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The Trucking Crisis

May 20, 2015 | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

There is a crisis on the trucking and shipping side of things, and it is beginning to take a toll on manufacturers and change the way warehouses and manufacturers need to operate.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

May 15, 2015 9:08 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week we have a winner, still in high school, who has developed a novel new approach to disaster cleanup. The losers have struggled with continued global recalls.  

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More or Less ERP: That is the Question

May 14, 2015 2:36 pm | by Zach Hanlon

The ERP is the lifeblood of most of the manufacturing industry but that industry is changing fast and most can’t keep up.

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Air-Powered Cars Coming to the U.S.

May 7, 2015 10:31 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

On a recent episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) founder Ethan Tucker sought a multimillion-dollar investment for an U.S.-based alternative vehicle factory. With a tentative deal in place with Robert Herjavec, the company is moving ahead with plans to build an air-powered vehicle named the “AIRPod.”

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How Chemical Companies are Part of the Solution — and Problem — for Climate Change

May 5, 2015 2:33 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Here's a look at which companies have big plans to fight climate change, who still denies it, and how chemicals companies play a unique role in the debate.

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Bud Light Withdraws Slogan After Outcry

April 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Anheuser-Busch InBev is reacting to public protests on social media for a marketing campaign slogan on bottles of its Bud Light brand. 

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Retrospective: Safety in Chem Over the Years

April 28, 2015 5:19 pm | by Dr. Scott Harris, Director of EHS Advisory Services for UL Workplace Health & Safety

In the past, no one knew what “culture of safety” meant, but we sure knew the problems that resulted from not caring about safety. It was a tough trail – much more frontier medicine than safety science.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 24, 2015 3:12 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week we have a winner who has exceeded expectations this year, while the loser has learned that while imitation may be the highest form of flattery, it does not bode well in the business sector.

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Jaguar Land Rover is Furious Over Chinese Knockoff

April 22, 2015 2:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Jaguar Land Rover is accusing a Chinese automaker of copying its cars. At issue is the Chinese LandWind,  which appears to be a rip-off of the Land Rover Evoque SUV design.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 17, 2015 1:38 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week we have a winner who has set their sights on new factories and growth, while the loser has become the focus of statewide bans and legal resistance.

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KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 16, 2015 9:33 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of their fruit and nut bars as “healthy”— because they do not meet federal standards.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 10, 2015 3:15 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week we have a winner who was recognized by the EPA for their efforts toward more environmentally sound manufacturing and a loser who has become the focus of lawsuits and a potentially reopened federal investigation.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 2, 2015 3:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

‘Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser’ are being presented a little early this week. However, after careful consideration of the news up until now, they have been selected. 

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Lincoln Returns to its Roots With New Continental

March 30, 2015 1:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Ford’s 98-year-old Lincoln brand is bringing back the Continental full-size sedan 13 years after retiring the vehicle nameplate. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 27, 2015 2:52 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week the titles of ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser’ are being presented to two companies who have had drastically different weeks. One has successfully patented an exciting new technology, while the other has been forced to issue their first recall in 108 years.

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How One Manufacturer is Helping Hold March Madness Together

March 26, 2015 9:30 am | by LORD Corporation

In honor of the NCAA Tournament, LORD Corporation outlines five ways its adhesives, coatings, motion management devices and sensing technologies are part of the mix in this infographic.

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March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

From the time the NCAA tournament field of 68 was announced Sunday evening until the national champion is crowned April 6, millions of employees will spend work hours filling out brackets and watching tournament games, creating a major drag on workplace productivity.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 13, 2015 3:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

After reviewing the manufacturing news from this week, “Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser” have been decided. This week, two companies take the spotlight. While one has been on the receiving end of some great news, the other is being faced with a brand new counterfeiting struggle.

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Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 11, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol, has received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Intended to be mixed into drinks, the approval is an about-face from the bureau’s previous stance.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 6, 2015 3:06 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week’ focuses on a woman who has achieved a great feat in the manufacturing industry and a company that can’t seem to catch a break in the past couple of weeks.

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3 Arguments Against Lifting the Crude Ban — That are Still (Mostly) Bogus

March 6, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

With tanks of oil piling up in the U.S., the drumbeat for lifting the crude export ban has been getting louder — but many in Congress are still reluctant to let the ban go. Here are some of the arguments in support of keeping the ban and how they stack up against the facts.

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