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Strike Continues At Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 21, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The months-long strike at a massive Texas oil refinery will continue after union workers this week rejected the latest contract proposal.

Post Consolidates Cereal-Making Business In Minnesota

May 18, 2015 9:38 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Post Holdings Inc. said Friday it will merge two of its cereal businesses, headquarter them in...

Manufacturing Automation: Finding The ROI In A Digital Strategy

May 15, 2015 12:01 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The state of shop floor automation has changed drastically in the last five years as IT...

Aluminum Plant To Begin Lockout

May 13, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Century Aluminum announced plans to lock out hundreds of union workers at its Kentucky smelter...

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Drones Could Enhance Safety At Chemical Plants

May 12, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical hopes drones could eventually provide crucial safety services at its plants and take employees out of harm's way.

5 Surprising Strategies To Increase Business Productivity, Profitability

May 11, 2015 12:03 pm | by De'Andre Salter | Articles | Comments

Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the box thinking. But, don’t stop there. It’s also wise to go a step further and think “against the grain."

Kentucky Aluminum Plant Nears Lockout

May 6, 2015 9:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Kentucky aluminum smelter appears on the brink of a work stoppage after union workers rejected a proposed labor agreement.

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Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Employees at an Alabama auto parts plant signed a petition calling for the departure of the United Auto Workers, the latest episode in a contentious union organizing fight.

GM To Spend $5.4B On U.S. Factories Over 3 Years

May 1, 2015 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.

The Most Sophisticated Manufacturing Process In The World

April 30, 2015 11:28 am | by Intel | Videos | Comments

Meet John Breseke, Director of Manufacturing IT at Intel, whose job it is to help design and manage arguably the most automated and sophisticated manufacturing process in the world. 

How Sight Glass Helps Workers Monitor Leak Detection

April 29, 2015 10:52 am | by Tina Gallo | Articles | Comments

Leak is a four-letter word that no industrial manufacturer ever wants to hear. Industrial leaks can slow down manufacturing lines, destroy equipment, and possibly harm workers — making them a top concern for industrial teams.

Tuna Company, 2 Managers Charged In Death Of Worker In Oven

April 28, 2015 12:04 pm | by Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bumble Bee Foods and two managers were charged by Los Angeles prosecutors Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 9:52 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday

Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials.

Maintenance Of The Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive To Collaborative

April 16, 2015 10:49 am | by Marc-Alexis Rémond | Articles | Comments

A total preventive and predictive maintenance program is absolutely essential to an efficient, reliable and safe production process. However, no matter how well-oiled and designed your preventive and predictive maintenance program is, every now and then, Murphy’s Law reminds us that things can go wrong.

Toyota To Build $1B Corolla Plant In Mexico

April 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota announced plans Wednesday to construct a new billion-dollar manufacturing plant in Mexico and alter production at its facilities in Canada.

Women In Manufacturing Files As Trade Association

April 13, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

National networking group Women in Manufacturing this week announced its reorganization as a trade association.

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Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 2, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The seventh annual poll by Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based purchasing aggregator, indicated that half of the participating chief financial officers anticipated growth in the U.S. economy this year, a four percent increase over the 2014 poll and a record high for the survey.

Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View Of Manufacturing

April 1, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. job training efforts and economic statistics should include a broader look at manufacturing processes, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.

Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

April 1, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, as promised, vetoed legislation Tuesday that would overturn a federal rule to speed up the process for union certification elections.

Top Ten Benefits Of A Mobile Remote Monitoring Solution

March 31, 2015 11:52 am | by Melissa Topp | Articles | Comments

Here’s a ‘Top 10’ of what you should expect from a top mobile remote monitoring software solution.

Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

Republican Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The president of the United Auto Workers union rejected a new wage tier Wednesday after reports indicated U.S. automakers could float the idea during upcoming contract talks.

Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier From UAW

March 25, 2015 9:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors and Ford might seek a new, lower wage tier from the United Auto Workers union after a report showed they have the highest labor costs among U.S. automakers.

Wilson To Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 11:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One of the most iconic brands in baseball is changing hands for the first time in its more than 130-year history.

Are You In Compliance? OSHA’s 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 10:59 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards

Using Mobile Video Collaboration To Address The 'Problems To Resolution' Gap

March 20, 2015 10:42 am | by Romulus Pereira | Articles | Comments

As strides in mobile technology are made, it’s becoming possible for anyone on the manufacturing floor with a mobile device to live-stream what they’re seeing to experts who can help with problem resolution in real time. 

March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 17, 2015 11:52 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With March Madness now in full swing, workplaces will lose time and money due to employees filling out brackets, checking scores, and watching games during work hours over the next few weeks, especially this Thursday and Friday.

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