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Facing Down The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today

March 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Articles | Comments

People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working conditions and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?   

Whirlpool To Invest $40M, Add 400 Jobs In Ohio

March 14, 2014 11:13 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Despite a rough relationship with U.S. manufacturing over the last few years, the appliance maker is doubling down in its Greenville plant that makes KitchenAid mixers and other small kitchen appliances.            

NYC Explosion A Reminder Of Aging, Costly Infrastructure

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by David Crary, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Just upgrading the nation's water and wastewater systems is projected to cost between $3 trillion and $5 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.        


Should Foreign Aircraft Shops Require Drug Testing?

March 13, 2014 10:50 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops.             

Report Says Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 13, 2014 10:44 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system, according to a report.           

Plant In Listeria Outbreak Had Previous Violations

March 13, 2014 10:38 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal inspectors have found several problems over the years at a Delaware dairy facility whose operations were recently halted after a deadly outbreak of a food-borne bacteria.            

Demand Grows For Halal Food

March 13, 2014 12:06 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The global industry for products that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow.              

Business Inventories Rise, But Sales Plunge

March 13, 2014 10:37 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses continued to restock their shelves and warehouses in January, but sales plunged during the snowstorm-plagued month.                      


U.S. Retail Sales Rebound In February

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.                 

W.Va. Chem Spill Co. Plans To Demolish Tanks

March 13, 2014 8:22 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company at the center of a chemical spill into 300,000 West Virginians' drinking water submitted plans Wednesday to demolish its facility.                   

New Zealand Dairy Giant Pleads Guilty To Food Safety Violations

March 13, 2014 8:12 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government officials filed charges accusing Fonterra of processing and exporting products in a way that didn't meet standards and then failing to notify officials quickly enough when it became aware of the lapses.         

Panasonic Compensates Employees For Bad Air In China

March 13, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have become notorious for noxious air but pollution pay is still relatively rare among global companies.                   

Low-Wage Workers Can't Find Middle-Pay Jobs

March 12, 2014 12:59 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The lower-wage jobs once seen as stepping stones are increasingly being held for longer periods by older, better-educated, more experienced workers.                    


Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                  

FDA Halts Operations At Delaware Cheese Plant

March 12, 2014 10:43 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has halted operations at a Delaware cheese plant after an outbreak of listeria linked to the company's cheese killed one person and sickened seven others.            

Fresenius To Create Over 600 Jobs At New Tenn. Plant

March 12, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Renal services provider Fresenius Medical Care has announced it will locate its East Coast manufacturing facility in Knoxville, creating 665 jobs in the coming years.                

Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 8:41 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers agreed to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                  

Van Production Resumes At Indiana Plant

March 12, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

AM General has restarted the production of specially designed vans for the disabled at a northern Indiana factory where it has recalled 200 laid-off workers.                 

New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

March 12, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo enjoyed strong sales in the fourth quarter, but its earnings were hurt by extra costs linked to the launch of new products, write-downs and restructuring charges.           

U.S. Wholesaler Sales Fall In January

March 11, 2014 2:20 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses in January suffered their steepest sales drop in nearly five years, yet they continued to increase their stockpiles.                   

Workers Get Ready To Enter New Mexico Nuke Dump

March 11, 2014 12:58 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

WIPP has been shuttered since early February. Shipments were halted after a truck hauling salt through the repository's tunnels caught fire, and nine days later the plant's alarms were triggered by the radiation release.        

Severstal Plant Could Be Allowed To Release More Toxins

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit that would bring its allowed emissions more in line with what the facility actually sends into the air.          

Ohio Jeep Plant To Hire Part-Time Workers

March 11, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                     

House Committee Investigating GM Recall

March 11, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars.                 

Flaws Found In Bangladesh Garment Factories

March 11, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.             

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