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Working Stiffs At Age 15

July 5, 2012 8:00 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

As college is becoming more and more common, there has been an emergence of a new type of education, or rather a new format; the concept of Technical Education High Schools (TEHS).

What If The Humane Society Were In Your Facility?

June 25, 2012 1:22 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

If food companies take the time to learn the concerns of animal activists and consumers, they can take action before a potentially detrimental situation occurs at their facility, as well as gain the respect and trust of their customers.


Deceptive Marketing, Damaging Consequences

June 18, 2012 11:00 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

This May alone, a number of companies have been hit with deceptive marketing charges, padding their pocketbooks by giving false hope to their consumers.


Flour Power

May 29, 2012 9:21 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Sometimes it takes a room full of ghosts, shaking the flour dust from their clothes, to speak to the enormity of this history behind us, and the task ahead.


The Public’s "Right To Know"

May 11, 2012 12:01 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

New “Right to Know” bills raise the possibility for the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food. How the food industry reacts will impact the direction of the public conversation about genetic engineering.


Impatience Is A Virtue

May 10, 2012 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Are there small or seemingly insignificant issues in your place of work that have the potential to evolve into potentially serious, or even catastrophic, problems? Whether its data management, energy efficiency, or another area, it seems every company could point to something where one or two wrong moves has created a small issue that could eventually make a significant impact on the overall bottom line.


Manufacturing Is Cool

April 30, 2012 9:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Many say manufacturing isn’t “sexy.” Perhaps this thinking is so ingrained in our culture that a strategy targeting college students is, for some, just too late. But is it ever wasted effort to start influencing the opinions of these kids before they’re ready to graduate?


The Power Of Perception

April 23, 2012 10:16 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

The BPA debate demonstrates an all too common issue facing the food industry today: Despite scientific evidence of a product’s safety, a deeply engrained negative perception will lead consumers to avoid that product.


FSMA Provisions May Protect 'Pink Slime' Whistleblowers

April 19, 2012 9:30 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Section 402 of the FSMA states that companies across the supply chain cannot "discharge an employee or otherwise discriminate against an employee with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment" for revealing "any violation of, or any act or omission the employee reasonably believes to be a violation of any provision of this Act."


The Cost Of The Untrained

April 16, 2012 9:36 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

I’ve heard time and time again how critical a successful training program is in the industry—and the cost of an untrained worker might just be a bit higher than a masticated remote.


Let Bygones Be Bygones? Not So Fast

April 13, 2012 8:15 am | by Editor

Are factories safer today than they were in 1911? Most definitely — but that doesn’t mean that we can let our guards down.


How Much Is Too Much?

April 12, 2012 9:03 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

In many cases, a CEO’s pay is directly tied to the performance of the company since a large portion of the compensation package is generally in company stock. This part of their pay has a major impact on compensation, both positively and negatively. But most companies include a variety of pay options in a CEO’s compensation package: base salary, stock options, travel expenses, insurance packages and incentive pay.


Talk Is Cheap

March 28, 2012 10:00 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

While many businesses recognize the value of protecting themselves from potentially disastrous security incidents, they fall short in their attempts to do so.


Slow Motion Sandwich

March 28, 2012 9:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Whether it’s on an automotive production line or over bins of lettuce and banana peppers, there is always an opportunity to succeed just as much as there is one to fail. Do you know which members of your team are choosing which outcome for your business?


Floor It

March 27, 2012 9:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

The typical problem with plant flooring is that it’s nearly impossible to replace without a major shutdown, meaning most plants elect to address the problems of an existing floor with patch work, seals, chemicals or coverings. There’s a lot out there to choose from, so what’s the best solution for you?


Leaving A Legacy

March 20, 2012 9:44 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Often overlooked in the midst of attacks against the food industry are the companies and business owners investing in ways to make food safer and Americans healthier.


The New Face Of The Company

March 15, 2012 9:13 am | by Anna Wells, Exective Editor, Industrial Distribution

As technology moves faster, the online community will only expand, and it's up to you to make sure your brand is in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

Hey, Hey We’re The Best

March 14, 2012 11:32 am | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor,

Customer retention can be boiled down to three key essentials: price, quality and customer service.


Will Manufacturing’s Future be Open?

March 6, 2012 9:32 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

More manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Philips, L’Oreal and Unilever are starting to rely on “open innovation,” a process philosophy that aims to merge new technology from sometimes disparate industries.


How Valuable Is Your Freight Provider?

February 22, 2012 1:22 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

Manufacturers around the globe have been awash with new thinking on how to manage a global supply chain that is, despite better technology, still remarkably delicate.



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