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Navy Tests Cutting-Edge Clothing Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 11:32 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Navy is testing out a cutting-edge way of manufacturing clothes; welding them together with ultrasonic waves. The process promises garments that weigh at least 40 percent less.                   

Reno Industrial Market Growing Even Before Tesla

October 6, 2014 1:48 pm | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Word that Tesla Motors was interested in locating its giant battery factory near Reno apparently jumpstarted a business migration to the region long before the electric car maker made the decision official.             

Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.

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U.S. Factory Orders Posted Record Drop

October 2, 2014 5:07 pm | by martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders.                           

Ebola Scare Means High Demand for Mask Manufacturer

October 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A Texas company is one of the last in the U.S. to manufacture surgical masks. With concerns mounting in regards to Ebola, this company could be a strategic player in the battle against the virus.               

Pace of U.S. Manufacturing Slipped in September

October 2, 2014 9:32 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in September, as expectations for hiring and new orders slipped from their August levels.                                 

GM Announces Parts are Ready To Fix Small Recalled Cars

October 1, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide earlier this year to fix faulty ignition switches that are now blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide. Barra said suppliers have made enough parts to fix all of the switches, but only 1.1 million small cars have had the repairs so far.

Edmonton Plant Aims To Transform Sewage

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Two companies are working on a project to transform sewage into commercial fertilizer and help protect the environmental health of the North Saskatchewan River.                         

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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.                                   

Intel Invests up to $1.5B in China Venture

September 26, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics.                         

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.                             

India Launches New 'Make in India' Campaign to Boost Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign — "Make in India" — to entice investment and promote the country as the world's next cheap labor economy.                           

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.      

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 18.2 Percent

September 25, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record amount in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft.                             

American Honda Honors 15 Suppliers with Premier Partner Award

September 24, 2014 9:24 am | by American Honda Motor Co., Inc | News | Comments

Fifteen distinguished suppliers to American Honda Motor Co., Inc. have received the 2014 Premier Partner Award from American Honda President & CEO Takuji Yamada.                          

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.       

America Loses Another Iconic Brand, Sort of

September 23, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It looks like foreign investors are taking one more slice of Americana pie. News broke this week that Pabst is being sold to a Russian company, which begs the question, “Can we still claim it as our own?”             

Printing a Car Takes a Team

September 23, 2014 10:40 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

The story behind the realization of a unique project: the building of a 3D printed electric car, as told by team members.                                     

Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 22, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.                                 

San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 22, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million.                     

NAM Welcomes Extension of Internet Tax Moratorium

September 19, 2014 11:15 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, Dorothy Coleman, issued a statement thanking Congress for including the ban on taxing Internet access in the continuing resolution approved this week.    

Right-shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

September 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

I propose we replace the notion of off-shoring vs. on-shoring with the idea of "right-shoring," asking the question "where is (are) the best location(s) to make something?" My business answers this question for our customers every day. To do so, criteria beyond simply cost must be considered.

Maglite's Commitment to American Manufacturing

September 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

The flashlight company, started 50 years ago in South Carolina, refuses to go overseas.                                                

Equipment Manufacturers See Increasing Demand with Horse-Powered Farming

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules.              

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.               

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