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Cargill Plans $45M Grain Handling Facility

July 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill plans to open a $45 million grain handling facility in West Memphis, the first in Arkansas, that will handle the increased production of corn and soybeans. Approximately 70 million bushels of grain are produced and harvested within an hour's drive of West Memphis.

Indiana Plans 60- Acre Aquaculture Park

July 14, 2014 11:30 am | by The Star Press, Muncie, Indiana | News | Comments

Indiana is working on developing the state's first aquaculture park, a 60-acre facility, in hopes of attracting more business to build up the fish production in the area. The proposed park would be near the Delaware County town of Albany.

11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes to Inspire You

July 14, 2014 11:00 am | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich | Blogs | Comments

The concept of "lean manufacturing" can help companies become more competitive, reduce waste and even increase profits. To help you stay in the "lean" mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.  

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When Shopping for an ERP Solution, Beware the Empty Promise

July 14, 2014 9:47 am | by Timothy D. Garcia
 | Articles | Comments

Bad software is not the primary reason ERP systems, in general, have earned a bad industry reputation. Rather, trouble usually arises because of the tricks, empty promises and false guarantees made as an ERP vendor’s sales representative works to close a deal.

VIDEO: Milk Journeys From Farm to You in 48 Hours

July 14, 2014 9:36 am | by MidwestDairy | Videos | Comments

How long does it take fresh milk to get from the farm to your table? In this video from Midwest Dairy, find out what duties and processes take place before you pick up that gallon of milk at the store. Take a look at milk's journey of 48 hours in 48 seconds.

Lindt & Spruengli Buys Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 8:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lindt & Spruengli, a Swiss chocolate maker, is purchasing Russell Stover Candies, Inc for an unknown amount. The CEO of the Swiss company says the purchase will provide the company with a unique opportunity for them to expand in North America. 

Trial Delayed for 3 Charged in Deadly Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

July 14, 2014 8:28 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2009 salmonella outbreak of a Georgia peanut plant, Peanut Company of America, will be put on trial two weeks later than planned. Authorities traced salmonella that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 people to the peanut company in Blakely, Georgia.

Bulk Bag Discharger

July 14, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

This bulk bag discharger is a patented system designed for discharging dehydrated vegetables.

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Safety Laser Scanner

July 14, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Safety laser scanner increases safety monitoring flexibility and machine productivity. These Type 3 safety laser scanners provide a four meter safety range, 15 meter warning zones and a 270 degree detection angle.

Coca-Cola's First Plant-Friendly Cups Served at SeaWorld

July 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment | News | Comments

SeaWorld taps Coca-Cola's breakthrough PlantBottle packaging technology to create the first consumer cup that reduces carbon impact and advances plant-friendly vacations. The packaging swaps traditional plastic resins with natural sugars found in plants.

Photo: Campbell Soup Production Circa 1910

July 11, 2014 9:05 am | by Campbell Soup Twitter | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Company, known for over 70 different kinds of soup in the classic red and white cans, goes old school with this photograph from 1910. The photograph shows Campbell soup production and shipment workers hand packing the soup in wooden boxes.

House Approves 5 'Manufacturing Jobs For America' Provisions

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The House approved legislation of the Senate's Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, which includes five innovative skills-training provisions.  The approval is hoped to create smaller, more strategic state and local workforce development boards. 

Unilever Drops Weight by Selling Slim-Fast

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Kainos Capital | News | Comments

Unilever sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Comprised of weight loss and meal replacement shakes, powders, bars and snacks, Slim-Fast will be added to the firm's portfolio of health and wellness companies. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. 

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5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper on Your Shop Floor

July 11, 2014 7:30 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In this post, we’ll look at five areas of your production facility where you may be unaware paper-based systems are holding you back, as well as how today’s next-generation solutions are facilitating the move to a paperless manufacturing environment.

Safety Footwear

July 11, 2014 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Safety footwear provides advanced toe protection and performance from workday to weekend for light industrial and manufacturing professionals. 

8 Functions of Compliance: Building a Strong, Reliable Foundation

July 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Kunes, Principal, Client Services, Kestrel Management | Articles | Comments

Documenting procedures on how to execute these eight functions are what eventually get integrated into an overarching management system. Following these procedures will help improve the company's capability to comply on an ongoing basis.

Nebraska Proposes Poultry Operation to County Board

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeastern Nebraska city, Blue Springs, proposed a chicken operation that would include six buildings, housing 26,000 chickens per building at full capacity. The Gage County Board is mulling a special-use permit that would allow the plant to operate.

General Mills Enters Cookie Aisle to Increase Sales

July 10, 2014 8:10 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills, a Minneapolis-based company that last month announced a cost-cutting plan that will include a review of its manufacturing plants, is working to adapt its offerings as it grapples with the changing eating habits of Americans.

Hygienic Twin-Screw Pumps Yield Dramatic Results for Food Industry

July 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Rene Linck, ITT Bornemann Sales and Product Manager, Food and Pharma Division | Articles | Comments

Hygienic twin screw pumps can handle a variety of high viscous products. Diced tomatoes that need to be delicately handled, meat products like sausage preparation or yogurt processing are all examples that can be adeptly handled by twin screw pumping technology. 

Flexible Screw Conveyor

July 10, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new flexible screw conveyor is the largest of its kind, moving up to 30 ft3/min. and includes a 20 cubic foot integral hopper.

July/August 2014: From Farm to Fromage

July 9, 2014 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of the-art facility to carry on a decades-long legacy of producing specialty goat cheese.

Rabobank: Dairy Giants Need More M&A to Compete

July 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

According to a new report released by Rabobank, global dairy giants, like Nestle and Danone, have been through challenging conditions in the past year and a half. In order to grow sales, dairy companies need to acquire or tie up with more companies.

Report: Global Demographics Play Emerging Role for Manufacturers

July 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Changing demographics will continue to affect employers, including manufacturers. According to a Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation report, population shifts are being felt very much in the present and are having a direct impact on the slow world rebound.

Study: Mold in Chobani Outbreak Poses Serious Threat

July 9, 2014 11:45 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

In August and September 2013, more than 200 consumers of contaminated Chobani Greek Yogurt became ill with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the contaminant and identified it as the mold Mucor circinelloides.

For Mfgs., No Time Like the Present for Exchange Server Hosting

July 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Not all manufacturers can afford to set up and maintain their own Exchange Server. That’s why increasing numbers of manufacturing operations are making the switch to Exchange Server hosting. Hosted Exchange services typically include security, antivirus and anti-spam.

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