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New Research Center Will Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

November 18, 2014 11:47 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

On October 6, a Boeing 747 modified for testing jet engines taxied along a concrete runway on the edge of the Mojave Desert and took off with a brand new engine strapped to its left wing. Although the engine’s maiden flight was short, it made aviation...

Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers Plan $100M KS Plant

November 18, 2014 11:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas. The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers based, is based in Kansas City. It is working with the Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group. The two groups formed...

Fire Destroys One Of Spain's Largest Meat Plants

November 17, 2014 4:17 pm | by Harold Heckle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An official says a fire has destroyed one of Spain's largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos. A city government spokesman says the blaze began early Sunday at the Campofrio plant, where 1,000...

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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

November 17, 2014 12:36 pm | by Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announces it will highlight its line of Woodhead Super-Safeway and Safeway Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) at the Rockwell Automation Show, November 19-20 in Anaheim, CA. Molex will display the devices, which can be used in many different commercial and...

U.S. Factory Production Rises 0.2%, Slowdown In Auto Limits Growth

November 17, 2014 9:32 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants rose 0.2 per cent in October. Gains came from the rising demand for machinery, plastics, clothing and...

Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                        

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 4.6% In September

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | by The Cutting Tool Market Report News Release | News | Comments

September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up...

GE To Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility In PA

November 12, 2014 12:20 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE. The new facility represents a $32M investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech...

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New Line At Toyota WV Plant Begins Production

November 12, 2014 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six-speed automatic transmissions are rolling off a new production line at a Toyota plant in Buffalo. Media outlets report that the line began production on Tuesday at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia plant. The additional line increases the plant's annual production capacity from...

'America's Oldest Gunmaker' Lays Off 126 More Workers

November 12, 2014 3:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney tells the Utica Observer-Dispatch that the plant manager told her 126 workers were notified Tuesday...

WI Company Buying Old Town Mill

November 11, 2014 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wisconsin-based company says it is buying a Maine paper mill that was shut down due to high wood and energy costs. WABI-TV reports that Expera Specialty Solutions announced on Tuesday that it's purchasing the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill and will resume pulp production. The company expects that...

Lombard Gains FDA Clearance For Expanded Manufacturing Facility

November 11, 2014 2:29 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Lombard Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the way for manufacturing to commence at Lombard Medical's new...

Honda To Inaugurate Motorcycle Plant In Vietnam

November 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by JCN Newswire | News | Comments

Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd., a Honda motorcycle and automobile sales and production joint venture in Vietnam, today held an inauguration ceremony of the third motorcycle production plant in Ha Nam Province. Vice Prime Minister of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam Hoang Trung Hai and...

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Penske Once Again A Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer

November 11, 2014 1:51 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are listed on the 2015 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list for the fourth straight year by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. "Penske proudly hires and employs veterans and...

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...

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...

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...

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