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Nixon Calls Special Session For Boeing Incentives

December 2, 2013 10:01 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nixon on Friday called a special legislative session to begin Monday in order to approve an economic incentives package of up to $150 million annually that he said must be completed quickly before Boeing decides where to the build the new commercial airplane.

Plant Design: Efficient Budgeting And Resource Conservation For Food Manufacturers

December 2, 2013 9:20 am | by Kerry Mowlam, Division Manager, Stellar and Frank Freeman, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

We find that many plants are now undergoing expensive retrofits because future needs were not appropriately considered. Not only are retrofits expensive, but if new equipment is not sized and sequenced effectively, it can significantly affect your energy costs.

Ammunition Company To Open Plant In Wyo.

November 27, 2013 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced Tuesday that Maverick Ammunition, which is also known as Ammo Kan, intends to employ more than 50 people at its Laramie plant.                          

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Nippon Steel In Talks To Acquire U.S. Auto Steel Sheet Plant

November 27, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. is in talks to acquire a German company's U.S. automobile steel sheet plant jointly with ArcelorMittal S.A. for around 200 billion yen, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.         

Fisker Automotive Bankruptcy Case On Fast Track

November 27, 2013 9:25 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anaheim, Calif.-based Fisker, which planned to build cars at a former General Motors plant in Delaware, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, ending a long, downward spiral that began after it received a $529 million loan commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Judge Orders Cool-Down At Calif. Hot Sauce Factory

November 27, 2013 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has given a dose of cold water to Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.           

Honda Starts Constructing 2nd Assembly Plant In Brazil

November 27, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. on Tuesday started the construction of its second auto assembly plant in Brazil that is scheduled to open in 2015. Honda invested about 1 billion real (about $437 million) for the Sao Paulo plant to meet growing demand in Brazil, the fourth largest auto market in the world.

What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

November 27, 2013 7:53 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.

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Mayville Engineering Expanding 5 Wis. Plants

November 26, 2013 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Employee-owned Mayville Engineering said the new jobs will be primarily at its two plants in Beaver Dam, two in Mayville and one in Wautoma. The company also has a plant in Neillsville and employs about 2,000 people nationwide.       

Jackson Furniture To Add New Miss. Plant, Hire 250

November 26, 2013 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jackson Furniture, based in Cleveland, Tenn., announced Monday that it will add a plant in Myrtle to one it opened in Mantachie in September, investing $2 million overall.                       

GE Wins $700M Contract From Saudi Electricity Company

November 26, 2013 1:10 pm | by General Electric | News | Comments

GE has signed a nearly $700 million contract with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to bring additional F-class combined-cycle gas turbines, and associated equipment and services, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.            

Piles Of Midwest 'Petcoke' Raising Residents' Ire

November 26, 2013 9:54 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The onslaught, captured in photos and video footage from Detroit and Chicago this year, was caused by the same thing: brisk winds sweeping across huge black piles of petroleum coke, or "petcoke," a powdery byproduct of oil refining that's been accumulating along Midwest shipping channels and sparking a new wave of health and environmental concerns.

Factory Roof Collapses In China, Killing 9

November 26, 2013 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nine people were killed during the lunchtime collapse at the plant in Mudanjiang city in Heilongjiang province on Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Citing emergency officials, Xinhua said the collapse probably was caused by blizzards.

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Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

November 26, 2013 8:06 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around a U.S. unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.  The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring than reshoring, as many of these businesses – along with their jobs – head to Mexico. 

Death Toll At 47 From Chinese Pipeline Explosion

November 25, 2013 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's largest oil refiner apologized Saturday for explosions from a ruptured oil pipeline that killed 47 people and injured 136 others in one of the country's worst industrial accidents of the year.               

Chinese Furniture Maker Comes To Virginia

November 25, 2013 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese furniture maker is establishing its first U.S. subsidiary in Virginia's Smyth County. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the $2.1 million project Friday. He says the New Ridge subsidiary of Liaoyang Ningfeng Woodenware Co. is expected to create 125 jobs.

Guilty Plea In Bird Deaths At Wind Farms A First

November 25, 2013 11:32 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.

DOE Loses $139M On Loan To Electric Car Maker

November 25, 2013 10:08 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $139 million loss is the largest in the Obama administration's green energy loan program since the 2011 failure of solar panel maker Solyndra. The government lost $528 million in the Solyndra collapse, triggering sharp Republican criticism of the loan program and President Barack Obama's investments in green energy.

Berry Plastics Announces Plans To Close 5 Plants

November 25, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Berry Plastics Corp. plans to close five of its manufacturing plants next year in response to weak demand for the company's plastic containers and packaging.  The plants will close by Sept. 30, 2014, and cost about 200 workers their jobs.  

Judge Considers Closing Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

November 25, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

City News Service reports that Judge Robert O'Brien did agree Friday to take Irwindale's request for a preliminary injunction to close the plant under consideration. The judge didn't indicate when he might rule.           

Jury Awards Mo. Worker $28M For Lung Damage

November 25, 2013 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the lawsuit, Philip Berger claimed he developed inflammation of the lung after breathing contaminants from a chemical used to cool cutting tools at Copeland Scroll Compressors, a firm owned by Ferguson-based Emerson Climate Technologies.   

General Electric To Close N.Y. Plant

November 22, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it will close a northern New York electrical capacitor plant that employs about 200 workers.The Fairfield, Conn.-based company announced Thursday that it will follow through on plans announced in September to close its Fort Edward plant and move operations to an existing manufacturing site in Clearwater, Fla.

Ford's Hinrichs Sees Slower Growth In Auto Sales

November 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Joe Hinrichs was named Ford Motor Co.'s president of the Americas one year ago, after a three-year stint as head of Ford's Asian operations. Here's what Hinrichs told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show this week:

Oil Pipeline Blasts In Eastern China Kill 35

November 22, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leaked oil triggered two huge blasts, one of them tearing up concrete along a city road in Qingdao. Photos posted online showed ripped slabs of pavement, bodies, overturned vehicles and shattered windows in nearby buildings. Black smoke rose above gigantic fuel silos and darkened much of the sky.

Network Of Electric Car Chargers Stalled In Calif.

November 22, 2013 1:17 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

More places to "refuel" would diminish worries of getting stranded with a dead battery, and widespread adoption of the cars would help the state meet ambitious air quality goals. Instead of Californians plugging in, however, progress has been plugged up: 110 of the 1,040 stations that NRG committed to installing by early December are ready.

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