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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 Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust...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...

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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...

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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.

Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Man Over 2008 Fire at His Plant

January 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Schropp was in financial trouble and hoped to gain around $4 million in insurance proceeds for the destruction of his PK Manufacturing plant. It burned down on Nov. 20, 2008. The Omaha World-Herald says the trial began Tuesday.

Exploring The Role Of A Collaborative Manufacturing Robot

January 21, 2015 8:47 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last week, we published "Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing," about the creation of Baxter, the manufacutring robot. Here is a look at the purpose behind Baxter, his role in automating manufacturing, and his day-to-day work.  A manufacturing robot is hardly...

Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

January 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Three companies have expressed interest in reopening a Maine paper plant closed last month. But the head of the firm set to take control of the plant says he won't open discussions unless offers are on the table, and a federal judge today rejected efforts to halt the sale. Verso Paper Corp. last fall announced plans...

The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

January 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Anders Ekman, President of DataMentors | Articles | Comments

It’s not a secret that manufacturers face significant challenges. Prospects are doing more research online and making purchasing decisions before they even speak to a salesperson. And the buying process has become extremely complex with stakeholders including marketing, sales, and...

Union To Discuss IN Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future General Mills announced last week that it plans to close its refrigerated goods plant in New Albany by mid-2016, but said its...

Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

GE To Provide Natural Gas Turbines For Allen Plant

January 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis. GE said Thursday that the natural gas-powered generators will...

Fed: Industrial Production Showed Strong Growth In 2014

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Factory production increased at the fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the latest monthly numbers from the Federal Reserve. But the manufacturing sector faces challenges from both a turbulent global economy and capacity limitations at home. December estimates from the Fed show...

U.S. Factories Churn Out More Steel, Computers, Lifting Production For 4th Straight Month

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and steel, offsetting a small decline in autos. The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.3 per cent last month, the fourth straight gain. The increase comes after total output finally passed...

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