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5 Steps To Creating A Culture Of Product Safety

January 7, 2015 5:10 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President, Stericycle | Articles | Comments

In-house legal teams are faced with product recalls from time to time, especially in the consumer products sector. If you’ve been through a recall, you know it’s something to avoid if at all possible. Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense...

Small Businesses Have Even More Credit-Card Reader Options

January 7, 2015 1:43 pm | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Small business owners looking to ditch traditional credit card readers have more options than ever. Online retailers Amazon and Etsy are just two of the latest companies to offer mobile credit card readers to small companies, joining the likes of Square, PayPal and Intuit. Mobile credit...

Mercedes Announces Decision To Move U.S. Headquarters To GA

January 7, 2015 8:27 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press | News | Comments

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday that it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the company accepted an incentive package...

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U.S. Factory Orders Fell 0.7% In Nov

January 6, 2015 10:24 am | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell for a fourth straight month in November, with demand in a key category that signals business investment plans down for a third month. The Commerce Department said Tuesday, Jan 6 factory orders dropped 0.7 percent in November after a similar 0.7 percent fall in October. The November weakness...

A Look At The Plans For Undersea Robotic Industrial Plants

January 6, 2015 10:20 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Subsea oil and gas deposits off the coast of Brazil exist in a world of extremes. They are locked more than four miles beneath the ocean’s surface, the same distance as 16 Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other. Layers of near freezing water, salt and rock squeeze them with pressure equal to six really...

Hyundai Motor To Spend $74B Over 4 Years On Facilities, R&D

January 6, 2015 2:40 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said Tuesday it plans to spend 81 trillion won ($73.7 billion) over the next four years on factories, research and a new headquarters. The announcement comes after Hyundai Motor Co. last week forecast the slowest annual sales growth in...

Regulators Weigh Proposal To Close Part Of NM Plant

January 5, 2015 2:41 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest. The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists...

NY Offers $14.5M For Power Plant Upgrades

January 2, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state is offering $14.5 million in incentives for power plants to become cleaner and more efficient. The money comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon cap-and-trade program that charges fossil fuel-burning power plants for the carbon dioxide they emit. The new incentive program is administered by...

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KS Men Acquire Former Boeing Site

January 2, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Wichita, KS men officially acquired a former Boeing Co. site Wednesday in the southern part of the city and plan to fill it with new office and aviation tenants. Johnny Stevens and Dave Murfin are partners in an undertaking that is operating as Air Capital Flight Line. They said they think the 413-acre property could include...

China Jails 4 For 2013 Fatal Fire At Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others, state media reported Saturday. The June 2013 fire in...

Murray Energy Expanding Coal Prep Plant

December 24, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Murray Energy is expanding its coal preparation plant in Benwood, West Virginia. Construction of a new coal processing facility is underway at the Ohio County Coal Co. prep plant. Murray spokesman Gary Broadbent tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register... 

$11M In New Equipment Planned For Auto Plant

December 24, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts company is planning to spend nearly $11 million on new equipment for a southern Indiana factory. The Seymour City Council this week approved a 10-year phase-in of property taxes for the investment by Valeo at its automobile lighting factory... 

Manufacturing Outlook For 2015: Q&A With Matthew B. Elliott

December 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest trend impacting the investments manufacturers make in 2015? Driven in part by a favorable financing environment in the U.S. for the manufacturing industry, we are expecting a continued increase in manufacturing companies reshoring their...

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3 Essential Questions From Last Week's A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 23, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Littlefield | Blogs | Comments

On December 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. As is typically the...

Manufacturing Predictions for 2015: Q&A With Dan Miklovic

December 22, 2014 4:23 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What can we expect for manufacturing in 2015? Editorial Director Jeff Reinke sat down with Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst at LNS Research. From an IT perspective, what will be the biggest trend impacting the investments manufacturers make in 2015? In 2015, Big Data will be incredibly significant within...

U.S. Companies Eager To Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles

December 22, 2014 2:15 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet...

Officials Approve Incentives For IA Vegetable Oil Plant

December 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha, Nebraska, soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa. An agreement approved Friday by the Woodbury County Board will exempt Ag Processing Inc. from $2.1 million in county...

GM Pickup Production In MO A Boon For Other Plants

December 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at the General Motors plant in Wentzville is providing an economic boost not just in the eastern Missouri town but throughout the region. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since GM began producing the midsize pickups this...

Residents Cheer Workers At Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility. Maine Public Broadcast Network reports that hundreds of people gathered outside the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport on Wednesday afternoon as...

Realities Of IL Spawns Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region. However, he also understands many of the benefits that numerous global companies have realized in opening new...

Honda Opens Museum, Training Facility

December 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's history in North America over a half a century. The company unveiled the $35 million Honda Heritage Center on Thursday in Marysville, where its North American operations are...

New EPA Regulations Impact Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 2:07 pm | by Nate Maguire | News | Comments

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance.The EPA estimates 2.1 billion fish, crabs and...

Manufacturing Growth Slows In Philadelphia Region

December 18, 2014 1:47 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest levels in 21 years in November. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity...

Workplace Safety Agency Cites NE Plant

December 18, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure. The Kearney Hub reports that Eaton Corp. faces a $7,000 fine for the July incident. A federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection says the...

The IoT Uplink: 90% Of Manufacturers Seeking IoT Solutions

December 18, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The IoT Uplink examines factors driving, influencing, and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space. In our last episode of 2014, we cover the latest developments impacting...

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