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After UAW Loss, Plant Shows No Sign Of Expansion

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Corker blamed the UAW appeal and the resulting delay in certifying the results of the union election for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.                          

Gov. Beshear Praises Tobacco Plant Expansion

February 28, 2014 9:58 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The approximately $118 million investment by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. will create 42 more jobs at its Hopkinsville plant, which now employs 90 full-time workers. The company plans to build a new processing facility and add on to its existing plant there.

5 Simple Rules To Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

February 28, 2014 9:15 am | by Dan Labell, President, Westfalia Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.                      

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Subaru Moving On With Lafayette Factory Plans

February 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru is moving ahead with its plans for spending more than $400 million to prepare its Lafayette factory for production of a new vehicle while significantly scaling back the expectations for additional jobs.            

Airbus To Boost Production, Profits Up

February 27, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Europe's largest aerospace group, previously known as EADS, said it would increase production of its best-selling A320 jet family to 46 aircraft a month by the second quarter of 2016 from the current 42, echoing plans by rival Boeing to reach towards 47 a month.

Hot Sauce Factory Topic Of Firey Meeting

February 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council scheduled a public hearing and a vote on whether to declare the Sriracha plant a public nuisance. Such a declaration could potentially lead to a shutdown order.                  

One Of The Most Powerful Guns You Can Buy

February 27, 2014 10:21 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ronnie Barrett invented the .50 caliber Barrett M82 over 30 years ago. Today the M107A1 is legal in most states and still used by the military, law enforcement, and civilians with a fat wallet.                 

Leak Exposes 13 To Radiation In New Mexico

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elevated radiation levels have been detected in the air around the plant, but officials have said the readings are too low to constitute a public health threat.                          

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Tesla's New Battery Factory Will Employ 6,500

February 27, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.                          

Made In The Northwest: Tipke Manufacturing

February 27, 2014 9:40 am | by KXYL | Videos | Comments

Tipke Manufacturing, based in Spokane, WA, does metal fabrication for companies like Boeing and Genie Industries. They have made a living on intermediate volume manufacturing, being more flexible for their customers.           

How It's Made: Fiberglass Insulation

February 27, 2014 9:17 am | by Science Channel | Videos | Comments

Discovery Channel's How It's Made takes you step-by-step through the fiberglass insulation manufacturing process.                                        

Could The Military Get Its Own 'Google Glass'?

February 26, 2014 10:16 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Q-Warrior features a full-color and high-luminance see-through display that is able to project symbols and videos directly onto the field of battle. This could include waypoints, other points of interest, or even areas/buildings housing known enemies.

Panasonic, Tesla Eye Joint Plant In U.S.

February 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. is considering setting up a new plant jointly with Tesla Motors Inc. in the United States to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.              

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IBM Adding Jobs In Buffalo, Hudson Valley

February 25, 2014 12:18 pm | by Josefa Velasquez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agreement between the company and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering increases IBM's commitment of high-tech jobs at semiconductor plants in Dutchess County, Albany, and Yorktown Heights by 750 from the current 2,350, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

Campbell's Soup Plant Equipment To Be Auctioned

February 25, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new owners of a shuttered Campbell Soup Co. factory in Sacramento will begin auctioning off equipment from the facility on Tuesday. The three-day auction is intended to clear space for potential tenants and raise cash. The factory's inventory is worth an estimated $6 million to $8 million.

Honda Increases North American Manufacturing Footprint

February 25, 2014 10:29 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The start-up of the Celaya Plant increases Honda's annual automobile production capacity in North America to approximately 1.92 million units. In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America; this is expected to exceed 95 percent when the Celaya plant reaches full capacity.

UAW Official Says Union Remains Financially Strong

February 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The man who appears poised to take over leadership of the United Auto Workers later this year says car companies' fears about the union's demise are unfounded. Membership has dropped from a peak of 1.5 million in 1979 to 382,000 at the end of 2012, although it's been rising slightly since 2009.

Climate Case At Supreme Court Looks At EPA's Power

February 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is facing off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.      

UAW Appeals Volkswagen Workers' Rejection

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" had swayed the election.                      

Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Drillers, business leaders, and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking. And the ramp-up in drilling has drillers buying more pipes and parts for their work.

Detroit Automakers Worry About UAW Money Struggles

February 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

They worry that the 382,000-member UAW could be absorbed by a more hostile union. Such a merger could disrupt a decade of labor-management peace that has helped America's auto industry survive the financial crisis and emerge much stronger, according to a person with knowledge of executive discussions.

USDA: Plant Circumvented Inspection Rules

February 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is alleging that a California slaughterhouse engaged in "circumvention" of federal inspection rules — a charge strongly denied by one of the facility's owners.                

Alcoa Cultivates Manufacturing Education In Southern Calif.

February 21, 2014 2:17 pm | by SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

Nurturing students’ innate creative abilities and setting them on a pathway to prosperity with upgraded skills and a broader range of knowledge, doesn’t just “happen.” Alcoa Foundation, New York has pledged $220,000 to support PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education), a community-based approach to manufacturing education.

Japan Trade Deficit Hits Record $27.4B In January

February 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit surged to a monthly record of 2.8 trillion yen ($27.4 billion) in January as imports jumped 25 percent, underscoring the challenge the country faces in restoring export-driven growth.              

Mexico To Trump Japan As No. 2 Car Exporter To U.S.

February 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

An $800 million Honda plant opening Friday in the central state of Guanajuato will produce about 200,000 Fit hatchbacks a year, helping push total Mexican car exports to the U.S. to 1.7 million in 2014, roughly 200,000 more than Japan, consulting firm IHS Automotive says.

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