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China Slowdown Could Bruise Global Economy

November 3, 2014 11:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, but its role as a global engine is fading as its economy slows — and many other nations, in the view of economists, will feel the pain.       

Campbell Soup CEO Shares Lessons Learned During Leadership Ascent

November 3, 2014 9:15 am | by University of Virginia Darden School Foundation | News | Comments

Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, shared her journey to become the first woman to lead the company and how she evolved to compete in the ever-changing global environment. Campbell Soup is a growing global food company with annual sales of more than $8 billion. 

Bison Day: Americans Celebrate a National Icon

November 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Wildlife Conservation Society | News | Comments

Bison production is in its strongest economic condition in more than a decade. The total value of privately owned bison on more than 2,500 bison ranches in the U.S. was estimated to exceed $280 million in 2013. Bison ranches provide a sustainable and healthy meat source, and contribute to our nation’s food security.

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Dust Collector

November 3, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The MCF is built to handle heavy dust loads including abrasive materials, and comes in configurations to fit most industrial air quality applications.

Simulation Software Provides Food Facility Secret Recipe to Production Success

October 31, 2014 3:53 pm | by Abbey Hatke | Articles | Comments

Complicated packaging requirements, stringent production regulations and thin profit margins mean food manufacturers must be innovative and efficient to compete. Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborated to deliver a 10 percent increase in production capacity.

Reducing Ownership Costs For Material Handling Equipment

October 31, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jeffrey Cohen | Articles | Comments

Factors that contribute to price growth for material handling equipment include the industrial production index, the value of construction, which depends on the level of construction activity; and equipment users’ ongoing need for higher productivity.

Digital Transformation & Tomorrow's eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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 | by Paul Leavoy | 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.   

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Organic Frozen Food Maker to Open Idaho Facility

October 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press | 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.       

Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 30, 2014 1:23 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | 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 | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | 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 | by OSHA | 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 | by Food Nutrition & Science | 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.   

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Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 29, 2014 12:33 pm | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation | 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.

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

October 29, 2014 12:24 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | 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 | by Legion Logistics, LLC | 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 | by Lori Payne | 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 | by Vicki Bergendal | 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 | by Associated Press | 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.       

Metal Detector Conveyor

October 27, 2014 7:37 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | 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 | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | 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 | by The Mexican Healthy Products Summit | 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 | by Mars, Incorporated | 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 | by Scott McNeill | 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 | by Michael Brittingham | 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.    

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