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Volvo Plans To Export Chinese-Made Cars To The U.S.

January 13, 2015 9:57 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

As the Great Recession fades further and further from the rearview mirrors of American minds, U.S. consumers are ramping up their expenditures on automobiles. With the average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. around 11.4 years old, according to industry...

DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed To Toxic Gas For Years

January 13, 2015 7:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. The Houston Chronicle found that DuPont reported exhaust and...

Q&A: Communications On The Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings. Lanciloti discusses why purpose-built devices might be better...

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Cargill To Close MO Meat Plant, Lay Off Over 100 Workers

January 12, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11. Cargill said in a news release that workers were informed of the move Friday. The work in...

Work Expected To Resume Soon At IA Plant Damaged By Explosion

January 12, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production is expected to resume in a few days at a northwest Iowa fertilizer plant that was damaged by a fire and subsequent explosion. The fire began around 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nulex plant in the Port Neal industrial area south of Sioux City. No injuries have been reported. Nulex spokesman...

Union Antitrust Suit To Block Mill Sale Heads To Federal Court

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A union's attempt to block the sale of a Bucksport paper mill to a metal recycler is heading to federal court. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represented workers at the mill, which shut down production this month. Its antitrust suit that seeks to block the sale...

Nitrogen Leak At LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul. LG Display Co. said in a statement that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not...

Microsoft Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

January 9, 2015 2:19 pm | by Sanjay Ravi | Articles | Comments

By now, most everyone is aware of the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is having on the manufacturing industry. As IoT matures the focus is now shifting to looking for new ways to leverage the data being collected from all these new connection points, not just about creating new data points. IDC predicts the...

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Activist Investor Intensifies Fight Over DuPont's Future

January 9, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fight for control of DuPont Co. is intensifying after the hedge fund led by activist investor Nelson Peltz announced plans to nominate its own slate of four directors to the industry titan's board. Its shares edged higher in premarket trading. Trian Fund Management LP, which holds about a 2.7 percent...

How High Tech Can Pursue Industrial Internet Of Things Market

January 9, 2015 9:51 am | by Bart Fischer, Managing Director with Accenture Electronics and High Tech | Articles | Comments

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of today’s biggest business opportunities in the electronics and high tech industry. Accenture defines IIoT as the convergence of intelligent industrial products, processes and services that communicate with each other, and with people, over global...

Goodman Manufacturing Cuts 2,000 Jobs In TN

January 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A Houston-based heating and air conditioning manufacturer today announcedit will consolidate its operations and shutter two plants, resulting in the loss of about 2,000 jobs in Tennessee. A spokesman for Goodman Manufacturing said Daikan Industries—Goodman's parent company...

Army Plan For OR Ex-Chemical Site May Include Price Tag

January 8, 2015 7:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Economic development leaders in Eastern Oregon who thought the U.S. Army would give them, at no charge, thousands of acres where weapons such as nerve and mustard gas once were stored now say the Pentagon is telling them to think again. Instead of turning over the site of the Umatilla Chemical...

Robotic Revolution Taking Place Largely In Industrial Settings

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart investigates the robotic revolution at CES 2015. He finds that, while CES featured a lot of robotics startups for consumer robots, the innovation in automation is mostly behind the scenes.  Grobart concludes that the robots designed to help us out with basic tasks, or...

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How To Fill Customer Orders Cheaper, Faster With Lean Continuous Improvement Model

January 8, 2015 2:23 pm | by Curt Schmidgall, Winegard Value Stream Manager | Articles | Comments

The lean continuous manufacturing model has surged in popularity over the last 20 years because of its ability to eliminate waste of all kinds: excess inventory, over-transportation, and unnecessary movement and motion. However, the most significant results from implementing this model come not from discrete changes to...

Toyota President Reveals Plans To Build New Overseas Plant

January 8, 2015 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is looking to build a new plant abroad, company President Akio Toyoda indicated, as the world's biggest carmaker nears an end to its self-imposed three-year ban on such projects. Toyota, speaking to reporters in Nagoya, fell short of referring to a possible site. But sources close to the matter said the company...

GasBuddy Releases Fuel Price Outlook For 2015

January 8, 2015 9:49 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

With all the talk of falling oil prices and its effect on the global economy, companies and consumers are keeping a close eye on the fluctuating gas prices. This week, GasBuddy has released its GasBuddy Fuel Price Outlook 2015. The report forecasts monthly gas averages and dives into the factors affecting the...

5 Steps To Creating A Culture Of Product Safety

January 7, 2015 5:10 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President, Stericycle | Articles | Comments

In-house legal teams are faced with product recalls from time to time, especially in the consumer products sector. If you’ve been through a recall, you know it’s something to avoid if at all possible. Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense...

Small Businesses Have Even More Credit-Card Reader Options

January 7, 2015 1:43 pm | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Small business owners looking to ditch traditional credit card readers have more options than ever. Online retailers Amazon and Etsy are just two of the latest companies to offer mobile credit card readers to small companies, joining the likes of Square, PayPal and Intuit. Mobile credit...

Mercedes Announces Decision To Move U.S. Headquarters To GA

January 7, 2015 8:27 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press | News | Comments

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday that it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the company accepted an incentive package...

U.S. Factory Orders Fell 0.7% In Nov

January 6, 2015 10:24 am | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell for a fourth straight month in November, with demand in a key category that signals business investment plans down for a third month. The Commerce Department said Tuesday, Jan 6 factory orders dropped 0.7 percent in November after a similar 0.7 percent fall in October. The November weakness...

A Look At The Plans For Undersea Robotic Industrial Plants

January 6, 2015 10:20 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Subsea oil and gas deposits off the coast of Brazil exist in a world of extremes. They are locked more than four miles beneath the ocean’s surface, the same distance as 16 Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other. Layers of near freezing water, salt and rock squeeze them with pressure equal to six really...

Hyundai Motor To Spend $74B Over 4 Years On Facilities, R&D

January 6, 2015 2:40 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said Tuesday it plans to spend 81 trillion won ($73.7 billion) over the next four years on factories, research and a new headquarters. The announcement comes after Hyundai Motor Co. last week forecast the slowest annual sales growth in...

Regulators Weigh Proposal To Close Part Of NM Plant

January 5, 2015 2:41 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest. The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists...

NY Offers $14.5M For Power Plant Upgrades

January 2, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state is offering $14.5 million in incentives for power plants to become cleaner and more efficient. The money comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon cap-and-trade program that charges fossil fuel-burning power plants for the carbon dioxide they emit. The new incentive program is administered by...

KS Men Acquire Former Boeing Site

January 2, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Wichita, KS men officially acquired a former Boeing Co. site Wednesday in the southern part of the city and plan to fill it with new office and aviation tenants. Johnny Stevens and Dave Murfin are partners in an undertaking that is operating as Air Capital Flight Line. They said they think the 413-acre property could include...

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