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California Back In The Running For Tesla Plant

May 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Palo Alto-based Tesla has previously said just four states were in the running for the plant: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas.                                  

Snyder's Pretzel Maker To Sell Private Brands For $430M

May 7, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pretzel and chipmaker Snyder's-Lance is selling its private brands and two manufacturing plants to Shearer's Foods LLC for $430 million as it hones its focus on its well-known brands.                  

Eliminating Auto Factory Crashes

May 7, 2014 10:13 am | by Danetta Bramhall, ProSoft Technology | Articles | Comments

Needless to say, having cars crash before they have been completely assembled is not good for the bottom line. That was the problem Autos y Máquinas del Ecuador S.A. was experiencing in its Hyundai/KIA manufacturing plant in Ecuador.      

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Spill Company Wants To Sell Related Business

May 7, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The now-bankrupt company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill wants to sell what's left at its other site to a company tied to former executives.                              

Mexico vs. China Manufacturing: Who Has The Upper Hand?

May 5, 2014 3:11 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. - @Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

The reshoring trend has gotten a lot of attention of late, as American companies that once outsourced jobs overseas are bringing them home. But jobs aren't just coming home — they're also going to Mexico. So who has the upper hand, China or Mexico?

B/E Aerospace Mulls Possible Sale

May 5, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of B/E Aerospace jumped more than 9 percent Monday in premarket trading, after the maker of airplane seats and overhead compartment bins said that it could put itself on the block.                  

Inside Motorola's New Chicago Headquarters

May 5, 2014 1:31 pm | by CNNVideo | Videos | Comments

Christine Romans takes an exclusive look at Motorola's new home in Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                              

Power-Assist Vehicles For Material Handling

May 2, 2014 4:14 pm | by Dane Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

These rugged, yet easy-to-operate, power assist vehicles significantly increase productivity while reducing the risk of injury to employees. 

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Ford's Alan Mulally: The Exit Interview

May 2, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Outgoing Ford CEO Alan Mulally talks about his relationship with Bill Ford, the auto bailout of 2009 and his plans for the future.                                   

Self-Propelled Scaffolding

May 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Granite Industries | Product Releases | Comments

The Power Snappy scaffold from Granite Industries uses two 12v sealed lead batteries, powering two hub motors, which automatically brake the unit when not moving. 

Gas Plant Partially Operating After Fire

May 1, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wyoming natural gas processing plant is operating at about 40 percent of its typical seasonal level just over a week after an explosion and fire.                              

How Alan Mulally Turned Ford Around

May 1, 2014 1:56 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

"He's not a car guy. He's not a plane guy. He's a guy that understands the value of leadership," says the author who documented Mulally's time as CEO of the Ford Motor Company.                     

Rosie's Plant Saved From Wrecking Ball

May 1, 2014 9:44 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era bombers has been saved from the wrecking ball.                          

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Tesla To Break Ground At Two ‘Gigafactory’ Sites

April 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company has not said when they would be willing to announce the two top-runners. Musk also did not explain what would happen to the “losing” site after the company has already broke ground and decided to finish the plant elsewhere.   

Activist Says 1 Detained After Factory Strike

April 30, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police detained a labor rights activist following a strike by 40,000 employees at a factory that makes shoes for Adidas and Nike, his colleague said Wednesday.               

Toyota Moving U.S. Base To Texas

April 29, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas.                            

Time Running Out To Save Rosie's Plant

April 29, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group trying to save a slice of the factory west of Detroit raised $7 million, but it needs $8 million and has until Thursday to make that happen. If the Save the Bomber Plant campaign fails, a piece of U.S. history will be lost forever.  

Coca-Cola Building New Facility In Chattanooga

April 28, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city.                           

Buffett On Technology Replacing Jobs

April 28, 2014 10:17 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Warren Buffett explains why he thinks it's progress to have technology replacing human jobs, but acknowledges that people who are left behind need support.                             

Chinese Shoe Factory Strike Partially Ends

April 28, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the tens of thousands of workers who were striking at a massive Chinese shoe factory complex have returned to the job, labor activists said Saturday, enabling Adidas to resume production there.                

Last Olds Rolled Off Lansing Line Decade Ago

April 28, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

That Alero sedan represented the send-off to a nameplate founded in the city more than a century ago by the son of a machinist.                                   

7 Injured In Texas Plant Explosion

April 28, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion has rocked a plywood manufacturing plant north of Houston, injuring seven workers and causing a fire that took hours to extinguish.                               

Management, Safety Cited For N.M. Radiation Release

April 25, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance, and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago.  

Q&A: Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Articles | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety (EHS) function. Our sister publication Chem.Info sat down with experts to talk about the challenges of EHS programs and potential solutions.           

Study Says U.S. Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness

April 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.                           

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