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Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                   

March 2014: Minimizing Downtime

March 12, 2014 11:09 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Liberty Bottleworks talks American pride, experts explain quality and reusability for compressed air piping systems, maintenance best practices and energy awareness drive down industrial motor costs, and more. 

Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

House lawmakers agreed on Monday to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                     

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Steel Plant Could Be Allowed To Release More Toxins

March 11, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality.                          

Jeep Plant To Hire 1,000 Part-Time Workers To Meet Demand

March 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                                  

Flaws Found In Bangladesh Garment Factories

March 11, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials, and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.                    

Arkansas Gets $165M Poultry Plant

March 10, 2014 1:49 pm | by Christina Huynh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama-based Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery, and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties.               

Group: 1,500 Factories To Be Inspected In Bangladesh

March 10, 2014 1:40 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries, according to organizers of the pact.              

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Duke: All Customers Pay For Coal Ash Cleanup

March 10, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO says while the company and its shareholders will pay to clean up a coal ash spill in the Dan River, its customers will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.      

Tucson Courting Tesla For 6,500 Jobs

March 10, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

City officials confirmed Sunday that they have made a bid for electric-car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.                   

Grainger CEO: 'The Battle For Great People Is Just Getting Started'

March 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.         

Nearly 150 Illegal Oil Waste Dumps

March 7, 2014 9:53 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

People have been caught nearly 150 times in the past year attempting to illegally dump loads of oil field waste — much of it radioactive — at two of the biggest landfills in western North Dakota.                

Residents Frustrated By Lack Of Details On Nuke Dump

March 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions about what caused the leak, the extent of the contamination, and the future of the federal government's national nuclear cleanup efforts have been swirling for weeks now.                     

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Ford Reshoring Truck Production From Mexico To Ohio

March 7, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011.                                    

FYI: Trappings Versus Substance

March 6, 2014 4:58 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Many businesses are very good at the internal and tangible issues inside the manufacturing plant, but are not very good at external issues relating to finding new markets and customers. For a variety of reasons they struggle at industrial marketing.

Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

Where Airplanes Go To Be Reborn

March 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force houses more than 4,000 old airplanes that are used for parts or turned into scrap.                                  

Auto Parts Manufacturer Announces New Ohio Plant, Jobs

March 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts manufacturer says it will build a $50 million plant in southwest Ohio that is expected to result in 150 jobs.                                     

China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The drive to clean up China's industry has added impetus to the government's campaign over the past several years to reduce excess production capacity in the polluting steel and cement industries.                

Coal Mine Operators Get Record Fine For Pollution

March 6, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.                             

Understanding The Culture Of Lean Manufacturing

March 6, 2014 9:26 am | by ASME Future ME Career Development | Videos | Comments

Ken Oberholz, global director of manufacturing technology at Huntington Energy Services, joins Jose Lopez, senior design engineer at Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift, to discuss the importance of lean manufacturing.           

January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.

Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.                   

Safety Agency Demands Data From GM

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over documents detailing what the company knew about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.                 

Chobani To Expand Plant In Idaho

March 5, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twin Falls officials in south-central Idaho have approved a $3.5 million expansion of a Greek yogurt plant operated by Chobani.                                   

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