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The Real Cost Of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 10:18 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

According to the National Safety Council, which hosted its annual Congress and Expo Sept. 13-19 in San Diego, workplace injuries and fatalities cost our economy $198.2 billion a year. You read that right, 198.2 BILLION dollars a year. That amount of money would allow every kid in America to go...

SC Johnson To Receive 2015 Gold Medal For Sustainable Development

December 9, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to SC Johnson. The company is being recognized for its comprehensive, company-wide focus on sustainability and...

Workers Demand Accountability After Refinery Explosion

December 8, 2014 2:08 pm | by Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Kimberly Janvier says the sounds from a construction site are all it takes to trigger intense memories of that day. The 36-year-old scaffolder was working at an oil refinery in Regina when a pipe burst and her life changed forever. "There was this big boom, and I remember cringing," Janvier...

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Judge Approves $10.5M Sale Of Maine Mill

December 5, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankruptcy court judge has approved the $10.5 million sale a shuttered paper mill in Old Town, Maine, to a Wisconsin company that wants to reopen it. Expera Specialty Solutions of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, said it plans to reopen the Old Town...

GM Closes Opel Plant After 52 Years

December 5, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The last vehicle has rolled off Opel's production line at its flagship factory in Bochum, which General Motors is shuttering as it restructures its lossmaking European subsidiary. The dpa news agency reported Friday that with the production of the last Opel Zafira compact van, the...

Alliant Moving Ahead With Demolition Of Plant

December 4, 2014 6:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alliant Energy is moving ahead with the demolition of its Sixth Street Generating Station near downtown Cedar Rapids. The plant has been a fixture in Cedar Rapids since it began providing electricity in 1888. Part of the plant was damaged by flooding in 2008 and it stopped...

ND Power Plant Off Line After Fire

December 4, 2014 4:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

No one was hurt in a fire at the Coyote Station power plant near Beulah in western North Dakota. Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. says in a statement that a mechanical failure about 5 a.m. Thursday led to the fire. The cause of the equipment failure was not...

5 Essential Needs Custom ETO Manufacturers Should Consider When Evaluating ERP Software

December 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Jean Magny | News | Comments

Custom engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers have unique process requirements throughout their manufacturing lifecycle. As manufacturers grow, the processes in place get more and more complex to handle with traditional forms of communication. The communication between...

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Expansion Insight: Q&A With Andrew Berlin

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chicago-based Berlin Packaging, a leading supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, recently announced a major expansion of its operations, which includes the addition of 100 new employees in 25 cities in 2015. I recently had the chance to discuss the expansion with...

CA Nuke Plant Key In Quake Safety Review

December 3, 2014 2:31 pm | by Kevin Freking, Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators need to reassess seismic standards at California's last operating nuclear power plant and determine if its operating rules are sufficient in light of earthquake risks, a former California state senator says. Sam Blakeslee argues in testimony to be submitted...

NJ Governor Pig Crate Decision Could Hurt Pork Producers

December 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jill Colvin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has until Monday to decide whether to sign a closely watched bill involving pig cages — a piece of legislation seen by many as a gauge of his presidential ambitions. The bill would ban pig farmers in the state from using devices called gestation crates, which are metal...

IN Ethanol Plant To Resume Operating

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

An ethanol plant in South Bend that ceased operations two years ago after its former owner filed for bankruptcy is expected to begin operating again later this month. Connecticut-based Noble Americas Corp. sent notice to city officials a few weeks ago of the impending...

Pack Expo Top 10

December 2, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo.  We look at the expressive robot Baxter, fog computing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Parker Automation's SCOUT, Honeywell's wearable Dolphin, Dorner's SmartPace Conveyor, food safety reforms, the...

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The Cleaning Culprits

December 1, 2014 5:09 pm | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

With the recent concerns about Ebola and with winter flu season now approaching, this is an opportune time for facility managers and administrators of industrial locations to hear about a 40-year-old study that is as relevant today as it was when it was published back in...

Cyber Monday Gears Up To Get Online Shoppers Hyped

December 1, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Retailers rolled out discounts and free shipping deals on Cyber Monday, with millions of Americans are expected to log on and shop on their work computers, laptops and tablets after the busy holiday shopping weekend. But with retailers extending their online deals into...

U.S. Factory Growth Slips In Nov, But Still Healthy

December 1, 2014 12:08 pm | by By Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped to 58.7 last month from 59 in October. Any...

Taking It Paperless: Major Steel Distributor Utilizes AP, AR Automation

December 1, 2014 11:04 am | by Nick Sprau | Articles | Comments

Every company is looking for ways to become more efficient and accurate, especially in their accounts payable (AP) and accounts receivable (AR) departments. Whether it’s saving time, minimizing mistakes, or streamlining processes, it’s vital to a company that AP and AR are...

Ebola Scare Boosts Business For AL Company

December 1, 2014 9:56 am | by Jay Reeves, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola scare has subsided in the United States, at least temporarily, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease. Located in north Alabama, the family-owned Kappler Inc. of Guntersville typically gets only a few orders annually...

Decline Of ME Paper Mills Hurts Middle Class

November 27, 2014 10:08 am | by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The road to the middle class in Maine might not be paved with paper any longer. The accelerating decline of Maine's once-strong pulp and paper industry is a heavy blow for the state's workforce, which has relied on its mills for steady, well-paying jobs for generations. The latest shot to the...

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones To Drive Profit

November 25, 2014 11:39 am | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

No matter the product, service or industry, mission or corporate philosophy, nearly every business is bottom line-driven. And, there is no shortage of ingenuity as to how companies try to glean more profit out of existing processes. Every so often, a new technology emerges that radically...

Utility Workers Rescued From Platform In WI

November 25, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four utility workers have been brought to safety after getting stuck on a platform about 150 feet above the ground at the We Energies plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. A spokesman for the utility company said the workers were rescued late Monday after being stranded...

ClearEdge Wholesale Glass To Expand In Baton Rouge

November 24, 2014 6:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ClearEdge Wholesale Glass is expanding its manufacturing operations in Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and company owners, Brian and Dana LaBorde, said Monday that ClearEdge is investing $2.65 million to renovate a 41,000-square-foot factory in Baton Rouge, where it will relocate its current...

Salmonella In 10 States Linked To Raw Sprouts

November 24, 2014 2:25 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New...

U.S. Steel To Build New Headquarters In Pittsburgh

November 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. has announced it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the NHL's Penguins' redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site. Company, team, city, and state officials made the announcement Monday. The steel giant has been in talks with...

Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In a blog from September, “NFL Team Takes A Stand On Sustainable Food Manufacturing,” I cited an October 2014 report on sustainable manufacturing. The report, entitled “Success Paths to Sustainable Manufacturing,” is authored by Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental...

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