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GM's Opel Takes Complete Control of German Parts Centers

December 10, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it will take full control of two auto parts distribution centers in Germany that are currently operated by a joint-venture company in which Opel holds a 20 percent stake.             

BP: Restructuring to Cost $1 Billion in Next Year

December 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil giant BP has warned that plans to streamline its business will cost it $1 billion over the next year.                                         

Looking at Trends in Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A with Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad, discusses confidence levels, the skills gap, unemployment rates, talent recruitment strategies, and the hot jobs for 2015 in the manufacturing and logistics industries.       

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Chrysler Plans $266M Spending for Indiana Plants

December 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two central Indiana factories.                                             

Supreme Court Rules Against Pay for Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 9, 2014 12:50 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.               

UAW Reaches Top Tier of VW Labor Policy in TN

December 9, 2014 9:59 am | by Erik Shelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.             

New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

December 9, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to states.

The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.                                       

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Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility – Kodak.          

Is It Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

The benefits of a green warehouse include reducing utility bills and carbon footprint, increasing sustainability, and providing your employees with an environmentally responsible company they are proud to work for.     

Fuel Exports Soar Under Obama Administration

December 8, 2014 9:24 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. has reduced more carbon pollution from energy than any other nation, according to U.S. Energy Department data. However, analysis of the data shows that U.S. exports of gasoline and diesel more than made up for the savings at home in pollution abroad. 

Automaker Seeks $118M Tax Break for 4-Mile Move

December 8, 2014 9:11 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters to Camden, just four miles from its current home in Cherry Hill, and said it is seeking $118 million in tax breaks intended to lure jobs to the impoverished city.          

Revere Control Systems Opens New Office

December 5, 2014 4:14 pm | by Revere Control Systems | News | Comments

Revere Control Systems, a Birmingham-based automation EPC firm, has announced the opening of an office in Texarkana, TX, marking the fourth satellite office opened within the last three years.                 

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Judgment Entered Against Closed Nebraska Plant

December 5, 2014 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Gage County District Judge has ordered a default judgment against a now-closed Beatrice manufacturing plant. Judge Paul Korslund ruled that Store Kraft Manufacturing owes Buhr's Trucking Inc., of Adams, nearly $100,000 plus interest.     

How Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers are Finding Value Through Weaving the Digital Thread

December 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense (A&D) manufacturing where the demands on quality, budget, and timely delivery are so high. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards promised by new technologies are worth the inherent risks they contain.

GM Closes Opel Plant in Bochum After 52 Years

December 5, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The last vehicle has rolled off Opel's production line at its flagship factory in Bochum, which General Motors is shuttering as it restructures its lossmaking European subsidiary.                     

British Drugmaker Cutting Hundreds Of U.S. Jobs

December 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring.                     

SAP for Chemicals

December 4, 2014 4:58 pm | by SAP for Chemicals | Events

SAP for Chemicals is the only chemicals conference where business, functional and technology professionals unite to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best-in-class strategies to improve on overall business performance. The event showcases three days of industry-leading content. 

SAP-Centric EAM

December 4, 2014 4:45 pm | by SAP-Centric EAM | Events

Now in its eleventh year, SAP-Centric EAM has become a go-to for the EAM community to stay current on innovative solutions and critical strategies for Enterprise Asset Management in conjunction with SAP PM. This year’s event features proven best practices that have been implemented at asset-intensive organizations across industries and functions. 

6 Ways to Encourage Warehouse Safety

December 4, 2014 2:51 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Maintaining a safe working environment in your warehouse is just as important as your productivity. Productivity declines when accidents disable skilled employees or damage equipment and materials. Safety as a result must be taken seriously. Here are six ways to encourage your crew to work safely.

Google Buys 12 Acres in Los Angeles

December 4, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with the $120 million purchase of a dozen acres of vacant land in the Playa Vista area on the city's west side.                          

Microsoft Shareholders Approve $84M CEO Pay

December 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft shareholders gave a lukewarm vote of approval Wednesday for CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package, after an investor advisory group said the company was paying him too much.                 

Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

Germany Boosts Funding to Cut Greenhouse Gases

December 4, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany announced a cash boost for measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in a bid to meet its ambitious climate target for 2020.                                 

U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule for Employers

December 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department issued a rule to protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.                            

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