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Rentech Commences Start-Up Of Atikokan Wood Pellet Facility

October 28, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rentech, Inc. announced today that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing, and final commissioning. Sean Ebnet, senior vice president of Rentech’s wood fibre business, said, “I’m pleased to reach...

A Brief Look At The U.S. Durable Goods Numbers

October 28, 2014 4:32 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The U.S. durable goods numbers fell in August and September, a likely temporary dip in the market. As reported by the AP, orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in...

Magna Celebrates Facility Grand Opening In MI

October 28, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Magna International Inc. announced today the grand opening of DexSys, a new greenfield facility in Delta Township, Michigan, for the manufacture of automotive exterior products. Company officials were joined by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, members of local...

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Chronus To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant In IL

October 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois. Department spokesman David Roeder said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about...

North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:58 am | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of...

Parker Hannifin Announces Same Day Turnaround Via Custom Manufacturing Operation

October 27, 2014 11:10 am | by Parker Hannifin | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, introduced its Rapid Service Unit as a part of the existing Custom Manufacturing Operation. Created to serve the immediate needs of customers when timing is vital, the Rapid Service Unit can turn certain orders for critical fittings, hose-tube combinations, and other custom pieces...

GE Intelligent Platforms User Summit Begins

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

Today marks the start of GE’s Intelligent Platforms User Summit: Making the Industrial Internet Real at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Oct. 27-30, 2014. This sold-out event features more than 50 presentations from GE’s global customer base and will be headlined by GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt...

6 Ways To Manage Product Complexity

October 27, 2014 10:14 am | by Columbus | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements. It is essential to capture these...

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Goya Opens New Facility, Distribution Center

October 27, 2014 9:35 am | by Goya Foods | News | Comments

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, expands its West Coast headquarters with a new facility and distribution center in Southern California in response to the increased consumer demand of Goya's healthy and nutritious products. As the only...

Digital Transformation & Tomorrow’s eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

I sat down for an enlightening conversation about eCommerce and the changing channels of business with Brian Strojny, the Co-founder and Director of Insite Software. Insite Software is the Minneapolis-based company behind InsiteCommerce, a B2B eCommerce platform for manufacturing, distribution, and...

Procter & Gamble Spinning Off Duracell

October 24, 2014 12:30 pm | by Michelle Chapman & Candice Choi, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble is removing its batteries and making Duracell a stand-alone company. The world's largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the globe over...

Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based on a century-old fermentation technique and is now taking the next step toward a...

Alcoa To Sell Ownership Stake Of Smelter

October 23, 2014 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its ownership stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to Century Aluminum Company for $67.5 million in cash, plus an additional potential earn-out. Mt. Holly is owned 50.3 percent by Alcoa and 49.7 percent by...

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Discovery Of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 23, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there. Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes confirms the production shutdown after the substance was discovered Thursday morning. She says the plant "is taking every precaution to protect the...

Women In Manufacturing: Q&A With Allison Grealis

October 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field. Ms. Grealis is the founder and executive director...

Coke Slashing Costs As Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.The Atlanta-based company said it will reach its cost-cutting goal by 2019 through a variety of measures, such as restructuring its global supply chain. It did not specify how...

China's Manufacturing Fails To Fire In October

October 23, 2014 12:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A gauge of the health of China's manufacturing industry inched higher in October but factory output was at a five-month low in a sign of slowing domestic and foreign demand. HSBC said Thursday the preliminary version of an index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers rose to 50.4 from...

Weaving The Digital Thread Across Industrial Value Chains

October 22, 2014 5:07 pm | by LNS Research | News | Comments

Across manufacturing industries today, pressures on cost, supplier networks complexity, regulatory requirements, and customer demands continue to grow, rendering the operational status quo ineffective. To address these pressures, manufacturers need to...

SKF To Expand, Relocate Facility

October 21, 2014 5:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes industrial lubrication systems could receive state and local incentives to build a new manufacturing plant in the St. Louis area. Sweden-based SKF plans to relocate its facility from St. Louis city to St. Louis County while retaining 388 jobs and creating an additional 73...

American, U.S. Airways Complete Cargo Combination

October 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Airlines and US Airways say they have finishes combining their cargo operations. American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that it was the first time that operating divisions at the two carriers have become fully combined. The combined cargo unit will have annual revenue of more than...

Explosion Rocks Rubber Processing Plant

October 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place. Shockwaves from the explosion Monday damaged buildings and were felt over a radius of several...

IBM To Pay $1.5B to Shed its Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 8:35 am | by Michelle Chapman - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its...

Crews Begin Demolition of Packard Plant in Detroit

October 17, 2014 5:35 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Demolition started Friday on a section of the massive and crumbling Detroit Packard auto factory complex — a symbol of the city's blight and past manufacturing glory. A high reach demolition excavator was used to rip out reinforced concrete exterior wall and floor supports. Resembling a large...

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized eleven manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a...

Where Have The Maintenance And Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 11:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce by...

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