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EPA Permit Paves Way For $500M Power Plant

January 28, 2015 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have issued a permit that paves the way for construction of a $500 million power plant in South Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the greenhouse gas permit was granted for the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Plant in Brownsville. A Tenaska spokeswoman...

Mercedes Selects AM General To Make SUVs In The U.S.

January 27, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class, a seven-seat SUV, at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. The R-Class was briefly...

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys To Women's Rise In Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 9:29 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries has been well-documented, and increasingly as that shortage continues to grow. Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females continue to enter the supply chain workforce...

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Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends Of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

As the federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has a bird’s-eye view on safety trends impacting the industry. In a recent interview with Chem.info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating...

A Leader In Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

January 22, 2015 10:48 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of training his employees so they had the skills and knowledge necessary for his company to make the complex metal components his customers needed. So he launched an employee training program soon after starting his company in 1948.

Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Man Over 2008 Fire at His Plant

January 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Schropp was in financial trouble and hoped to gain around $4 million in insurance proceeds for the destruction of his PK Manufacturing plant. It burned down on Nov. 20, 2008. The Omaha World-Herald says the trial began Tuesday.

Exploring The Role Of A Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 8:47 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacutring robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, and his day-to-day work.  A manufacturing robot is hardly...

Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

January 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Three companies have expressed interest in reopening a Maine paper plant closed last month. But the head of the firm set to take control of the plant says he won't open discussions unless offers are on the table, and a federal judge today rejected efforts to halt the sale. Verso Paper Corp. last fall announced plans...

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

January 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Anders Ekman, President of DataMentors | Articles | Comments

It’s not a secret that manufacturers face significant challenges. Prospects are doing more research online and making purchasing decisions before they even speak to a salesperson. And the buying process has become extremely complex with stakeholders including marketing, sales, and...

Union To Discuss IN Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future General Mills announced last week that it plans to close its refrigerated goods plant in New Albany by mid-2016, but said its...

Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

GE To Provide Natural Gas Turbines For Allen Plant

January 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis. GE said Thursday that the natural gas-powered generators will...

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Fed: Industrial Production Showed Strong Growth In 2014

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Factory production increased at the fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the latest monthly numbers from the Federal Reserve. But the manufacturing sector faces challenges from both a turbulent global economy and capacity limitations at home. December estimates from the Fed show...

U.S. Factories Churn Out More Steel, Computers, Lifting Production For 4th Straight Month

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and steel, offsetting a small decline in autos. The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.3 per cent last month, the fourth straight gain. The increase comes after total output finally passed...

"Greening" The Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 9:43 am | by Monica Gomez | Articles | Comments

Going “green” is not only good for the environment—it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company. According to environmental news website Clean Technica, there are two primary ways to be considered “green” in the manufacturing industry. One way is to create...

200 Protest Proposed Power Plant In Oxford, CT

January 16, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 200 people rallied in Oxford against a proposed power plant as state regulators inspected the site before a public meeting on the project. The Republican-American reports that protesters held signs on Thursday urging rejection of the CPV Towantic Energy Center. Connecticut Siting Council...

SAP Conference For Environment, Health, And Safety Management

January 15, 2015 4:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Events

Join T.A. Cook and SAP, at the annual SAP Conference for Environment, Health, and Safety Management, taking place in New Orleans on February 24-25, 2015. At this event you will you will discover how your organization can leverage SAP EHS to improve business performance. The event will kick-off with four...

Manufacturing Activity Grows At Weaker Pace In Philly Region

January 15, 2015 10:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factories in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in January compared with the previous month, as orders, shipments and hiring tumbled. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity fell to 6.3 this month from 24.3 in...

ClearSign Has The Answer To Industrial Pollution

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

The age-old warning – don’t play with fire – doesn’t seem to apply to ClearSign Technologies. In fact, the manufacturing industry is quite lucky that they decided not to heed this cautionary warning. That’s because ClearSign Technologies has developed a new technology for the...

Can Manufacturing Learn A Lesson From Farm-To-Table?

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Articles | Comments

There’s a lot of talk about manufacturing’s “New Industrial Revolution.” But the way we interpret “industrial” — and its definition moving forward — is going to change dramatically. Fewer smokestacks, more 3D printers, more choices. When industries turned to machines and away from...

The Myth Of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses China's rising labor costs, global shipping...

Judge To Rule On Union's Lawsuit Against Maine Mill Sale

January 13, 2015 5:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge will rule next week on a union's antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block the sale of a Maine paper mill to a Canadian metal recycler. Parties appeared in court Tuesday to respond to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers' suit. The suit seeks to block the...

Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing

January 13, 2015 10:23 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When the Czech writer Karel Capek started working on his science fiction play R.U.R., he asked his brother Josef what he should call the human-like machines at the center of the play. Josef, who was a poet, thought of robota, the Czech word for forced labor, and told Karel to call them...

Volvo Plans To Export Chinese-Made Cars To The U.S.

January 13, 2015 9:57 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

As the Great Recession fades further and further from the rearview mirrors of American minds, U.S. consumers are ramping up their expenditures on automobiles. With the average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. around 11.4 years old, according to industry...

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