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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.


3D Systems Buys Gentle Giant Studios

January 3, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Gentle Giant, based in Burbank, Calif., has led the development of state-of-the-art content using 3D scanning and modeling to develop and make licensed 3D printed characters, toys and collectibles from a variety of franchise properties.

3D Systems Acquires Xerox’s Solid Ink R&D Teams

January 2, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

3D Systems today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Xerox's solid ink engineering and development teams, plus the development labs and patent portfolio, for $32.5 million in cash. 3D Systems says it will bring the printer design and material science teams together, along with the associated IP, to further its R&D efforts and manufacturing capabilities.

Cooper Tire Ends Buyout Agreement With India's Apollo

December 30, 2013 9:44 am | News | Comments

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is calling off its proposed $2.2 billion sale to India's Apollo Tyres, a deal that would have created the world's seventh largest tire company. The U.S.-based company said Monday that financing is no longer available, and it continues to claim, as it has for months, that Apollo breached the terms of the agreement.

Fire Crews Make Progress In Tenn. Superfund Blaze

December 19, 2013 12:16 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The fire at Industrial Plastics Recycle, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville, has been burning since Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters had to stop trying to put out the blaze after they learned that two 1,000 gallon propane tanks were on the property.

Top 13 In 2013, #3: 3D Printed Guns Excite, Scare

December 18, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Additive manufacturing is already being used in rocket sciences, medicine, and cars, but one Texas-based group of 3D printing and gun enthusiasts gained a great deal of notoriety early this year by demonstrating early versions of 3D-printed guns


Michelin Recalls 1.2M Tires In U.S.

December 16, 2013 7:49 am | News | Comments

Tire-maker Michelin says it is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the U.S. because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss.The tires are commonly used for pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks.

Congress Renews Undetectable Gun Ban Just In Time

December 10, 2013 3:15 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers took an easy step Monday when the Democratic-run Senate unanimously gave final congressional approval to a bill adding another decade to the prohibition against guns that can slip by airport metal detectors and X-ray machines.    

At 11Th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban

December 3, 2013 2:39 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

1st Tires Roll Out At Continental Tire's S.C. Plant

November 25, 2013 3:59 pm | News | Comments

Ground was broken in March 2012 at the new $500 million facility for Continental Tire, the North America arm of German-based Continental AG. Officials initially said the first tire should roll off the assembly line in 2014, with the plant completely built and fully operational in 2021.

Berry Plastics Announces Plans To Close 5 Plants

November 25, 2013 8:10 am | News | Comments

Berry Plastics Corp. plans to close five of its manufacturing plants next year in response to weak demand for the company's plastic containers and packaging. The Evansville-based company announced the closures Friday during a quarterly earnings call with investors. The plants will close by Sept. 30, 2014, and cost about 200 workers their jobs.

3D Printed Car Could Be On The Road Soon

November 22, 2013 10:18 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer. They tried to make the vehicle as small as possible, and as low to the ground as they could, for an aerodynamic advantage. Its electric powertrain can be recharged in about six hours from a regular wall socket.

Court Rejects Cooper Tire Claim In Apollo Dispute

November 11, 2013 7:48 am | News | Comments

The Delaware Court of Chancery has rejected a claim by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. that Apollo Tyres breached the terms of an agreement to buy Cooper Tire. The decision handed down Friday is the latest snag in a monthslong dispute that has delayed Apollo's takeover of Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper.

Fitesa Simpsonville Invests $50 Million In S.C. Expansion

November 7, 2013 11:36 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Fitesta Simpsonville, Inc., today announced its plans to expand its existing Greenville Country facility to significantly increase production capacity for its spunmelt nonwoven hygiene products. The company says its $50 million investment, which will remodel the 190,000-square-foot facility, will create at least 32 new jobs.

Owens Corning Planning $120 Million N.C. Facility

October 30, 2013 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Owens Corning, a manufacturer of  fiberglass and related products, has announced its plans to construct an advanced manufacturing plant in the Gastonia Technology Park (GTP). An initial investment of $120 million will create up to 110 new jobs, with a planned completion by the end of 2014.

3D Systems To Invest $10 Million In S.C. Operations

October 28, 2013 10:26 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today its plan to invest $10 million into its Rock Hill, S.C., manufacturing operations, which will create 145 new jobs. Local officials applauded the announcement, saying the company has a history of creating high quality and high-paying jobs that utilize many of the latest in manufacturing technologies.

UK Police Seize Parts From 3D-Printed Gun

October 25, 2013 5:33 am | News | Comments

British police said Friday they have seized components of a gun made from plastic on a 3-D printer and are testing to see whether it was a viable weapon. The Greater Manchester Police force said officers found a plastic magazine and trigger, along with a 3-D printer, in a raid against suspected gang members.

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

October 23, 2013 9:44 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Blogs | Comments

Could 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David."

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