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Volvo Attempts Return To The U.S. Market Next Year

November 7, 2013 1:30 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Volvo is building new plants in Sweden and China, introducing new vehicles and developing its own infotainment system that it says will be less distracting.  The company is also hiring a new ad agency and working on a bolder message emphasizing Volvo's reputation for safety.

Photos Of The Day: Inside Volvo's Manufacturing Plant

November 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has officially started series production of the Volvo S60L at its manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China. The production start is another important milestone in Volvo Cars’ transformation journey and the establishment of China as the company’s second home market.

KC Plant Will Build 2 New Harley-Davidson Cycles

November 7, 2013 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson says it will build two new lightweight motorcycles at its Kansas City plant, beginning next year.  The new Street 500 and Street 750 models are the company's first lightweight models since the 1970s. The Kansas City plant will build them for U.S. buyers. 

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OSHA Cites NH Company For 21 Violations

November 7, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a New Hampshire textiles company is facing $115,000 in fines for 21 serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Hampton plant.         

Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

November 6, 2013 3:23 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Maker’s Row, a website and free service that helps facilitate connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll. The New York-based technology startup has recently secured $1 million in funding to help hire more developers.

Quartz Manufacturing Company To Build Plant In Ga.

November 6, 2013 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Caesarstone is planning to invest between $70 million and $100 million in the new plant in Richmond Hill — about 20 miles southwest of Savannah. Deal says the company will import raw materials to make new countertops, and will export the finished products from Georgia's ports.

Fiber-Optic Cable Manufacturer Expanding Va. Plant

November 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiber-optic cable manufacturer is planning to expand its Culpeper operations, creating 30 jobs.  Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that TE Connectivity Ltd. will invest more than $15 million in the expansion.          

Drivers Ed: Maintenance Best Practices and Energy Awareness

November 6, 2013 11:35 am | by Anna Wells, IMPO Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Since motors and drive systems are so often directly intertwined with production, problem areas likely result in costly downtime — something every manufacturer wants to avoid at all costs.                  

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The China 'Rules' Of Business

November 6, 2013 11:23 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

American businesses and the government know that China wants to become the number one economy in the world and we simply ignore the fact that the Chinese have shown they will do whatever it takes (legal or illegal) to achieve their goals.    

Cargill To Label Meat After 'Pink Slime' Uproar

November 6, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it will start labeling beef products that contain finely textured beef after the ingredient came under attack as "pink slime" last year.  It says packages will note when a product "Contains Finely Textured Beef."     

Toyota Profit Jumps 70 Pct. Despite Sales Slip

November 6, 2013 10:05 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota's quarterly profit soared 70 percent, and the world's top-selling automaker raised its earnings forecast, as cost cuts and the weaker Japanese yen compensated for slightly weaker vehicle sales.                

Crest Industries Expanding Its Louisiana Presence

November 6, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Crest Industries is expanding its Louisiana presence into Tangipahoa Parish.  The company, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and LED Secretary Stephen Moret, announced Tuesday it will build a $15 million galvanizing plant to serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries.

Nucor Working To Block Big River Steel Air Permit

November 5, 2013 1:22 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The start of construction for a $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas is being delayed because a competing steel mill is trying to block the new company from receiving its environmental permit.              

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Report: 30 Pct. Renewable Energy Mandate Doable

November 5, 2013 1:19 pm | by David Eggert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan is positioned to double its share of electricity from wind and other renewable sources within two decades but risks falling behind other states if nothing is done, state officials said in a final report issued to Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday.

Federal Appeals Court Halts Horse Slaughterhouses

November 5, 2013 10:06 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily halted plans by companies in two U.S. states to begin slaughtering horses, continuing on-again, off-again efforts to resume domestic equine slaughter two years after Congress lifted a ban on the practice.

CAT To Close W.Va. Highwall Miner Plant

November 5, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is closing a highwall miner plant in southern West Virginia and moving production to a facility in Pennsylvania.  Caterpillar says its plant in Beckley will close by mid-2014.               

Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi To Expand Cooperation

November 5, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Renault-Nissan alliance and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday they will expand cooperation in developing new vehicles, including small cars and full-size sedans.                        

Apple To Open Phoenix-Area Plant, Employ 700

November 5, 2013 9:41 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech giant Apple Inc. on Monday said it will open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will eventually employ 700 workers and provide material currently used only in its iPhone 5 cameras and fingerprint reading sensors.

W. Va. Potato Chip Co. Resumes Production After Fire

November 4, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Potato Chip Co. has rebounded from a fire that damaged its Parkersburg plant in March.  Production of the company's Mister Bee potato chips has resumed following renovations of the facility.            

New Wisconsin Brewer Slated To Produce 20K Barrels In First Year

November 4, 2013 1:44 pm | by Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal | News | Comments

Besides its size and lofty production goals, Wisconsin Brewing Co. has a management team with decades of experience in brewing, distribution, finance and construction. Its $11 million facility has a brewhouse that can make 80 barrels per batch. 

Kellogg To Cut Jobs, Lowers Outlook

November 4, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg says it plans to trim its global workforce by 7 percent, with the breakfast foods maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.  According to FactSet, Kellogg has 31,000 employees, suggesting the company plans to cut about 2,170 jobs.

Suit Claims Fire Caused By NH-Made Light Bulb

November 4, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit that alleges a defective light bulb manufactured in New Hampshire caused a fire at a Kimberly-Clark de Mexico paper mill in Mexico has been moved from state to federal court.                   

Court Must Revisit Harley Davidson's E. Pa. Taxes

November 4, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Commonwealth Court says a lower court must determine whether a Harley-Davidson plant in eastern Pennsylvania is owed a refund on its local property taxes.                         

Temporary Order Against Horse Slaughter Expires

November 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States and other groups suing the Department of Agriculture over its permitting procedures for the plants filed a motion Friday seeking an extension of the restraining order.      

Ford Recalls Ambulances Because Engines Can Stop

November 1, 2013 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press, Reuters | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 3,100 F-Series ambulances because the engines can stop unexpectedly. The F-350, F-450 and F-550 "Super Duty" ambulances have 6.7-Liter diesel engines. They're from the 2011 and 2012 model years.         

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