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Amazon Closing Distribution Plant in Kansas

October 1, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that is expected to affect hundreds of workers.                                 

A Look at CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

October 1, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

Panasonic, Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects

October 1, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC announced the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California.                          

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General Mills Plans To Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.             

Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Interfax News Agency | News | Comments

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said.               

3 Tips for Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 1:44 pm | by Dan McGrath | Articles | Comments

Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  

Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 10:37 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.        

9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implementation

September 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Clay Calk | Articles | Comments

To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         

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GE To Build Oil and Gas Plant in Jacksonville

September 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016.                             

Factory Boom Cranks Up Economy

September 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY | News | Comments

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.                       

Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are not Enough

September 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joe Alphonse | Articles | Comments

To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes, and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     

Ford Invests in New LED Lighting for Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe.                                   

The Inversion Crackdown is in Full Swing

September 26, 2014 11:46 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas.                                   

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Old Forester Bourbon Distillery Planned for Louisville

September 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. is returning to its roots, Louisville, to build a distillery to produce Old Forester bourbon, its founding brand.                             

Chrysler Redesigns its Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 12:28 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

The Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. This increase meant rethinking the assembly process and implementing significant changes. The most extensive transformation came on the assembly line.      

NutraSweet To Cease Aspartame Production

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.                                         

Boeing To Bring Hundreds of New Jobs to South Carolina

September 25, 2014 11:05 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as 400 workers.  

Lease or Loan Equipment? What You Need to Know to Decide

September 25, 2014 10:03 am | by William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association | Articles | Comments

When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy” decision.                                

Explosion at Nevada Plastic Manufacturing Plant

September 25, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                          

GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing energy-efficient vehicles, reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Mississippi.        

Getting More Entrenched in Your Supply Chain is a Few Clicks Away

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

If you feel stuck, even just a little bit, you’re probably behind the innovation curve. Good news, this article is for you. Because the secret to getting unstuck — or becoming more entrenched in your supply chain — is only a few clicks away. The secret is information.

Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips for Manufacturers

September 24, 2014 9:45 am | by David Schnitt | Articles | Comments

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry needs to keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful.                 

Delphi Expands Their Business with Antaya Technologies

September 23, 2014 5:02 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Delphi Automotive PLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp. ("Antaya"), a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company's portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business.

HP Announces Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 23, 2014 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of ongoing efforts to lower its carbon footprint across all phases of its business, HP today announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.       

U.S. Cracks Down on Companies Going Overseas

September 23, 2014 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Treasury Department announced new regulations on Monday aimed at making these so-called inversion deals less lucrative.                                     

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