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Tesla To Break Ground At Two ‘Gigafactory’ Sites

April 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company has not said when they would be willing to announce the two top-runners. Musk also did not explain what would happen to the “losing” site after the company has already broke ground and decided to finish the plant elsewhere.   

Activist Says 1 Detained After Factory Strike

April 30, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police detained a labor rights activist following a strike by 40,000 employees at a factory that makes shoes for Adidas and Nike, his colleague said Wednesday.               

Toyota Moving U.S. Base To Texas

April 29, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas.                            

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Time Running Out To Save Rosie's Plant

April 29, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group trying to save a slice of the factory west of Detroit raised $7 million, but it needs $8 million and has until Thursday to make that happen. If the Save the Bomber Plant campaign fails, a piece of U.S. history will be lost forever.  

Coca-Cola Building New Facility In Chattanooga

April 28, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city.                           

Buffett On Technology Replacing Jobs

April 28, 2014 10:17 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Warren Buffett explains why he thinks it's progress to have technology replacing human jobs, but acknowledges that people who are left behind need support.                             

Chinese Shoe Factory Strike Partially Ends

April 28, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the tens of thousands of workers who were striking at a massive Chinese shoe factory complex have returned to the job, labor activists said Saturday, enabling Adidas to resume production there.                

Last Olds Rolled Off Lansing Line Decade Ago

April 28, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

That Alero sedan represented the send-off to a nameplate founded in the city more than a century ago by the son of a machinist.                                   

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7 Injured In Texas Plant Explosion

April 28, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion has rocked a plywood manufacturing plant north of Houston, injuring seven workers and causing a fire that took hours to extinguish.                               

Management, Safety Cited For N.M. Radiation Release

April 25, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance, and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago.  

Q&A: Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Articles | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety (EHS) function. Our sister publication Chem.Info sat down with experts to talk about the challenges of EHS programs and potential solutions.           

Study Says U.S. Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness

April 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.                           

Lawyer: Volkswagen Has Deals In Places Outside Tenn.

April 25, 2014 9:21 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker's lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.              

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Vertical Grinders Offer Maximum Material Removal

April 24, 2014 3:34 pm | by Apex Tool Group | Product Releases | Comments

Cleco Tools, a business unit of Apex Tool Group, LLC, announces the launch of its new Vertical Grinder product line.  

Michigan's Moves In Advanced Manufacturing

April 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Closing the skills gap and connecting the private sector with local, educated talent is part of a formula the Wolverine State governor is using to create an environment for success.                     

3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country.                              

China Opening 8 State Industries For Investment

April 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more productive.                     

2-Week Cooldown For Hot Sauce Maker

April 24, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                         

A Year After Tragic Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.                

Honeywell Aerospace Expanding In Puerto Rico

April 23, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honeywell Aerospace is investing $24 million to expand its business in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.                                           

Survey: China Manufacturing Continues To Shrink

April 23, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, but at a slightly slower pace, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.                     

Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                       

Is A Pabst Return Good For Milwaukee?

April 23, 2014 9:58 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

A few weeks back we ran a story on a small group of Milwaukee residents who were campaigning to bring the Pabst brand back to Wisconsin. But is it a good idea for Milwaukee?                       

Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China falling far behind.           

Swivel Casters With Locking Brake Option

April 22, 2014 11:57 am | by Revvo Caster | Product Releases | Comments

New Sussex 63 Series swivel casters from Revvo Caster feature a secure hand-operated locking brake to provide a low-cost braking option. 

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