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5 Quick Questions: More Powerful Than ISO 14000 for Plant Floor Management

September 11, 2013 10:07 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

We recently sat down with Woodbury University President Luis Calingo, member of the 2013 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He offers perspective on goals every company in this sector should strive for and the irony of cost cuts that are often made to employee training programs.

Dow Chemical CEO Talks Strategy

September 11, 2013 9:41 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

The Wall Street Journal speaks with Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical about his management strategy and view for the future. He also discusses how his optimism is key to his success and how he uses that optimism to set the tone for the rest of the company.

5 Quick Questions: Mike Weller, President, Miller Electric

September 9, 2013 9:47 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Given the constant pressure that manufacturers face in attracting and replacing skilled workers, we asked Mike Weller of Miller Electric for some perspective on the future of the skilled trades and what the manufacturing sector can do to increase interest in the field from the next generation of workers.

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Millennials’ Frugal and Green Lifestyles Raise the Bar for Brands

September 6, 2013 9:20 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Appearances can be deceiving. Millennials represent the fastest-growing segment of luxury goods and services purchasers, according to a recent study by American Express. Yet they are also giving rise to a new lifestyle that can be characterized in two words: frugal and green.

OSHA and EPA on Accidental Releases

September 6, 2013 9:16 am | by Scott Dunsmore, VP of Business Resources and Development, Lion Technology | Articles | Comments

Events such as the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion in April and the explosions at two manufacturing facilities in Louisiana in June have renewed interest in the regulations that have been established regarding accidental release prevention and facility security.

Electronic Water Treatment Reduces Fouling In Heat Exchangers

September 5, 2013 9:25 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

Fouling on heat transfer surfaces increases the overall thermal resistance and lowers the overall heat transfer coefficient of heat exchangers as well as impeding fluid flow, accelerating corrosion and increasing pressure drop across the heat exchanger.

New Fans Cut Lead Times

September 5, 2013 9:13 am | Articles | Comments

It was the need to keep employees cool that ultimately drove Stone Panels, Inc., and its facilities manager, Dewey Winker, to look into installing HVLS fans throughout the facility to reduce the temperature and the humidity in the facility.

The Hidden Cost Of Summer Heat

September 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Megan Browning, Big Ass Fans® | Articles | Comments

High ceilings, large open spaces, and sizeable mechanical obstructions can make cooling manufacturing and warehousing spaces difficult. Uncomfortable working conditions lead to heat-related illnesses and decreased productivity, which negatively affect the bottom line of the business.

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Driving Manufacturing Success By Backing Up

September 4, 2013 9:36 am | by Michael Krutikov, Senior Global Marketing Manager, SMB Data Protection, at Symantec | Articles | Comments

Today’s smaller manufacturers are creating enormous amounts of data — everything from new product designs to top-secret intellectual property, as well as a constant flow of customer and sales information that must be managed and protected every day.

Alloy Plant Faces Quarter-Million Dollar Fine

September 3, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Special Metals' alloy plant in Huntington, WV could face $254,000 in city fines for alleged sewer and industrial waste discharge violations. The proposed fines include $200,000 for failing to address nine unspecified violations between 2003 and February 2013.

Manufacturing Hits Two-Year Peak In August

September 3, 2013 12:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded in August at the fastest pace since June 2011. The ISM report signals that manufacturing output could strengthen in coming months. A gauge of new orders rose nearly five points to 63.2, the highest level in more than two years.

Attracting Talent: A Lesson In Battling Perception

September 3, 2013 9:56 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

73 percent of brand owners taking part in a qualitative Manufacturing Excellence Share Group panel developed by the Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE) said the most difficult skill to find in today’s production workforce is the ability to solve problems.

Cloud Readiness For Logistics Providers

September 3, 2013 9:06 am | by Joe Pampel, Consulting Director, SunGard Availability Services | Articles | Comments

It’s cloud-computing technology for logistics service providers, or LSPs, and it’s a huge universe that encompasses every industry. It’s computing that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet and employs a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data rather than a local server.

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Manchester Cheesemaker MDS Foods Plans New Plant

August 29, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

Cheesemaker MDS Foods Inc. plans to build an expanded production facility in Manchester. Coffee County industrial board executive director Ted Hackney says employment is expected to grow from 41 to about 70 in the next few years.  

Sheen Seen on River Near Delaware City Refinery

August 29, 2013 8:14 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental officials on Wednesday were investigating an oil spill at a refinery that left a sheen floating on the Delaware River. The refinery in Delaware City, operated by PBF Energy, reported the release about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Regulators Discuss Future of Neb. Nuclear Plant

August 29, 2013 8:08 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The idle Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is loaded with fuel for the first time in more than two years, and utility officials say it will operate safely if regulators allow it to restart. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they haven't decided whether to allow the plant to restart.

Veterans Get Skills to Work

August 28, 2013 1:53 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

According to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, there are nearly one million unemployed veterans today. In fact, data the organization released in November of last year showed that 211,000 of those are Iraq and Afghanistan-era vets.

Competitive Edge

August 28, 2013 1:43 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing in America isn’t as simple as just setting up shop and producing a product. Nowadays, a globally networking economy means competition has taken on more nuance: labor rates are eroded by low cost countries, which results in lower cost imported goods and an ever-sloping playing field. 

Equipment Financing Means Flexible Solutions for Unique Business Needs

August 28, 2013 9:35 am | by William G. Sutton, CAE President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association | Articles | Comments

Economic times are challenging many businesses today, and the current economic environment poses even greater difficulties for entrepreneurial startups and small businesses that are struggling to get established, grow or just stay in business.

Shell Seeks Ethane for Proposed Petrochemical Plant

August 28, 2013 9:20 am | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. is seeking ethane suppliers for its proposed petrochemical complex in western Pennsylvania, about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh. The company says in a statement Tuesday that it will accept bids from August 27 to October 4, 2013.

Japan: Nuke Plant Operator Found Leak Too Slowly

August 28, 2013 9:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier.

Veteran Recruitment Regulations on the Way for Federal Contractors in Manufacturing

August 28, 2013 9:12 am | by Suzzanne W. Decker, Principal, Miles & Stockbridge P.C. | Articles | Comments

In anticipation of the large number of veterans returning to the workforce, the Obama administration has pursued expanded employment opportunities for veterans. In 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued proposed Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations for contractors and subcontractors regarding protected veterans.

Dow Plans $1 Billion Investment in Polyolefins Plants

August 28, 2013 9:08 am | News | Comments

Dow Chemical Co. says it will invest $1.06 billion to build two new polyolefins plants and upgrade its ethylene capacity at the company's 3,300-acre site in Plaquemine. The company says the move will create 71 new jobs at the facility and an additional 470 indirect jobs.

Md. Withdraws Emergency Status of Fertilizer Rules

August 27, 2013 10:01 am | by BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maryland's Agriculture Department on Monday withdrew a request to accelerate implementation of proposed regulations aimed at reducing pollution from fertilizer in the Chesapeake Bay after critics said the state was moving too fast.  

Retaining Your Number One Asset: Employees

August 27, 2013 9:44 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

There is one absolute that applies to every company, independent of industry: You cannot expect to operate efficiently without dedicated and skilled employees. When looking at the manufacturing industry specifically, finding a highly skilled workforce has proven to be one of the greatest challenges.

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