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5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 9:33 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.        

September 2014: How Lean is Your Workstation?

September 17, 2014 2:29 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we show you the power of innovation and vision with ORG Chem Group, the importance of integrating workstations into Lean process flow, and investigate where the optimum place to manufacture really is.

Lincoln Logs To Be Manufactured in the U.S. Again

September 17, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The iconic toy logs used to construct miniature buildings will be made at Pride Manufacturing in Burnham Maine instead of China where the toys were previously manufactured.                       

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Mars Chocolate Site Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

September 17, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America has announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification--an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings--from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

H.J. Heinz To Make Baby Food in Pittsburgh

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The H.J. Heinz Co. will resume food production in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2002, when the ketchup giant sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods.                        

Bosch ConnectedManufacturing Summit

September 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Bosch | Events

This complimentary, half-day event features presentations by Bosch and Verizon about how the Internet of Things impacts the manufacturing industry and how manufacturers can improve their business performance leveraging the IoT. 

U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.                            

GM To Add 750 Workers To Build Small Pickup Trucks

September 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher | News | Comments

Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public.                         

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Empire State Manufacturing Catapults To Five Year High

September 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by CNBC | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York State accelerated at its fastest pace in nearly five years in September, topping expectations for a far more moderate improvement, the New York Federal Reserve said.               

When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 16, 2014 9:24 am | by Dr. David Michaels | Articles | Comments

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24.    

Bausch + Lomb Manufacturing Expands in Rochester

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Market News Publishing | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. 

Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'Gigafactory'

September 15, 2014 4:11 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a lithium battery factory to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable vehicles.

UAW Works to Organize Support at Mercedes-Benz Alabama Plant

September 15, 2014 2:09 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The United Automobile Workers (UAW) continues to try to organize workers at Mercedes-Benz's plant in Alabama just as the automaker is expanding the plant so it can make more than 300,000 vehicles annually.             

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TorqTek Design and Manufacturing Plans $12M Expansion in Charleston

September 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by State News Service | News | Comments

TorqTek Design and Manufacturing, LLC, a supplier of timing gears to automotive manufacturers, is expanding its North Charleston facility and is expected to create 50 new jobs in the process.                  

GE Aviation Plans New Plant in U.S.

September 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Chelsey Levingston, Dayton Daily News | News | Comments

New plans for another GE Aviation manufacturing facility in the United States have emerged, as it was revealed that the Ohio-based jet engine maker will open a second plant for the production of ceramic composite materials.       

Report: Manufacturers Collecting More Data, Unsure How to Use it

September 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Economist Intelligence Unit | News | Comments

A new report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it.

Hundreds of Workers On Strike at Lear Corp. Plant

September 15, 2014 11:53 am | by Charles D. Wilson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling fast-food-like wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana.                              

Nucor Buying Gallatin Steel for $770M

September 15, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Steel company Nucor is buying Gallatin Steel Co. for about $770 million, which will expand Nucor's footprint in the Midwest.                                    

Heineken Rejects SABMiller Takeover Bid

September 15, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Family-controlled brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by rival SABMiller.                                              

Airbus Looks To Ohio for More Business

September 15, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus are meeting with representatives of nearly 100 Ohio companies to talk about doing more business with them.                            

National Association Of Manufacturers Responds To Resolution Limiting First Amendment Rights

September 12, 2014 1:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) penned a letter to the Senate, urging opposition to S.J. Res. 19, a proposed amendment to the Constitution.                       

GreenTech Automotive Says Mississippi Factory Built

September 12, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive has announced it has completed a factory in Mississippi's Tunica County for the manufacture of small electric vehicles.                               

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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