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Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.               

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Patrolling The Patent Trolls

April 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos

If you ask someone at Apple Computer, the defendant in more cases filed by patent trolls than any other U. S. firm, Apple will probably tell you that a patent troll is a person or organization that acquires a patent solely for the purpose of suing a deep-pocketed firm.

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 3, 2014 5:18 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                               

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 2:30 pm | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net, @MnetAmy

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                                     

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PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna

Does your small business have plans to hire or are PNC’s survey respondents being overly optimistic based on the circumstances?                                    

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The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

March 31, 2014 10:15 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

Since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?                           

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ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna

If you’re like me and finally got the disgusting pink soft-serve-like image of “pink slime” out of your head, get ready for more stomach churns.                               

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Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing, @foodmfged

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. Savvy companies are engaging consumers through social media, effectively transforming them into product formulators, fans, and advertisers.             

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Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                  

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77 Safety Glasses

March 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.             

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NSA Hacks Huawei: Is This The New World Of Business?

March 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Over this past weekend it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei.                                   

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Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the best course of action.             

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This Is What A Billion Dollar Brand Looks Like

March 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

According to the study, of the 15,000+ listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands. The total value of these big dogs is a staggering $2.5 trillion.                       

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Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As right-to-work becomes a more significant point in state political discussions, these union wins and losses have more impact.                                    

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Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                                

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Jets Disappear More Frequently Than You Might Think

March 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing for over a week now, and global aviation experts still don’t have an answer. Unfortunately, the case of a missing jet isn't as rare as we’d like to believe.              

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China Exports Pollution Problem

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

According to a Bloomberg report, air pollution is becoming one of China’s biggest exports and reaches as far as the U.S. West Coast.                                  

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Millennials Want To Ruin Everything

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye.                         

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Auto Brands And The Value Of Toyota

March 12, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Toyota continues to be the world’s most valuable auto brand, according to a recent study. But is it the most powerful brand?                                      

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