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New Backup Imperative For Manufacturers In The Digital Era

September 12, 2014 1:55 pm | by Chris Grossman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Applications, Rand Secure Data | News | Comments

The impact of the digital age in manufacturing and manufacturing design has driven the creation of electronically stored information (ESI) to never before seen levels. Just a few of the areas seeing a major increase in storage requirements include...

Atlantic Signs Agreement, Purchases 3 International Paper Coverting Facilities

September 12, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Atlantic Corporation of Wilmington, North Carolina, announced today a definitive agreement to purchase International Paper's three largest paperboard converting facilities in Greensboro, N.C., Hazleton, P.A., and Sturgis, M.I. Atlantic has 12 branch locations across the...

Treasury To Limit Profitability Of Overseas Shifts

September 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries. A growing number of U.S. companies are shifting their addresses abroad in an effort to...

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Voith Upgrades Deliver Energy, Machinery Efficiency To Newark America

September 11, 2014 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Voith has completed an upgrade of the stock preparation at Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions (Newark America) in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, reducing production cost and boosting efficiency in the process. As a result of the upgrades, the facility can now use...

Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by John Paul Williams | News | Comments

The U.S. manufacturing industry is back in the black. At least that’s the read out based on a newly released 2014 ranking of the largest U.S. public manufacturers. With domestic manufacturing revenues exceeding $6 trillion in 2013 and the Institute for Supply Chain Management reporting...

Utility Manufacturing Company Receives Gold Safety Award

September 10, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner®curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that its Paragould, Arkansas manufacturing plant has received...

Epicor Announces Integration Between ERP And MES

September 10, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, today announced the integration between its Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and next-generation...

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and ...

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Grainger Announces World's First LEED Data Center

September 9, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products serving businesses and institutions, announced Thursday that its new data center in Lake Forest, Ill., is certified as the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of this type. This data center features...

Streamline Supply Chain With One-Stop Metal Fabrication

September 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | News | Comments

With rising material costs, government regulations, and customers resisting price increases, today there is no room for waste in the metal fabrication supply chain. While once OEMs had the time, margins, and procurement staff to afford 6 to 8 week lead-times for fabricated metal components subcontracted to layers of vendors, each taking...

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

September 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | News | Comments

Before partnering with a contract manufacturer (CM) to continue producing your legacy products, you must ensure the contract manufacturer suits all of your manufacturing needs. Contract manufacturing companies are not all the same, and you shouldn’t partner with one for a quick solution to your OEM company’s needs. The challenge is to avoid overlooking critical factors concerning...

Conservis Corp Revolutionizing Farm Management

September 8, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conservis Corporation, the global leader in cloud-based farm management software solutions, announced an initial close on $10 million in Series A financing led by Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, a Chicago venture fund that focuses on new and emerging technologies in...

Improving Bottom Line Through Workplace Safety

September 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by UL | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days ...    

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Southeast Manufacturing Activity Rallies For August

September 5, 2014 11:54 am | by Paula Stanton, Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Southeast manufacturing activity saw a rebound in August, reversing an 8.5-point slide in June and July, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. The Southeast PMI for August increased...

Noranda Aluminum Lay Off 200 Employees And Suspend Expansion

September 4, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced Tuesday that it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates. The cutbacks come less than two weeks after the Missouri Public Service Commission denied its request for...

Corbett Announces Low-Interest Loans To Support The Continued Growth Of Manufacturing

September 4, 2014 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett today announced that new state investments recently approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will support the continued growth of manufacturers and will also support regional efforts to...

Tesla Chooses Plant Location, Gets Closer To Electric Car For Masses

September 4, 2014 4:31 am | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press | News | Comments

To bring electric cars to the masses, Tesla Motors will use an expanse of desert where wild mustangs still roam for a factory that the company projects will crank out enough batteries to power 500,000 vehicles annually by decade's end. Tesla chose ...

Tesla Plant Decision Sparks Criticism

September 3, 2014 9:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for Tesla Motors' a battery factory. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that the electric car maker didn't select New Mexico because of ...

LDR Industries Owners Decide To Sell Company Through Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

September 3, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of LDR Industries, a leading manufacturer, importer, and distributor of plumbing products, have decided to sell the company through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy which was filed yesterday. "LDR is a strong viable business," says Bill Underwood, LDR President & CEO.  "It is currently involved in a dispute with U.S. Customs, and this is the best way to resolve...

U.S. Factory Orders Up Record 10.5 Percent In July

September 3, 2014 10:33 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. But outside of transportation, orders actually fell slightly during the month although the setback was ...

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 ...

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 ...        

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