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New Pot Shops On The Block Not Always Popular

November 11, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public — but with other businesses. From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial...

Former Mamtek CEO Gets 7 Years For Theft, Fraud

November 10, 2014 7:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California man who talked a small Missouri community into issuing $39 million in bonds for an artificial sweetener plant was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from the project, which never got off the ground. Bruce Cole, 67, of Beverly Hills, California,...

2014 Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 5.2%

November 10, 2014 2:52 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 77.3% from August and up 61.4% when compared with the total...

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Foundation Of U.S. Nuclear System Showing Cracks

November 10, 2014 2:19 pm | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it. The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and...

Two Companies To Invest $22M, Add 115 Jobs In MI

November 10, 2014 9:57 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic FUND approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate nearly $22 million in INVESTMENTS and add up to 115 new jobs in Michigan. "Today's investments offer further evidence of...

Dispute Heats Up Over Failed Factory For Apple

November 7, 2014 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The feud between Apple Inc. and the operator of a failed sapphire glass factory in metro Phoenix is growing more intense. Bankruptcy court filings released Friday provide new detail about the dispute between the two companies in a deal that was once hailed as success story in Arizona's effort to...

LNS Research Releases MES Toolkit For Manufacturers

November 7, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

LNS Research has assembled a free Manufacturing Execution System (MES) toolkit for manufacturers who are considering implementing an MES system. Next-generation MES systems help manufacturers maintain a competitive edge and execute production effectively, but are sometimes...

Boeing Discusses Sale Of KS Site

November 7, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing officials say they are discussing the sale of the company's land in south Wichita, Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports the airplane company declined to provide details of the potential sale but confirmed the negotiations are underway. The company also says...

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Auto Part Manufacturer To Open IN Plant

November 5, 2014 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan-based automotive supplier has announced plans for its first Indiana operation. Fisher Dynamics said Wednesday that it will create 169 jobs within two years of the opening of a 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Evansville. The privately-owned company that makes...

China-Owned Firm To Open VA Plant, Create Jobs

November 5, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new company is moving into the former Thomasville Furniture facility in Appomattox, creating 349 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Lindenburg Industry LLC will invest $113 million to establish an industrial honeycomb manufacturing...

U.S. Factory Activity Picks Up The Pace

November 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories were busier in October, a sign that manufacturing is on sound footing despite growing concerns about the global economy. Orders, productivity and hiring all grew faster than they did in September, according to a private survey. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of...

China Factory Works Overtime Manufacturing Ebola Suits

November 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Zhang Weigun, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 7,000 miles away in West Africa. The Weifang Lakeland Safety Products factory in the eastern Shandong...

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

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U.S. Factory Orders Slip In September

November 4, 2014 11:46 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories declined in September, dragged by falling demand in the volatile aircraft category. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders retreated 0.6 percent in September, after having plunged 10 percent in August, also due largely to plummeting demand for...

Engine-Maker Rolls-Royce To Cut 2,600 Jobs

November 4, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane engine-maker Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC says it will reduce its staff by 2,600 over the next 18 months as part of a restructuring focused on its aerospace decision. The group warned last month that the tough economic climate meant it would have to increase its focus on costs. Chief Executive...

Taming The Complexity And Cost Of Manufacturing Operations

November 4, 2014 10:21 am | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

Like it or not, the global economy brought higher pressure and thinner margins right to your doorstep. Nobody feels this as keenly as the production managers and shop foreman in the small manufacturing operation. These key individuals must constantly pace the shop floor to eyeball the process...

AAM 'Fixes' Walmart's Made-In-America Claims

October 31, 2014 2:05 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

Context isn't kind to the retailer's "American-made" PR promises. The web filter at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) caught a big ol' piece of chaff this week, in the form of a release from Walmart. America's largest retailer has announced plans to purchase $250 billion worth of...

Museum Officially Buys Slice Of Rosie The Riveter's Factory

October 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Mike Householder, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rosie the Riveter's old plant in Michigan has officially avoided the wrecking ball. Yankee Air Museum board chairman Ray Hunter signed papers Thursday making the aviation museum the owner of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 Liberator bombers during...

2 Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Warehouse

October 31, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky. The Staffordshire Police force says officers and fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire at the SP Plastics building in Stafford, central...

Amy's Kitchen To Open In Converted ID Plant

October 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic frozen food maker Amy's Kitchen is opening a new plant in southeastern Idaho. The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs. At an announcement of the plan in Pocatello on Wednesday, Amy's Kitchen co-founder Rachel Berliner said the company...

Inside the World's Biggest Auto Factory

October 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen, the world's number-two carmaker, plans to cut billions in operating costs by 2017. That means making the world's biggest auto plant, in Wolfsburg, Germany more efficient. Bloomberg's Hans Nichols spent a day on the assembly line for a progress report...

3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 30, 2014 12:13 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Like many NASA experiments, the science that precipitates from manufacturing in space will not only help our civilization get to mars, but it will also add to the quickly growing launching pad of additive manufacturing and its uses ...     

Vega Biofuels Lays Out Construction Schedule For Torrefaction Plant

October 30, 2014 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vega Biofuels, Inc. announced today that construction has started at the site of its Joint Venture with Agri-Tech Producers, LLC in Allendale, SC. Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other...

Survey Shows Growing Preference For 'Made In USA'

October 29, 2014 3:23 pm | by Jolie Darrow | News | Comments

It’s no surprise that recent years have brought a surge in demand for products made in the USA. The financial crisis of 2008, and subsequent recession, have caused Americans to rethink the importance and position of the US economy. Now, a renewed interest in “Buying American” seems to be...

MaxLite Opens New Facility In Anaheim

October 29, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MaxLite, a leading manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, expands its U.S. operations with the opening of a new LEED-certified facility recently. The 48,864-square-foot-building increases MaxLite's product assembly and testing capabilities and features the company's first full showroom on the...

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