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Regulators: Design Flaws Led To DuPont Plant Deadly Gas Leak

February 5, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say problems in the design of a network of pipes and valves at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant contributed to a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers in November.                 

Hot Jobs and Hiring Trends: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

February 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin had the chance to speak with Traci Fiatte, President of Randstad Staffing about the hot jobs in manufacturing, how aspiring workers can best fill these positions, how employers can best attract potential workers, and other trends in manufacturing training and hiring.

Report: Navistar Contract Agreement Would Salvage Pension Plan

February 5, 2015 9:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The tentative agreement between truck and engine manufacturer Navistar and members of the United Auto Workers union reportedly will continue the company's pension plan.                       

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Ford To Transition up to 500 Workers to Higher Pay

February 4, 2015 10:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire.                           

Getting to Excellent

February 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Eric Larson, Director of Operational Excellence and Manufacturing Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials | Articles | Comments

Tips for achieving a culture of operational excellence and cost efficiency.                                                  

State Department Won't Intervene in Nissan-UAW Dispute

February 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The dispute between Nissan Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union over organizing workers at a Mississippi auto plant will continue without intervention from the federal government.                 

January/February 2015: In Case of Emergency

February 3, 2015 3:36 pm | by IMPO | Digital Editions | Comments

In the January/February issue of IMPO, we take a look at some of the critical issues for manufacturers in the coming year, visit with the successful contract manufacturers Berner Food & Beverage, highlight ways to mitigate safety risks and production downtime in plants, and profile one company’s method to training success.

Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 3, 2015 2:34 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable.        

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U.S. Factory Orders Dropped 3.4 Percent in December

February 3, 2015 2:02 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories dropped for a fifth consecutive month in December, while a key category that signals business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month.                       

Hundreds Express Opposition to Sanderson Farms' NC Poultry Plant

February 3, 2015 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms says it is no longer planning to build a $95 million poultry processing plant in Cumberland County, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from turning out for a public hearing in which most speakers opposed the project.   

Predictions for 2015: A Tipping Point for Supply Chain Sentience

February 3, 2015 11:04 am | by Sean Riley, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director, Software AG | Articles | Comments

Software AG has released the company’s top ten predictions for the next year in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, calling 2015 the tipping point for supply chain sentience.                   

Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year.                                

Steel Industry Missing Out on Boom Cycle as Cuts Mount

February 2, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana's steel industry, which many hoped would be on the upswing after the end of the Great Recession, is struggling under the weight of cheap oil, a strong dollar and low prices, leading to hundreds of layoffs in just one week and uncertainty about the future.

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Tips on Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

February 2, 2015 10:32 am | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc | Articles | Comments

Doing business directly with Chinese manufacturers is very different from business anywhere else in the world. Failure to understand Chinese business culture may end up with you insulting your prospective supplier without knowing it.     

Fire at Plastics Factory Kills at Least 13

February 2, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.           

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 30, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Choosing the “Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week” was a little bit more challenging this week as there were a few contenders for each position. Check out who ended up receiving the weekly nods — and if you agree.        

Bias Complaints to Daimler Portland Plant Settled for $2.4M

January 30, 2015 10:49 am | by Steven Dubois, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million.                               

BP To Sell Part of its Gulf of Mexico Stake to Chevron

January 29, 2015 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is selling part of its stake in an emerging oil-producing region in the Gulf of Mexico to Chevron, and the two companies, along with Conoco Phillips, will work to develop the fields together.                

Leading Automotive Supplier to Expand in TN

January 29, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading global automotive supplier plans to build a new facility in McMinn County, Tennessee that's expected to create as many as 400 new jobs.                              

U.S. Steel Warns of More Layoffs to Come

January 29, 2015 1:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

U.S. Steel warns employees that more layoffs may be coming down the road. The locations in question are the steel processing plant in Birmingham as well as a plant in Lone Star, Texas.                   

Dean Foods Announces Closing of Century-Old Sheboygan Plant

January 29, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods says it will close its 100 year old dairy plant in Sheboygan in an effort to consolidate operations.                                       

General Motors Must Decide What Happens to Oshawa Plant, Union Says

January 29, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union representing auto workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ont., plant says the company must decide now what will happen to its operations there instead of waiting until after the next contract negotiations.           

Medford's Last Milk Processing Plant Closing

January 28, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medford's last milk processing plant is closing; the Seattle-based Darigold says it would cost too much to upgrade the plant to meet food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations.                 

With Lower Oil Prices, Sasol Delays Plan for Louisiana Plant

January 28, 2015 2:26 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid falling oil prices, a South Africa-based energy company is delaying final plans for a $14 billion gas-to-liquid plant in Louisiana.                                 

Pabst Owner Considers Returning to Milwaukee

January 28, 2015 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago. But now its current owner and CEO, Eugene Kashper, is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made and sampled.        

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