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Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) Of Onshoring

November 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.                  

Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving To The Left

November 21, 2014 2:59 pm | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production...

What Exactly Is Luxury Beer?

November 21, 2014 12:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The newest craze hopping around the beer world is pricey beer.        ...

Philly Area Factories Growing By Most In 21 Years

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Chrsitopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign...

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GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV For Opel

November 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

New Research Center To Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

November 20, 2014 10:02 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

On October 6, a Boeing 747 modified for testing jet engines taxied along a concrete runway on the edge of the Mojave Desert and took off with a brand new engine strapped to its left wing. Although the engine’s maiden flight was short, it made aviation history.

U.S. And China Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market

November 19, 2014 9:49 am | by IHS | News | Comments

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.           

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Group Sues Army Ammunition Plant Over Pollution

November 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water.                                     

Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Mark Adair | Articles | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?     

Toyota To Start Sales Of Fuel Cell Car

November 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press | News | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.                     

U.S. Producer Prices Rise In October

November 18, 2014 9:40 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power.                             

4 Predictions On The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

November 17, 2014 12:35 pm | by Steve Erickson | Articles | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape.                                     

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New York Manufacturing Grows At Faster Pace

November 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers in New York grew at a faster pace in November and their expectations for future growth rose to the highest level in nearly three years.                             

U.S. Business Inventories Up 0.3 Percent

November 14, 2014 10:35 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a faster rate in September, though sales remained weak.                                           

Brazil's Drought Brews High Coffee Price

November 13, 2014 12:34 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Coffee drinkers hold on to your wallets. The worst drought in 80 years has hit Brazil, the world's biggest producer and exporter of coffee, and prices have surged to their highest levels in two years.               

U.S. Drivers Should Get Used To Cheap Gas

November 13, 2014 10:27 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                                                

iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:03 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

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China-U.S. Trade Deal Could End Fees On $1T In Tech Sales

November 12, 2014 10:36 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.             

2014 Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

November 11, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

Ford's CEO On The Aluminum F-150

November 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After a dismal last quarter, CEO Mark Fields says he plans to turn Ford around as the company unveils its new F-150 truck.                                     

Ford Starts Aluminum F-150 Production

November 11, 2014 9:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.                           

Microsoft Drops Nokia Name With Newest Lumia Phone

November 11, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper smartphone, costing about 110 euros ($135), as it eyes emerging and other low-cost markets for growth.                                 

Google Signs 60-Year, $1B Lease With NASA

November 11, 2014 9:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.               

NM Peanut Processing Plant's Future Still Unknown

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the future of a New Mexico peanut process plant eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc.                     

German Exports, Factory Production Up

November 7, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's exports rose sharply in September and factory production was also up, but experts say it may not be enough to stave off a recession.                               

What's Really Inside That McRib?

November 6, 2014 11:37 am | by McDonald's | Videos | Comments

Is it real pork? Why is it that shape? Some of the biggest questions about McDonald's food revolves around the McRib, so Grant Imahara and a McDonald’s skeptic are going to Lopez foods, one of its U.S. pork suppliers, to find answers. Watch to see what goes into a McRib patty.

Nissan Launches U.S. Murano Production

November 6, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S. Nissan Canton is now the company’s worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities from the plant to more than 100 markets.

What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits.                             

Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets.                     

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