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U.S. Factory Orders Dropped 3.4% In December

February 3, 2015 11:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories dropped for a fifth consecutive month in December, while a key category that signals business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month. Factory orders declined 3.4 percent in December after a 1.7 percent drop in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the biggest drop since...

NC Poultry Plant Public Hearing Draws Hundreds

February 3, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms says it is no longer planning to build a $95 million poultry processing plant in Cumberland County, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from turning out for a public hearing in which most speakers opposed the project. Media outlets report almost 800 people attended the 5-hour hearing in Fayetteville...

Q&A: Food Facilities And FDA Registration

February 3, 2015 10:16 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Last month, food companies around the world found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the process of removing all food facilities that did not renew their FDA registration by the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline from its registration database.According to Registrar Corp, the Food Safety Modernization Act requires...

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Predictions For 2015: A Tipping Point For Supply Chain Sentience

February 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Sean Riley, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director, Software AG | Articles | Comments

Software AG has released the company’s top ten predictions for the next year in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, calling 2015 the tipping point for supply chain sentience. Next year innovative manufacturers will leap ahead by deploying more and better sensors, add more comprehensive automation and increasingly...

Alibaba Promises More Action Against Fake Goods

February 2, 2015 3:25 pm | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged. Alibaba founder Jack Ma and the director of the Cabinet's State Administration of Industry...

Apple Turning Closed AZ Facility Into Data Center

February 2, 2015 3:25 pm | by Bob Christie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech giant Apple said Monday it will invest $2 billion over 10 years to open a data center in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will be the company's fifth in the U.S. and serve as a control facility for the other four. The announcement comes four months after an earlier Apple plan for the 1.3...

Survey: Majority Of Manufacturers Plan To Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year. Of the 111 manufacturing professionals responding to the Georgia-based company's survey, taken between September and December 2014, 55 percent indicated their organizations would...

Strikes Begin At Oil Refineries; Prices Rally

February 2, 2015 12:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

About 3,800 workers have walked off the job at nine refineries across the country after the contract between the United Steelworkers Union and oil companies expired Sunday. The strike is the largest at refineries in more than three decades, though the workers in question represent just a fraction of the roughly 30,000 USW...

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U.S. Factories Grew Last Month At Slowest Pace In A Year

February 2, 2015 10:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

US factories expanded last month at the slowest pace in a year, as orders, production, and hiring all declined. The figures suggested manufacturing may not add much to growth in the first few months of this year. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said...

Fire At Plastics Factory Kills At Least 13

January 31, 2015 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. Fire department control official Mohammed Farhaduzzaman said the fire broke out Saturday evening at the five-story factory in Dhaka's Mirpur district. He says...

Infographic: Manufacturing 2015 Outlook

January 30, 2015 4:36 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technnology | Articles | Comments

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond, including topics like energy, employment, globalization, revenues, profitability, and more...       

Sale Of Bucksport Mill To Canadian Recycler Finalized

January 30, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale of a shuttered Bucksport mill to a Canadian metal recycler is complete. Verso Paper Corp. spokesman Bill Cohen said that the sale to AIM Development closed on Thursday. A union representing some workers at the mill had filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the sale and open a way for a...

CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations In Wake Of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. All of the workers were burned, one of them seriously. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust...

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LA Firm Plans To Sell Albemarle Plant In PA

January 30, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Louisiana chemical company plans to sell a central Pennsylvania plant that makes fertilizer additives and other products. The Albemarle Corp. plant in Tyrone will be sold along with another in South Haven, Michigan. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana firm tells the Altoona Mirror (...

Tips On Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

January 29, 2015 5:19 pm | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc | Articles | Comments

If you are a small or medium size enterprise (SME) planning on purchasing products from China, this brief summary based on the experiences of a client of ours will help you understand what you need to know. Since 1990, global Tier 1 companies have led a Buy from China movement for components and finished products, which has...

Union: General Motors Must Decide What Happens To Oshawa Plant

January 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union representing auto workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ont., plant says the company must decide now what will happen to its operations there instead of waiting until after the next contract negotiations. Unifor is responding to a statement by the automaker, which said the company would not make...

Dean Foods Announces Closing Of Century-Old Sheboygan Plant

January 29, 2015 8:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Dean Foods says it will close its dairy plant in Sheboygan. The plant has been in operation for more than 100 years. Dean Foods says it's consolidating operations and will continue to operate its plant in De Pere. Sheboygan Press Media says about 70 jobs will be lost when the company...

McDonald's CEO Steps Down As Sales Continue To Decline

January 28, 2015 8:27 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image. The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, its chief brand officer. Easterbrook has led...

Pabst Owner Considers Returning To Milwaukee

January 28, 2015 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago. But now its current owner and CEO, Eugene Kashper, is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made and sampled...

Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Robots

January 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The annual World Economic Forum for 2015 was held this month Davos, Switzerland, and robots were an unexpected hot topic. UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg discussed robotics at Davos with Bloomberg News. He touched on the rather new concept of cloud robotics, or the idea that robots are able to...

EPA Permit Paves Way For $500M Power Plant

January 28, 2015 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have issued a permit that paves the way for construction of a $500 million power plant in South Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the greenhouse gas permit was granted for the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Plant in Brownsville. A Tenaska spokeswoman...

Mercedes Selects AM General To Make SUVs In The U.S.

January 27, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class, a seven-seat SUV, at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. The R-Class was briefly...

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys To Women's Rise In Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 9:29 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries has been well-documented, and increasingly as that shortage continues to grow. Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females continue to enter the supply chain workforce...

Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends Of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

As the federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has a bird’s-eye view on safety trends impacting the industry. In a recent interview with Chem.info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating...

A Leader In Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

January 22, 2015 10:48 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of training his employees so they had the skills and knowledge necessary for his company to make the complex metal components his customers needed. So he launched an employee training program soon after starting his company in 1948.

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