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World's Largest Plant Factory With LED Lighting Built In Quake-Hit City

July 2, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

The world's largest plant factory using light-emitting diode lighting has been built in a northeastern Japanese city devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the factory operator said.          

AB InBev Acquires Czech 'Budweiser' Brewer

July 2, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has acquired a small Czech brewery, Samson, in an effort to strengthen its claim to the trademark name of Budweiser.              

Food Makers Bet U.S. Wants Drinkable Food

July 2, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

The demand for portable, easy-to-eat foods has been growing, and Hormel isn't the only company hoping that can include liquid food that comes in the convenience bottle.                

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Brynwood Partners Buying Juicy Juice From Nestle USA

July 2, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Brynwood Partners says it plans to leverage the 37-year-old brand's nutritional attributes and make changes to its packaging. Juicy Juice is in the 100 percent juice category.             

IKEA Expanding Solar Power System In Maryland

July 2, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Installation of the new solar panels began in the fall of 2013. The project has nearly doubled in size since then.                         

California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 7:45 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                          

Chinese Manufacturing Grows For 1st Time In 6 Months

July 2, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Weakness in manufacturing has posed a challenge to Chinese leaders' efforts to nurture growth based on domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.                

Chemical Blast At GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 7:38 am | News | Comments

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                     

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Auto Sales Maintain Healthy Pace In June

July 1, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto sales slowed slightly in June but still maintained a healthy pace despite a record-setting string of safety recalls at General Motors and a slowdown in truck sales at Ford.                  

U.S. Manufacturing Expands More Slowly In June

July 1, 2014 12:33 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its manufacturing index dipped to 55.3 in June from 55.4 in May. Any reading higher than 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.                  

New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 10:43 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                   

Philips To Separate LED Parts Arm

July 1, 2014 8:31 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips NV said Monday it plans to spin off its fast-growing LED parts business into a separate company, to win new customers and to capitalize as manufacturers integrate LED lights into an ever-widening array of products.         

Pinnacle Foods Lets Hillshire Out Of Deal

July 1, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods said it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods.                               

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Mass. Lawmakers Pass Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Bill

July 1, 2014 7:58 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill stemmed from a nationwide meningitis outbreak that authorities blamed on a tainted steroid produced by the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. The outbreak resulted in 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.    

Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations At Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 7:53 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                 

Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Calif. Fuel Standard

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

TreeHouse Foods To Buy Flagstone Foods For $860M

June 30, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

TreeHouse Foods is buying Flagstone Foods for $860 million as a way to gain access to the growing healthy snacks category.                      

PPG Buying Comex For $2.3B

June 30, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

Paint and coatings maker PPG Industries is buying Consorcio Comex SA de CV for $2.3 billion to help bolster its architectural coatings presence in Mexico and Central America.              

GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The attorney overseeing GM's compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.   

Peruvian Developer Ready To Remake Packard Plant

June 30, 2014 8:15 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massive chunks of concrete hang menacingly from what remains of an upper floor at a gutted building at the vacant Packard car plant, a time-decayed symbol of Detroit's finer things and luxury vehicles.           

Court: Wal-Mart Must Compensate Workers

June 30, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.            

Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 30, 2014 7:47 am | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.           

Steady Job Growth Lifts Consumer Confidence

June 27, 2014 2:11 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment rose slightly to 82.5 in June from 81.9 in May. That is still below April's reading of 84.1, which had been the highest in almost a year.               

Daimler, Renault-Nissan Building $1.4B Plant In Mexico

June 27, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Automakers Daimler and Renault-Nissan say they will build a $1.36 billion plant that is expected to employ 5,700 people to manufacture Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz brand compact vehicles.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama's Lawsuit; Jobs From China

June 27, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the House planning to sue Obama for failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress to China creating thousands of U.S. jobs.             

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