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McDonald's Invites Questions About its Food

October 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood.                            

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up Slightly

October 14, 2014 9:26 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $356.69 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

Boeing Announces Garuda Order for 50 Planes

October 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. says that Garuda Indonesia placed an order for 50 jets with a total sticker price of $4.9 billion.                                         

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More Than 200 Craft Brewers Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint

October 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by MicroStar Logistics | News | Comments

By sharing a pool of kegs rather than owning their own, over 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013.                       

Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 10, 2014 9:25 am | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Not only is the trade deficit possibly hurting manufacturing at home, but currency manipulation by foreign countries that the U.S. trades with could be making it worse.                       

Boeing Predicts Northeast Plane Demand to Rise

October 9, 2014 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

Boeing shares are ready to take flight this morning, as the company predicts demand for more than 1,300 new planes in the Northeast, something that will add to a growing backlog of aircrafts the company will produce.          

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.             

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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.

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.

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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.                         

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.      

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.                                 

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