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Honda To Build New Motorbike Plant In India

February 5, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With the enhanced annual production capacity of 5.8 million units in India, Honda aims to reach top spot in the country's market. The Japanese manufacturer now ranks second in market share behind its former joint venture partner Hero group of India.

Congress: WV Spill Reveals Inadequate Regulations

February 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although there was disagreement on some of the specifics, Democrats and Republicans on a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee agreed that the federal government needs to do more to protect the water supply from toxic chemicals.   

Firms Fined For Calif. Plant Implosion That Hurt 5

February 4, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state has cited and issued fines to two companies that worked as subcontractors on the implosion of a central California power plant whose shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators gathered to watch the spectacle. Five people were injured, including a man whose leg was severed.

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EDVs Don’t Reduce Emissions

February 4, 2014 9:29 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Through 108 different scenarios in a model, the researchers found that even if EDVs made up 42 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S., there would be little or no reduction in the emission of key air pollutants.           

Volkswagen's U.S. Workers Will Vote On Union

February 3, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker Volkswagen AG says it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote at the plant Feb. 12 through 14. Workers at the Chattanooga plant will vote on whether to let the UAW establish a German-style works council.  

U.S. Factories Expanded At Much Slower Pace In Jan.

February 3, 2014 1:28 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month as factories cut back sharply on production, and new orders plunged. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 51.3 in January from 56.5 in the previous month.

GM's Opel Extends No-Layoff Deal At German Plants

February 3, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Saturday's announcement comes days after new GM chief executive Mary Barra visited Opel's headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company's plant there will get the job of building a new vehicle. She reiterated a commitment to turn around the unit after years of losses.

Irwindale Spicing Up Suit Against Sriracha Plant

February 3, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stephen Onstot, an attorney representing Irwindale, tells City News Service that the small industrial city east of Los Angeles will add a breach-of-contract claim to its existing nuisance suit against the Sriracha plant.         

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March In Spain To Protest Coca-Cola Plant Closures

February 3, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers.                 

Owner Of Collapsed Omaha Plant Announces Layoffs

February 3, 2014 9:36 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

International Nutrition is outsourcing production of the livestock and poultry nutritional supplements it makes following the Jan. 20 fire and collapse of the three-level southwest Omaha plant, company owner and president Steve Silver said in a written statement. The industrial accident killed two workers and injured 17 others.

U.S. Seeks Prison Term For Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager

January 31, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager who they say exploited immigrant workers for labor, money, and sex.                          

Abbott To Close Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant

January 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Danica Coto, Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants in the Puerto Rico town of Barceloneta next year, delivering another blow to the U.S. territory's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector, officials said Thursday.         

Clearing Up The Top Hazard Communication Misconceptions

January 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Cintas Corporation | Articles | Comments

“With the HazCom standard’s GHS training requirement now in effect and the New Year in full swing, many organizations are scrambling to train workers and determine what requirements they will face next, while others still are unclear if GHS applies to their business,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, Cintas.

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Ford Adding 350 Jobs At Ky. Truck Plant

January 30, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said.               

Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.           

Man Injured In Omaha Industrial Accident Sues

January 30, 2014 10:00 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

A man injured in an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers earlier this month is suing the company and its owner, primarily in an effort to find out what happened, his lawyer said Wednesday.           

Crystal CEO: Rail Shutdown Could Cost Millions

January 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

A slowdown in rail service is forcing American Crystal Sugar to cut back on production, something company officials said Wednesday could cost millions if the situation doesn't improve.                   

Ford Mustang Flat Rock Assembly

January 30, 2014 9:42 am | by Car Production | Videos | Comments

Follow the one millionth Ford Mustang built at the Flat Rock assembly plant as it rolls off the production line. The Flat Rock plant, which was opened in 1987, currently produces the Ford Mustang and the Ford Fusion.          

Wind Turbine Maker To Close Pa. Plant

January 29, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States. They said the company had to alter its manufacturing and supply chain strategy to keep energy costs low and maintain a strong market presence.

ND Synfuels Plant To Add $402M Fertilizer Facility

January 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Urea is a granular fertilizer used by farmers. It requires anhydrous ammonia and carbon dioxide, both of which are produced at the synfuels plant that turns coal into natural gas for distribution in the eastern U.S.          

Beretta To Build New Firearms Plant In Tenn.

January 29, 2014 1:30 pm | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee. The $45 million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs.                

AAM On SOTU: Rosy Picture, Slow Progress On Manufacturing

January 29, 2014 10:16 am | by The Alliance For American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

"This is the third consecutive State of the Union in which there has been a strong rhetorical focus on manufacturing, and that’s welcome. But the progress, despite the rosy picture painted by the President, has been painfully slow. And in some cases, such as the trade deficit with China, we’ve seen backsliding."

Chrysler, Fiat Move Forward As Single Company With New Name

January 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Fiat's board of directors agreed on the name Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, with headquarters for tax purposes in the United Kingdom. But the board sidestepped the thorny political issue of whether the true headquarters would be in the United States or Italy.

Power Quality Problems Plague Manufacturing’s Push For Productivity

January 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Articles | Comments

Power is the lifeblood of manufacturing. However, the integration of sensitive electronics into most logic assemblies has made the circuitry (and therefore productivity) of the equipment that drives industrial automation much more susceptible to power quality fluctuations.

Solving The Production Puzzle To Improve Your Bottom Line

January 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Every day, plant planners are expected to solve extremely complex puzzles – which operation will run on which line, how many of each part needs to be produced, how will each step happen at the right time – and they often lack the proper tools to do the job.

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