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Feds: Monsanto Fined for not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

Union Vote Set Next Month at Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 2

March 26, 2015 1:58 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said that he's confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production.

U.S. Steel to Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. announced it would temporarily idle a plant near St. Louis and issue layoff notices to its 2,080 workers.

Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 25, 2015 10:34 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and warehouse management that can help manufacturers save money and maintain excellent customer relations.    

For Millions, 401(k) Plans Have Fallen Short

March 24, 2015 3:26 pm | by Kelley Holland, CNBC | Videos | Comments

In a special report for CNBC, Kelley Holland warns that 401(k) plans may be failing millions of Americans.

SC plant, workers have produced 3 million BMW vehicles

March 24, 2015 3:13 pm | News | Comments

BMW Manufacturing Co. and its workforce are celebrating the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in South Carolina.

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Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier from UAW

March 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors and Ford might seek a new, lower wage tier from the United Auto Workers union after a report showed they have the highest labor costs among U.S. automakers.

Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 4

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector.

New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The company’s two huge 1,000 MW power plants, which are under construction near Fort Worth, will use the latest GE power generation technology that needs just one tenth of the water amount typically required to cool such large installations, and save “millions of gallons” every day, according to Harris.

Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 5

March 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. To see each day’s newest trend, tune in to IMPOsecond shift.

Caterpillar Moving 2 Joliet Production Lines to Mexico

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest move is part of a series of cuts at the factory, where 770 workers are currently employed, compared with 7,000 in the late 1970s.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

Toyota Names First Woman Executive

March 5, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota announced that Julie Hamp will lead the Japanese automaker's global communications efforts, reportedly making her the first female executive in company history. 

Top 10 Resolutions for Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 5, 2015 11:07 am | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

Mayor to NYC Business Leaders: Start Pay at $13 an Hour

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.

German Factory Orders Down More Than Expected in January

March 5, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German factory orders, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy, dropped much further than expected in January, led by a big drop in demand from other eurozone countries.

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 10:54 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include its social media commitment, its e-Commerce channel and the continued agenda surrounding safety.

How Can the Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 4, 2015 10:08 am | by Amber Carpenter | Articles | Comments

The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is, the potential impact of the Internet on plant operations is just as sweeping. Industrial plants have an enormous opportunity to leverage the Internet to streamline processes, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance customer service.

Toyota Promotes U.S. Execs, Gives Power to North American CEO

March 4, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan.

4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 3, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

There is a group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence—regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace. The reasons these industries need to pursue APM excellence may vary, but they share several key drivers.

Reclaimed Land Offers New Development Opportunities

March 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Scott Broden, The Daily News Journal | News | Comments

An old abandoned factory can go beyond being a rusty eyesore.

Is the Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

February 27, 2015 1:23 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses his beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox.

TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant

February 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

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