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Gas Prices Lead to 'Positive Near-Term Economic Outlook'

February 27, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation anticipates modest economic growth in 2015, in large part due to the impact of lower gas prices on consumer spending.

Wisconsin Moves Closer to 'Right-to-Work' Status

February 27, 2015 9:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, moving the state...

PepsiCo to Utilize E-Commerce For India Sales

February 27, 2015 8:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo is preparing a big push into India's burgeoning e-commerce...

Nebraska Meat Plant Closure to Cost 125 People Their Jobs

February 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Land O' Frost meat plant in West Point, Nebraska told its employees that production will...

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Flint Low Women's Boots

February 27, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

When the the temperature rises, look no further than the Flint Low for a cool women's work boot. Created with an outdoor-inspired, sporty design, the boot features waterproof leather with mesh inserts to improve breathability in hot temperatures.

How a Digital PSM Program Can Save You Time

February 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

What if I told you that your facility could shorten its process safety management (PSM) audit from four days to four hours? This was a reality for a plant I audited recently — all thanks to its digital PSM program. 

Farmers Turn to Robots as New Farm Hands

February 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

With a growing produce demand and a shortage of farm workers, agricultural areas like Salinas Valley, California are tuning to technology investment programs like Thrive Accelerator to improve farming practices.

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What's Going on With the Labor Unions of Today?

February 26, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Labor unions are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

First Lady: US Experiencing 'Culture Change' Around Food

February 26, 2015 1:10 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama says the U.S. has seen a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. The first lady says food companies are "racing like never before" to create and sell more nutritious food.

Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 25, 2015 2:05 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory. 

EU Investigating Chocolate Merger Between Cargill, ADM

February 25, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices. Minnesota-based Cargill last fall announced plans to purchase ADM's global chocolate business for $440 million and merge the operation with Cargill's cocoa and chocolate division.

Nebraska Beef Processing Plant Proposed by Investors

February 25, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors said they have been meeting with officials from Gering and Bridgeport to discuss the cities as potential sites for the processing plant. The 170,000-square-foot facility could be a game changer for local economies when it opens in two years.

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Why Manufacturers Need to do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications running on SAP platforms.

VIDEO: How Much Money is Tied Up in Your Inventory?

February 24, 2015 12:10 pm | by Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory. A lack of understanding on how quickly, or slowly, this inventory turns can result in a significant number of operating dollars being tied up at any given time.

Exploring the Re-Purposed FSMA Rules and Ways to Comply

February 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Dr. Jennifer McEntire, VP and Chief Science Officer | Articles | Comments

The FSMA represents the most sweeping reform in food safety laws in several decades. With the aim of preventing food safety incidents, the law lays out multiple requirements to ensure that good food safety controls and measures are established at every step of the food chain.

Compression Conveyor

February 24, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Compression Conveyor moves corrugated cases with the utmost smoothness past the customer's ink labelers and/or printers for supreme quality, helping to ensure precision coding and marking. 

Are You Walking By Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

MRO storerooms exist within manufacturing plants, as well as institutional campuses for hospitals, universities, schools, etc. These facilities are generally considered necessary to support plant maintenance, assets, production activities, and employee safety.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 23, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The American oil industry has borne the brunt of thousands of layoffs in the wake of sliding crude prices. The country, however, remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

Q&A: The Changing Engineering and R&D Landscape

February 23, 2015 1:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Articles | Comments

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad.

Goat Farmers, Producers Try to Secure Enough Milk as Demand Rises

February 23, 2015 10:35 am | by KOURTNEY LIEPELT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans' growing taste for more unusual fare has contributed to a steady increase in demand for goat products in recent years, and producers across the country are trying to determine how to secure enough milk to give consumers what they want.

Coca-Cola Operations Suspended in Mexican City After Hostage-Taking

February 23, 2015 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola's largest bottler in Mexico has temporarily suspended operations in the capital of the embattled state of Guerrero following attacks on its workers and its trucks.

VIDEO: Fish Farm Goes Vegetarian to Save Seafood

February 23, 2015 9:15 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Fish farms have a big problem: They’ve been making feed out of sardines and anchovies from the oceans, a source that could be depleted within a few decades. A California company called Two X Sea could have a solution.

Johnsonville Sausage CEO to Retire, Oscar Mayer Exec to Replace

February 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in the company's history, Johnsonville Sausage will not be led by a member of the Stayer family. Ralph Stayer has led the privately owned Sheboygan Falls company for the last 47 years.

E Roto-Flow Portioning Machine

February 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The 8/65 E Roto-Flow Portioning Machine with PLC control makes it easy to change the patty stack count and conveyor travel during operation.

McCormick to Buy Italian Season Maker

February 20, 2015 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spice seller McCormick & Co. is adding some Italian flavor to its lineup by paying up to $97 million for the more than century-old Drogheria & Alimentari.

5 Facts on Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 9:40 am | by by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.

Butterball Acquires Second North Carolina Processing Facility

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by Butterball, LLC | News | Comments

The purchase of the facility, closed by its previous owners in December 2014, will help Butterball continue to meet growing consumer demand for a variety of Butterball turkey products.

Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Six states are considering phasing out bisphenol A, or BPA, from consumer products, while four states are set to take up restrictions on cadmium. Other potential measures include restrictions on formaldehyde, triclosan and microbeads.

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