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GM To Move Production of Volt Back to U.S.

October 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.           

Detroit: City On The Rise?

October 28, 2014 12:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? Film for 'We the Economy' explores the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs.           

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

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How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 27, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lori Payne | Blogs | Comments

Small manufacturing enterprises are more than balance sheets to the CEO, who has usually built the business from the ground up, painfully learning every detail of a successful company as a hands-on leader and final decision-maker.     

Liquor Company's American CEO Adapts To New Climate

October 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Chinese drank 11 billion liters of Baijiu last year, making it the most consumed spirit by volume. After suffering a significant loss in revenue, Sichuan Swellfun CEO Jim Rice is hoping a new approach will reinvigorate the business.    

Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling

October 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products.                                              

Reducing Ownership Costs for Material Handling Equipment

October 27, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeffrey Cohen | Articles | Comments

Although the price to acquire the equipment is important for buyers to consider, there are other long-term costs outside of the equipment purchase price that buyers should also take into account before finalizing their purchase.       

Valeant Not Done With Allergan Takeover Yet

October 27, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian drugmaker Valeant said it would be willing to raise its takeover bid for Allergan by almost 12 percent, which would mean $200 or more per share for the maker of Botox.                    

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Parker Hannifin Introduces New Rapid Service Unit

October 24, 2014 4:16 pm | by Parker Hannifin | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, introduced its Rapid Service Unit as a part of the existing Custom Manufacturing Operation.                         

Alcoa Sells Stake in SC Smelter

October 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is selling its stake in a South Carolina aluminum smelter to Century Aluminum Co. for $67.5 million.                                         

Middle Market Tax Burden Rising, Threatening Job Growth

October 24, 2014 12:42 pm | by McGladrey LLP | News | Comments

The vast majority of middle market companies have experienced tax hikes since the beginning of 2013 as a result of the “fiscal cliff” tax deal that became law last year and subsequent tax changes, reports McGladrey LLP.         

Procter & Gamble Taking Out Its Batteries

October 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.                                             

North-East Manufacturers Announce Plans to Recruit and Invest

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | News | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions and expand premises.                          

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Q&A With Women in Manufacturing's Allison Grealis

October 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field.

Discovery of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 24, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                       

Industrial Manufacturing Merger and Acquisition Value Soars Past Historic Levels

October 24, 2014 9:25 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Following a historic second quarter, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the industrial manufacturing sector maintained a strong momentum in the third quarter of 2014.                     

Chiquita Reject Plans to Merge With Fyffes

October 24, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.                               

Oregon Investigates Discrimination Claims at Daimler Plant

October 23, 2014 2:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.            

Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts

October 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.                           

How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 23, 2014 9:57 am | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

Weaving The Digital Thread Across Industrial Value Chains

October 23, 2014 9:23 am | by LNS Research | News | Comments

To address pressures of the industry, manufacturers need to ensure end-to-end connectivity across the real and virtual worlds with a digital thread strategy that spans the value chain and leverages new enabling technologies like mobility, cloud, and big data.

Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 23, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant.                         

3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said.                     

Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 10:55 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.     

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