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NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws at AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               

Forget 'Made in China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

December 1, 2014 10:03 am | by Kip Anthony | Articles | Comments

Once known as the "Workshop of the World" Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 9:42 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc., which faces its single biggest day of online shopping on Monday, has invested heavily this year in upgrading and expanding its distribution network, adding new technology, opening more shipping centers and hiring 80,000 seasonal workers to meet the coming onslaught of holiday orders.

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Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

EPA: Texas Coal Plants Should Spend $2B to Cut Emissions

November 25, 2014 2:07 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.               

Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing? Q&A With Allen Klevens

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

In order to have control of manufacturing, you want to have the ability to move quickly or change quickly. Therefore, I believe it is worth the extra dollars to have things built in the U.S.                 

This Company Still Makes Vinyl

November 25, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Despite its retro roots, records sales are growing. CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci heads to Brooklyn to visit one of sixteen record pressing plants in the United States.                         

NAM Urges India to Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                             

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Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right. But, the power may soon need to shift left.       

Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 2:56 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing.                    

Fort Drum Powered by Wood in Renewable Energy Push

November 24, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy.

Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 24, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices.                                

The New Holiday Essential: Bubble Wrap

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

More than a billion packages are expected to be shipped this holiday season. That's big business for the makers of Bubble Wrap, Sealed Air. They even wrap your Thanksgiving turkey.                    

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Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

In today’s highly accountable business environment, it is necessary for manufacturers to optimize the performance and value of their metal detection systems. They can no longer be viewed as just a means to remove metallic contamination.    

Report: Plant's Chemicals Not Listed in 911 Call

November 24, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.             

Swiss Company Eliminates 1,800 Jobs

November 24, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta says it is eliminating or reshuffling 1,800 jobs globally as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting program to boost earnings.                             

Brother Gearmotors to Showcase New Benefits for North American Customers

November 21, 2014 2:34 pm | by Brother International Corporation | News | Comments

Brother Gearmotors, a division of Brother International Corporation that offers a wide range of ultra-reliable, sub-fractional AC gearmotors and reducers for the packaging, food & beverage and unit handling industries, has begun to highlight new benefits for customers in North America.

Siemens To Supply Equipment for Clean Energy Center in Ohio

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

Siemens has received an order from Black & Veatch for power generation equipment to be used at the Oregon Clean Energy Center in Oregon, Ohio – scheduled to come on line by the summer of 2017.               

GM Shakes Up Management, Names New Quality Chief

November 21, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has promoted its purchasing chief to be its head of quality as part of a management shakeup.                                         

Getting the Most Out of Your Electric Motor Repair

November 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP Vice President, Dreisilker Electric Motors | Articles | Comments

Even with standards, studies and certifications, there is no guarantee or requirement for repair shops to provide exceptional or reliable electric motor repair.                         

Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 10:39 am | by Paul Anderson | Articles | Comments

Without the correct maintenance, bacteria, dirt and other pesky contaminants can find their way inside buildings and onto factory and warehouse floors, causing excessive wear and tear as well as increasing the risk of costly slips and trips in the workplace.

Philly Area Factories Growing by Most in 21 Years

November 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Chrsitopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide.                               

GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV for Opel

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

Ineos To Invest $1B in UK Shale Gas Exploration

November 20, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chemicals firm Ineos has announced plans to invest 640 million pounds ($1 billion) in shale gas exploration in Britain.                                     

Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 9:35 am | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow – or both – an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.

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