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Most US Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the government began tracking this data in 1987. That's a sharp turnaround from just after the recession, when as many as three-quarters of those out of work received help, a record high.

Are HEPA Filters the Most Valuable Choice for Your Plant?

November 21, 2014 11:30 am | by Don Stroud, Senior Design Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens,...

Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete | Articles | Comments

When operating a facility where heavy footfall and wheeled traffic are just part of the daily...

Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturers in recent years have put off...

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Manufacturing Related Student Enrollments Rise by 36 Percent

November 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

Manufacturers Resource Center is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region's career & technical schools. MRC led the "Skill Up" grant initiative to address the manufacturing skills gap. 

Carlsberg Becomes No. 2 in Greece With Olympic Brewery Takeover

November 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Carlsberg, a Danish company, said that the two breweries combined would hold a market share of about 29 percent in Greece. Carlsberg already fully owns the Mythos Brewery, Greece's third-largest.               

Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers to Build $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers, and a Chinese company say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas. The plant will produce up to 88,000 tons of milk powder a year.          

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Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

VIDEO: Are Robots Replacing Jobs? Meet Baxter

November 18, 2014 9:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

From factory floors to warehouses and hospital floors, humans are increasingly finding themselves working alongside robots, and the impact of robots in the workforce are only expected to grow. Meet Baxter, the new face of manufacturing.   

US Producer Prices Rise 0.2 Percent in October

November 18, 2014 9:08 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork and electric power. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent in October from the previous month, the Labor Department said. 

One Mom's Mission to Encourage STEM Careers For Girls

November 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JOSEPH B. FREDERICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kelly Matthews is on a mission to get more girls interested in STEM. Her mission began at home with her 9-month-old daughter. Matthews reads books to her like "Rosie Revere, Engineer" and "HTML for Babies."            

7 Ways to Pest Proof Your Business During Rodent Awareness Week

November 18, 2014 8:00 am | by McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

The National Pest Management Association has declared this week Rodent Awareness Week as rodent populations continue to rise during the winter months. Learning to pest proof your business, especially those in the food industry and food supply chain, is essential.

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Fire Destroys Spain's Largest Meat Plant

November 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by HAROLD HECKLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire has destroyed one of Spain's largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos. The blaze began early Sunday at the Campofrio plant where 1,000 employees work. 

Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 17, 2014 10:27 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Articles | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is an Illinois-based contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods.                         

5 Facilities Win 2014 IPM Partner Awards For Pest Management

November 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Orkin, LLC | News | Comments

With the ever-evolving audit standards, it is crucial to keep pest management at the forefront of facility operations and audit preparation. These five companies have successfully done so and were named winners of the 2014 IPM Partner Awards.

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones to Drive Profit

November 14, 2014 2:11 pm | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

Some notable advancements have included the assembly line, telephone, fax machine and the Internet. Today, there is a ubiquitous technology poised to revolutionize how business is done: the smartphone… but NOT for the reason you may think.  

Lawsuit Against Capital Brewery Dismissed

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dane County Judge Peter Anderson has dismissed a lawsuit by minority shareholders against Capital Brewery which claimed misconduct by company executives. Anderson says the minority shareholders haven't shown they had standing to sue.    

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This Thanksgiving: Bring on the Turkey, Not the Food Safety Incidents

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Keri Dawson | Articles | Comments

Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season. Faced with these statistics, food companies are under significant pressure to strengthen their quality and safety measures.

Kellogg Facility to Open in Tennessee

November 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Economic development officials in Jackson, Tennessee have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city. The company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the facility is completed.     

Mondelez to Invest $24M to Expand Confectionery Plant in Turkey

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Mondelez International, Inc. | News | Comments

Mondelez International, the world's pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy, announced plans to invest $24 million to increase capacity of its state-of-the-art plant in Gebze, Turkey, to support growth in the company's global confectionery business.

Oscar Mayer to Eliminate Hundreds of Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs. The company informed employees that the changes will be complete by the end of the year.              

Air Filter Cartridge

November 13, 2014 8:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This air filter cartridge allows operators to realize substantial cost savings in their total plant ownership by reducing power consumption, enhancing efficiency and doubling the time between change-outs. 

Durable Floor

November 13, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This product is an effective solution where durable, stain and wear resistant floors are required; bakeries, dry process areas and packing lines. 

Colbert: The Adventures in Snackology

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" brings the news of a scientific breakthrough giving millions of Americans hope for a better tomorrow: Dorito-flavored Mountain Dew. PepsiCo delivers on its promise to "drinkify" snacks by unveiling this odd hybrid.

J.M. Smucker's Stock Drops After Disappointing Profit, Sales Outlook

November 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker, maker of Jif, Pillsbury and Hungry Jack, lowered its guidance for fiscal 2015 as customers recoiled from rising prices for its coffee brand, Folgers. Its preliminary second-quarter forecast also disappointed Wall Street and shares slid more than 3 percent.

Frozen Bread-Maker Fined $47K For Exposing Workers to Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 9:54 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by OSHA along with a $47,600 penalty.

Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 12, 2014 9:28 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.                 

Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 9:15 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?               

Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods. To read this cover story, exclusive features on regulatory compliance and material handling, among other stories, click on the image above.

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