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GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                               

April 2014: Real Time Visibility

April 8, 2014 12:06 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we recap MODEX 2014, discuss how creating a nimble production environment requires up-to-the-minute information, and learn how the latest technology can improve the ROI of predictive maintenance. 

Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

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Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.               

U.S. Steel Idles Indiana Mill

April 7, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.                       

Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption, and a flimsy infrastructure.       

Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising, and the surging popularity of craft beer.           

Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                        

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 12:16 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.               

Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations.                 

CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.          

Washington Gas Blast Threw Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Benton County sheriff's Deputy Joe Lusignan said Wednesday that it was "a little bit of a miracle" that no one was killed.                                     

Behind The Scenes At Mars' New Candy Factory

April 3, 2014 9:33 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.                                     

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Vertical Grinders For Max. Material Removal Power

April 3, 2014 9:24 am | by Apex Tool Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for productivity and maximum material removal, Cleco’s Vertical Grinders are engineered for heavy metal fabrication.

Ford's Russian Venture Is Struggling

April 2, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                                     

W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                   

Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                           

Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.                     

Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.            

The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

The 3 Elements Needed For A Successful 5S Program

April 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Heidi Means, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

5S can serve as the backbone of everything that companies do in their manufacturing facilities. It is how companies can continuously improve, produce quality products, deliver products to customers on-time and do it all in a safe manner.     

4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Washington Plant Fire

March 31, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in Washington.                      

Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Marchionne said that the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he says is the minimum for an automaker to compete globally.               

Rolls-Royce Plant Explosion Injures 9

March 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded.                          

BMW Plans $1B Expansion In S.C.

March 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jeffery Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles.                       

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