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GE Aviation To Upgrade Auburn Plant

July 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Tuesday GE will make the Auburn plant the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.                      

Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, industry source said Saturday.                

Alcoa Signs $1.1B Deal for Jet Engine Parts

July 15, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa said Monday that it has signed a $1.1 billion deal to make jet engine parts for a unit of United Technologies Corp.                                     

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Audit Finds Failed Sugar Mill Cost Taxpayers $71M

July 14, 2014 12:42 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana lost more than $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugar cane mill in Jefferson Davis Parish that was sold for scrap late last year, according to an audit released Monday.                  

Cargill Building $45M Facility in Arkansas

July 14, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill has announced plans for a $45 million grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis that will handle the increased production of corn and soybeans in the state.                     

Reynolds, Lorillard in Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 2:56 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                      

Expanded Line of Floor Cleaners

July 11, 2014 12:32 pm | by Oil Eater | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to keep waste to a minimum, the ultra-concentrated, eco-friendly powder can be used in a mop bucket, auto scrubber or even in spray bottles. 

11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes To Inspire You

July 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich | Blogs | Comments

To help you stay in the “lean” mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.                                  

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Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake in Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                                     

The IoT Uplink: Connecting With a $12 Billion Technology

July 10, 2014 2:13 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.                             

Containment Berm Offers Protection Against Spills

July 10, 2014 11:21 am | by Justrite Mfg. Co. | Product Releases | Comments

New Rigid-Lock QuickBerm drive-through containment berm offers superior protection against small-to-large scale spills from drums, IBC totes, tanks and leaky equipment. 

Current Sensing Contact Switch

July 9, 2014 11:18 am | by NK Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip point to be set before the sensor is installed or before the monitored circuit is energized. 

Miniature Diffuse Mode Photoelectric Sensors

July 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Pepperl+Fuchs | Product Releases | Comments

These new versions are designed to provide advanced performance for increasingly complex and space-constrained applications.   

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Submarine Maker Plans R.I. Expansion

July 7, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

The workforce at the North Kingstown manufacturing plant could double by 2028 to about 6,000 people, said Sean Davies, the site's general manager.                             

Last Cigar Factory in Tampa Fights for Survival

July 2, 2014 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. The U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close. Changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.       

AB InBev Acquires Czech 'Budweiser' Brewer

July 2, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has acquired a small Czech brewery, Samson, in an effort to strengthen its claim to the trademark name of Budweiser.                         

How Can Heat Illness Be Prevented?

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center | Blogs | Comments

Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.                       

Brynwood Partners Buying Juicy Juice From Nestle USA

July 2, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brynwood Partners said that Juicy Juice was acquired by its newly created portfolio company, Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which will be based in Stamford, Connecticut.                         

Portable Quadpod Mounted Work Area Flood Light

July 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Built to provide a high power lighting solution that requires minimal setup time or effort, the WAL-QP-4X750-25 provides operators with an ideal lighting solution that features a quadpod with solid wheels for portability and four 750 watt quartz lamps.

Hormel Buys Muscle Milk Maker for $450M

July 1, 2014 1:46 pm | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods is paying $450 million to acquire CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders.                                     

Pinnacle Foods Lets Hillshire Out Of Deal

July 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods said Monday it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods.                                     

Peruvian Developer Ready To Remake Packard Plant

June 30, 2014 9:49 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massive chunks of concrete hang menacingly from what remains of an upper floor at a gutted building at the vacant Packard car plant, a time-decayed symbol of Detroit's finer things and luxury vehicles.              

Daimler, Renault-Nissan Building $1.4B Plant In Mexico

June 27, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers Daimler and Renault-Nissan say they will build a $1.36 billion plant to manufacture Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz brand compact vehicles.                  

Volvo Trucks Plans To Invest $69M In Va. Plant

June 27, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volvo Trucks North America says it will invest $69 million in improvements at its New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia.                     

Maker Of Old Bay May Move Out Of Maryland

June 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jonathan O'Connel, The Washington Post | News | Comments

The question is how big of an ingredient the product will remain in Maryland's economy as its owner, McCormick & Co., considers relocating.                  

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