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Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

November 3, 2014 2:43 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

Not having a single picture of what's happening on the floor - or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning - is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful.

Lozier Corporation Acquires Leggett & Platt Store Fixtures Group

November 3, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lozier Corporation, an industry leader in providing store fixtures to major retailers around the world, announced the acquisition of the Leggett & Platt Store Fixtures Group, another leading manufacturer of retail fixtures.       

The Great Challenge for Soup

November 3, 2014 1:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison says, 'The American family has changed... so food has to be different.'                                         

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Mystery Drones Fly Over French Nuclear Sites

November 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Jamey Keaten | News | Comments

 French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by tiny, unmanned drones over French nuclear power stations.                             

Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets.                     

The Future Of Sony

October 31, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sony was once a symbol of Japan's golden age, but now the tech company is struggling. Will Ripley takes a look at Sony's game plan to make a comeback.                             

Metal Manufacturer Wins $1M Business Plan Prize

October 31, 2014 1:45 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fledgling metal manufacturing company that promises to make lighter, stronger, and less expensive parts has won the million-dollar grand prize in a contest aimed at attracting entrepreneurs to Buffalo.             

Predicting Potential Maintenance Issues with Smart Technology

October 31, 2014 11:27 am | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

Listen to the IMPO webinar featuring Todd McIntyre, a Product Manager at Eaton Corporation, and Kevin Breunig, a Fluid Power Specialist at Motion Industries, as they discuss smart sensor technology in manufacturing and how to make it most effective for your specific applications. 

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Amy's Kitchen To Open in Converted ID Plant

October 31, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic frozen food maker Amy's Kitchen is opening a new plant in southeastern Idaho. The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs.                   

Rivals Gear Up for Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 9:24 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation | Articles | Comments

As the economy recovers, middle market manufacturing companies are poised to make a big comeback in terms of profitability and as appealing prospects for investors.                         

Museum Agrees to Purchase Rosie's Old Plant

October 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mike Householder, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yankee Air Museum chairman Ray Hunter will sign papers Thursday making the aviation museum the official owner of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II.

Inside the World's Biggest Auto Factory

October 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Bloomberg News | News | Comments

Volkswagen, the world's number-two carmaker, plans to cut billions in operating costs by 2017. That means making the world's biggest auto plant, in Wolfsburg, Germany, more efficient. Hans Nichols spent a day on the assembly line for a progress report.

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Lawsuit Challenges Power Plant's Restart With Gas

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | by The Associated | News | Comments

The environmental group Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's approval to restart an idled power plant on the Hudson River with natural gas instead of coal.                     

Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 10:42 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. 

GM To Invest $63M in New Car Plant

October 29, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built.                                         

American Certified Finds Growing Preference for 'Made in USA'

October 29, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jolie Darrow | Articles | Comments

It’s no surprise that recent years have brought a surge in demand for products made in the USA. The financial crisis of 2008, and subsequent recession, have caused Americans to rethink the importance and position of the U.S. economy.     

Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.               

Fiat Chrysler Plans to Spin Off Ferrari

October 29, 2014 10:44 am | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company, a way to unlock value in the luxury brand and distinguish it from its mass-market parent.                    

Nigeria Sues Coca-Cola for Half-Filled Cans

October 29, 2014 10:37 am | by Michelle Faul, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigeria filed a suit Monday against Coca-Cola for allegedly refusing to comply with orders from the Consumer Protection Council over two half-empty cans of evaporating Sprite.                     

Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect for Jobs in NC

October 28, 2014 2:46 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio & Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently.

Chemical Company Plans To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant in Illinois

October 28, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical company plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois, state economic officials confirmed Tuesday.                                   

GM To Move Production of Volt Back to U.S.

October 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.           

Detroit: City On The Rise?

October 28, 2014 12:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? Film for 'We the Economy' explores the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs.           

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

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