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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.  

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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.

5 Quick Questions: Attracting & Retaining Quality Manufacturing Workers

August 27, 2013 9:20 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that one of the most pressing issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of qualified workers. According to one global recruitment specialist, hiring managers need to focus on several internal facets in attracting the best and most qualified people.

Be A Better Project Manager: Lead Like A Championship-Winning Coach

August 26, 2013 9:19 am | by Scott Grzesiak, Regional Operations Manager, Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

At the heart of every championship sports team is a supremely focused leader who maximizes team members’ talent.  There are numerous examples of high performing athletes who fail to realize their potential until they get in touch with the right leadership.

Top Five Benefits of Additive Manufacturing (You Never Considered)

August 26, 2013 9:00 am | by Jeff Hanson, RedEye On Demand | Articles | Comments

Since the introduction of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) in the 1980s, the benefits of producing small quantities of complex parts fast is well understood among manufacturing circles. Despite this, the industry is just beginning to understand exactly how transformative the technology will be to the future of manufacturing.

Ceramic Differential Pressure Sensing Solution

August 26, 2013 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

TankLink introduces the TankLink 90 with a ceramic differential pressure (DP) sensor for monitoring highly corrosive chemicals. This solution allows chemical manufacturers, distributors and end users to monitor their corrosive chemicals with an easy to install monitor and a ceramic differential pressure sensor that sits near the bottom of the tank and out of the way of chemical vapors at the top that can cloud measurement readings.

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Chinese Chemical Company to Develop Georgia Facility

August 23, 2013 10:14 am | News | Comments

State officials have announced that a Chinese chemical manufacturing company plans to open its headquarters in southeastern Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Hubei Xingfa Chemicals Group plans to open a facility in Effingham County and create 50 jobs.

A Fireside Chat: U.S. Gave Up on Manufacturing for Short Term Profits

August 23, 2013 9:36 am | by PD&D Staff | Articles | Comments

Miniature fluid handling specialist Bio-Chem Fluidics has announced its new Vice President of Operations, Joe Turiello. In his new position, Turiello will work with the manufacturing assembly, quality assurance, purchasing and customer service groups to support the company’s growth.

Developing A Workforce

August 23, 2013 9:28 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are on the cusp of a major generational shift. Baby Boomers are preparing to retire out of the workforce, and Gen Y is poised to replace them. However, several obstacles are preventing a seamless transition of Gen Y-ers into these soon-to-be vacant roles. 

Water Leaks May Become New Japan Nuclear Disaster

August 22, 2013 8:51 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog said a leak of highly radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated, radioactive water from storage tanks.

Kraft Plans $40M Upgrade of Granite City Plant

August 22, 2013 8:49 am | News | Comments

The Kraft Foods Group plans to invest $40 million in its southwestern Illinois plant, creating 30 jobs over the next two years. The (Alton) Telegraph reports the upgrade of the Granite City plant involves adding new equipment, as well as construction.

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The Million Jobs Project

August 21, 2013 2:07 pm | by Million American Jobs Project | Videos | Comments

The American economy has been crippled by the steady stream of jobs being outsourced to companies in other countries, and the Million Jobs Project is attempting to make a big change in the way people think about the products they buy. 

Puerto Rico to Build $54M Water Treatment Plant

August 21, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor says construction has started on a $54 million water treatment plant that will serve the U.S. territory's central eastern region. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the plant will filter 7 million gallons of water a day and begin operating in September 2016.

Pollution Lawsuit Against Pa. Plant Is Revived

August 21, 2013 9:25 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday against a western Pennsylvania power plant, ruling that two women who live nearby can sue over alleged fly ash pollution even though the plant meets state and federal air pollution standards.

Groups Spar Over Use of Money in Power Plant Fight

August 21, 2013 9:21 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A free-market advocacy group that opposes Mississippi Power's $4.7 billion coal-fired power plant under construction in Kemper County now finds itself on the defensive, accused of using public funds in the fight against the plant.  

Sugar Company Fined for Water Quality Violation

August 20, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency say the Amalgamated Sugar Co. has agreed to pay $7,500 for violating the Clean Water Act at its facility in Pau, Idaho. The EPA announced the enforcement action Monday.   

Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part I)

August 20, 2013 8:36 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Industrial lighting systems although performing the same basic role as lighting in any other setting by providing illumination in areas where available light is inadequate, must also address a host of factors that never come into play in common non commercial/industrial settings.

Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part III)

August 19, 2013 11:44 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

While it might look good on paper, and the chosen fixtures indeed properly rated and certified explosion proof, the use of lower grade fixtures almost guarantees the need for more frequent maintenance intervals in order to ensure premature fixture degradation and failure does not occur.

Explosion Proof Lighting in the Industrial Workplace: Quality Is the Goal (Part II)

August 19, 2013 11:41 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Explosion proof fixtures provide protection by preventing any ignitions within the fixture housing from igniting the atmosphere outside of the fixture. Intrinsically safe fixtures are more specialized and provide their protection by being low powered and incapable of producing enough heat or spark to produce ignition.

NC Files More Lawsuits Against Duke Energy

August 19, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

The state of North Carolina has filed additional lawsuits against Duke Energy seeking to force the utility to address water pollution coming from coal ash at 12 power plants, expanding the litigation to cover all the company's coal-fired plants in the state.

Financing Puts Hold on Uranium Deconversion Plant

August 19, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

An Idaho-based company that plans to build a facility in southeastern New Mexico to make uranium waste safe for long-term disposal has put its plans on hold because of a funding shortage, though the company says it remains committed to building the $125 million uranium deconversion plant.

Gov Visits First Injection Oil Wells in Montana

August 19, 2013 10:19 am | by MATT GOURAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Bullock joined oil company officials on Friday to laud the state's first production carbon dioxide injection oil field as a big step forward. Denbury Resources Inc. held a ribbon-cutting at its Bell Creek plant in southeastern Montana.

Kentucky Plant Closure Disrupts Workers' Lives

August 19, 2013 10:02 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In May, the operators of the Cold War-era plant located a few miles outside Paducah in McCracken County announced they would shut it down. They laid off about 160 employees at the end of last week and expect to let another 100 go in October. Uranium-enrichment work ceased weeks ago.

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