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Pepsico, Nestle To Boost Mexico Investments

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

PepsiCo said it plans to invest $5 billion in the country over the next five years, with the funds going toward efforts such as the expansion of its production lines and delivery infrastructure, and the strengthening of research and development capabilities.

How Lean Do You Really Want To Be?

January 24, 2014 9:16 am | by Tom McNamara and Erika Masillac | Articles | Comments

Just-in-time (JIT) deliveries, little to no inventory, outsourcing, sole sourcing — all of these “lean” concepts have been at the heart of operations management for years now. But more and more companies are starting to ask themselves a simple question; Just how lean do we really want to be?

Cargill To Pay $2.2M In Discrimination Settlement

January 23, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The money will be used to pay back wages and interest to nearly 3,000 applicants who were rejected for jobs at facilities in Springdale, Ark.; Fort Morgan, Colo.; and Beardstown, Ill., between 2005 and 2009. U.S. Department of Labor officials say the company's hiring process discriminated based on sex, race, and ethnicity.

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Harley-Davidson's York Manufacturing Facility

January 23, 2014 9:38 am | by Harley-Davidson | Videos | Comments

This video showcases how Harley-Davidson and its employees are "exporting freedom" around the globe every day. Get a behind the scenes tour of their facilities and plant practices that create the Harley culture.            

2nd Body Pulled From Collapsed Feed Plant

January 22, 2014 1:54 pm | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities on Tuesday recovered the body of a second worker who was killed when an Omaha animal feed manufacturing plant collapsed, while federal investigators tried to pinpoint a cause of the industrial accident that killed two and injured 17.

France, Goodyear Workers End Standoff

January 22, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The accord, reached Wednesday, came after 10 days of negotiations between the government, the company, and unions. The office of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the "end of conflict protocol" puts an end to the occupation of the factory by workers demanding new negotiations over severance packages.

9 Treated Following Fire At Central Pa. Food Plant

January 22, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Gettysburg Hospital spokesman said seven people were taken there for potential exposure to the chemical toluene, while a county emergency official said two others were treated at nearby Waynesboro Hospital.            

Steel Manufacturing Plant Planned For Alabama

January 22, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A steel company based in suburban-Chicago is planning to open a plant in the Athens area. The Decatur Daily reports Nexus AG Holdings is buying a 300,000 square-foot building from Calhoun Community College and Alliance Steel will put a steel coil company in the building.

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GM Fairfax Supplier To Open Plant In Mo.

January 22, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan-based Janesville Acoustics announced that the plant will supply the Chevrolet Malibu model built at GM's Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. The plant is expected to create 164 jobs in the next two years.           

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.

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.

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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.

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.       

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.

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