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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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. 

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