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GE To Invest Billions In Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 10:19 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

People come to Durban, South Africa, for its beaches, sunny climate and busy nightlife. But visitors interested in the future of Africa come for another reason. A few miles outside the city is the ...         

Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 7:29 am | by John Flesher - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly. Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will ...

Flooding Slows Auto Production In Detroit

August 12, 2014 1:38 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production and closed some facilities, automakers said Tuesday. General Motors closed its Tech Center in the Detroit suburb of Warren on Tuesday because of ...      

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3D Systems Adds 200,000 Square-Foot Manufacturing Facility

August 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that it has signed a lease on a new 200,000 square foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina, increasing its manufacturing and distribution capacity to meet growing demand for its ...       

A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 12, 2014 1:16 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country. The floors and walls are made of reclaimed materials and ...

Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Blogs | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to ...

Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise In June

August 12, 2014 10:22 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $405.73 million according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 12.6 percent from May but down ...

CEO: Glass-Making Plant For Apple Nears Production

August 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices. The Arizona Republic reports that GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez told investment analysts last week ...

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GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach To Industrial Data

August 11, 2014 12:18 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to ...         

State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Stephen Singer - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economics are dismissing the complaint as ...

Officials: Corporate Tax Case Could Cost Michigan

August 8, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

A recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in favor of IBM in a corporate tax case could cost the state more than $1 billion — an amount that could have a "budget-busting" impact, according to the state's attorney general.                   

Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 8, 2014 12:12 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.              

Wholesale Inventories Rise In June

August 8, 2014 11:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                   

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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                             

Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 8:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                    

Factory Worker Sentenced For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 8:18 am | News | Comments

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall.                 

British-U.S. Investigative Couple On Trial In China

August 8, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A Briton and an American charged with illegally trading in the personal details of Chinese nationals testified Friday that they bought such information to help companies combat fraud.               

GM Issues Third Recall For SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.            

FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 8:06 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified.          

Toyota: Chinese Regulators Looking At Lexus

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe McDonald and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers.                        

Phillips Lighting Expanding In MS

August 8, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

A unit of Dutch-based Philips NV, the company announced Thursday that it will invest $2 million to expand its production of LED light fixtures in Tupelo, using LED technology made at Philips' plant in San Jose, California.             

Hyundai Fined $17.35M For Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.              

Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact On U.S.

August 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                    

Lululemon Founder Selling Half His Stake For $845M

August 8, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

Lululemon Athletica founder Dennis "Chip" Wilson will sell half his stake in the company as part of a truce that averts a potentially messy battle at the maker of yoga apparel and other exercise gear.           

How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 7, 2014 3:58 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Every dollar earned pushes us higher toward meeting new profitability heights, and ...        

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