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Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 15, 2014 10:02 am | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County as Gielow Pickles starts up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit.                 

Keep Your Equipment Up to Date for Efficiency

October 15, 2014 9:27 am | by Scott McNeil | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability.                                

New York Factory Growth at Six Month Low

October 15, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise.                                       

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Mayor Says Toledo, Fiat Chrysler Should Work Together

October 14, 2014 2:19 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor, D. Michael Collins, along with state officials, met with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne last week to begin talks about the future of the Wrangler and the factory that builds it.                 

GM Plant Seeks Tax Break for Upgrade

October 14, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said.                         

Everything Goes in Cycles

October 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Tia Nowack | Articles | Comments

In this unassuming facility, the team behind Worksman Cycles builds industrial bikes and trikes that are used in some of the largest plants in the world, including Ford, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.               

Light Bulb Manufacturing Comes Back To America

October 13, 2014 2:45 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Halogen bulbs now being made in Illinois and Ohio mean more jobs for Americans.                                                 

Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 13, 2014 2:38 pm | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan | Articles | Comments

In this article, we will explore some of the key technologies disrupting manufacturing operations as we know them.                                       

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Ford Hiring Workers for New Truck

October 13, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150, launching in a matter of weeks.

October 2014: Beyond Lean

October 10, 2014 11:31 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside Worksman Cycles, provide tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly and examine a series of case studies on the role of system integration in "People, Planet, and Profit."  

Lego Scraps Shell After Greenpeace Video

October 10, 2014 10:12 am | by Jan Olsen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish toy manufacturer Lego said Thursday it won't renew a deal allowing Shell to hand out Lego sets at its gas stations in some 30 countries, following a viral campaign protesting Arctic drilling.               

Polaris Rolls Slingshot Into Full Production

October 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Polaris Industries Inc. and local public officials gathered today at Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa manufacturing facility to celebrate the launch of its Slingshot motorcycle into full production.                 

Toledo Nervously Awaiting Fate of Beloved Jeep

October 10, 2014 9:30 am | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The thought of losing the Jeep Wrangler — a direct descendant of the original olive-drab vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in Toledo on its way to the battlefields of World War II — feels a little bit like losing a family member to those who have spent generations on the factory floor.

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Boeing Predicts Northeast Plane Demand to Rise

October 9, 2014 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

Boeing shares are ready to take flight this morning, as the company predicts demand for more than 1,300 new planes in the Northeast, something that will add to a growing backlog of aircrafts the company will produce.          

Nissan Named One of the Best Global Brands for 2014

October 9, 2014 12:16 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Nissan has been named one of the world's most valuable brands for 2014, according to Interbrand, the world-leading brand consultancy.                                 

Stone Brewing To Build Virginia Facility

October 9, 2014 12:06 pm | by Michael Felberbaum | News | Comments

Stone Brewing Co., one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations, according to an official briefed on the deal.                          

Survey: Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data To Advance Industrial Internet

October 9, 2014 9:54 am | by GE & Accenture | News | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture, reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy.            

Alcoa Boosted by Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 9:40 am | by David Koeing | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business.                             

California Rejects Solar Technology That Threatens Birds

October 8, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park, employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.               

UK Cleared To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Plant

October 8, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag.          

Nestle's Animal-Welfare Move in Line With Consumer Concerns

October 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Hartman Group | Blogs | Comments

Nestlé is adopting animal-welfare standards that will affect 7,300 suppliers worldwide, a move The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom called “one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system.”

Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu for Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Mike Pantoleano | Blogs | Comments

The time is right to make plant data portable. Soon, I predict, we’ll wonder how we ever managed our plants without it.                                     

GE Selects Location For Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 8, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Oil & Gas, a division of Fortune 500 company General Electric, has selected Jacksonville for its advanced manufacturing facility for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of GE’s Mooney regulators and Becker control valves.   

How a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Gets Made

October 7, 2014 1:36 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Victorinox, the maker of the Swiss Army Knife, is retooling itself after their signature product has been all but banned from airplane travel. Hans Nichols visited their factory in Switzerland to see if they have a plan to cut — or saw — through their problems.

Boeing To Add 700 Jobs in St. Louis

October 7, 2014 9:53 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Elected officials and business leaders were disappointed by Boeing Co.'s decision earlier this year to build a new commercial airplane on the West Coast rather than in Missouri; however, Boeing offered a consolation prize. The aircraft manufacturer announced that it plans to bring up to 700 new jobs to St. Louis. 

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