It’s no secret that advancements in ERP technology and ever-evolving market trends are leading some manufacturers to review the overall effectiveness of the systems they employ today. The age of the system, flexibility of the technology, and the system’s ability to integrate with other critical business systems are all key considerations.
General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says employees at two of its German plants will work reduced hours over the next few months as the company struggles with a sagging European car market. Opel said Thursday it agreed with its employee council and the IG Metall industrial union that workers at the Ruesselsheim plant and the Kaiserslautern components factory will work reduced hours on 20 days through the end of the year.
General Motors will build its next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact car at its plant in Lordstown, Ohio, near Youngstown, according to a person briefed on the matter. GM will make the announcement on Thursday, said the person, who did not want to be identified because the formal announcement hasn't been made.
Sen. Mark Udall is renewing his call to extend a wind-energy tax break following news of more layoffs at Vestas. Vestas, the world's biggest maker of wind turbines, said Wednesday that it's cutting 7 percent of its overall workforce in its second round of lay-offs this year.
Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. said late Monday that it has made its one millionth gun this month, putting it on track to produce a record number this year. The Southport, Conn.-based company said it reached the milestone on last Wednesday. It expects to beat its own record of 1,114,700 firearms produced in one year, set in 2011.
A factory owned by India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, reopened Tuesday, more than a month after a riot by workers killed a company manager and injured dozens. Around 500 police and security personnel stood guard as workers lined up to enter Maruti's plant in Manesar, a southwestern suburb of New Delhi.
Samsung Electronics co. will spend $4 billion renovating its plant in the U.S. to increase production of advanced chips used in smartphones and tablet computers. Samsung's Tuesday announcement is its latest push into the lucrative logic chip business.
An aluminum company embroiled in a dispute over its electricity costs said Monday it has given notice to terminate its power contract, a move signaling that the future of its large western Kentucky smelter is in deep jeopardy. Century Aluminum Co. said it gave a 12-month notice to end the contract with Big Rivers Electric Corp. for its Hawesville smelter, which employs about 700 people.
Honda's new Accord sedan to be unveiled Monday at a central Ohio plant has led to more than $220 million in investments and more jobs in two of its other Ohio plants, with companies that supply Honda with products and services also getting a boost.
Mister Bee, established in 1951, shut down in November and filed for bankruptcy protection. James Richard "Rick" Barton and Randall Holden bought the company's assets earlier this year. Barton and Holden are veterans of manufacturing. They are among the founding partners of Wincore, a Parkersburg-based manufacturer of windows and doors.
Since 1973, companies have turned to Hartland, WI-based Dorner Manufacturing for improved efficiency and productivity when it comes to the design, manufacture, and distribution of conveyance systems. Dorner recently developed a precise product movement solution, Precision Move, for its 2200 and 3200 series belt conveyors, which are used in manufacturing and packaging processes in many industrial applications.
A friend and colleague asked me a difficult question recently. He queried, “What do you think the future of Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) will be? Will it continue, or is it a dying idea?” I did my best to offer my personal perspective while caught a little unprepared for such a thought.
The last Jeep Liberty model has rolled off an Ohio assembly line. WTOL-TV reports that the Toledo Chrysler assembly plant finished building the 11-year-old small SUV on Thursday. That part of the plant will be retooled to build another Jeep product.
Nine people have sued Chevron Corp. over a California refinery fire that sent thousands to hospitals with respiratory issues and contributed to higher gasoline prices on the West Coast. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Contra Costa County Superior Court claims Chevron was grossly negligent in its handling of refinery maintenance as well as emergency response to the blaze in Richmond.
Top Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki said Thursday it would reopen a factory with tightened security including a force of 100 police after a riot by workers last month killed one person and injured dozens of others. The company would restart production at the Manesar plant outside New Delhi from Aug. 21 in phases, after beefing up security, Maruti chairman R. C. Bhargava said.
Clearon Corp. is suspending production at its South Charleston plant and laying off 45 to 50 workers. Plant manager Scott Johnson tells media outlets that production will be temporarily shut down in mid-September and last two to two-and-half months. The South Charleston plant produces bleach that's used in industrial, laundry and sanitizer products and to clean water in swimming pools.
A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the sale of assets of steelmaker RG Steel in Ohio and Maryland.
Two Johnstown-area defense contractors plan to expand plants due to new military contracts worth more than $55 million.
An internal Chevron Corp. surveillance video shows a towering vapor cloud engulfing an area of its refinery for two minutes before it ignited into a volatile blaze, federal investigators said Tuesday.
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The Joplin Globe reports that the cleanup at the former EaglePicher plant will begin next year, funded with $6.5M from the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy settlement in 2005.
The luxury hybrid carmaker says that Tony Posawatz is CEO effective immediately. Posawatz, 52, spent more than 30 years at GM.
General Motors said that it submitted a bid for Ally Financial's international operations, a move that would more than double the assets of its financing arm, but also significantly increase its debt.
An Italian Cabinet official warns a judge's decision to close a steel plant employing thousands on environmental grounds will cripple the government's industrial policy.