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Evaluating and Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Reliability, MTBF (Mean Time between Failures), downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, and standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment.

Officials Detail $40M Rockford Jet Repair Facility

August 19, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A planned 200,000 square foot jet-repair and maintenance center will run 24 hours a day when it opens in Rockford, a move that'll create up to 500 jobs in the northern Illinois region that's become a hub for aerospace-related business, officials said Monday.

Protesters Target NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms has not formally committed to build the plant proposed for an industrial park east of Interstate 95. The company says the plant would create about 1,000 jobs.                      

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

What Happens When the Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 1:22 pm | by Adecco | News | Comments

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?              

Man Killed in Accident at New York Plant

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant.                              

Remington Laying Off Workers in New York

August 19, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New York state lawmakers say more than 100 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off as the company shifts two of its assembly lines to Alabama.                

Crews Discover Massive Beehive at Former Tire Plant

August 18, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Demolition crews discovered a stinging surprise while working to tear down an Ottawa County plant formerly owned by a tire manufacturing company.                              

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Governor Extends Tax Credit to Lockheed Competitor

August 18, 2014 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that extends a $420 million state tax credit to aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. after approving a similar deal for its competitor, Lockheed Martin Corp.            

Bourbon Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 11:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.                        

Ingersoll-Rand To Buy Cameron Unit for $850M

August 18, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ingersoll-Rand PLC said Monday that it has agreed to buy the centrifugal compression business from Cameron International Corp. for $850 million, as it looks to grow its compression business.                  

Mattress Maker Bringing 300 Jobs to Indiana

August 15, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. will locate a new manufacturing plant and distribution facility near Plainfield, creating up to 300 new jobs by 2015.                    

Atlas Copco Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Atlascopcosaurus

August 15, 2014 1:33 pm | News | Comments

It’s not clear how the unnamed dinosaur died 100-120 million years ago, but it’s been only 30 since he finally encountered a predator he couldn’t outrun: Atlas Copco equipment.                     

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Walmart, The U.S. Conference of Mayors Award $4M To Spark Innovation in American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 1:13 pm | News | Comments

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

August: Contract Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 10:30 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside the KEEN utility boot factory, get tips on choosing the right contract manufacturer and help you pick the right abrasive.   

Factory Output Surges in July

August 15, 2014 9:55 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals.                              

Deere Announces Factory Layoffs

August 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Deere & Company | News | Comments

The action will place more than 600 employees at four locations on indefinite layoff. In addition, Deere is implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns and temporary layoffs at several of the affected factories.          

Improved Oscillating Circulation

August 14, 2014 4:26 pm | by Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Geared for performance, Twister's oscillating motor utilizes only the highest quality metal gear design and construction, providing strength and reliability in a fan market saturated with less dependable plastic gears. 

GE In Talks To Sell Historic Appliance Division

August 14, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.                 

Preventing Critters From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Roxtec | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.

Briggs & Stratton Buying Maker of Light Towers

August 14, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. is acquiring a Nebraska company that makes towable light towers, industrial heaters and solar-powered arrow boards.                            

Cash for Carp: Illinois Company Tests Market

August 14, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

This company is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food.        

iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 14, 2014 1:42 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year.           

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.                

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