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California Builds Desalination Plant In Midst Of Drought

September 3, 2014 4:54 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Using an elaborate filtration system, the $1 billion new desalination plant will turn 100 million gallons of salty Pacific Ocean water into 50 million gallons of drinking water for San Diego County residents.            

Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

September 3, 2014 4:41 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.                               

Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

September 3, 2014 4:30 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Blogs | Comments

If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.                                     

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Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                         

Are Workplace Injuries Affecting Your Bottom Line?

September 3, 2014 3:24 pm | by UL Workplace Health & Safety | News | Comments

Manufacturing can be a dangerous industry for employees. UL Workplace Health & Safety, provider of workplace health and safety solutions, developed infographics highlighting stats and figures for chemical manufacturing, metal manufacturing and machine manufacturing. 

Netherland King To Attend Iowa Ethanol Plant Opening

September 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants is drawing royalty along with top federal and state officials to Emmetsburg.                          

Storeroom Management Remains Big Problem For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 11:02 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor of Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

One of the most troubling difficulties many manufacturers face is controlling their MRO expenditures and also making sure that they have the right number of products in their storerooms as needed.               

Buckyballs And The CPSC: Lessons For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Timothy L. Mullin, Jr. | Articles | Comments

Though some aspects of the case against Buckyballs are unique, there are several lessons for manufacturers based on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's approach to its enforcement action against Buckyballs.           

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Obama: 'Revving' Economy Calls For Higher Wages

September 3, 2014 9:51 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage on Monday in a buoyant account of the economy's "revving" performance.                             

Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

September 2, 2014 1:28 pm | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing hubs are not only important for the success of the manufacturing sector, but will benefit local communities, U.S. competitiveness, and security.                           

The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

September 2, 2014 12:02 pm | by by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, i.e., transforming the manufacturing process into a nimble and seamless whole, and a fully integrated process with the downstream and upstream production environment. 

Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown Holdings Inc.

September 2, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.                         

North Carolina offers $100M for Toyota

September 2, 2014 10:16 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest car maker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb.             

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Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

September 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.        

Construction Underway on Menasha Packaging Expansion

August 28, 2014 4:20 pm | by Menasha Corporation | News | Comments

Construction is underway on a 126,000-square-foot plus manufacturing and office space expansion at Menasha Packaging’s Lakeville, Minnesota facility.                              

Airgas Opens New Location in North Dakota

August 28, 2014 3:41 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

One of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced that it has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, significantly enhancing its local product and service capabilities for customers in the Bakken shale oil region.

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

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

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.                           

10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

August 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

MIT: Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? Researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

South Korea's Kia To Invest $1B in Mexico

August 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. says it will invest more than $1 billion to build a car factory in northern Mexico.                                       

Find the Value of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brady Corporation | Articles | Comments

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns and combating counterfeit components.                   

4 Factors Driving the Emergence of Digital Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 11:55 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Blogs | Comments

With an empowered consumer base now dictating supply and demand, accelerated time to market pressures, intense global competition and the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips. 

Agco Laying Off Employees in Hesston

August 28, 2014 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agco, an agriculture machinery manufacturer, is laying off 24 hourly workers at its plant in Hesston and more cuts are expected.                                   

Lafayette Plant to Build Helicopters by 2016

August 28, 2014 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bell Helicopter is expected to begin assembly operations by 2016 at a new $26.3 million facility at the Lafayette Regional Airport.                                  

Explosion Rocks BP Refinery

August 28, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, rattling nearby homes.                                            

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