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Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm, industry leaders share their ideas on the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing, as well as the ways robotics may change the way we design and create in the future.     

Obama Tells CEOs He Wants to Work on Wage Growth

December 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market.     

Airgas To Build New Plant in KY

December 4, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airgas, Inc., one of the nation’s suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced plans to build a liquid hydrogen plant in Calvert City, KY.                    

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8 Reasons You Have Unmotivated Employees

December 3, 2014 2:35 pm | by HR Resource Force | Blogs | Comments

According to a recent poll, only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work. If you want to entice your employees, incentives will only work when the individual places a high value on the allurement.           

Hershey Explores Removal of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

December 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.                                            

Heinz Opens State-of-the-Art Cereal Factory in China

December 3, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees joined Chinese Government Officials to celebrate the opening of the Company’s largest infant cereal production plant in the world.                       

Obama To Discuss Economic Ideas with CEOs

December 3, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office.                               

More Parties Join MS Silicon Plant Lawsuit

December 3, 2014 10:27 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The legal fight over a silicon metal plant in MS is expanding. Steelmaker Nucor Corp. wants to intervene on the side of those who say the state improperly issued an air pollution permit to MS Silicon.               

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U.S. Productivity Shows Growth in 3Q

December 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. workers' productivity increased in the July-September quarter at a slightly faster pace than previously estimated while labor costs declined for a second straight quarter.                     

U.S. Companies Added 208K Jobs Last Month

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses hired at a solid pace last month, according to a private survey, a signal that Friday's November jobs report from the government will likely also show strength.                     

More U.S. CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

December 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.                                  

NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws at AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               

Forget 'Made in China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

December 1, 2014 10:03 am | by Kip Anthony | Articles | Comments

Once known as the "Workshop of the World" Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

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Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 9:42 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc., which faces its single biggest day of online shopping on Monday, has invested heavily this year in upgrading and expanding its distribution network, adding new technology, opening more shipping centers and hiring 80,000 seasonal workers to meet the coming onslaught of holiday orders.

Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

EPA: Texas Coal Plants Should Spend $2B to Cut Emissions

November 25, 2014 2:07 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.               

Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing? Q&A With Allen Klevens

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

In order to have control of manufacturing, you want to have the ability to move quickly or change quickly. Therefore, I believe it is worth the extra dollars to have things built in the U.S.                 

This Company Still Makes Vinyl

November 25, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Despite its retro roots, records sales are growing. CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci heads to Brooklyn to visit one of sixteen record pressing plants in the United States.                         

NAM Urges India to Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                             

Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right. But, the power may soon need to shift left.       

Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 2:56 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing.                    

Fort Drum Powered by Wood in Renewable Energy Push

November 24, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy.

Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 24, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices.                                

The New Holiday Essential: Bubble Wrap

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

More than a billion packages are expected to be shipped this holiday season. That's big business for the makers of Bubble Wrap, Sealed Air. They even wrap your Thanksgiving turkey.                    

Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

In today’s highly accountable business environment, it is necessary for manufacturers to optimize the performance and value of their metal detection systems. They can no longer be viewed as just a means to remove metallic contamination.    

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