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Choosing The Right Tools For Cold Welding

December 30, 2013 2:32 pm | by Jim Norton, President of Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Within a wide variety of industries, pinching off and hermetically sealing ductile metal tubing is a necessary process when separating a device from a vacuum pumping station. Tube seal failures often result in significant financial and product performance losses, making tubing and tool selection crucial.   

Sriracha-Based Lessons For Manufacturers

December 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mitch Carrel, Partner, Real Estate Practice Group and Food Industry Team, Freeborn & Peters | Articles | Comments

The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of food companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Read on for an expert's views on what considerations manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.

Enhancing Workplace Safety With Corrosion Coating

December 20, 2013 4:46 pm | by Del Williams | Articles | Comments

Seeking a better corrosion solution at their petrochemical facility, Mobley Industrial Services recently used a newly approved corrosion coating called EonCoat to enhance workplace safety and return a large floating roof tank to service in about half the time required by typical coatings. This coating is part of a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion and extend equipment life.

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Aging Infrastructure Impeding Process Manufacturing Growth

December 20, 2013 2:11 pm | by Economist Intelligence Unit | News | Comments

Process manufacturing companies in the oil and gas, utilities, and chemical industries rely on rapidly aging proprietary infrastructure to run their operations. Subsequent disruptions can cripple operations and impede opportunities for growth. As a result, executives in these industries must make tough decisions about where, when and how much to invest in infrastructure upgrades.

Financing Set For $1 Billion Fertilizer Plant

December 20, 2013 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A businessman says he has reached a deal with a Chinese company to finance a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant that could cost nearly $1 billion to build.                            

Uncertain Future For Gas Drilling In PA

December 20, 2013 11:03 am | by MARC LEVY, MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The energy industry and policy makers in Pennsylvania, the heart of the nation's gas drilling boom, are thinking about their next moves after the state's highest court threw out significant portions of a law that limited the power of cities and counties to regulate the industry.

Japan Pays Even More For Fukushima Cleanup

December 20, 2013 10:58 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government announced Friday that it will increase the amount of money it is providing to the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to step up cleanup and decommissioning efforts.                                             

Louisville Residents Sue Over Coal Plant Ash

December 18, 2013 11:16 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Louisville residents who say coal ash from a nearby power plant drifts into their lungs and homes have sued the plant.                                                                        

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Fight For IL Boeing Plant Fizzles

December 18, 2013 10:47 am | by DAVID MERCER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois has joined more than 20 other states trying to lure Boeing's production of the 777x airliner out of Washington state, but the company's long list of requirements could prove problematic.                                                     

Verdict Reached In BP Engineer's Trial

December 18, 2013 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said that a verdict has been reached Wednesday morning in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct an investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Novelis Invests $120 Million In NY Expansion

December 18, 2013 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Novelis Inc. says it will invest $120 million to install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling of automotive scrap at its production plant near Oswego.                                             

A Manufacturing Tax Write-Off Hangs in the Balance…Or Does It?

December 17, 2013 3:40 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Time is technically running out for manufacturers to write off sizable sums for equipment purchased in 2013 as a tax rule hangs between its Dec. 31 expiration date and congressional action on the matter.                                                    

Putting the Pedal to the Metal in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

December 17, 2013 3:30 pm | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

To remain competitive in the world’s busiest pharmaceutical market, U.S. manufacturers must increase their speed, running lines constantly while continuing to adhere to stringent FDA regulations at the research and development, preclinical and clinical work phases. Advancements in equipment for material handling, process flow, automation, product inspection and form-fill-seal have enabled manufacturers to speed production like never before.

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Productivity And Cost Update For Q3

December 16, 2013 3:10 pm | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 3.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BP Trial Winding Down

December 16, 2013 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                                                          

Worker Killed In Steel Plant Blast

December 16, 2013 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.                                

2 Hurt In The Explosion At Chicago Chemical Plant

December 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by Chicago Tribune | News | Comments

According to the Chicago Tribune two workers were injured in the explosion and fire that broke out at the Blue Island Phenol plant in Alsip on Friday.                    

Boston Company Building Hydroelectric Plant In IN

December 13, 2013 11:30 am | by RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Boston-based company announced plans Thursday to retrofit and reactivate a long-idle southern Indiana hydroelectric power plant in a $12 million project that's expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 2,000 homes.                              

BP Engineer Won't Testify At His Own Trial

December 13, 2013 11:15 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer isn't expected to testify at his trial on charges he deleted text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                                             

PA Plant Recycling Shale Water

December 13, 2013 11:08 am | by ANYA LIVTAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | News | Comments

Starting in January, Daniel Ertel's wastewater processing plant in Williamsport will start churning out commodities: Oil. Methanol. Sodium chloride.                                               

Court Looks At EPA Rule On Cross-State Pollution

December 11, 2013 10:49 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it could breathe new life into a federal rule requiring states to reduce power plant pollution from the South and Midwest that fouls the air in the eastern U.S. The eight participating justices should issue their decision by late June.

New Zealand Company To Open Biomass Resin Plant In U.S.

December 10, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

A New Zealand company plans to move its headquarters to Kearney and set up a production plant for its biomass resin product. The plant will use distillers grains to produce a functional filler for the plastics industry, the Kearney Hub reported. 

Jobs vs. Environment In Pinelands Pipe Plan Fracas

December 10, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

The age-old jobs-versus-the-environment clash is playing out again, this time in the New Jersey Pinelands, a million-acre spread of protected woods and wetlands that happens to be in the way of a proposed pipeline.         

Oil Plant Fire Injures One

December 9, 2013 5:10 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire Monday at an oil plant in northern Nevada critically injured a 24-year-old refinery worker. In a statement, Bango Refining said one of its tanks ruptured around 9:15 a.m., sending up a thick plume of black smoke. The company recycles used lubricating oil.

American Bridge Begins W. PA Shutdown

December 9, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

American Bridge Co. has begun shutting down a western Pennsylvania fabricating plant, and will eventually lay off 77 workers in the process.                             

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