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Toyota President Reveals Plans to Build New Overseas Plant

January 8, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is looking to build a new plant abroad, company President Akio Toyoda indicated, as the world's biggest carmaker nears an end to its self-imposed three-year ban on such projects.               

Obama Touts Auto Recovery, Yet AAM Says There's 'A Long Way to Go'

January 8, 2015 9:52 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although President Obama touted the recovery of the nation's auto industry near Detroit yesterday, a national manufacturing group said the country still has "a long way to go."                     

Lawmakers Raise Questions Over Incentives for VW

January 7, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Republican lawmakers from a southeastern Tennessee county that's home to a Volkswagen plant are raising questions about a $300 million incentive package for the German automaker because of the United Auto Workers union's role at the facility.

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Mercedes Announces New Location for U.S. Headquarters

January 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Geoff Mulvihill & Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press | News | Comments

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday that it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama.                  

Tracing Trends in Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 7, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin recently had the chance to talk about trends in manufacturing and construction with Dan Parkinson, Industrial Market Sector Leader at Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the largest privately-held construction firms in the country.

Company Closes Plant, Lays Off 100 Employees

January 7, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A technology company, formerly known as JVC America, is laying off at least 100 people as it closes a factory near Tuscaloosa.                                  

U.S. Companies Increased Hiring in December

January 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.                    

Debunking the Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 2:21 pm | by Barrrett Thompson | Articles | Comments

There’s a perplexing contradiction that exists in the business-to-business sector. B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.

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U.S. Steel Idles Tubular Steel Plant, Lays Off 750 Employees

January 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said it will shut down a plant in Lorain, Ohio, in March and lay off 614 workers. It said the move is temporary. U.S. Steel will also lay off 142 employees who work at a plant in Houston.               

Hyundai Motor To Spend $74B Over 4 Years on Facilities, R&D

January 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said Tuesday it plans to spend 81 trillion won ($73.7 billion) over the next four years on factories, research and a new headquarters.                 

Regulators Weigh Proposal to Close Part of New Mexico Plant

January 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.             

New Year May Bring More Small Business Help From Washington

January 5, 2015 2:35 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.               

2 Missouri Cities Consider Solar Energy Farms

January 5, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two cities near Kansas City are considering making more use of solar energy, a trend that energy industry experts say is growing in the Midwest as costs to install facilities decline.                   

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 10:17 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

Bartlett Company Begins to Manufacture Vinyl Records

January 2, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's record pressing plant has started work on a series of projects and once the plant reaches full capacity, it will have nine presses, able to make 7-inch and 12-inch records and producing 5,000 to 7,000 records per day.     

Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 10:10 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The CO2 emission goals set for Mississippi by EPA are unreasonable, unachievable and unfair," said Michael Callahan, CEO of Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.                       

Taft Hill Plant Manager Insists Facility is Safe

January 2, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The manager of a Taft Hill asphalt plant that some people want relocated says the plant is safe and it would be difficult to move it to a location that wouldn't affect anyone.                     

NY Offers $14.5M for Power Plant Upgrades

January 2, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state is offering $14.5 million in incentives for power plants to become cleaner and more efficient.                                         

How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 30, 2014 2:14 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

The North American group marketing director for Dow, Nestor De Mattos has an inside look at the big issues food packaging manufacturers are facing and how they’re problem-solving their way through today’s market. Here, he takes stock of what changes are on the horizon and how manufacturers can try new trends on for size.

Program That Backed Solyndra Now Showing Successes

December 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite some of the DOE program's highly publicized failures, the department now projects a profit of between $5 billion and $6 billion over the next 20 to 25 years.                         

DNR Plans to Monitor Air Near Ameren Plants

December 30, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is planning to install air monitors near two power plants that officials say are the largest sources of sulfur dioxide emissions in the state.                  

LA Needs More Electricity for Industry

December 30, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's largest utility needs to come up with more power before the end of 2016, and then find even more by the end of 2019 to meet the demands of Louisiana's ongoing industrial boom.                  

Tombigbee EPA Change Hits Some Hard

December 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

A new deposit policy for industrial and commercial users served by the Tombigbee Electric Power Association has caught many of them off-guard, as businesses will now face paying deposits several times over what they had paid in the past.   

Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Matthew B. Elliott

December 29, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan State President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They talked about upcoming trends, the skilled labor shortage, and domestic expansion.

China Jails 4 for 2013 Fatal Fire at Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others.       

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