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Cisco To Lay Off up to 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.                                     

OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put in Factory Oven Pre-blast

August 14, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.                

Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

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Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions.                                

GE To Invest Billions in Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few miles outside Durban, South Africa is the Bisasar Road landfill, Africa’s largest refuse site and a big source of renewable energy.                                 

Natural Gas Plant in Western Ky. Canceled

August 13, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                           

GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility in Lansing

August 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says the new facility will create or retain about 145 jobs at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.                                         

Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:31 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday.             

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CEO: Glass-Making Plant for Apple Nears Production

August 12, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices.                            

Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems

August 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Machinists union sued Wichita-based aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Friday over its reported efforts to sell off its fabrication operations, contending such outsourcing would violate its labor contract.           

How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

Company To Shutter 2 Manufacturing Plants in New York

August 7, 2014 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiberglass manufacturer says it will shut down both of its plants in a Mohawk Valley city after more than a half-century in business, putting more than 100 people out of work.                     

Bill on West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. 

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Toeboard Links for Grating and Deck Plate

August 7, 2014 9:34 am | by Intrepid Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Intrepid Industries Inc. announced immediate availability of Toeboard Links (T5), enabling engineers, fabricators and end-users a more economical way to encircle pipe penetrations in grating and deck plate. 

AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations

August 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.             

Former GM Site Sold To Aircraft Maintenance Company

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former General Motors facility in Washtenaw County has been sold to aircraft maintenance company International Turbine Industries.                                 

A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

Manufacturer Limits Employee Bathroom Breaks

August 5, 2014 10:11 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Union employees for a Chicago faucet company file a complaint about 6 minute bathroom breaks.                                             

Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                          

Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 4, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.   

Death Toll Rises To 75 in Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.          

Nevada No Lock for Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 9:46 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lance Gilman knows the bidding war with Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona has just begun now that the electric-car maker has confirmed the first stage of preparation for a "gigafactory."                 

Judge Says Crystal CEO Should Testify in Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge says American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg should testify in a federal lawsuit pitting the refined sugar manufacturer against the corn syrup industry.                        

Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly of 787-10 in SC

July 31, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.                                 

Cargill To Close Beef Plant, Cites Cattle Shortage

July 30, 2014 4:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                     

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