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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group titled “Where in the World?” posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling far behind. It’s a far cry from the trends over the last few decades.

Faster Production Brings Boeing $965M Profit

April 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company's assembly...

Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and...

Why BMW Is Making Cars In The U.S.

April 21, 2014 12:46 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BMW's North American President Ludwig Willisch talks about why the company is manufacturing its...

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Fiat And Chrysler Building 3 Jeep Models In China

April 21, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.   

Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru-brand cars, will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S, company president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said.   

Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Fatal Blast

April 18, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one.                                 

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Fuji Heavy Considering New Plant To Make Parts For Boeing 777X

April 15, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday.                     

Inside Streit's Matzo Factory

April 14, 2014 11:53 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Matzo is an important part of any Passover Seder. Nancy Giles visits Streit’s Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side and learns the true meaning of making Matzo.                        

Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:24 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, or 29 percent of the group's workforce, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.    

Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The apparel industry has long been highly competitive, and in an era where many of the country’s biggest retailers can offer a sub-$5 t-shirt, it’s clear that the complexities behind producing a typical garment have become as thick and tangled as a ball of yarn.

Fruit Of The Loom Moving Some Operations From Ky. To Honduras

April 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 600 workers will lose their jobs under Fruit of the Loom's plans to close its plant in Jamestown, Ky. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money.               

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Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 9:23 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption and a flimsy infrastructure.     

Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of Miwaukee's proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.       

Boeing Delivers 161 Aircraft In 1Q

April 3, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing delivered 161 commercial airplanes in the first quarter, nearly an 18 percent increase from last year, as it ramps up production to meet demand.                             

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.

U.S. Auto Sales Expected To Rise

April 1, 2014 1:15 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                                   

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Auto News: The Latest From Ford, BMW, GM, FCA & Rolls-Royce

March 31, 2014 12:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A lot has happened with U.S.-based automakers since the end of last week. Here’s a look at the major news and announcements to recently come out of the auto industry.                        

Fiat Chrysler Aims For 4.5M Car Sales In 2014

March 31, 2014 9:35 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the combined automaker aims to sell 4.5 million to 4.6 million cars this year.                                     

FCA: Merged Company Can Output 6M Cars Per Year

March 31, 2014 7:45 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he has long said is the minimum for an automaker to compete in the global market.

GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                               

Ford Adding 300 Jobs In Ohio

March 28, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.                               

$270M Chocolate Plant Highlights U.S.'s Sweet Tooth

March 27, 2014 9:21 am | by John Hanna, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.         

GE Aviation To Build 200-Job Indiana Engine Plant

March 26, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Aviation plans to invest $92 million and create 200 jobs at a jet engine manufacturing plant in Lafayette, a report said Tuesday.                               

U.S. Manufacturing Orders Pick Up Steam

March 26, 2014 12:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A combination of abnormally severe weather, an inventory correction from excessive stocks built up late last year and sluggish overall economic growth in the first quarter of 2014 are weighing on manufacturing activity, but things are picking up. 

Amy's Kitchen To Open New Orange County Plant

March 26, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Empire State Development says the company will invest nearly $100 million and build a 500,000-square-foot organic food-manufacturing plant with nearly 700 new jobs.                         

Texas Gov. Perry Sees Pros Of Tesla Direct Sales

March 25, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Perry cites the natural change in society and economic structures as the underpinning of why it’s the right choice now — things just aren’t sold the same way today as they were even 10 years ago, he argues.             

Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                 

RV Maker Adding Workers In Indiana

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

A recreational vehicle maker is adding workers for a third production line at a northern Indiana factory.                                         

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