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Official Says Deal Will Soon Be Signed for Rosie's Plant

June 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of an effort to save a portion of Rosie the Riveter's old Detroit-area factory says his group is moving forward on a purchase agreement for the property and could begin construction as early as this fall.          

Kansas Company To Build Biogas Plant in Missouri

May 30, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kansas company that converts agricultural manure into energy and fertilizer will build its next biogas production plant in west-central Missouri's Pettis County.                         

10 Safety Tips for Operating Aerial Lifts

May 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Terex Corporation | Articles | Comments

The following operating tips are critical steps that a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator can take to reduce the likelihood of a potentially deadly fall.                         

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Diageo Planning New Distillery in Ky.

May 30, 2014 11:38 am | by Rebecca Yonker and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global liquor giant Diageo PLC on Thursday announced plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky amid a global boom in American whiskey sales.                               

Ford Updating Truck Plant, Factory Tour

May 30, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has plans to revamp both its Dearborn Truck Plant as well as the Rouge Factory Tour.                                            

Goodyear Plans $500M American Tire Plant

May 30, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear says it will spend $500 million to build a new tire plant that will produce about 6 million tires a year for Goodyear's North American and Latin America customers.                        

Alcoa Building Plant for Jet Engine Parts

May 30, 2014 9:22 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa hopes to cash in on the boom in commercial aircraft orders by building a new plant that will make engine parts for big jets.                                   

A Closer Look at Mars' Massive Wind Farm

May 29, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mars, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Mars, Inc., in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200MW wind farm that will generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars' U.S. operations, which is comprised of 70 sites.         

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Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

While today's event is meant to celebrate the plant's successes, it will also be bittersweet for some employees. In late April, the company announced that it would close its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky.       

Nestle Paying $1.4B for Skin Treatments

May 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle says it is paying $1.4 billion in cash for the rights to sell lip and wrinkle treatment Restylane and other skin products in the U.S. and Canada.                              

Hot Sauce Controversy Might Be Cooling Down

May 28, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda tells the Pasadena Star-News that he'll ask the City Council to drop its public-nuisance order and lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods.                           

SunPower Announces New Solar Plant in Colorado

May 28, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunPower Corp. plans to double its solar power generating capacity in the San Luis Valley with a new 50-megawatt solar power plant.                                   

New Mexico Biofuel Facility on Fire

May 28, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A biofuel facility near Anthony in southern New Mexico caught fire Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of an area a half-mile around the plant, authorities said.                            

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Best Practices for Bearing Protection

May 27, 2014 3:54 pm | by By Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology | Articles | Comments

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once.        

Del Monte Processing Plant Evacuated

May 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tim Williams of the Fresno County Emergency Medical Services says 14 employees were sent to four different area hospitals Friday.                                    

Pilgrim's Pride Makes $5.58B Bid for Hillshire

May 27, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The poultry producer is offering $45 per share for Hillshire, which makes Hillshire Farm lunch meats and Jimmy Dean sausages.                                     

Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next to VW Plant

May 23, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years.                             

Inside America's Oldest Continuously Operating Paper Mill

May 22, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Monadnock understands that the community depends on it, and they don’t take that responsibility lightly. This loyalty, coupled with wise investments and risk taking, has allowed MPM to remain profitable across three centuries.       

AF Range Contractors

May 22, 2014 2:09 pm | by ABB Low Voltage Products | Product Releases | Comments

The new line of AF Range contactors from ABB Low Voltage Products division features four coils in the entire voltage range for 90 percent fewer stock keeping units (SKUs) than conventional contactor lines. 

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial to Merge

May 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial said Wednesday they are forming a combined company that will employ about 2,300 workers in the Pacific Northwest.                             

May 2014: High-Tech Material Transport

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we visit America's oldest continuously operating paper mill, talk to experts about ways to improve Lean efforts, and showcase advancements in the material handling industry.

Advanced Dock Sealing System

May 22, 2014 10:06 am | by Rite-Hite | Videos | Comments

The Eclipse is the first system to block light and seal gaps where previous enclosures have failed, guaranteeing the darkest, most environmentally-secure dock possible, says the company.                   

Vietnam Offers Help to Companies Hit by Riots

May 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vietnam on Thursday pledged to help companies whose factories were targeted during anti-Chinese riots last week, offering tax breaks and other incentives to try and undo some of the damage to its reputation as a low-risk country for foreign manufacturers.

Unilever Selling Ragu Brand for $2.15B

May 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever PLC says it has agreed to sell ownership of its Ragu and Bertolli brand sauces in North America to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.                             

Heinz Says Ontario Plant Deal Complete

May 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs.                            

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