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Futuris Opens Automotive Components Manufacturing Facility In North America

September 12, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Futuris Automotive, a leading global automotive components supplier, today announced the expansion of its North American business with the opening of a new manufacturing facility and design center in Newark, California.         

Nevada Governor Enacts Tesla Tax Break Package

September 12, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the Silver State.                         

Demystifying the Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 2:25 pm | by Diane Palmquist | Articles | Comments

We’ve all heard about “Industry 4.0” and the promises an increased flow of data and better quality information will have on shaping a new manufacturing reality. But what does the Internet of Things and more connections really mean for the manufacturing business? 

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Linetec To Expand with a Third Anodize Line

September 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Linetec | News | Comments

Linetec, one of the largest architectural finishing companies in the U.S., will expand with a third anodize line. The 120,000-square-foot addition and associated improvements are estimated to cost $15.3 million and bring nearly 100 jobs to the city of Wausau, Wisconsin. 

Saunders Creates Manufacturing Jobs For Blind And Disabled Americans

September 10, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Saunders Mfg. Co., Inc. is creating new opportunities to keep many Americans who are blind, visually impaired, or have significant disabilities working.                            

Tripwire and Belden Inc. Announce Cybersecurity Initiative for Manufacturers

September 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tripwire, Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, and Belden Inc., a leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical manufacturing applications, today announced a new marketing initiative designed to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations.

Big River Steel Gets Extension in Suit Over Mill

September 10, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.                         

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, not Just Training

September 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks.                 

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Utility Manufacturing Company Receives Gold Safety Award

September 10, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that it has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Gold Safety Award.

The Importance of Leadership and Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

Hardinge To Acquire Voumar

September 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Hardinge Inc | News | Comments

Hardinge Inc., a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions and accessories, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of the Voumard Internal Diameter (ID) Grinding Business.     

Ohio Manufacturing Firm Makes $29M Expansion

September 9, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dayton Daily News | News | Comments

St. Paris manufacturing firm KTH Parts Industries is making progress on a $29 million expansion and hiring that's connected to increased production at Honda.                           

Electrolux CEO Discusses GE Acquisition

September 9, 2014 12:13 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Following the $3.3 billion acquisition of GE Appliances USA Today sat down with Keith McLoughlin the CEO and President of Electrolux to discuss the monumental deal and it's ramifications.                  

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Grainger Announces World's First Data Center Certified by New LEED Standards

September 9, 2014 11:43 am | by W.W. Grainger | News | Comments

Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, announced its new data center is certified as the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of this type. 

'Make It In Washington' Initiative Introduced to Strengthen Manufacturing Sector

September 9, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Small and midsized manufacturers in qualified Washington counties will have access to a new blend of support to strengthen their businesses.                               

Ten Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation

September 9, 2014 10:33 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The "new age" of manufacturing brings added complexity to manufacturing. Fortunately, next generation ERP solutions are being designed to take advantage of these new technologies with industry-specific technical capabilities, and are proving to be helpful in making the complex simple.    

General Mills Buying Annie's

September 9, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Packaged food giant General Mills plans to buy Annie's, the maker of rabbit-shaped mac and cheese, for $820 million.                                       

Here's Why Nevada Won Tesla

September 8, 2014 3:03 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Hadley Malcolm interviews former Reno Gazette Journal Editor Beryl Love about why Nevada beat out the competition of four other states.                                 

Global Consumer Electronics Manufacturer Haier Opening Tech Center

September 8, 2014 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Haier America, a division of the multi-national home appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Haier Group, announced plans today to locate its North American Tech Center in Evansville, IN, creating 50 new high-wage jobs by 2015. 

Treasury To Limit Profitability of Overseas Shifts

September 8, 2014 2:10 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries.       

7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

September 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Your supply chain is the biggest source of risk in your entire operation. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day aspects that you’ll never be able to completely control or manage.                   

Survey of Execs: U.S. Pay Likely To Stagnate

September 8, 2014 11:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Economics Writer | News | Comments

According to a survey by Harvard Business School alumni, U.S. workers face a dim future, with stagnant or falling pay and fewer openings for full-time jobs.                           

Mercedes To Build New SUV at Alabama Plant

September 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes has announced plans to start building a fifth model, the ML Coupe, at its Alabama plant next year.                                         

Electrolux To Buy GE Appliances in $3.3B Deal

September 8, 2014 9:11 am | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion and boosting its presence on the North American market.                             

Southeast Manufacturing Activity Rallies For August

September 5, 2014 1:49 pm | by Paula Stanton, Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Southeast manufacturing activity saw a rebound in August, reversing an 8.5-point slide in June and July, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center. 

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