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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.

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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.                                   

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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.                                            

GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 28, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.                                         

Three Keys to Great Warehouse Management

August 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Senior business executives who have been trying to squeeze inefficiency out of their supply chains are seeing how they can leverage technology to turn their warehouses into a competitive advantage.               

Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Young Execs?

August 27, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, experience generally trumps all else. But should age really matter in company leadership?                           

Volvo Finally Goes Domestic in China

August 27, 2014 2:47 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Volvo is hitting the Chinese market for the first time with its first vehicle to be rid of Ford tech, the XC90.                                       

The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing in The U.S.

August 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape.                                     

Auto Supply Firm To Expand Manufacturing Plant

August 26, 2014 3:14 pm | News | Comments

International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs.               

Ford Begins Preparation for the New F-150

August 26, 2014 2:07 pm | by Keith Naughton Bloomberg, The Toronto Star | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S.            

7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Will Bacon | News | Comments

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.             

Missouri Plant Begins $17M Expansion

August 26, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northeast Missouri manufacturing plant that makes components for motor vehicles has begun a $17 million expansion.                       

Manufacturer Brings 1,200 Jobs to Charlotte

August 26, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Charlotte City Council has approved an incentive package for Sealed Air Corp., which announced last month it's moving its headquarters from New Jersey to North Carolina.              

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