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Mohawk Industries To Expand 2 Georgia Plants

December 5, 2013 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Governor Nathan Deal has announced that flooring manufacturing company Mohawk Industries is planning to renovate two facilities in northwestern Georgia and create more than 400 new jobs. Deal said Wednesday that Mohawk industries is planning to invest $85 million in the renovation of two facilities in Rome and Dalton over the next two years.

Inside BMW's USA Production Facility

December 5, 2013 9:02 am | by NDTV | Videos | Comments

It was BMW's first full manufacturing plant outside Germany, and today is the sole location that makes the X3, X5 and X6. Its scope was recently expanded to offer a larger capacity to take on future SUV models coming from BMW.       

4 Plunge To Deaths In Polish Industrial Chimney

December 4, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters in central Poland say four maintenance workers have plunged to their deaths some 120 meters (400 feet) down a chimney that they were working on at a coal-fired power plant.Spokesman Waldemar Krakowiak said Wednesday that the four were standing on a platform that came loose inside a chimney at the Kozienice plant.

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Boeing Incentives Could Total $1.7B

December 4, 2013 10:07 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri's bid for a Boeing assembly plant could include more than $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades if the airplane manufacturer adds thousands of jobs, according to new information about the proposal released Tuesday.      

Detroit's Bankruptcy Follows Decades Of Decay

December 4, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For decades, Detroit paid its bills by borrowing money while struggling to provide the most basic of services for its residents. The city, which was about to default on a good chunk of a long-term debt exceeding $18 billion, now will get a second chance in a federal bankruptcy court-led restructuring.

Durable Communication Center Kiosk

December 4, 2013 8:19 am | by Creform Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Creform Corporation has introduced a new mobile, four-sided, rotating information kiosk designed to share information such as business metrics, HR postings, safety info, quality documents, ISO procedures or Kanban inventory control information. 

Ethanol Maker Offered $6.3M For 65 Fuel Plant Jobs

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant operated by Biochemtex, a partnership headed by Italy-based Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi, plans to employ 65 people in three years near Clinton in Sampson County. The jobs will pay an average of $47,000 a year plus benefits, above the county average of $30,822.

Chicago Asks Residents To Report Petcoke Problems

December 3, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that's been piling up on the city's far southeast side. He's asking residents to call 311 or send an e-mail if they see evidence that petroleum coke — called "petcoke" — is blowing off the piles. Petcoke is a powdery black byproduct of oil refining that can be burned in power plants.

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Gov't Proposes More Steps To Store Fukushima Water

December 3, 2013 9:33 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials on the Industry Ministry's contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage for contaminated water within two years if current plans are not fully workable. A draft report proposed covering the ground with asphalt to reduce rain inflow, building giant tanks and other steps.

Suits Filed Against Ky. Glass Plant Operators

December 3, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

Separating Plant Network From Enterprise Network Improves Operational Performance

December 3, 2013 9:17 am | by Belden Inc. | Articles | Comments

Network strategies and objectives differ depending on the job. The IT department must place data integrity first. On the other hand, JIT production facilities live and die by keeping manufacturing lines up and running in order to meet production quantity, quality and delivery driven by electronic order requests sent by the customer. By maintaining separate networks, each group can operate at optimum potential.

Dow Chemical Looking To Spin Off, Sell 40 Plants

December 2, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical is looking to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants from its business as it continues to move away from cyclical commodity products.The company said Monday that it expects those deals to happen within the next one to two years. Almost 2,000 workers will be affected by the moves.

OSHA: Sentencing In Gunpowder Case Justified

December 2, 2013 1:58 pm | by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | News | Comments

Dr. David Michaels said, "[Craig] Sanborn recklessly ignored basic safety measures that would have protected their lives. His criminal conviction and sentence won't bring these men back to life, but it will keep him from putting workers' lives in peril."

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ThyssenKrupp Sells U.S. Steel Plant Biz For $1.55B

December 2, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Following extended speculation over the deal, ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. said Friday they will jointly acquire the ThyssenKrupp Steel USA. The steel processing plant is based in Alabama.          

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.                          

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.

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.            

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