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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.                                     

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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.

UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.                             

Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains.             

Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge in the South

December 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues.                                     

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week the manufacturing sector has seen huge investments, but unfortunately that isn’t all. It has also been the backdrop of a Supreme Court decision that disregarded warehouse workers rights and sided in favor of a large corporation. So without further ado, these are IMPO’s selection for the “Winner” and “Loser” of the week — President Obama and Amazon warehouse workers, respectively. 

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Alcoa Doubling High-Tech Coating Capacity in MI to Capture Growing Aerospace Demand

December 11, 2014 2:40 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a unit of lightweight, high-performance metals leader Alcoa, is doubling its high-technology coating capacity at its Whitehall, Michigan facility. The $16.7 million investment will position the Company to further capture growing demand for advanced jet engine parts.

Thought Leaders: Tips on Using Your Supplier for an Improved Safety Program

December 11, 2014 1:58 pm | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO sits down with Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to discuss some of the safety issues Grainger sees with its manufacturing customers, and how it looks to help streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

Manufacturers Seek Women for Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:21 am | by M.L. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. So some companies looking for welders, machinists and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women.                             

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7 Percent in October

December 11, 2014 10:08 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                       

IAC Celebrates Opening of Expanded Manufacturing Operation in AL

December 10, 2014 1:48 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading automotive interior components supplier, celebrated the opening of its newly expanded manufacturing operation in Anniston, Ala.                    

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Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield.                                 

GM's Opel Takes Complete Control of German Parts Centers

December 10, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it will take full control of two auto parts distribution centers in Germany that are currently operated by a joint-venture company in which Opel holds a 20 percent stake.             

BP: Restructuring to Cost $1 Billion in Next Year

December 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil giant BP has warned that plans to streamline its business will cost it $1 billion over the next year.                                         

Looking at Trends in Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A with Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad, discusses confidence levels, the skills gap, unemployment rates, talent recruitment strategies, and the hot jobs for 2015 in the manufacturing and logistics industries.       

Chrysler Plans $266M Spending for Indiana Plants

December 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two central Indiana factories.                                             

Supreme Court Rules Against Pay for Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 9, 2014 12:50 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.               

UAW Reaches Top Tier of VW Labor Policy in TN

December 9, 2014 9:59 am | by Erik Shelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.             

New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

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

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to states.

The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.                                       

Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility – Kodak.          

Is It Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

The benefits of a green warehouse include reducing utility bills and carbon footprint, increasing sustainability, and providing your employees with an environmentally responsible company they are proud to work for.     

Fuel Exports Soar Under Obama Administration

December 8, 2014 9:24 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. has reduced more carbon pollution from energy than any other nation, according to U.S. Energy Department data. However, analysis of the data shows that U.S. exports of gasoline and diesel more than made up for the savings at home in pollution abroad. 

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