—before Toyota’s problems had surfaced. When Toyota’s issues came to light a month later, I was even happier with my choice. But every now and then, I feel some guilt.

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Hear The Heat

April 29, 2010 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Technologies (Delta, BC, Canada) has designed the ThermoSounder feature on the LTX12 Infrared Thermometer to provide users with audio feedback of both cold and hot spots. The audio feature prevents users from having to interpret digital readouts. The LTX12 has a wide temperature range—20° to 1,200°F—and a 10:1 distance to measurement spot ratio.

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Video Release: Get Movin'

April 29, 2010 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) has released a new video that presents the features of its CM12 and CM25 celing-mounted commercial spot air conditioners. The CM12 and CM25 are designed to fit in the cramped ceiling space above equipment closets or server roomers, and built-in mounting brackets allow for a quick installation.

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