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Assessing Structural Damage: Your No. 1 Priority After Disaster Strikes

March 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Johnny Johnson, VP of Field Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

After a disaster, your food processing plant must get up and running again as soon as possible. Making moves to clean up or sweep debris may be a tempting first response, but it could be deadly. Instead, you must assess for structural damage first.

Vacuum Conveyor

March 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This belt conveyor by Dorner really does suck...and that's a good thing! The 2200 Series Vaccum Conveyor is perfect for securing parts in transit on an incline conveyor or for critical applications such as inspection, assembly and accurate feeding

Pure Foods Selects Tennessee City for US Headquarters

March 19, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The specialty snack food maker is investing $22 million to build an 88,000-square-foot facility that's expected to create more than 270 jobs in Kingsport.

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Detroit's Better Made Potato Chips Turns 85

March 19, 2015 12:30 pm | by SYLVIA RECTOR, Detroit Free Press | News | Comments

Better Made was one of at least 22 chip-makers that sprang up in Detroit in the late 1920s through the mid-'30s — and the independent, family-owned business is the only one of that era still in business, a rare survivor in an industry dominated by conglomerates.

300 Watt Portable LED String Light Set

March 19, 2015 8:40 am | by Larson Electroincs LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 300 watt LED lighting system that is designed for portability and reliability within the job site, and ideal for use in rough and demanding conditions.

Is Your Efficiency Tracking System Actually Efficient?

March 19, 2015 7:55 am | by Jack Payne, Vice President of Solution Consulting for Process Manufacturing, Aptean | Articles | Comments

Process manufacturers are under constant pressure to meet compliance, lower costs and maximize efficiency. All too often manufacturers, unfortunately, lack the tools needed to deliver on these goals, struggling to guess at the inefficiencies in what is typically a paper-driven and error-prone manual process.

General Mills Completes Plan to Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 1:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills says that it has completed a plan to eliminate about 800 positions. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

The Impact of Online Pest Management

March 18, 2015 1:00 pm | by Chad Gore, PhD, Rentokil Regional Technical Director | Articles | Comments

At the heart of an effective integrated pest management program is the interaction and cooperation that takes place between the food manufacturer and the pest control provider, which is one of the main reasons that moving from a paper-based logbook to an online pest management system can deliver huge benefits.

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Longtime Riceland Foods CEO Dies at Age 81

March 18, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Longtime Riceland Foods Inc. president and chief executive officer Richard Bell has died in Stuttgart.

The Latest Ingredient for Food & Beverage Manufacturing Efficiency – The Cloud

March 18, 2015 8:50 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

The food and beverage industry remains a highly competitive and fast-paced environment. Manufacturers must continue to invest in updated technology and processes or they will eventually fall behind. Deploying critical business applications in the cloud could be a viable solution for manufacturers to increase profitability and maintain growth, while still being cautious of underlying costs.

Tyson Reveals $47M Expansion of Nebraska Plant

March 18, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. has revealed a $47 million expansion of its existing beef processing plant in central Nebraska.

March/April 2015: A Firm Grasp on its Craft

March 17, 2015 3:41 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Griffin Claw Brewing Company prides itself on producing beer with a mix of tradition and technology at its Birmingham, Michigan facility. To read this cover story, exclusive features on robotics in the food plant and ways to introduce ... 

Brown-Forman Descendant First to Run Old Forester in Nearly 100 Years

March 17, 2015 3:15 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. is putting a descendant of its founder in charge of its original whiskey, the latest sign that it intends to rejuvenate the long-struggling Old Forester bourbon brand.

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Why the Gender Gap Matters For Manufacturing

March 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In West Virginia, a woman who works full-time year-round will make 67.3 cents for every dollar made by her male coworker, according to Employment and Earning.

March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2B

March 17, 2015 8:40 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With March Madness now in full swing, workplaces will lose time and money due to employees filling out brackets, checking scores, and watching games during work hours over the next few weeks, especially this Thursday and Friday.

Echo Printer

March 17, 2015 7:45 am | by Graphic Products | Product Releases | Comments

The inkless poster printer is environmentally friendly, using thermal printing technology instead of messy inkjet or toner to flawlessly create safety posters for warehouse facilities. 

George Dickel Whiskey is Losing Master Distiller

March 16, 2015 2:30 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A central figure in the public dispute between Jack Daniel's and George Dickel distilleries over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey is leaving to head up a brand named after a legendary moonshiner.

5 Tips For a More Efficient Compressed Air System

March 16, 2015 12:10 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

 An efficient compressed air system can be invaluable asset to a manufacturer.  So in order to help, here are five tips on how to achieve the most efficient compressed system. 

Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 16, 2015 10:45 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and warehouse management that can help manufacturers save money and maintain excellent customer relations.       

Industrial Batter Depositing Lines

March 16, 2015 7:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial Batter Depositing Lines can be manufactured with many automatic module options.

It Will Take Decades to Close Gender Wage Gap, Study Says

March 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research forecasts the national gender wage gap will close in the year 2058. That means women will not receive equal pay for the next 43 years. In some states, it will take even longer.

Litigation Abounds When Competitors Hire One Another's Employees

March 13, 2015 1:00 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago | Articles | Comments

A recent case gives flavor to the types of claims that are often brought when one competitor hires one or more employees of another competitor. It also serves as a reminder of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when hiring experienced employees.

Why Manufacturers Should Care About MES

March 13, 2015 12:20 pm | by Andrew Waycott | Articles | Comments

It’s a brutal, cost-driven world for manufacturers. Increasingly, those who don’t use Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to drive down variability and costs will be left by the wayside.

Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 13, 2015 10:25 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Margins are tight in manufacturing today and there is constant pressure to reduce working capital. Controlling inventory is, as a result, a critical part of managing resources, controlling waste and keeping cash flowing.

3 Keys to Handling Crisis Communications for Your Food Manufacturing Plant

March 13, 2015 8:55 am | by Matt McGrogan, Project Manager, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Construction projects do not always run as planned, sometimes resulting in emergencies that require immediate reactions. Here are three keys to an effective crisis communications approach.

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