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Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

Where Airplanes Go To Be Reborn

March 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force houses more than 4,000 old airplanes that are used for parts or turned into scrap.                                  

Auto Parts Manufacturer Announces New Ohio Plant, Jobs

March 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts manufacturer says it will build a $50 million plant in southwest Ohio that is expected to result in 150 jobs.                                     

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China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The drive to clean up China's industry has added impetus to the government's campaign over the past several years to reduce excess production capacity in the polluting steel and cement industries.                

Coal Mine Operators Get Record Fine For Pollution

March 6, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.                             

Understanding The Culture Of Lean Manufacturing

March 6, 2014 9:26 am | by ASME Future ME Career Development | Videos | Comments

Ken Oberholz, global director of manufacturing technology at Huntington Energy Services, joins Jose Lopez, senior design engineer at Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift, to discuss the importance of lean manufacturing.           

January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.

Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.                   

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Safety Agency Demands Data From GM

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over documents detailing what the company knew about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.                 

Chobani To Expand Plant In Idaho

March 5, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twin Falls officials in south-central Idaho have approved a $3.5 million expansion of a Greek yogurt plant operated by Chobani.                                   

Airbus Helicopters To Build AStar In Columbus

March 5, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Eurocopter has changed its name to Airbus Helicopters Inc. and will begin manufacturing a new commercial helicopter in Columbus, Ohio.                                 

GM CEO Starts Review Of Recall Procedure

March 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new CEO of General Motors is reassuring employees after an embarrassing recall of 1.6 million small cars, telling them that an internal review will bring improvements and prevent similar problems from occurring in the future.       

Chrysler Will Keep Canadian Plants Without Gov't Incentives

March 4, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says it is withdrawing all requests for financial aid for plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario, because the projects have become a political football.                         

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Lockheed Martin Will Build New Cruise Missile In Ala.

March 4, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin broke ground for its Pike County Operations' Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Alabama.                                  

Poor Dart Sales Lead To Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

March 4, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC confirmed the layoffs Monday, hours after releasing February sales figures showing a 37 percent decline for the Dart.                                 

ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 4, 2014 1:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

How To Identify The Right Forklift For Your Operation

March 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Reddon | Articles | Comments

Today, there are plenty of lift-truck designs out there for all types of businesses, and with the right knowledge, you’re sure to find the right machine for your needs.                        

Manufacturing Operations Management: Identifying The Best Solution Approaches

March 4, 2014 8:43 am | by Mark Davidson, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In the 2013-2014 LNS Research MOM survey, approximately 325 manufacturing professionals shared their preferences on how they leverage internal resources, systems integrators and consultants, and software suppliers to support their manufacturing improvement initiatives.

Deere CEO Optimistic In 2014

March 3, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of Deere & Co. says this year will be pivotal for the company as lower demand for farm equipment cuts sales but he is optimistic demand for construction equipment and other advanced machinery will strengthen.         

Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Articles | Comments

Each year, 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. In total, all workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation.        

Sharp May Sell Plant In Jakarta To Cut Costs

February 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. is considering selling its Pulogadung plant in Jakarta after terminating the production of liquid crystal display televisions and other home appliances to slash costs, sources close to the matter said Friday.         

Mazda Opens Mexican Plant

February 28, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This will be the most important production base under the ongoing structural reform in which the fate of the company is at stake," Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi said Thursday.                  

Louisiana, Texas Worst For Industrial Carbon Emissions

February 28, 2014 12:35 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

This week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data ranking each state by annual carbon emissions. The rankings are broken down by sector, including commercial, electric power, residential, industrial, and transportation.  

Maker's Mark Expanding Distillery

February 28, 2014 10:09 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $67 million expansion comes barely a year after the brand created a backlash by saying it was cutting the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch its whiskey supplies. Producers quickly scrapped the idea.            

After UAW Loss, Plant Shows No Sign Of Expansion

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Corker blamed the UAW appeal and the resulting delay in certifying the results of the union election for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.                          

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