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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                                      

Strike At Sneaker Factory Snowballs To 30,000

April 17, 2014 9:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.              

Inside Streit's Matzo Factory

April 17, 2014 9:32 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Matzo is an important part of any Passover Seder. Nancy Giles visits Streit’s Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side and learns the true meaning of making Matzo.                         

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Single Function Temperature Calibration Tools

April 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

For technicians who don't want the complexity of multifunction test tools yet need highly accurate temperature calibration, the Fluke 712B RTD and 714B Thermocouple Temperature Calibrators allow instrument, process, and plant maintenance technicians to quickly and easily test process temperature instrumentation.

Lean And Beyond - Increasing The Awareness Of MRO

April 16, 2014 11:33 am | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Too many companies view MRO stores as a necessary evil; a situation recognized as a constraint but ignored as an opportunity for improvement.                                

Tools For The Future: Industrial Suppliers Are Becoming One-Stop-Shops

April 15, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Tool suppliers are becoming more one-stop-shops as businesses develop their core and accessory products, and focus attention on education.                                

Sharp Completes Refrigerator Manufacturing Plant In Egypt

April 15, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. held an opening ceremony for its refrigerator manufacturing plant in Quesna near Cairo on Tuesday that will supply the Middle East and Africa.                    

Stainless Steel Mobilized Storage System

April 15, 2014 10:36 am | by Spacesaver Industrial | Product Releases | Comments

This ActivRAC 7M-­SS has been designed to meet the increasing demand for more storage capacity in clean room or corrosive environments. 

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Boeing Supplier Considering New Plant To Make Parts For 777X

April 15, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets.                               

10,000 Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                        

Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of the nation's biggest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, has sold a North Carolina cigarette plant it idled in 2009.                                    

Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:42 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.       

Affecting Change To Improve Business Health (Part I)

April 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The effort required to improve the health of your business can be compared to the commitment necessary to change your personal health. It is important to understand what drives successful business improvement change instead of failed efforts.   

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Are The Highest Paid In Manufacturing Worth Their Weight In Gold?

April 15, 2014 9:17 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Some argue that CEO pay packages may seem inflated, but are partially in response to the often truncated length of service — essentially, these are short-term gigs.                         

Gov. Brewer Signs Arizona Manufacturer Tax Cut Law

April 14, 2014 9:01 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters.                          

S-Shape Reversible Ratcheting Wrench Set

April 11, 2014 3:34 pm | by GearWrench | Product Releases | Comments

These 12-point ratcheting wrenches feature a slim S-shape design for access to fasteners blocked by obstructions.     

Wireless Gas Detection Systems

April 10, 2014 4:50 pm | by Detcon | Videos | Comments

As wireless capabilities reach new technological milestones, the integration of wireless gas detection systems in industrial applications is increasing. Among the safest and most revolutionary product lines available today is Detcon’s SmartWireless technology.

Sriracha Maker Loses Nuisance Battle

April 10, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.                                  

What To Look For When Considering Mexico

April 9, 2014 2:11 pm | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group | Articles | Comments

Approaches and locations for companies in Mexico differ, but a common theme unites them: Growth prospects.                                          

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.                             

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.       

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