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ConAgra Expanding Popcorn Facility in Indiana

June 12, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.                    

Chemical Recycling Across the American Heartland

June 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

In addition to their insight on new opportunities within the custom tolling and chemical reclamation marketplace, the technological approach embraced by ORG CHEM Group has been key to their growth and differentiation within a very competitive industry.

Workers Safe After Blasts at Montana Plant

June 11, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant Tuesday in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building, and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.               

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Perry Brings Fight for Tesla to California

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California and Texas are among a handful of states fighting for the planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.                 

Cargill To Change Hog Production Facilities

June 10, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spurred by pressure from animal-rights groups, Cargill Pork has announced plans to change how it houses sows.                                         

Crown Equipment Promotes National Forklift Safety Day

June 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Crown Equipment Corporation | News | Comments

According to the ITA, National Forklift Safety Day serves “as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and importance of operator training. This day provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers and the administration on forklift operating safety practices.”

Tyson Wins Bid War for Hillshire

June 9, 2014 9:58 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. has won a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $63 per share offer.                          

Price Break on Thermal Imagers

June 9, 2014 9:42 am | by FLIR Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The FLIR E8 is a compact, rugged, and extremely easy-to-use IR camera that provides a new dimension to thermal inspections and troubleshooting. 

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CAT Closing 3 Illinois Plants

June 9, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to close three production facilities in Illinois and move the work to a plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.                              

BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                     

Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 5, 2014 5:07 pm | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.   

Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

June 5, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

The Spark of Innovation: Zippo Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 2:14 pm | by USCC | Videos | Comments

The company behind the Zippo lighter has accomplished the near impossible — it has grown and adapted to today's fickle market while remaining a steadfast American icon.                        

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Your Motto: Be Prepared

June 4, 2014 9:58 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people.            

The Looming Whiskey Shortage

June 3, 2014 1:50 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Global whiskey sales are outpacing production by at least 2-to-1 prompting makers such as TennSouth Distillery's Clayton Cutler to work overtime to put up more barrels.                         

Subaru Starts Building New SUV in Indiana

June 3, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Subaru factory in Lafayette has started building a redesigned Outback SUV.                                                 

Goodyear Scouting Sites for New Factory

June 2, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is starting to explore where to locate a new $500 million tire plant that it hopes to open within three years.                                

Official Says Deal Will Soon Be Signed for Rosie's Plant

June 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of an effort to save a portion of Rosie the Riveter's old Detroit-area factory says his group is moving forward on a purchase agreement for the property and could begin construction as early as this fall.          

Kansas Company To Build Biogas Plant in Missouri

May 30, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kansas company that converts agricultural manure into energy and fertilizer will build its next biogas production plant in west-central Missouri's Pettis County.                         

10 Safety Tips for Operating Aerial Lifts

May 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Terex Corporation | Articles | Comments

The following operating tips are critical steps that a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator can take to reduce the likelihood of a potentially deadly fall.                         

Diageo Planning New Distillery in Ky.

May 30, 2014 11:38 am | by Rebecca Yonker and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global liquor giant Diageo PLC on Thursday announced plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky amid a global boom in American whiskey sales.                               

Ford Updating Truck Plant, Factory Tour

May 30, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has plans to revamp both its Dearborn Truck Plant as well as the Rouge Factory Tour.                                            

Goodyear Plans $500M American Tire Plant

May 30, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear says it will spend $500 million to build a new tire plant that will produce about 6 million tires a year for Goodyear's North American and Latin America customers.                        

Alcoa Building Plant for Jet Engine Parts

May 30, 2014 9:22 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa hopes to cash in on the boom in commercial aircraft orders by building a new plant that will make engine parts for big jets.                                   

A Closer Look at Mars' Massive Wind Farm

May 29, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mars, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Mars, Inc., in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200MW wind farm that will generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars' U.S. operations, which is comprised of 70 sites.         

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