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Missing Opportunities In Manufacturing Post-Mortems

January 20, 2014 11:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

The manufacturing industry is tight-lipped about internal operations, and most plant managers would be more apt to think that a major production disruption would be something to silence as much as possible. They certainly wouldn’t write up a post-mortem. But what if they did? What if they thought others could find value in what went wrong?

Aluminum Can Plant Opens In Puerto Rico

January 17, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of investors have announced the opening of a $60 million plant in central Puerto Rico to produce aluminum cans.

Trespasser Stuck In NJ Water Plant Pipe

January 17, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers are working to free a man stuck in a pipe at a New Jersey water treatment plant. United Water spokesman Rich Henning says the man broke into the plant that treats and pumps water for the township of Manalapan (muh-NAL'-uh-pan). Workers heard cries for help coming from a pipe around 7 a.m. Friday.


OH Judge Dismisses French Goodyear Workers' Suit

January 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge in Goodyear's Ohio hometown has thrown out a lawsuit filed by French workers trying to save their jobs.                                                                             

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says his office is suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.

NE Sues EPA Over Power Plant Standards

January 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says his office is suing the federal Environmental Proection Agency over greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.                                

Rangers Helping West, Texas After Explosion

January 15, 2014 10:51 am | by STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The Rangers, who have made a $50,000 donation for West City Park, made a caravan stop Tuesday in the town of about 2,800 people less than 90 miles from their home ballpark.                           

Incident At DuPont

January 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont Co. spokesman Aaron Woods on Wednesday said no workers were hurt at the DuPont Sabine (suh-BEEN') River Works in Orange, TX. Woods says the emergency shutdown Tuesday night has closed one polyethylene unit amid the company investigation into the incident.

Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.

Water Ban Finally Lifted

January 14, 2014 11:27 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.


WV Facility Flew Under Regulatory Radar

January 14, 2014 11:23 am | by MITCH WEISS, RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The facility whose chemical spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents was barely scrutinized, flying largely under the radar of government regulators who viewed it as a low-risk operation — but in reality, a problem at a key holding wall went undetected and unreported at Freedom Industries Inc.

McAlester Denies Negligence In Eufaula Explosion

January 13, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A McAlester propane company has denied wrongdoing in civil lawsuits filed over an explosion at a Eufaula plant that killed one man and injured another.

Accelerating Operational Excellence: Q&A With LNS Research

January 10, 2014 11:46 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Today, manufacturers face unprecedented challenges across the industries. While these challenges manifest as a variety of specific operational factors depending on company size, industry, and location, the initial steps to improvement involve instilling a mindset of continuous improvement across the organization and working to optimize key resources—people, processes, and technology—to achieve a model of Operational Excellence.

Cargill To Build Steel-Processing Plant In CO

January 9, 2014 11:07 am | by The Denver Post | News | Comments

Cargill is building a steel-processing plant in Windsor beginning early this year. The company says the facility is needed to meet the increasing demand for steel products in the manufacturing and shale-oil industries.

Pushing Platinum Refinery Plans

January 8, 2014 11:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Zimbabwean authorities have given platinum miners 10 days to submit proposals to build a refinery by the end of the year.                                                       


Bosses Held Captive At French Goodyear Plant

January 6, 2014 11:19 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

An official with Goodyear says workers at a restive plant in northern France have detained two managers in a conference room at the tire factory. "Boss-napping" became rampant in France in 2009 at the height of the economic meltdown, although the practice has since tapered off.

Manufacturing: Moving Workers Into The Middle Class

January 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by | Videos | Comments

There's no arguing the facts: in California, manufacturing is a huge element of the state's economy. Now, California's community colleges are stepping up to the plate—educating folks about the manufacturing industry while preparing them for real job opportunities.

Blue Island Phenol Plant Down Pending Investigation

January 2, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge says a Chicago-area chemical company can't restart a manufacturing unit involved in an explosion and fire until it figures out what happened.

Troubleshooting The Cold Weld Process

December 30, 2013 3:24 pm | by Jim Norton, President of Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to cold welding, proper preparation is as crucial to success as tool and tubing material selection. Read on for insights on the preparation process and tips on how to avoid or remedy the most common cold weld problems. 

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.

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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