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S.C. Announces 300 New Jobs, $38M In Investment

June 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was joined by state and local economic development officials last Thursday evening to announce $38.2 million in new capital investment and 304 new jobs in South Carolina.               

SE Mich. PMI: Economy Experiences Sharp Upswing For May

June 2, 2014 9:35 am | by The Institute for Supply Management - Southeast Michigan & Wayne State University | News | Comments

Nearly 85.7 percent of PMI respondents believe the economic outlook will remain positive, while less than 15 percent believe the economy will become less stable over the next six months.                    

Akros Silicon Announces Global Distribution Agreement With Digi-Key

May 27, 2014 10:29 am | by Akros Silicon | News | Comments

Akros Silicon Inc. has announced a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation. Akros’ products help manufacturers of electronic equipment create more efficient and advanced products, which in turn enables end users to reduce their energy usage.

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MAPI: Despite Some Drops, Durable Goods To Grow Soon

May 27, 2014 9:54 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The growth in April’s new orders was entirely due to large defense contracts which have very long lead times and thus do not reflect activity that is likely this year. Having said that, defense capital goods contracting has exploded in early 2014.

MIT Prof.: More Costly To Offshore Than Many Companies Think

May 23, 2014 9:52 am | by MIT Sloan School of Management | News | Comments

Using a new finance tool, she shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.                 

BNSF Says Future Of Crude By Rail Depends On Safety

May 22, 2014 7:53 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the biggest railroad hauling North Dakota crude says the future of oil shipments depends on proving that it can be done safely.                    

New Models And Concepts Needed For Asia-Pacific Supply Chains

May 20, 2014 3:54 pm | by Jonathan Wright | Articles | Comments

The very term “supply chain” implies a straight line and a singular operating mode, with tight linkages moving goods smoothly from mode to mode and location to location. In Asia-Pacific, however, this concept is unrealistic.     

EEIA: Shale Gas Supply Chains Supporting 450,000 U.S. Jobs

May 20, 2014 11:11 am | by Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) | News | Comments

America’s shale energy revolution is creating and sustanting hundreds of thousands of jobs in diverse sectors of the economy that supply construction, equipment, supplies and services to shale energy operations; and making the U.S. manufacturing sector more competitive by reducing energy input costs.

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10 Tips for Successful ERP implementation

May 9, 2014 5:49 pm | Videos | Comments

While there are numerous outlets offering thoughts and guidance on ERP implementation, Columbus offers this definitive list focused on time-tested approaches that they feel can help an enterprise save time, cut costs and ensure all goals are met.

China Tightens Controls On Baby Formula Imports

May 6, 2014 8:03 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The announcement coincides with an effort by Beijing to build up its dairy industry following a 2008 tainted milk scandal that killed at least six babies and prompted many parents to switch to imported formula.           

ISM: Solid Numbers All Around

May 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 11th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 59th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

MAPI: U.S. Manufacturing Growth Muted But Stable

May 2, 2014 9:38 am | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Inventory and weather-related volatility clearly played a part in the January swoon but the late 2013 data clearly overstated the underlying growth performance of a factory sector that, remarkably, has yet to regain all of the output lost in the Great Recession.

Mich. PMI Shows Solid Economic Growth For Detroit Area

May 1, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Institute for Supply Management - Southeast Michigan | News | Comments

Comments from purchasing managers responding to this month’s survey ranged from “Companies continue to hoard cash and postpone capital investments and hiring,” to “We are beginning to see our customers finally breaking loose and ordering capital equipment.” 

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Strategically Automating The Warehouse

April 30, 2014 2:51 pm | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Blogs | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

Automating Purchasing, Production & Customer Service on Three Continent

April 21, 2014 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

IDT uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by Edgewater Fullscope, to support new products and market expansion, as well as address traceability requirements. IDT processes over 25,000 products per day and has over 86,000 customers around the world.

Ethanol Producers Unhappy With Rail Service

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol producers say clogged rail lines and other shipping problems have forced them to reduce production of the fuel and contributed to higher prices.                  

Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations. But that doesn't mean our supply chain is ready to handle all the potential new business.

mcaConnect Helps Streamline Global Implementation of AX

March 31, 2014 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In addition to bringing a number of new companies into the fold during an acquisition-fueled growth surge, GSE Environmental also saw their infrastructure balloon to include five different, unintegrated ERP systems. The one common trait amongst these platforms was an inefficient way of sharing new or recent data. In most cases GSE was dealing with a 30-day lag time for accessing key data sets.

Appeals Court Allows Meat Labels

March 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.                       

Feds, N.Y. Do 2nd Oil Train Inspection Blitz

March 28, 2014 11:31 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

The inspection blitz, which generally found only minor and easily correctable defects, is part of a proactive safety effort launched in January after several severe accidents across the U.S. and Canada.         

Breakfast Food Prices Rising

March 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Steve Rothwell, AP Markets Writer | News | Comments

The price of bacon is surging and the cost of other morning staples, like coffee and orange juice, is set to rise because of global supply problems, from drought in Brazil to disease on U.S. pig farms.          

EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.          

Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                               

Where B2B, E-Commerce And Payments Intersect

March 10, 2014 10:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While B2B and B2C e-commerce buying may share a common shopping and check-out experience, the under-the-hood fundamentals are not the same — the ways that a company might implement the right features in each situation, while generating the highest return on investment (ROI) possible, depends, in many ways, upon those internal functions. And the prospect of making the right B2B decision still stumps many companies.

Job Loss Hangs Over United Tech Talks In Conn.

March 6, 2014 1:04 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials say there were worries about a gradual shedding of jobs as aerospace customers worldwide expect their suppliers to be closer and cheaper labor becomes more available in central Europe and Asia.         

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