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Samsung Phone Shipments Falter

July 30, 2014 9:37 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of smartphones, saw its sales drop in the second quarter, a research firm said Tuesday.                                

Kellogg Plans To Close Georgia Plant

July 30, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A food manufacturing company has announced plans to close a plant in western Georgia by the end...

Amazon Now Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon said Monday that it has started selling 3D printed customizable objects like iPhone cases...

Providing 3D Printing To The Masses

July 29, 2014 12:55 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways, a 3D printing company that lets consumers dream up...

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U.S. Companies Increasingly Fish For Growth Overseas

July 28, 2014 1:01 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.                                       

Tyson Selling Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                         

GM Proposes Expansion For Michigan Crossover Plant

July 28, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is considering a $37 million expansion of a mid-Michigan plant that makes three crossover vehicles.                                     

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Tyson Closing Plants In Iowa, N.Y., N.M.

July 28, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. says it's closing three U.S. plants, employing a total 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company's product needs have changed.                         

Mixing It Up The KitchenAid Way

July 25, 2014 11:48 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                       

Steiger Tractor Manufacturing

July 24, 2014 1:09 pm | by CaseIHTube | Videos | Comments

World class tractors from a world class facility. See how Case IH Steiger Tractors are manufactured in the Fargo, North Dakota plant.                                 

Adopting Additive Manufacturing In The Production Process

July 24, 2014 1:05 pm | by Stratasys | Videos | Comments

Manufacturers like Rutland Plastics in the UK are adopting additive manufacturing to produce custom jigs and fixtures in a fraction of the time and cost required by conventional tooling methods.                

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 24, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week a Shanghai television station reported that U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s and KFC. As the story continues to unfold, it appears more companies have been affected and are breaking ties with Husi. But one company is vowing to stand by them.

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Gun Law Forces Beretta Out Of Maryland

July 23, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.               

U.S. Craft Breweries See Growth Overseas

July 22, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.         

Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory In Florida

July 22, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                                     

3D Printing For Aircraft Industry Takes Off

July 21, 2014 12:44 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

European aerospace manufacturer Airbus says its pioneering use of a 3D printed titanium bracket in its A350-XWB aircraft could herald a new future for aerospace production.                       

Airbus Beats Boeing In Farnborough Orders Race

July 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments.                           

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Cutting Downtime And Improving Production Control With Detailed OEE Data

July 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by Gary McNiel | Articles | Comments

With new, granular manufacturing intelligence, one cosmetics manufacturer can easily evaluate line deficiencies and identify needed improvements — giving management the knowledge and confidence they need to keep pace with their demanding industry.

GM Proposes $27M Investment For Indiana Plant

July 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has proposed investing $27 million at a southern Indiana casting plant for machinery, equipment and tooling needed to produce aluminum engine blocks.                         

Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate At Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 9:26 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory on Tuesday, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.

Toyota To Delay Some Vehicle Deliveries Due To Soot

July 16, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it expects to delay the delivery of about 23,000 vehicles by up to a month while it cleans up soot spewed from a Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plant in central Japan.           

GE Aviation To Upgrade Auburn Plant

July 15, 2014 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the Auburn plant is the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.                               

Why Failing To Deliver On Time Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

July 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

In the competitive world of manufacturing, few things are worse than failing to deliver products on time. Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers or, even worse, drive them toward a competitor.         

Volkswagen To Add 2,000 Jobs In Tennessee

July 14, 2014 12:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.               

Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children.                                       

U.S. Wholesalers Slow To Restock As Sales Weaken

July 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.                                 

How One U.S. Supplier Helped Bring Manufacturing Home

July 10, 2014 10:42 am | by Robert Moakler | Articles | Comments

Undeniably, U.S. supply chains suffered structural damage due to many years of offshoring. However, daily evidence indicates that domestic relationships are being strengthened and rebuilt, which is exactly what happened when one automotive designer and engineer met a U.S. manufacturer and they began to collaborate.

Boeing Gets $56B Emirates Airline Order

July 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing has finalized a $56 billion agreement to build 150 777X aircraft for Dubai's Emirates Airline.                                           

GM: Small Crossovers Are The New Utility Players

July 8, 2014 12:59 pm | by General Motors | News | Comments

Sales of small SUVs have evolved along with consumers’ changing driving, spending and lifestyle habits. They’ve gone from being “second” vehicles in a household to replacing older vehicles.                 

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