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Old Tires Find New Lives In Myanmar

July 9, 2014 10:47 am | by Aye Aye Win, Associated Press | News | Comments

Old truck tires are transformed into rubber washers and bushings for cars and rice mills. Machine parts, buckets and flip-flops — the most popular footwear in the rural areas — are among the biggest sellers for tire recyclers.          

Korean Tire Maker To Invest In Czech Plant

June 16, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

The Czech government says South Korean tire maker Nexen Tire will invest $1.1 billion in a new...

Goodyear Scouting Sites For New Factory

June 2, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is starting to explore where to locate a new $500 million tire...

Goodyear Plans $500M American Tire Plant

May 29, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear says it will spend $500 million to build a new tire plant that will produce about 6...

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Bridgestone To Become Top Tier IOC Sponsor

May 28, 2014 9:23 am | News | Comments

Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone Corp. is reportedly set to become a top-tier sponsor of the International Olympic Committee in a 10-year deal that will cover the 2020 Tokyo Games.             

Plastic Products Company Investing $3.2M In S.C.

May 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Plastic Products Company Inc. (PPC), a manufacturer of plastics and injection molding, has announced its plan to invest $3.2M in a new facility in Seneca, S.C.                           

Plastics Firm Opening Alabama Production Plant

May 20, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Asahi Kasei Plastics North America intends to invest more than $30 million in the Athens plant, which will be its second U.S. production facility.               

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Company Says 4 Dead In Vietnam Riots

May 20, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A Chinese company said Tuesday that four of its workers died last week in riots in Vietnam triggered by China's deployment of an oil rig in disputed seas.                            

SPI: Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban Could Kill Manufacturing Jobs

May 2, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

"[The ban] will result in forcing consumers to use products such as reusable bags, which are mostly imported from China, made from foreign oil and are not recyclable," said SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux.          

EPA Helps Extinguish 5-Year-Old Fire

May 2, 2014 8:09 am | by Danica Coto, Associated Press | News | Comments

EPA officials said their part of the cleanup cost some $400,000, and that they are looking for the facility's owners to hold them responsible for the expense.                

Goodyear's Blimp Replacement Takes Flight

March 18, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp has made its first flight, cruising over part of northeast Ohio beneath bright blue skies.                   

Amsterdam Canal House Built With 3-D Printer

March 14, 2014 8:27 am | by Toby Sterling - Associated Press | News | Comments

The goal of the demonstration project launched this month is not so much to print a functioning house — in fact, parts of the house will likely be built and re-built several times over the course of three years as 3-D printing technology develops.

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Recalled Tire Caused Fla. Van Crash

March 13, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 recall.                     

3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

March 6, 2014 2:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company says it wants people to “make manufacturing local again,” and positions the device as a way for small businesses or product designers to develop full-scale prototypes in their own walls rather than outsource the work elsewhere.    

Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Drillers, business leaders and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking.

Lydall Acquires Industrial Filtration Business Of Andrew Industries Limited

February 21, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), today announced that it has acquired the industrial filtration businesses of Andrew Industries Limited, an Altham, United Kingdom-based corporation, for $83 million in cash. The acquired business consists of operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, and approximately 500 employees.

Toray To Invest $1 Billion, Hire 500 In S.C.

February 18, 2014 1:52 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Toray Industries, Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of fibers and textiles, plastic resins, films and carbon fiber compositematerials, has selected Spartanburg County, S.C. for its next global facility. The $1 billion investment over the next decade is expected to create 500 new jobs and represents one of the largest initial capital investments in South Carolina's history.

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GI Joe, The World's First Action Figure, Turns 50

February 6, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Carola, Associated Press | News | Comments

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well.

Continental Tire Holding Ceremony To Open S.C. Plant

January 28, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected on hand for a ceremony to officially open Continental Tire's new plant in Sumter. The company says Haley and company executives are planning to make remarks at an event scheduled for Tuesday.    

Plastics Machinery Shipments Rise Sharply In Q3

January 27, 2014 1:57 pm | by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association | News | Comments

Taking a closer look at the data, shipments of injection molding machinery were up 20 percent in the third quarter when compared with the same quarter of a year ago. Shipments of single-screw extruders advanced 9 percent, and shipments of twins-screw escalated 12 percent. Shipments of new thermoforming equipment spiked up 50 percent in Q3 when compared with last year

China, BP Venture Plans Columbia Chemical Plants

January 23, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese-backed venture that includes the British petroleum company BP proposes two plants along the lower Columbia River to distill methanol from natural gas for use in making plastics and rubber.Each plant would cost $1 billion and employ about 120 people, The Oregonian reported Wednesday.

France, Goodyear Workers End Standoff

January 22, 2014 12:24 pm | News | Comments

The accord, reached Wednesday, came after 10 days of negotiations between the government, the company and unions. The office of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the "end of conflict protocol" puts an end to the occupation of the factory by workers demanding new negotiations over severance packages.

U.S. Judge Dismisses Suit By French Goodyear Workers

January 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge in the town that's home to Goodyear has thrown out a lawsuit filed by French workers trying to save their tire-making jobs at a plant that has become a symbol of their country's labor tensions. Workers plan to appeal.     

Goodyear Sues Over 'Boss-Napping' In France

January 8, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear Dunlop Tires France — a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio — said in a statement the lawsuit was filed Wednesday with the prosecutor in Amiens, France, because it can't accept "actions that endanger people and goods."

Most Innovative Companies #8: Blackwell Plastics

January 8, 2014 12:51 pm | Articles | Comments

We're proud to announce Blackwell Plastics as our #8 innovator — since 1939, they've been providing plastic products for a wide array of industries. Blackwell plastics have been used for the military, in aerospace applications, and with lower-profile products like venetian blinds, weed-eaters and Igloo water coolers.

Most Innovative Companies #11: Lantech

January 7, 2014 2:10 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #11 is Lantech, based out of Louisville, Kentucky. We selected them because of their impressive growth and domination of a niche market: with over 65,000 machines sold around the world, the company is the world's largest manufacturer of stretch wrapping equipment.

Workers: 'Despair' Led To Kidnapping Goodyear Bosses

January 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant, which Goodyear has tried to sell or shutter for five years, has become an emblem of France's labor issues, and the seizure Monday morning of the two managers — the plant's director and human resources chief — resurrected the once-common practice of boss-napping.

MakerBot Goes Bigger, With Head-Sized 3-D Printer

January 7, 2014 9:38 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That's six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500, and can print objects the size of someone's head.

Staff Seize Bosses At French Goodyear Site

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The factory's union says the director and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers were being held against their will.

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