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Texas Gov. Perry Sees Pros Of Tesla Direct Sales

March 25, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Perry cites the natural change in society and economic structures as the underpinning of why it’s the right choice now — things just aren’t sold the same way today as they were even 10 years ago, he argues.             

77 Safety Glasses

March 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.             

RV Maker Adding Workers In Indiana

March 25, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recreational vehicle maker is adding workers for a third production line at a northern Indiana factory.                                         

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Wanxiang Affiliate Buys Fisker Plant

March 25, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Castle County officials say an affiliate of Wanxiang America has acquired the Fisker Automotive plant near Newport.                                         

Dry-Tech Box Helps Find The Right Bearing

March 25, 2014 9:46 am | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

Plastics specialist igus has announced the release of its dry-tech box, a sample kit designed to help engineers find the right material bearing for their application.    

Building Up, Not Out

March 24, 2014 5:26 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes, and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results. 

A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

March 24, 2014 5:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.      

The Last Big U.S. Bike Maker

March 24, 2014 2:28 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Worksman Cycles has been making industrial tricycles and consumer bicycles for more than 100 years in New York City.                                       

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Washington's Exports Soar Thanks To Boeing

March 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Richard Read, The Oregonian | News | Comments

The focus on Boeing, the nation's biggest exporter, brings up a more fundamental difference between the economies of Washington and Oregon that has national implications.                        

Detection Perfection

March 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial Scientific's products are often the first and last line of defense for a tradesman working in a potentially hazardous environment.                               

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Want Compensation

March 24, 2014 9:59 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bangladesh has begun compiling details about the victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse as part of a global compensation deal, but dozens of people have taken to the streets demanding a more complete accounting of the disaster.      

Anheuser-Busch, Teamsters Reach Tentative Deal

March 24, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters say they have reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract for workers at the beverage-maker's 12 U.S. breweries.                     

BlackBerry Selling Off Canadian Real Estate

March 21, 2014 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business.                            

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Nevada Signs First Contract With Drone Company

March 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada has inked its first contract with a drone industry company, and is working with 15 to 20 more companies interested in setting up shop in the state.                     

Manufacturing & The Decline Of The Middle Class

March 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

For all practical purposes we are now in the post industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has now become a crisis of the middle class.                             

Facing Down The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today

March 19, 2014 4:38 pm | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Articles | Comments

People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working conditions and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?   

An Inside Look At CAT's Business Ingenuity

March 19, 2014 8:33 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In recent years, Caterpillar had incredible performance and growth, the darling of financial analysts. But it wasn’t always so: In the 1980s, some observers wondered whether CAT could survive as it hemorrhaged financial losses.       

President Of W.Va. Spill Company Wants To Get Paid

March 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings.                             

Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As right-to-work becomes a more significant point in state political discussions, these union wins and losses have more impact.                                    

Whirlpool To Invest $40M, Add 400 Jobs In Ohio

March 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The plant currently makes KitchenAid mixers and other small kitchen appliances, and Whirlpool said the investment is in response to more demand for those types of high-end cooking gadgets.                   

Manufacturers Show Interest In, But Lack Awareness Of, Energy Demand Response Programs

March 14, 2014 8:06 am | by By Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP | Articles | Comments

Even if you already deploy technologies to reduce energy consumption, you may be able to realize additional savings by enrolling in a demand response program.                           

Preventing A Violation, Protecting Your Workers

March 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Improving plant safety practices protects workers, eliminates fines, helps to maintain company image, and increases worker retention. Experts in the field provide up-to-date advice on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility.      

Stress Less: Partner With PFI

March 13, 2014 10:54 am | by PFI | Videos | Comments

Located at booth #8937 during MODEX 2014, PFI will demonstrate how working with them to increase operational efficiency and lower operating costs can mean big gains for your business.                   

Spacesaver's ActivRACK Mobilized Storage System

March 13, 2014 10:47 am | by Spacesaver Industrial | Videos | Comments

Located at booth #8527 during MODEX 2014, Spacesaver Industrial will showcase a new interactive app that helps visitors visualize their storage potential.                           

How LEGO Builds Toys Kids Want

March 13, 2014 9:29 am | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

LEGO says they became the number two toy manufacturer by staying true to what kids want.                                               

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