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Achieving Net-Zero Use Of Grid Energy In Manufacturing

January 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer | Articles | Comments

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency in their manufacturing, product lines, distribution, and administrative operations. 

Toxic Gas Detector Offers Highly Accurate Ammonia Detection

January 22, 2014 8:21 am | by General Monitors | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The TS4000H Intelligent Toxic Gas Detector from General Monitors delivers accurate ammonia detection and protection, offering reliable monitoring for a variety of applications.

Automotive Supplier Invests $90M In Mexico Plant

January 21, 2014 1:31 pm | by HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co | News | Comments

The HELLA Group, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers, has officially opened its fifth production plant in Mexico - a $90 million facility built in just eleven months in Irapuato in the State of Guanajuato. The new industrial complex will generate approximately 1,500 new jobs over the medium term.

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Volvo Facility Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

January 21, 2014 1:20 pm | by Volvo Group | News | Comments

At the end of December 2013, Volvo Construction Equipment’s site in Braås, Sweden, completed its journey towards becoming carbon dioxide neutral.  It is the first construction equipment production facility in the world to be powered entirely by renewable energy.

Third Point Says It Bought Stake In Dow Chemical

January 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hedge fund Third Point LLC says it has acquired a stake in Dow Chemical and wants the company to spin off its petrochemicals division. Dow Chemical Co. shares jumped $2.25, or 5.2 percent, to $45.32 in morning trading after rising as high as $46.70 earlier. Third Point says Dow is now its biggest investment.

Legislation Proposed In WV To Regulate Chemicals

January 21, 2014 9:20 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant that leaked the chemicals, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

Cause Of Deadly Omaha Plant Explosion Unknown

January 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said.

Investments In MIS On The Rise

January 21, 2014 9:00 am | by John Tertin, Director of MIS, ESE, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food safety. Quality standards. Yield management. Waste control. Cost containment. The list goes on. With so many competing requirements, manufacturers’ need for more timely and accurate process data is accelerating both the interest and demand for Manufacturing Information Systems.

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Ergonomic Lift For 5-Gallon Pails

January 21, 2014 8:47 am | by Lift'n Buddy | Product Releases | Comments

The innovative Pail Partner lifter/transporter from Lift’n Buddy makes back strain from lifting and transporting heavy 5-gallon pails a thing of the past, says the company. The Pail Partner’s special yoke securely holds a plastic or metal pail just below its rigid collar.

Iowa Workers Have Shots At Regaining Tyson Jobs

January 20, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 60 workers who lost their jobs at the Tyson plant in northwest Iowa's Cherokee could return if business were to pick up and more production were needed. After Friday's layoff, the plant still employs about 500 people. The plant produces deli meats.

Transition Teams Handling Beechcraft Sale Details

January 20, 2014 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale of Beechcraft to Cessna Aircraft's parent company, Textron, is expected to close in the first half of this year, pending government approvals.                             

Horse Slaughter Blocked By Federal Law

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Barry Massey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.            

Life Sentence For China Dumpling Poisoner

January 20, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a former food plant worker to life in prison for poisoning frozen dumplings that sickened 10 people in Japan in 2008 and strained relations with Tokyo just months before the Beijing Olympics.       

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Company Files For Bankruptcy After W.Va. Spill

January 20, 2014 9:30 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company blamed for a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe drinking water filed for bankruptcy Friday, temporarily shielding it from dozens of lawsuits, many by businesses that were forced to shut down for days.   

Boeing, Etihad To Develop Aviation Biofuels

January 20, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co., Etihad Airways, the oil company Total, and others say they will work together on a program to develop an aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates. Boeing says the program will involve research and development and investments in production of fuels derived from plants that can power aircraft.

GM To Pay New CEO Barra $1.6M

January 20, 2014 9:22 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says new CEO Mary Barra will get a base salary of $1.6 million per year as she takes over the global automaker. GM said in a filing on Friday that Barra will also be eligible for $2.8 million in short-term incentives. Her pay would climb further if GM shareholders approve a new long-term incentive plan at their next annual meeting.

Next-Generation Manufacturers Are Saving Money On Energy

January 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

The modern energy marketplace is changing. Annual non-renewable energy expenditures for the industrial sector have been projected to grow from approximately $206 billion in 2010 to $584 billion in 2040. Thus manufacturers find themselves with increased bargaining power that can lead to larger savings.

Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 20, 2014 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

An in-depth post-mortem can actually increase confidence in a business and encourage more trust. Everyone and every business makes mistakes, and often, what separates a successful one from a failed one is the way in which they respond to the unexpected. Proving that your company can do just that should be a matter of pride, not shame.

FutureGen Gets Key Energy Department Approval

January 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department issued its 25-page approval of the $1.65 billion plan that would refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia in western Illinois. The project would remove carbon dioxide from the coal and store it underground. The greenhouse gas is linked to climate change.

Panasonic To Sell 3 Overseas Chip Assembly Plants

January 17, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The move is part of efforts by the Japanese electronics manufacturer to accelerate outsourcing of its slumping semiconductor manufacturing operation. Last month, the company said it will sell off three of its semiconductor plants in central Japan to an Israeli chipmaker.

Senate Easily Passes $1.1T Spending Bill

January 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

EPA Denies Politics Delayed Pollution Rules

January 16, 2014 1:52 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is denying Republican claims that the agency delayed formal publication of rules intended to limit carbon pollution from new power plants for political reasons. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency submitted the rules for publication last fall and "tried very hard" to get them published in the Federal Register.

Judge Dismisses Suit By French Goodyear Workers

January 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge in Akron ruled late Wednesday against workers who had sued to block the shutdown of their plant in Amiens. The judge said the class-action lawsuit failed to prove contract violations or interference by the parent company in its French operations.

Ford: 1,000 New Hires Start Work At Kansas City Plant

January 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Ford said it is welcoming nearly 1,000 new employees at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to prepare for the launch of the all-new Ford Transit that goes on sale in the U.S. this summer. The plant is home of the 2014 F-150 and will begin producing the all-new 2015 F-150 in the first quarter of 2015.

New Hyundai CEO On Quest To Regain Lost Market Share

January 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the new Hyundai CEO Dave Zuchowski's predecessor, John Krafcik, Hyundai posted huge sales gains and captured 5.1 percent of the U.S. market in 2011. Then the company's factories couldn't keep up with demand and sales slowed.     

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