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Digital Transformation & Tomorrow's eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | Articles | Comments

Buyers are interested in buying from distributors that are online and easy to use, so manufacturers should partner with distributors that have adopted ecommerce strategies to meet the growing demand for more mobile, digital, and automatic shopping.

5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

Organic Frozen Food Maker to Open Idaho Facility

October 30, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs. The organic frozen food company plans to hire 200 workers in December and could hire up to 1,000 workers within a few years.       

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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 30, 2014 1:23 pm | News | Comments

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.              

Meet the Newest Pioneer For Women in STEM: Goldie

October 30, 2014 10:49 am | Blogs | Comments

While scrolling through emails, I stumbled upon GoldieBlox — a building toy equipped with axles, pulleys, blocks and ribbon designed to promote engineering interest in girls. The GoldieBlox site boldly declares, “We aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.” 

Alabama Chicken Producer Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

OSHA issued 11 citations to the poultry processing plant, including nine serious, one repeat and one other-than serious violation. The investigation was initiated after the agency received a complaint from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Proposed penalties total $102,600.

Is Ebola Affecting Cocoa Production? Experts Say 'No'

October 29, 2014 1:23 pm | News | Comments

West Africa is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans with an estimated 73 percent of the world's beans coming from the area, according to the International Cocoa Association. To date, the disease has not affected cocoa production.   

Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 29, 2014 12:33 pm | Articles | Comments

For several years now, the prevailing position of manufacturing executives was to strategically locate plants across mainland China. “Offshoring,” as it was aptly labeled, was originally driven by China’s competitive advantage relative to the U.S.

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Penn. to Host Reshoring Initiative: Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to the US

October 29, 2014 12:24 pm | News | Comments

The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) announced that they will be hosting Mr. Harry Moser, Founder of the National Reshoring Initiative, on November 5th from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Hanover Office Plaza. All Pennsylvania manufacturers are invited to attend at no cost, but registration is required.

Alleviating Shipping Capacity Crunch

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | Articles | Comments

How can small businesses keep from spending all their precious pennies on shipping? One of the most obvious choices is to avoid shipping products by truck as much as possible.                     

How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 28, 2014 8:20 am | Blogs | Comments

No small manufacturing leader wants the distraction and expense of investing months of team time into solutions that take a long time to vet, even longer to implement, and don’t allow the flexibility you need to answer your unique business challenges. 

Workforce Management in the Cloud Becomes a Competitive Advantage

October 27, 2014 10:50 am | Articles | Comments

A cloud-based workforce management system can automate the entire timekeeping and payroll process to save time and increase productivity.                               

Obama Takes Action to Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

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Metal Detector Conveyor

October 27, 2014 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

DynaClean food processing conveyors expands its line with Eriez Xtreme Metal Detector option. The metal detector includes enhanced features, greater sensitivity, intuitive operation and exceptional reliability.   

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 24, 2014 1:05 pm | Articles | Comments

Maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money. However, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

Health Food Companies Interested in Expanding in Mexico to Meet at Summit

October 24, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

The Mexican Healthy Products Summit offers an exclusive opportunity for healthy products companies interested in beginning or expanding distribution in the Mexican retail marketplace. Over 60 buyers representing six sectors of Mexican retailers will attend. 

Mars Recognized as One of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces

October 24, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Mars, known for its M&M's, Snickers and Twix brands, was recognized as one of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work. Employees benefit from free candy, Mars drinks and opportunity to bring their pet to work. 

Keep Your Equipment Up to Date For Efficiency

October 24, 2014 9:36 am | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive.    

Steps to Achieving an Efficient and Temperature Controlled Loading Dock

October 24, 2014 8:20 am | Articles | Comments

Starting from outside the temperature controlled loading dock and moving our way in, let’s take a look at some technologies and equipment available to address safety concerns and ensure that your operation remains highly productive.    

Can a New Marketing Chief Put the Fizz Back Into Coke Sales?

October 23, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

Coca-Cola is naming a new chief marketing officer as the world's biggest soda maker works to boost flat soda sales. The Atlanta-based company says Marcos De Quinto, a company veteran, will replace Joe Tripodi starting Jan. 1.     

Sustainable Food Production: How it Will Impact Agronomic Practices

October 23, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

Food companies, agribusinesses and retailers have recently been making commitments to shift their production practices to be more sustainable. What does that mean for and how will it impact agronomic production practices on the farm?    

Detection Laser Scanner

October 23, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Potential applications include detecting protrusions or obstacles over large area, collision avoidance on overhead monorails, detecting small overhangs such as damaged pallets, monitoring entryways and exits, controlling the height of pallets on palletizers, and verifying empty, full, or overfilled cartons on conveyors.

Packaging Design 101: Colors and Special Finishes

October 22, 2014 3:13 pm | Articles | Comments

It is important to remember that there must always be a balance between following a design trend that has been proven to resonate with consumers and finding ways to stand out among competitors.               

Edward Marc Chocolatier Plans $2.5M Expansion in Pittsburgh

October 22, 2014 2:54 pm | News | Comments

Edward Marc Brands has entered into a lease of a 50,000-square-foot space in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The company plans to invest more than $2.5 million at the new site, and has committed to creating at least 51 new jobs over the next three years. 

VIDEO: The Story Behind the Making of Maker's Mark Bourbon

October 22, 2014 2:14 pm | Videos | Comments

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels discusses the boom in the bourbon business and the making of his family's iconic bourbon.                                     

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