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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.                                      

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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.      

Multi-Passage Soft-Seal Rotating Unions

July 18, 2014 12:09 pm | by Deublin Company | Product Releases | Comments

Rotating unions are components in a broad range of equipment applications that require connection between stationary supply lines, and rotating equipment including cylinders, rolls, spindles and clutches.

Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian automaker Fiat has denied a German media report that it is in merger talks with Volkswagen.                                            

GM Proposes $27M Investment for Indiana Plant

July 16, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has proposed investing $27 million at a southern Indiana casting plant for machinery, equipment and tooling needed to produce aluminum engine blocks.                          

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3M To Buy Subsidiary Stake for About $885M

July 16, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

3M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million.                                

July 2014: Energy Intelligence Report

July 16, 2014 10:50 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we focus on improving energy efficiency in your facility, take you inside KitchenAid's stand mixer factory and discuss the best uses for mobility in a manufacturing setting. 

Cappuccino Is Finalist for Lay's Newest Chip Flavor

July 16, 2014 9:27 am | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's?                                        

Industrial Supply Catalog Available

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Applied Industrial Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The 2014/2015 edition includes nearly 29,000 industrial and maintenance products from more than 150 trusted manufacturers. 

GE Aviation To Upgrade Auburn Plant

July 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Tuesday GE will make the Auburn plant the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.                      

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Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, industry source said Saturday.                

Alcoa Signs $1.1B Deal for Jet Engine Parts

July 15, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa said Monday that it has signed a $1.1 billion deal to make jet engine parts for a unit of United Technologies Corp.                                     

Audit Finds Failed Sugar Mill Cost Taxpayers $71M

July 14, 2014 12:42 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana lost more than $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugar cane mill in Jefferson Davis Parish that was sold for scrap late last year, according to an audit released Monday.                  

Cargill Building $45M Facility in Arkansas

July 14, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill has announced plans for a $45 million grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis that will handle the increased production of corn and soybeans in the state.                     

Reynolds, Lorillard in Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 2:56 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                      

Expanded Line of Floor Cleaners

July 11, 2014 12:32 pm | by Oil Eater | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to keep waste to a minimum, the ultra-concentrated, eco-friendly powder can be used in a mop bucket, auto scrubber or even in spray bottles. 

11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes To Inspire You

July 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich | Blogs | Comments

To help you stay in the “lean” mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.                                  

Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake in Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                                     

The IoT Uplink: Connecting With a $12 Billion Technology

July 10, 2014 2:13 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.                             

Containment Berm Offers Protection Against Spills

July 10, 2014 11:21 am | by Justrite Mfg. Co. | Product Releases | Comments

New Rigid-Lock QuickBerm drive-through containment berm offers superior protection against small-to-large scale spills from drums, IBC totes, tanks and leaky equipment. 

Current Sensing Contact Switch

July 9, 2014 11:18 am | by NK Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip point to be set before the sensor is installed or before the monitored circuit is energized. 

Miniature Diffuse Mode Photoelectric Sensors

July 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Pepperl+Fuchs | Product Releases | Comments

These new versions are designed to provide advanced performance for increasingly complex and space-constrained applications.   

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