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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. 


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.

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.


Safety Experts: Chrysler's Gas Tank Fix Still Risky

March 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

After Chrysler initially refused to recall vehicles over a gas tank issue, there are now safety concerns about the solution and the speed at which it is moving on the fix.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 4, 2015 2:02 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Fracking is a booming business in Pennsylvania and some nearby residents in New York, where fracking is now banned, want a piece of it.


Amazon Wants to Put 3D Printers in Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 2:43 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Last week Amazon filed several patent applications for an on-demand 3D printing service in mobile manufacturing hubs, including delivery trucks. Like drones, the endeavor is another push from the company to get products to the customer faster and save on warehousing costs.


Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 27, 2015 3:39 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

This week Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the week are a little bit different than previous weeks. Instead of just one person or company in each category, the winner and loser position were given to broader groups of people. Take a look and see who ‘won’ and ‘lost’ this week.

What's Going on with the Labor Unions of Today?

February 25, 2015 3:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Labor unions historically developed out of a desperate need to protect the rights of the worker. They are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 


With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle for Liftoff

February 24, 2015 2:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

There's been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Until guidelines are clear, everyone is hovering in a holding pattern.


Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move the Needle on Wages?

February 24, 2015 9:28 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would spend more than $1 billion to raise pay for 500,000 of its employees – or 40 percent of its U.S. workforce – made serious waves in business and political circles.


Are You Walking by Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 11:09 am | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc.

Many companies ignore MRO, opting instead to focus on what they perceive to be bigger cost reduction initiatives. In many cases, they are walking by their best opportunity. 


Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 20, 2015 3:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

'Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week' are two companies that have been having two very different weeks. The winner of the week has been experiencing an outstanding revival of success, while the loser is facing another week of bad news and even worse press.


Five Facts on Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 10:47 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.

Industry Lashes Out at Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 2:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO.


3 Vehicle Trends To Keep an Eye On

February 18, 2015 3:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.



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