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USS Saratoga Carrier Heads To Scrap Yard

August 22, 2014 9:33 am | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. The ship departed Naval Station Newport and made its way down Narragansett Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. It is ...

Hostess Closing Bakery That Created The Twinkie

August 21, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 400 people will lose their jobs and a piece of American baking history will shut down when Hostess Brands closes the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented. Hostess said ...          

The Remarkable Efficiency Of SpaceX

August 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Bill Nye (The Science Guy!) opines on the pros and cons of NASA and SpaceX manufacturing. In a congressional move of either genius or ignorance, the decentralization of NASA facilities has resulted in remarkable resilience... at the expense of efficiency and cost control ...

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What Better Quoting Means For Manufacturers

August 21, 2014 10:07 am | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

In today’s economy, selling has changed and is more complex than ever before. While companies once sold a product with an attached volume discount, they’re now selling a solution or concept to customers who demand more. These customers ...

How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. Macy's book, "Factory Man," tells the story of ...

KPS Capital To Sell Waupaca Foundry For $1.3B

August 19, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Private equity firm KPS Capital Partners plans to sell automotive industry supplier Waupaca Foundry Inc. to Japan's Hitachi Metals Ltd. for $1.3 billion in cash. Waupaca makes gray and ductile iron castings and supplies the ...     

Lawmakers: Remington Laying Off 105 In New York

August 19, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New York state lawmakers say more than 100 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off as the company shifts two of its assembly lines to Alabama. Sen. James Seward of Oneonta and Assemblyman Marc Butler of Herkimer County tell local media that ...

Accident At Northern New York Plant Has Lethal Results

August 19, 2014 7:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant. Police in Watertown tell local media that employees of ,,,         

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Crews Discover Giant Beehive At Former Tire Plant

August 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Demolition crews discovered a stinging surprise while working to tear down an Ottawa County plant formerly owned by a tire manufacturing company. Miami's emergency management director said that crews sifting through parts of the former B.F. Goodrich plant ...

Dixon Plant To Expand, Add 40 Jobs Over 3 Years

August 16, 2014 4:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturing company plans to expand its plant in the northern Illinois town of Dixon, adding 40 new jobs over the next three years. Sauk Valley Media reports BorgWarner is planning a $9.4 million investment. The Dixon plant has been open for 50 years and ...

Lockheed Celebrates 50 Years In Colorado Springs

August 16, 2014 2:28 am | by Wayne Heilman - The Gazette - Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp. came to Colorado Springs in 1965 to help get the North American Aerospace Defense Command up and running, and almost five decades later, the defense giant still holds a contract that includes work at the Cheyenne Mountain facility as the...

Firm To Open Manufacturing Plant In VA

August 15, 2014 3:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Equipment manufacturer Mayville Engineering Company Inc. is planning to invest $10 million at a new facility in Smyth County, VA, creating 160 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday that the company will expand its ...      

Deere To Lay Off 600 At Midwest Sites

August 15, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as ...

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Mattress Maker Bringing 300 Jobs To Indiana

August 15, 2014 4:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. will locate a new manufacturing plant and distribution facility near Plainfield, creating up to 300 new jobs by 2015. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the Lexington, Kentucky-based company will ...

NJ-Based Toy Company Opening New Plant

August 14, 2014 6:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey-based toy company is opening a facility in Fairfield County to supply Wal-Mart Stores. Enor Corp. announced plans Thursday to make toys at a former golf-cart distribution facility in Winnsboro, creating 151 jobs. Hiring starts ...

Americans Are Willing To Pay More For The Digital Grid

August 14, 2014 12:52 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In an era when a smartphone can quickly pinpoint its location on a map, few power providers know that customers lost electricity before somebody calls them. Fewer still can see whether the outage was caused by a fallen tree branch, a lightning or faulty equipment. Americans are ...

GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility In Lansing

August 14, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has announced plans to build a $174 million stamping facility in Lansing. GM says the new facility will create or retain about ...                 

OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put In Factory Oven Pre-Blast

August 14, 2014 12:31 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing the plant ...

Walmart Cuts Profit Outlook

August 14, 2014 10:57 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines. Wal-Mart eked out a 0.6 percent increase in second-quarter profit and reported that ...

The IoT Uplink: Standards And Security In The Expanding Internet Of Things

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growing need for standards and security in the IoT realm ...

Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 14, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

As an engineer, I lamented and mourned every time I witnessed an employer move a product line to another facility in a lower-cost region. As a business analyst I got to see some of the numbers and I could understand the decisions. As a process improvement agent, I knew ...

Eli Lilly To Close Terre Haute Animal Enzyme Plant

August 14, 2014 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. says it will close its Elanco animal enzyme plant in Terre Haute by early 2016 as part of a consolidation push. Lilly spokesman Ed Sagebiel tells the Tribune-Star the Indianapolis-based company is consolidating all of its ...

Why Women Leave Engineering Careers

August 13, 2014 12:59 pm | by American Psychological Association | News | Comments

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the ...

Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday. Beef Products Inc. said ...    

Deere Takes A Hit

August 13, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year. Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said Wednesday that the company will ...

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