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MAPI Business Outlook: Manufacturing Sector Continues Upswing

January 17, 2014 10:44 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), | News | Comments

The December 2013 composite index improved to 67 from 66 in the September survey—the fourth straight quarterly advance and the highest level since the September 2011 reading of 67. For 17 quarters, the index has remained above the threshold of 50, the dividing line separating contraction and expansion.

Most Innovative Companies #2: AquaTech

January 16, 2014 11:03 am | Articles | Comments

Our #2 pick is AquaTech, which has 32 years of experience with industrial waste water treatment and is located at the heart of the Marcellus Shale region. The company was one of the first in the area to develop mobile water treatment facilities which lower costs and reduce the risk of transporting contaminated water. AquaTech is also expanding its manufacturing space as well as dedicating a company division to the shale industry.

Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

January 16, 2014 8:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

In late 2013, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced the “Manufacturing Jobs for America” initiative, which aims to “train Washington’s focus on manufacturing jobs.” The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, all Democrats, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow.

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Auburn Manufacturing Opens Expanded Maine Plant

January 15, 2014 2:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of textile products for extreme temperature industrial applications, has announced the recent grand opening of a $1.4 million expansion. The 22,500 square-foot renovation at the company’s “Kitty Hawk” manufacturing facility in Auburn, Maine, has doubled the facility’s size

Alcoa Finishes $300M Expansion At Iowa Plant

January 15, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

The expansion of the plant in Davenport, Iowa, reflects four years of strong vehicle sales increases — U.S. auto sales rose 8 percent to 15.6 million in 2013 — and growing use of lightweight aluminum for better fuel mileage in some models.    

Most Innovative Companies #4: Hearthside Food Solutions

January 14, 2014 12:18 pm | Articles | Comments

Our #4 industrial innovator is Hearthside Food Solutions — a young company with deep roots. Co-founded in 2009 by a group of investors led by Hearthside Chairman and CEO Rich Scalise, the company strives to be the largest and best contract manufacturer of snacks in the country.

Stueken Expands Stamping In S.C., Adds 27 Jobs

January 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Greenville Area Development Corporation | News | Comments

Stueken, LLC, which provides precision deep draw and metal stamping to the automotive, electronics and consumer goods markets, will expand its Fountain Inn location to address growing customer demand. The $3.2 million investment will add at least 27 new positions in the near future.

GM Delivered 9.7 Million Vehicles In 2013

January 14, 2014 10:13 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

General Motors Co. today announced that its dealers had delivered 9,714,652 vehicles worldwide during 2013, which is 4 percent higher than the previous year. The company said China and the United Kingdom, as markets, posted the largest year-over-year sales increases, each 11 percent up over the year before.

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USMTO: Technology Orders Up 0.6 Pct. From October

January 13, 2014 5:03 pm | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $437.79 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 0.6 percent from October and up 20.7 percent when compared with the total of $362.63 million reported for November 2012.

Most Innovative Companies #5: Toshiba International Corp.

January 13, 2014 12:21 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #5 is Toshiba International Corporation, one that many would not associate with American production. But Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) is a Toshiba America Inc. Group Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, and is headquartered in Houston, Texas with 1,200 people.

Toyota Makes Kentucky Home To New U.S.-Made Lexus

January 13, 2014 11:29 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) recently announced that construction is underway at the assembly line that will produce the first U.S.-made Lexus. Last April, TMMK announced it would localize production of the ES 350, which has never been assembled outside of Japan.

ELFA: Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends For 2014

January 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) | News | Comments

For a majority of U.S. businesses, equipment financing is a critical source of funding, helping them to acquire the equipment they need to operate and grow. Equipment acquisition plays a critical role in driving the supply chains across all U.S. manufacturing and service sectors.

Illinois: Rockford A Finalist For Boeing Assembly Plant

January 10, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Rockford was a finalist for a massive Boeing plant before the aerospace company reached a deal with a union and agreed to build its 777X planes near Seattle, state officials said. "It speaks very well for the Rockford region how seriously Boeing took the Illinois proposal," one official said.

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Maryland Announces Clothing Manufacturer Expansions

January 7, 2014 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Carlisle Etcetera national distribution center is opening in Carroll County, and the English American Tailoring Company in Westminster is expanding. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Carroll County economic development officials made the announcement Tuesday.

Boeing 787 Deliveries Beat Goal Last Year

January 6, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

Boeing delivered 65 of its 787s last year, even though deliveries were halted for a four months because of battery problems. Boeing was able to step up the pace once deliveries resumed in May, and it handed over 25 of the jets during the final quarter of last year.

U.S. Factory Orders Up On Planes, Business Spending

January 6, 2014 11:05 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factory orders rose 1.8 percent in November, the Commerce Department said Monday. That follows a 0.5 percent decrease in October. Orders received by manufacturers totaled a seasonally adjusted $497.8 billion in November, the highest level on records dating to 1992

ArcelorMittal To Reopen Tenn. Facility

January 6, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a news release, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and ArcelorMittal executives said the goal is for the facility to be fully operational by April 2014. ArcelorMittal says it plans to hire 61 new employees over the next two years in Roane County.

Miss. Silicon Plant Plans Revived After 2011 Failure

January 3, 2014 2:09 pm | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

For the second time in three years, a company is promising to build a silicon metal production facility and add hundreds of jobs. Only this time, officials say it will be in Burnsville. In 2011, the company, Mississippi Silicon, eyed Lowndes County for a similar project.

ISM: A Well-Balanced, Solid End To The Year

January 3, 2014 9:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the seventh consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Auto Sales Finish 2013 8 Pct. Up, Strongest Since 2007

January 3, 2014 9:34 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Most analysts are predicting that Americans bought around 1.4 million new cars and trucks last month, the fourth-best month of the year. That means the industry will finish 2013 with sales of about 15.6 million cars and trucks, roughly 8 percent better than the 14.5 million vehicles sold in 2012.

Chrysler Sales Up 6 Pct. As 2013 Finishes Strong

January 3, 2014 9:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler finished 2013 with a 9 percent sales increase, posting its best annual numbers in six years as the auto industry's recovery hit full stride. The company said Friday that it sold just over 1.8 million cars and trucks last year, up from 1.65 million a year earlier.

ISM: 55 Months Of Consecutive Manufacturing Growth

January 2, 2014 10:32 am | by Institute for Supply Management | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the seventh consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

S.C. Boeing Expansion To Continue Apace In 2014

December 30, 2013 12:05 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

The expansion by aeronautics giant Boeing will continue apace in South Carolina during 2014 as hundreds of jobs are moved in and new construction progresses in the Lowcountry, where the company now assembles its 787 Dreamliner. It's all part of company plans announced this year to invest another $1 billion in the state and create 2,000 jobs over eight years.

Company Making Progress On Ind. Iron Pellet Plant

December 30, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

Magnetation Inc. of Grand Rapids, Minn., announced in late 2012 it would build the new factory at the site of an abandoned ethanol plant in the White County town of Reynolds. Several large buildings for the factory are under construction at the site.

Gun Magazine Supplier Expands In Iowa College Town

December 30, 2013 9:14 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

With demand for gun products booming, Brownells Inc. is building a large distribution and retail center along Interstate 80 in Grinnell. The central Iowa city of 9,100 is home to Grinnell College, a selective liberal arts institution proud of its commitment to social justice.

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