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Strike At Chinese Sneaker Factory Snowballs

April 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.        

1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:16 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and...

House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 9:14 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may...

Heinz Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Workers

April 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh,...

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Look To MRP Software For Inventory Management Visibility

April 16, 2014 11:15 am | by Pete Zimmerman, Manufacturing Segment Manager, VAI | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers must have visibility into their inventory because it allows them to make better informed and more financially efficient purchasing decisions.                           

Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of Blast Anniversary

April 15, 2014 12:50 pm | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.       

You Can’t Tell The Virtual Server Apps Without A Roadmap

April 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

While small and midsize manufacturers are often keen to move their applications to the cloud, the benefits of cloud migration don’t simply rain down from the sky. In order to take advantage of the flexibility (and cost savings) of virtual server hosting, organizations need to address some common challenges.  

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Workflow

April 15, 2014 12:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers in general do a good job of protecting their data, but the task of making sure that access within the organization is restricted on a need-to-know basis can be monumental.                   

Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                       

Companies Are At Risk From Heartbleed Too

April 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While there’s been a big focus on the Heartbleed Bug and what individuals should do to protect themselves, the truth is the bug has a wider reach than just websites. Companies have some work to do to make sure they’re protected.       

Are The Highest Paid In Manufacturing Worth Their Weight In Gold?

April 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some argue that CEO pay packages may seem inflated, but are partially in response to the often truncated length of service — essentially, these are short-term gigs.                         

Panel: Cost Of Fighting Global Warming 'Modest'

April 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.     

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Maintenance Team Training Increase Uptime For Manufacturer

April 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by Videojet Technologies Inc. | Articles | Comments

With the addition of the new equipment, William H. Harvey Manufacturing Co. had several different printer models on the plant floor. The maintenance team had varying degrees of knowledge regarding operation and maintenance of all the equipment. Eventually, the company started to see an increase in downtime related to simple issues like preventive maintenance and troubleshooting of the printers.

Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said Wednesday.           

Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.                      

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The man worked at a factory operated by Aqlifoods Co. and revealed that he wanted to take revenge on the company since he was unhappy with his wage and the way he had been treated by his boss.

GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 9:10 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                                 

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:16 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

Save Costs On Press Upgrades

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Pilz | Articles | Comments

The competency of the plant and machine builder are in demand when machinery is bought new, but where retrofit measures are concerned, it is the design engineers that are faced with a wide range of challenges.           

Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 9:21 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.                      

Behind The Scenes At Mars' New Candy Factory

April 3, 2014 12:52 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mars recently held the grand opening of its new $270 million factory that will churn out Peanut M&Ms and Snickers. CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.

Washington Gas Blast Throws Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 9:10 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities said Wednesday the explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air.               

W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 12:58 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                   

Building The Industrial Cloud: The Immediate Future Of M2M Technology

April 2, 2014 12:50 pm | Articles | Comments

If the Internet of Things is already big news among retail manufacturers, it’s even bigger news in heavy industries. For these companies, the possibility of rolling out cheap, massively distributed networks that can collect and communicate consumer and process data offers tantalizing and easily understood business opportunities. The only challenge is finding the hardware that can do the work. 

Wasp Barcode Technologies Launches Three New Scanners

April 1, 2014 4:54 pm | by Wasp Barcode Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Wasp Barcode Technologies, a leading provider of small business productivity solutions, has announced the launch of its new line of barcode scanners. The WLS9600 and WLS8600 are designed for fast-paced barcode scanning, while the WDI4600 is intended for 2D barcode scanning.

Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

The 3 Elements Needed For A Successful 5S Program

March 31, 2014 11:01 am | by Heidi Means, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

5S can serve as the backbone of everything that companies do in their manufacturing facilities. It is how companies can continuously improve, produce quality products, deliver products to customers on-time and do it all in a safe manner.   

BMW Announces $1B Expansion

March 31, 2014 9:33 am | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

BMW has announced that the company will expand its plant in Spartanburg County with a $1 billion investment, which is expected to create 800 new jobs.                             

UAW Membership Grows Slightly

March 31, 2014 9:20 am | by Ken Sweet, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers said its membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year, the union said in a filing with Department of Labor, the fourth-straight year that the union has rebuilt its depleted ranks.             

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