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Manufacturing In NY Contracts In December

December 15, 2014 9:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two years, pulled down by a drop in orders and shipments. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to negative-3.6 in December from 10.2 the previous month. Any figure...

Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. The Federal Reserve says factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12...

Avian Flu Continues To Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The avian influenza outbreak in southwest British Columbia has spread to seven farms, and 155,000 birds have died of the virus or will be euthanized, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said. The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested...

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Poll Reveals Americans' Stance On Limiting Carbon

December 12, 2014 1:09 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The results of....

China's Factory Output Growth Declines

December 12, 2014 12:57 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Growth in China's factory output declined further in November in a new sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy. Industrial production rose by 7.2 percent over a year earlier, government data showed Friday. That was down from October's 7.7 percent growth and September's 8 percent...

Go Lean In 2015: No Manufacturer Is Too Small To Benefit

December 11, 2014 4:55 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

To many small manufacturers, lean manufacturing is something that companies the size of Toyota or Boeing implement. And many small manufacturers that do adopt lean practices do so at a tactical level. Don’t be one of those companies. If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of...

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7% In October

December 11, 2014 10:43 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 9.7% from September’s total and...

Anheuser-Busch Shifts Jobs From St. Louis

December 10, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of St. Louis' most prominent corporations plans to shift an undetermined number of jobs to New York as part of a restructuring of its sales and marketing operations. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Anheuser-Busch will move some top executives from the Midwest to a...

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IAC Celebrates Grand Opening Of AL Manufacturing Operation Expansion

December 10, 2014 10:42 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading automotive interior components supplier, celebrated the opening of its newly expanded manufacturing operation in Anniston, Ala. The 126,000 square foot expansion, constructed adjacent to the existing IAC manufacturing plant, expands IAC's Anniston...

BMW Gets New CEO, Another BMW Exec Bails For VW

December 9, 2014 5:34 pm | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuesday was a day of change at the top of Germany's auto industry. The biggest news: Luxury carmaker BMW AG said its chief executive, Norbert Reithofer, was leaving his post to become board chairman. He's being replaced as CEO by 49-year-old Harald Krueger in what a member of the company's...

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

December 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 35.0 percent from September and down 6.2 percent when...

2015: A Busy Year For OSHA

December 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow. For starters...

Is It Time To Go Green In Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 10:25 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange | Articles | Comments

There are a multitude of benefits to going green in your warehouse. The benefits run the gamut of reducing utility bills, reducing carbon footprint, increasing sustainability, and providing your employees with an environmentally responsible company they are proud to work for. However, sometimes...

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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...

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...

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...

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