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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...      

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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