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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.         

Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

While today's event is meant to celebrate the plant's successes, it will also be bittersweet for some employees. In late April, the company announced that it would close its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky.       

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Nestle Paying $1.4B for Skin Treatments

May 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle says it is paying $1.4 billion in cash for the rights to sell lip and wrinkle treatment Restylane and other skin products in the U.S. and Canada.                              

Hot Sauce Controversy Might Be Cooling Down

May 28, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda tells the Pasadena Star-News that he'll ask the City Council to drop its public-nuisance order and lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods.                           

SunPower Announces New Solar Plant in Colorado

May 28, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SunPower Corp. plans to double its solar power generating capacity in the San Luis Valley with a new 50-megawatt solar power plant.                                   

New Mexico Biofuel Facility on Fire

May 28, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A biofuel facility near Anthony in southern New Mexico caught fire Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of an area a half-mile around the plant, authorities said.                            

Best Practices for Bearing Protection

May 27, 2014 3:54 pm | by By Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology | Articles | Comments

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once.        

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Del Monte Processing Plant Evacuated

May 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tim Williams of the Fresno County Emergency Medical Services says 14 employees were sent to four different area hospitals Friday.                                    

Pilgrim's Pride Makes $5.58B Bid for Hillshire

May 27, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The poultry producer is offering $45 per share for Hillshire, which makes Hillshire Farm lunch meats and Jimmy Dean sausages.                                     

Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next to VW Plant

May 23, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years.                             

Inside America's Oldest Continuously Operating Paper Mill

May 22, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Monadnock understands that the community depends on it, and they don’t take that responsibility lightly. This loyalty, coupled with wise investments and risk taking, has allowed MPM to remain profitable across three centuries.       

AF Range Contractors

May 22, 2014 2:09 pm | by ABB Low Voltage Products | Product Releases | Comments

The new line of AF Range contactors from ABB Low Voltage Products division features four coils in the entire voltage range for 90 percent fewer stock keeping units (SKUs) than conventional contactor lines. 

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Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial to Merge

May 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial said Wednesday they are forming a combined company that will employ about 2,300 workers in the Pacific Northwest.                             

May 2014: High-Tech Material Transport

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we visit America's oldest continuously operating paper mill, talk to experts about ways to improve Lean efforts, and showcase advancements in the material handling industry.

Advanced Dock Sealing System

May 22, 2014 10:06 am | by Rite-Hite | Videos | Comments

The Eclipse is the first system to block light and seal gaps where previous enclosures have failed, guaranteeing the darkest, most environmentally-secure dock possible, says the company.                   

Vietnam Offers Help to Companies Hit by Riots

May 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vietnam on Thursday pledged to help companies whose factories were targeted during anti-Chinese riots last week, offering tax breaks and other incentives to try and undo some of the damage to its reputation as a low-risk country for foreign manufacturers.

Unilever Selling Ragu Brand for $2.15B

May 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever PLC says it has agreed to sell ownership of its Ragu and Bertolli brand sauces in North America to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.                             

Heinz Says Ontario Plant Deal Complete

May 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs.                            

Probe: Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say.              

Inside the Salemtown Board Company

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

At Salemtown Board Company in Nashville, Tenn., 27-year-old Will Anderson can turn a slab of middle Tennessee oak into a world-class sidewalk cruiser.                              

Wide Format General Labeling Solution

May 19, 2014 2:34 pm | by K-SUN | Product Releases | Comments

The 400iXL General Labeling Solution is designed for hazard communication, safety, 5S/Lean, GHS, manufacturing, warehouse, lab and facility professionals.

Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.            

Texas Agency Says Firefighters Unprepared for Blast

May 16, 2014 10:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The firefighters who tried in vain to stop a burning Texas fertilizer plant from exploding weren't prepared for the dangers of the blaze, which was too big for them to fight, state investigators said in a report released Thursday.        

6 Injured in Explosion at Tenn. Steel Mill

May 16, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers have been injured in an explosion at a Knoxville, Tennessee, steel mill, fire officials said. One worker was critically burned in the Thursday night blast.                        

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