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International Volvo Car Manufacturing

December 23, 2014 12:52 pm | by AutoMotoTV | Videos | Comments

Watch Volvos being produced in Sweden, Belgium and China plants.                                                     

Five Pawns Sets New Standard For Vapor Liquid Manufacturing

December 23, 2014 12:33 pm | by FivePawns | Videos | Comments

After years in the making, Five Pawns pulls back the curtain and reveals their state of the art...

Soybean Processor to Build $90M Refinery in IA

December 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The project will create an estimated 20 jobs, and local officials have approved $3.1 million in...

Expert Laments Lack of Basic Industrial Cybersecurity Measures

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by International Society of Automation | News | Comments

Expert Steve Mustard suggests many risks are caused by a lack of attention towards cybersecurity...

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P&G Divests Camay, Zest as Brand Streamlining Continues

December 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Unilever gobbled up the two soap brands for an undisclosed amount. A transfer of a manufacturing facility in Mexico is also part of the deal.                  

7 Alternate Causes Behind Manufacturing Inventory Shortages

December 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by SDC CPA, LLC | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, though, employee theft isn’t the only potential problem. Complex production processes and the sheer volume of products and materials in your warehouse can make it hard to get a handle on your inventory. That can result inventory shrinkage, where the actual number of items on your shelves is lower than the number of recorded items.

Realities of Illinois Spawns Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region.                   

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The Vital Role of CMMS in Reliability Centered Maintenance

December 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Mumford | Articles | Comments

The mistaken belief that CMMS solutions are inadequate for the demands of RCM has spread, leading companies to waste time and money on additional software solutions that end up making their maintenance operations more complex rather than more efficient.

Residents Cheer Workers at Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility.                          

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries Executives.

ITW Vortec Unveils New Enclousre Cooler

December 18, 2014 3:51 pm | by ITW Vortec | Videos | Comments

ITW Vortec introduces the new ATEX Vortex, a new enclosure cooler that is designed to maintain optimum temperatures to prevent shutdowns due to overheating of control panels and electronics.                 

Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Expanding in MO

December 18, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States.   

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New EPA Regulations Force Change in the Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 12:54 pm | by Nate Maguire | Articles | Comments

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance. 

Learn How To Utilize Your Supplier for a Better Safety Program

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO consults with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A With Cliff Waldman

December 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest manufacturing trends for 2015? Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation shares what he thinks is in store for the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and more in 2015.

Washington Governor Proposes Carbon Pollution Cap

December 18, 2014 9:26 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.                       

A Lawsuit Won & A Tarnished CEO Fired

December 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the last 24 hours Apple was victorious in fighting the class-action lawsuit over its iPod prices and American Apparel has officially fired its founder and CEO. Here's a closer look at these stories.              

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Macarons Go Mainstream: A Small Maker's Story

December 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Looka Patisserie, a small maker of desserts, had to quickly ramp up production when Walmart came knocking for the holiday season.                                   

Lockheed Martin To Settle Suit

December 17, 2014 1:55 pm | by Jim Suhr, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense company of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees.                     

OEE Gets a Boost From the Industrial Internet

December 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out.                               

Boeing 737 Factory to Move to Clean Energy

December 17, 2014 9:52 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.                         

State Approves $12.5M in Grants for Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility.                               

U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift in Production or Just a Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores.                   

MC Industrial To Construct Boeing Composite Facility Expansion

December 16, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

St. Louis-based MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company, has been chosen to construct Boeing’s new 367,000-square-foot composite center on its St. Louis campus.                      

Is LED Really that Efficient and Cost Effective?

December 16, 2014 1:45 pm | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics LLC | Articles | Comments

Not only do LED lights improve efficiency and reliability, but light levels and quality are either maintained or improved over metal halide systems as well. So, to answer the question of whether or not LEDs really are that efficient, and can they really save that much money, the answer is a resounding yes.  

Portucel, S.A. Invests $110M in New Greenwood Facility

December 16, 2014 10:43 am | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

An industrial company is establishing operations in Greenwood County, S.C. to convert forest matter into wood pellets. Portucel, S.A.’s investment of $110 million is expected to create 70 new jobs.               

6 Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Over the past year, I’ve been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.                              

Alcoa Buying Tital to Help Expand Aerospace Unit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is buying a titanium and aluminum structural castings company, Tital, to help expand its global aerospace business.                                     

Former Muncie Chevy Plant Workers Compile History

December 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Keith Roysdon, The Star Press | News | Comments

Grobey and Dawson have become the unofficial historians of the Muncie plant. Dawson collected thousands of photographs and documents covering the history of the General Motors transmission plant, in its various names and incarnations, from the years when it employed more than 3,000 people to its final days.

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