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Ohio Workers Productive But Making Less

September 3, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren't necessarily making more money as a result, according to a new report. Ohio productivity grew by nearly ...           

Federal-Mogul Announces Plan To Separate Into 2 Distinct Global Automotive Suppliers

September 3, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has announced its plan to separate its Powertrain and Motorparts divisions into two independent, publicly-traded companies serving the global original equipment and aftermarket industries. The planned separation will be ...

General Dynamics Secures $5.8B Contract

September 3, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Dynamics has landed a $5.76 billion contract to make armored vehicles for Britain. The aerospace and defense company will deliver 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles between 2017 and 2024, and it will also make available affiliated support and training. The contract will ...

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Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years. Halliburton was...

Storeroom Management Remains Big Problem For Manufacturers

September 2, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the most troubling difficulties many manufacturers face is controlling their MRO expenditures and also making sure that they have the right number of products in their storerooms as needed. It’s a ...        

ADM Selling Chocolate Business To Cargill

September 2, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Archer Daniels Midland Co. is selling its global chocolate business to Cargill for $440 million. The agribusiness company said Tuesday that the sale will give it the opportunity to redeploy capital to other areas and improve its returns. Cargill said that ADM's chocolate operations are...

Incentives States Can Offer To Get Tesla Factory

August 31, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine ...

Newton Council OKs Financing For $6.5M Project

August 29, 2014 5:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The City Council in Newton has approved financing for a company that plans to build a chemical manufacturing plant at the city's airport. The estimate for Wichita-based ABI Group's project is $6.5 million, which would fund ...    

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Tesla, Chinese Firm Plan 400 Charging Stations

August 29, 2014 5:30 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China. Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide ...

Automotive Parts Maker Expanding Smyrna Facility

August 29, 2014 4:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An automotive parts manufacturer is expanding its distribution facility in Smyrna and is expected to create more than 130 additional jobs in Rutherford County. Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty say Federal-Mogul is investing more than $6 million to expand. As...

Airgas Opens New Location In North Dakota

August 28, 2014 4:16 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Airgas, Inc., one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced that it has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, significantly enhancing its ...   

MAPI Addresses Challenges Ahead for Global Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 4:12 pm | by MAPI Media | News | Comments

MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Foundation economists offer insights and manufacturing forecasts for key global regions - United States, Eurozone, China, India, and Latin America - in this round table discussion ... 

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner. Valero Renewable Fuels said the plant ...        

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Ford Hires Employees, Invests $129M In Assembly Plant

August 28, 2014 2:51 pm | by Close-Up Media | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company reported the hiring of 300 new employees and a $129 million investment in Louisville Assembly Plant to support production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC. According to a release from the company ...      

Robot Fights Infrastructure Corrosion

August 28, 2014 2:47 pm | by Anna Maltsev, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Many citizens rely on Switzerland’s 3,500 motorway bridges – plus thousands more on cantonal roads – to carry them safely across valleys, streams, rivers and other roads. Most of these bridges have ...        

Lockheed Martin's Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 28, 2014 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin ...

Find The Value Of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:21 pm | by Brady Corporation | News | Comments

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns, and combating counterfeit components ...          

The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

August 28, 2014 12:17 pm | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely ...

The IoT Uplink: Making Use Of All This Data

August 28, 2014 11:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the data that is produced and how it’s analyzed, interpreted, and shared throughout ...

Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Young Execs?

August 28, 2014 9:53 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, experience generally trumps all else — which would seem to make sense since the average age of an incoming CEO last year was 53 with 18 years of experience in their corporations. Now, as the trend ...

South Korea's Kia To Invest $1B In Mexico

August 28, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. says it will invest more than $1 billion to build a car factory in northern Mexico that is expected to begin production in 2016. The company said Wednesday that the new plant in Nuevo Leon state, across the border ...

Agco Laying Off Employees In Hesston

August 28, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agco, an agriculture machinery manufacturer, is laying off 24 hourly workers at its plant in Hesston and more cuts are expected. The plant's human resources manager, Tom Nutting, says ...           

Hackerspaces Help Turn Ideas Into Reality

August 27, 2014 1:45 pm | by Emaun Kashfi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads, and tools while ...   

GM Moving Cadillac SRX Production From Mexico To TN

August 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers union says General Motors will move production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to Spring Hill, Tennessee. It was unclear how many new jobs the move would create. The Spring Hill factory complex ...

GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 27, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells. The facility in Malta opening on Tuesday will be devoted to the ...             

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