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Rights Group: Big Brands Should Fight Labor Abuse

March 12, 2015 12:05 am | by Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H&M need to help alleviate labor abuses at factories in Cambodia that manufacture their products, a human rights organization said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday that a special...

Toledo Finalizing Incentives Package To Keep Jeep Plant

March 11, 2015 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toledo officials are finalizing an incentives package this week in an effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the northwest Ohio city. The city hasn't released details on what it will offer to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but Toledo's development director tells The Blade...

Eight Keys to Selecting the Right ERP Shop Management Software

March 10, 2015 2:42 pm | by Exact JobBOSS | Webinars

Join us for a free webinar where we detail the organizational commitment and seven other key considerations that underpin the successful selection of an ERP system that delivers value on the factory floor as well as the bottom line. Now Available On-Demand!

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Tesla Denies Reports About Gigafactory Construction Delay

March 9, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), in an online job posting, says the project has been delayed at this time...

VT Farms Monitor Storage Conditions By Cellphone

March 7, 2015 1:13 pm | by Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Temperature fluctuations can shorten the growing season for farmers, and the worry doesn't stop when crops are stored inside for winter sales, as a drop or spikes can ruin what's meant for market. For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to...

NC Among Southern States Aiming To Lure Big Car Plants, Jobs

March 7, 2015 1:12 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Southern politicians are heating up their recruiting in hopes of landing a big auto manufacturing plant and the potential of thousands of high-paying jobs. North Carolina officials have been hunting for an auto plant since Mercedes-Benz jilted the state in 1993 for Alabama...

The State Of Women In The Supply Chain

March 5, 2015 2:13 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries continues to grow.

U.S. Productivity Falls At Faster Pace, Labor Costs Rise

March 5, 2015 10:03 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate. Productivity declined at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, weaker than the 1.8 percent drop that was estimated a month ago, the Commerce Department...

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Dow's Next Big Move — A $6 Billion Manufacturing Expansion

March 4, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical will spend $6 billion to expand manufacturing plants in Texas and Louisiana amid expectations of continued low domestic natural gas prices. Doug May, an executive with the Michigan-based chemical giant, told a Chicago audience that the company anticipates the U.S. natural gas...

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 10:16 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

What started as a small sales meeting in Orlando, FL. more than a decade ago has since turned into the continuously expanding Grainger Show. In its eleventh year, the tradeshow brought together thousands of the mega-distributor’s customers, suppliers...

Manufacturers Occupy Forbes Billionaires List

March 4, 2015 10:01 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

From renewable energy to chocolates, find out which trades are booming.                             

How GE Is Building The Next Industrial Era

March 3, 2015 1:40 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Business cycles have always been opportunities for GE, and today’s environment of lower oil prices is no different. To take advantage of a volatile world, GE has been investing in its core infrastructure businesses, simplifying its operations, and leading the next industrial era of machines connected...

Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill

March 3, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a diesel fuel spill in the Appomattox River. Virginia American Water spokeswoman Samantha Villegas tells media outlets that about 600 gallons of fuel spilled into the river from property owned...

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Making America Great: Snapshots Across Manufacturing

March 2, 2015 10:52 am | by Staff | Videos | Comments

There’s nothing quite like watching things being made. One of the most amazing aspects of covering manufacturing is the on-site access we receive when writing about this sector’s most dynamic companies. Over the course of the last year or so, Manufacturing.net and several...

ERP Technology For Small Manufacturers: Q&A With Dave Lechleitner

February 26, 2015 3:24 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Small manufactures in the U.S. struggling to keep operations domestic have a secret weapon—ERP technology. Dave Lechleitner, the Principal of Product Marketing at Exact Online, offered insight on increased efficiency, safety, off-shoring and the future of smaller scale manufacturers in the U.S.

Thought Leaders: How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 3:09 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

If there’s one thing the Great Recession taught manufacturers, it’s that there are wasted dollars hiding everywhere. According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory… and a lack of understanding of how quickly (or slowly) this inventory turns can...

Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Up 2.8 Percent In January

February 26, 2015 9:37 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in January as a key category that signals business investment plans showed an increase. Orders for durable goods increased 2.8 percent in January after declines of 3.7 percent in December and 2.2 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Demand in a category that serves as a proxy...

Siemens To Supply Turbines For Fuel Efficient Plant

February 24, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. The local municipal utility, Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW), is replacing an aging coal-fired plant with a new fuel efficient modern power...

Feds Inspecting Construction At SC Nuke Plant

February 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are conducting a special inspection after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says officials began their inspection Monday at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest...

Five Facts On Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 9:54 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Girl Scout Cookie manufacturing practices ensure your favorite cookies are safe, sustainable, and scrumptious.                        

CA Refinery Unit Experienced Problems Before Blast

February 19, 2015 7:12 pm | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday. The so-called fluid catalytic cracker unit refines gasoline and is critical to producing California-grade fuel. The unit had been offline for two days because of problems when a different piece...

Caterpillar Says U.S. Is Investigating Its Movement Of Cash

February 19, 2015 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday. Caterpillar said it received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois on Jan. 8 that asked for...

Skills Gap Solutions: Q&A With Jeff Owens

February 19, 2015 3:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Last year ended with some bad news: U.S. average hourly earnings shrank in December. The lack of competitive wages in the manufacturing industry contributes to the skills gap, or the shortage of qualified workers applying to available jobs. I had the opportunity to sit down with Advanced Technology Services...

U.S. Wholesale Prices Drop 0.8% In January

February 18, 2015 11:16 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices fell by a record amount in January, led by the biggest drop in gasoline prices in six years. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index declined 0.8 percent last month, the biggest drop in a data series that goes back to November 2009 when the...

NAM Partners With Ecolab To Support Manufacturers Nationwide

February 18, 2015 10:20 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today named Ecolab Inc. an exclusive Manufacturing Partner to provide thought leadership at NAM regional and national events and engage with manufacturing executives nationwide. "Ecolab has consistently been an industry leader in providing water...

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