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Middle Market Tax Burden Rising, Threatening Job Growth

October 24, 2014 12:42 pm | by McGladrey LLP | News | Comments

The vast majority of middle market companies have experienced tax hikes since the beginning of 2013 as a result of the “fiscal cliff” tax deal that became law last year and subsequent tax changes, reports McGladrey LLP.         

Procter & Gamble Taking Out Its Batteries

October 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.                                             

North-East Manufacturers Announce Plans to Recruit and Invest

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | News | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions and expand premises.                          

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Q&A With Women in Manufacturing's Allison Grealis

October 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field.

Discovery of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 24, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                       

Industrial Manufacturing Merger and Acquisition Value Soars Past Historic Levels

October 24, 2014 9:25 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Following a historic second quarter, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the industrial manufacturing sector maintained a strong momentum in the third quarter of 2014.                     

Chiquita Reject Plans to Merge With Fyffes

October 24, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.                               

Oregon Investigates Discrimination Claims at Daimler Plant

October 23, 2014 2:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.            

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Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts

October 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.                           

How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 23, 2014 9:57 am | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

Weaving The Digital Thread Across Industrial Value Chains

October 23, 2014 9:23 am | by LNS Research | News | Comments

To address pressures of the industry, manufacturers need to ensure end-to-end connectivity across the real and virtual worlds with a digital thread strategy that spans the value chain and leverages new enabling technologies like mobility, cloud, and big data.

Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 23, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant.                         

3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

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Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said.                     

Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 10:55 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.     

Will Solar, Wind Generate Revolution or Evolution?

October 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association | News | Comments

Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies.                                 

Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

October 22, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.                                               

EU Antitrust Keeps An Eye on DuPont, Honeywell

October 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Randall Chase, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said.

Coke Slashing Costs as Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.                             

The Story Behind the Making of Maker's Mark Bourbon

October 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels discusses the boom in the bourbon business and the making of his family's iconic bourbon.                                     

GE, Honda Join To Power Legacy Cessna Jets

October 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE Aviation and Honda started manufacturing engines for Honda’s brand new HondaJet light jet in May, and the partners are not finished. The pair just announced a joint project with Sierra Industries to develop a program that would use the HondaJet’s engines to retrofit legacy Cessna business jets. 

Kimberly-Clark To Cut up to 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient.                             

AbbVie To Pay Shire $1.64B Fee Over Failed Merger

October 21, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AbbVie is walking away from its proposed $55 billion takeover bid of Shire and has agreed to pay the rival drugmaker a $1.64 billion breakup fee.                              

Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories Problem in Italty

October 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Ericka Kinetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for safety and labor violations. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name.          

IBM To Pay $1.5B to Shed its Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 10:42 am | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

 IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research.        

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