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ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 4, 2014 1:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

How To Identify The Right Forklift For Your Operation

March 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Reddon | Articles | Comments

Today, there are plenty of lift-truck designs out there for all types of businesses, and with the right knowledge, you’re sure to find the right machine for your needs.                        

Manufacturing Operations Management: Identifying The Best Solution Approaches

March 4, 2014 8:43 am | by Mark Davidson, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In the 2013-2014 LNS Research MOM survey, approximately 325 manufacturing professionals shared their preferences on how they leverage internal resources, systems integrators and consultants, and software suppliers to support their manufacturing improvement initiatives.

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Deere CEO Optimistic In 2014

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

The CEO of Deere & Co. says this year will be pivotal for the company as lower demand for farm equipment cuts sales but he is optimistic demand for construction equipment and other advanced machinery will strengthen.         

Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Articles | Comments

Each year, 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. In total, all workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation.        

Sharp May Sell Plant In Jakarta To Cut Costs

February 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. is considering selling its Pulogadung plant in Jakarta after terminating the production of liquid crystal display televisions and other home appliances to slash costs, sources close to the matter said Friday.         

Mazda Opens Mexican Plant

February 28, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This will be the most important production base under the ongoing structural reform in which the fate of the company is at stake," Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi said Thursday.                  

Louisiana, Texas Worst For Industrial Carbon Emissions

February 28, 2014 12:35 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

This week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data ranking each state by annual carbon emissions. The rankings are broken down by sector, including commercial, electric power, residential, industrial, and transportation.  

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Maker's Mark Expanding Distillery

February 28, 2014 10:09 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $67 million expansion comes barely a year after the brand created a backlash by saying it was cutting the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch its whiskey supplies. Producers quickly scrapped the idea.            

After UAW Loss, Plant Shows No Sign Of Expansion

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Corker blamed the UAW appeal and the resulting delay in certifying the results of the union election for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.                          

Gov. Beshear Praises Tobacco Plant Expansion

February 28, 2014 9:58 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The approximately $118 million investment by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. will create 42 more jobs at its Hopkinsville plant, which now employs 90 full-time workers. The company plans to build a new processing facility and add on to its existing plant there.

5 Simple Rules To Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

February 28, 2014 9:15 am | by Dan Labell, President, Westfalia Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.                      

Subaru Moving On With Lafayette Factory Plans

February 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru is moving ahead with its plans for spending more than $400 million to prepare its Lafayette factory for production of a new vehicle while significantly scaling back the expectations for additional jobs.            

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Airbus To Boost Production, Profits Up

February 27, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Europe's largest aerospace group, previously known as EADS, said it would increase production of its best-selling A320 jet family to 46 aircraft a month by the second quarter of 2016 from the current 42, echoing plans by rival Boeing to reach towards 47 a month.

Hot Sauce Factory Topic Of Firey Meeting

February 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council scheduled a public hearing and a vote on whether to declare the Sriracha plant a public nuisance. Such a declaration could potentially lead to a shutdown order.                  

One Of The Most Powerful Guns You Can Buy

February 27, 2014 10:21 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ronnie Barrett invented the .50 caliber Barrett M82 over 30 years ago. Today the M107A1 is legal in most states and still used by the military, law enforcement, and civilians with a fat wallet.                 

Leak Exposes 13 To Radiation In New Mexico

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elevated radiation levels have been detected in the air around the plant, but officials have said the readings are too low to constitute a public health threat.                          

Tesla's New Battery Factory Will Employ 6,500

February 27, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.                          

Made In The Northwest: Tipke Manufacturing

February 27, 2014 9:40 am | by KXYL | Videos | Comments

Tipke Manufacturing, based in Spokane, WA, does metal fabrication for companies like Boeing and Genie Industries. They have made a living on intermediate volume manufacturing, being more flexible for their customers.           

How It's Made: Fiberglass Insulation

February 27, 2014 9:17 am | by Science Channel | Videos | Comments

Discovery Channel's How It's Made takes you step-by-step through the fiberglass insulation manufacturing process.                                        

Could The Military Get Its Own 'Google Glass'?

February 26, 2014 10:16 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Q-Warrior features a full-color and high-luminance see-through display that is able to project symbols and videos directly onto the field of battle. This could include waypoints, other points of interest, or even areas/buildings housing known enemies.

Panasonic, Tesla Eye Joint Plant In U.S.

February 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. is considering setting up a new plant jointly with Tesla Motors Inc. in the United States to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.              

IBM Adding Jobs In Buffalo, Hudson Valley

February 25, 2014 12:18 pm | by Josefa Velasquez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agreement between the company and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering increases IBM's commitment of high-tech jobs at semiconductor plants in Dutchess County, Albany, and Yorktown Heights by 750 from the current 2,350, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

Campbell's Soup Plant Equipment To Be Auctioned

February 25, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new owners of a shuttered Campbell Soup Co. factory in Sacramento will begin auctioning off equipment from the facility on Tuesday. The three-day auction is intended to clear space for potential tenants and raise cash. The factory's inventory is worth an estimated $6 million to $8 million.

Honda Increases North American Manufacturing Footprint

February 25, 2014 10:29 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The start-up of the Celaya Plant increases Honda's annual automobile production capacity in North America to approximately 1.92 million units. In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America; this is expected to exceed 95 percent when the Celaya plant reaches full capacity.

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