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Murray Energy Expanding Coal Prep Plant

December 24, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Murray Energy is expanding its coal preparation plant in Benwood, West Virginia. Construction of a new coal processing facility is underway at the Ohio County Coal Co. prep plant. Murray spokesman Gary Broadbent tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register... 

$11M In New Equipment Planned For Auto Plant

December 24, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts company is planning to spend nearly $11 million on new equipment for a southern Indiana factory. The Seymour City Council this week approved a 10-year phase-in of property taxes for the investment by Valeo at its automobile lighting factory... 

Manufacturing Outlook For 2015: Q&A With Matthew B. Elliott

December 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest trend impacting the investments manufacturers make in 2015? Driven in part by a favorable financing environment in the U.S. for the manufacturing industry, we are expecting a continued increase in manufacturing companies reshoring their...

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3 Essential Questions From Last Week's A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 23, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Littlefield | Blogs | Comments

On December 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. As is typically the...

Manufacturing Predictions for 2015: Q&A With Dan Miklovic

December 22, 2014 4:23 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What can we expect for manufacturing in 2015? Editorial Director Jeff Reinke sat down with Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst at LNS Research. From an IT perspective, what will be the biggest trend impacting the investments manufacturers make in 2015? In 2015, Big Data will be incredibly significant within...

U.S. Companies Eager To Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles

December 22, 2014 2:15 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet...

Officials Approve Incentives For IA Vegetable Oil Plant

December 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha, Nebraska, soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa. An agreement approved Friday by the Woodbury County Board will exempt Ag Processing Inc. from $2.1 million in county...

GM Pickup Production In MO A Boon For Other Plants

December 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at the General Motors plant in Wentzville is providing an economic boost not just in the eastern Missouri town but throughout the region. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since GM began producing the midsize pickups this...

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Residents Cheer Workers At Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility. Maine Public Broadcast Network reports that hundreds of people gathered outside the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport on Wednesday afternoon as...

Realities Of IL Spawns Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region. However, he also understands many of the benefits that numerous global companies have realized in opening new...

Honda Opens Museum, Training Facility

December 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's history in North America over a half a century. The company unveiled the $35 million Honda Heritage Center on Thursday in Marysville, where its North American operations are...

New EPA Regulations Impact Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 2:07 pm | by Nate Maguire | News | Comments

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance.The EPA estimates 2.1 billion fish, crabs and...

Manufacturing Growth Slows In Philadelphia Region

December 18, 2014 1:47 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest levels in 21 years in November. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity...

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Workplace Safety Agency Cites NE Plant

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

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure. The Kearney Hub reports that Eaton Corp. faces a $7,000 fine for the July incident. A federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection says the...

The IoT Uplink: 90% Of Manufacturers Seeking IoT Solutions

December 18, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The IoT Uplink examines factors driving, influencing, and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space. In our last episode of 2014, we cover the latest developments impacting...

Kraft CEO Announces Retirement, Successor Named

December 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group Inc. says that CEO Tony Vernon plans to retire later this month. The company named Chairman John Cahill as his successor. Vernon has served as CEO since the company's spinoff from Mondelez International in October 2012. While Vernon plans to retire from the...

MAPI U.S. Industrial Outlook: Widespread Growth Ahead

December 18, 2014 9:42 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Job gains and business investment are the two lead drivers keeping manufacturing on a solid growth path, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries. The MAPI Foundation is the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity...

2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A With Cliff Waldman

December 17, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest trends manufacturing trends for 2015? Manufacturing.net sat down with Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation to discuss the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and...

3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 3:59 pm | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | News | Comments

Typically when we think of big data, we think of large corporations that have the tools and resources to make sense of all their data. However, mid-market companies are beginning to explore how to leverage big data effectively, too. Like larger corporations, mid-market companies can experience many...

State Approves Grants For Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility. The Clemens Food Group operation will be in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments. Grant money will go...

Union Sues To Block Sale Of Bucksport Paper Mill

December 17, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some workers at the 84-year-old Verso Paper mill has filed a federal lawsuit to halt the sale of the facility. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, representing 59 employees, is asking the court to block the sale to a scrap metal company and open the...

Speeding Time To Implement MES With A Configurable Approach

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Today, not only are many manufacturers across industries dealing with a greater number of operational challenges than in the past, but the rate at which those challenges need to be addressed is increasing as well. This is due to a number of factors like growing customer demands for a greater variety of...

Google Researching Use Of Color In Business

December 15, 2014 4:49 pm | by Stacey Plaisance, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already...

7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 2:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, as in many industries, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers. But these same forces...

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...

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