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Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

July 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source.                              

Company To Fight Penalties in Omaha Plant Collapse

July 30, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company intends to contest citations and proposed penalties issued by federal safety regulators after the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                      

Durable, Comfortable Work Boots

July 30, 2014 11:27 am | by KEEN Utility | Product Releases | Comments

With a long list of technology and features, this boot fends off fatigue and preserves your energy so you've got something left in the tank even after your shift is through. 

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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

Drugmaker Amgen Laying Off At Least 2,400

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported stellar second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations.             

Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry specifically, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling.                 

1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.                        

RPM Agrees To $797.5M Deal on Asbestos Claims

July 28, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RPM International plans to spend nearly $800 million as part of a preliminary deal to fund a trust that resolves asbestos personal injury claims tied to a business owned by its Specialty Products Holding Corp.            

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Tyson Selling Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                          

Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City for Blast

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.    

GM Proposes Expansion for Michigan Crossover Plant

July 28, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Detroit automaker is seeking a tax break for work at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, which makes the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.                          

Tyson Closing Plants in Iowa, N.Y., N.M.

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

Tyson Foods Inc. says it's closing three U.S. plants, employing a total of 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company's product needs have changed.                         

Coors CEO To Retire

July 25, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors Brewing Co. President and CEO Peter S. Swinburn is retiring at year's end. The 61-year-old Swinburn has served as CEO since 2008.                                

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8 Secrets To Spotting When Your Team Is in Trouble

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Drs. Dennis and Michelle Reina, co-founders of Reina, A Trust Building Consultancy | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Monster — the world’s largest and most well known employment website — released findings from an international survey looking into workplace stress. The poll’s revelations were grim.                 

Flying High: How Querétaro Became a Leading Global Manufacturing Location

July 25, 2014 11:44 am | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group | Articles | Comments

One need look no further than BMW’s recent announcement of its new $1 billion production facility in San Luis Potosi for evidence of the strengths of Mexican manufacturing.                       

Low Carbon Manufacturing at Land Rover USA

July 24, 2014 4:50 pm | by Land Rover USA | Videos | Comments

Learn how Jaguar Land Rover's low carbon engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton aims to use the best possible technologies to reduce environmental impacts.                            

Steiger Tractor Manufacturing

July 24, 2014 2:13 pm | by CaseIHTube | Videos | Comments

World class tractors from a world class facility. See how Case IH Steiger Tractors are manufactured in the Fargo, North Dakota plant.                                 

Officials Investigate Fire at Oil Supply Company

July 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.                              

Investigators: Overloaded Bins Caused Collapse, Deaths

July 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said Monday.                    

Gun Law Forces Beretta out of Maryland

July 23, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.               

Investing in Energy

July 22, 2014 3:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.              

Mixing It Up the KitchenAid Way

July 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                        

Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory in Florida

July 22, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                                      

GE Invests $5M In Mebane Manufacturing Operations For New Jobs

July 21, 2014 2:52 pm | by GE | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C. operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience.                   

Shaft Grounding Solution

July 18, 2014 12:23 pm | by Inpro/Seal | Product Releases | Comments

The Inpro/Seal Smart CDR provides users with instant feedback on the performance of their CDR (Current Diverter Ring) in delivering shaft currents away from bearings to ground.      

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