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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.              

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.

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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.                      

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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.              

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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.

9 Tactics To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

February 21, 2014 9:41 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Articles | Comments

Are you doing all you can to make sure that your operation’s manufacturing safety is a well documented, practiced, and backed up process? How do companies achieve a level where they can boast of safety as one of the operational backbones, that itself in many cases becomes a competitive advantage?

Is It Time To Go On-Machine?

February 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is known for being “guinea pigs,” in the kindest sense of the word. For at least 15 years, these companies have been pursuing an idea that is just now making its way to other industries — it’s the idea of stashing automation and safety controllers on the machine itself, rather than in a centrally-located cabinet. Is it time for other industries to follow suit?

IHS: 4Q Manufacturing Employment Surges To 4-Year High

February 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by Aparna Soni, Economist, IHS Global Insight | News | Comments

At over 12 million jobs nationwide, manufacturing employment is now the highest it has been since 2009. The sector recovered handsomely from the setbacks it had faced earlier in the second and third quarters and is poised to start the new year on a strong footing.

2 Solar Projects Approved In California, Nevada

February 20, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plants were expected to supply 550 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power about 170,000 homes, Secretary of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a release Wednesday. More than 700 jobs will be created through construction and operations, she said.

Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Iowa City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant. Officials said the fertilizer used for crop dusting contains sulfuric acid, and that the evacuation is necessary to prevent residents from breathing in that chemical.

Mexico Feels Energy Buzz With N. America Summit

February 20, 2014 10:03 am | by Katherine Corcoran, Associated Press | News | Comments

The leaders of the three NAFTA nations met Wednesday in Mexico in part to highlight the economic cooperation that has grown since NAFTA joined the U.S., Canada, and Mexico 20 years ago. But all eyes were on one key area that NAFTA didn't touch: energy.

Official: UAW No Deal Breaker For Memphis Site

February 20, 2014 9:50 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.             

Visit Jaguar Land Rover's New Facility

February 20, 2014 9:22 am | by AutoMotoTV | Videos | Comments

Visit Jaguar Land Rover's new manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. This engine plant will employ 1,500 people, adding 3,500 jobs to the supply chain. They will be producing an engine every 36 seconds in their state-of-the-art facilities.  

Water Bottler Faces Opposition In Calif.

February 19, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser's plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists, and Native American tribes.            

VW Union Chief Won't Give Up Fight For U.S. Plant

February 19, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bernd Osterloh, who is also a member of VW's supervisory board, told the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published Wednesday that U.S. labor law experts will check whether undue pressure was put on employees to reject the UAW.  

Caterpillar Expands Operations In Miss.

February 19, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc.’s Corinth, Miss., plant is expanding to produce C175 remanufactured engines. The project represents a corporate investment of $14.8 million and will create 30 jobs. The Corinth facility is Caterpillar’s lead facility for large engine remanufacturing worldwide.

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