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Q&A: Better Emergency Preparedness On The Plant Floor

November 12, 2013 8:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

There are actually multiple barriers including cultural, environmental and technological, challenges that can affect timely and effective decision-making in a crisis situation. Among the most common cultural barriers are different languages spoken by people in the facility.

BMW Announces New S.C. Manufacturing President

November 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC | News | Comments

BMW Manufacturing announced today that Manfred Erlacher, a 29-year veteran with the company, has assumed responsibility for the Spartanburg factory. Erlacher succeeds Josef Kerscher who has returned to Germany to run the plant in Dingolfing.

Nuclear Expansion Suspended In TX

November 11, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallas-based Luminant Generation had asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to double the number of nuclear reactors at its Comanche Peak plant from two to four.                   

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Japan Starts Up Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

November 11, 2013 9:18 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The wind farm near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is to eventually have a generation capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines, though its significance is not limited to the energy it will produce.            

NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage

November 11, 2013 9:15 am | by Frank Eltman and Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the six-week-long shortage began, but lovers of the square, fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes may not have to go without much longer. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Hanukkah.

Proposal For Former Indy GM Plant Includes Stadium

November 11, 2013 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of four finalists seeking to redevelop a General Motors Corp. stamping plant that once employed more than 6,000 workers near downtown Indianapolis is considering using part of the land for a 10,000-seat soccer stadium.         

How To Develop A Multi-Skilled Workforce: Learning To Do More With Less

November 11, 2013 9:00 am | by Terri Szymczak, Regional Leader, Training Services, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

What if you learned funding for capital equipment required to keep your plant running in coming years was soon going to be extremely hard to find? Would you hit the panic button? The situation manufacturers are facing when it comes to their most critical asset – people – is nearly as dire.

Ark. Steel Mill Appeal Tentatively Set

November 8, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An administrative law judge has tentatively scheduled a March 28 hearing on the appeal of an air permit issued for a planned $1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County.  Nucor Steel, which has two steel plants in Mississippi County, is appealing the air permit issued to Big River Steel.

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Automotive Supplier Adds 180 Jobs In Miss.

November 8, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automotive supplier Toyota Boshoku is adding 180 jobs at its manufacturing plant in northeast Mississippi.  The company said Friday that it's investing $21 million at the plant it opened in 2011 in Mantachie, where it makes seat components and door panels for the Toyota Corolla.

Workers: Japan Nuke Plant Water Tanks Flawed

November 8, 2013 9:55 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials and experts and two other workers interviewed by the AP say the quality of the tanks and their foundations suffered because of haste — haste that was unavoidable because there is so much contaminated water leaking from the wrecked reactors and mixed with ground water inflow.

2 Burned By Acid At Suburban Philly Plant

November 8, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say two workers were burned after they were splashed by nitric acid at a dental implant manufacturing plant in suburban Philadelphia.                                

UAW Nominates Williams As Its Next President

November 8, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dennis Williams has been the UAW's secretary-treasurer for the last three years. Williams, a Marine Corps veteran, joined the union in 1977 as a welder. He joined the union's national organizing department in 1988 and has negotiated contracts with Mitsubishi, Caterpillar and other companies.

Arm Severed At Seattle Fortune Cookie Factory

November 8, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 55-year-old man's left arm was severed Thursday in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company.  Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department says the arm was severed after the man became stuck in a machine up to his chest.   

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New Line Of Pressure Calibration Products

November 8, 2013 8:08 am | by Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation is broadening its suite of precision pressure calibration products with the addition of 14 new 700G Series Pressure Gauges, and the 719Pro and 721 Dual Range Pressure Calibrators.

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. 

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.                  

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.                

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