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IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support to Manufacturers

July 30, 2014 9:39 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction. The major appeal of cloud server hosting is that the software (and with IaaS, the hardware), is virtualized.

Ocean Spray Worker Dies After Falling Through Skylight

July 30, 2014 8:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man after a freak accident. The man fell through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center in Henderson, Nevada where he worked.

LED Signal Light

July 30, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Signal light is a compact design providing versatile status change indication for wide-ranging industrial applications such as conveyor lines, automated guided vehicles, machine tools, robots and warehousing.

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Jimmy Dean Moves Beyond Breakfast Table for the First Time

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The maker of iconic breakfast staples, Jimmy Dean, is launching new bowls and sandwiches to lure in eaters for lunch and dinner. Owned by Hillshire Brands, the company is introducing 16 microwavable products, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

Craft a Beer Business Plan at Upcoming Workshop

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Echo Chamber Consulting | News | Comments

It's no secret that the business of craft brewing has been growing at record numbers, but brewing beer and the business of beer are not the same. Learn how to craft a business plan for your beer vision with the "How to Start a Craft Brewery" workshop on Sept. 14-16.

Acidity in Alaskan Waters Poses Risk to Crab, Fisheries

July 29, 2014 11:30 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the ocean waters near Alaska are becoming more acidic from the release of carbon dioxide in the environment. Increased ocean acidification could harm important commercial fisheries in the state.

5 Important Reasons to Keep Maintenance History

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment. Here are five major benefits to keeping track of maintenance. 

1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Miss. Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at Omega Protein, a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast, killed one employee and injured three others. The publicly held company produces fish oils and fish meal for human consumption and use in aquaculture and industrial applications.

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 9:53 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

Kraft Searches for Food Hacker to Meet Growing Trends

July 29, 2014 9:08 am | by Kraft Canada | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Canada is getting trendy in its efforts to help on-the-go millennials cook tasty, easy meals. The company has launched a national search for a food hacker. Food hacking is a growing trend aimed at helping busy consumers create meals with unexpected twists.

Kellogg Co. Closes the Door on Georgia Plant

July 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kellogg Co. spokesman said the move, which is expected to eliminate 325 jobs, is part of the company's four-year efficiency and effectiveness program and will help the company cut costs. The western Georgia plant is scheduled to be closed by the end of next year.

Coca-Cola Among Companies Looking to Make Gains Overseas

July 29, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Major companies such as Coca-Cola are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India. Coca-Cola is looking abroad for growth largely because it's becoming tougher for beverage makers to increase revenue in a U.S. market already awash in soda and other refreshments.

First Food Safety Course for Makers of Pot Edibles

July 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by The National Cannabis Industry Association | News | Comments

Makers of marijuana edibles can now take a course specifically designed for learning about food safety in the cannabis industry. With the interest in edibles and infused products growing, the NCIA ServSafe course will teach professionals the importance of cleanliness.

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Tyson Foods Set to Sell Poultry Operations in Mexico, Brazil

July 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale to JBS SA, the parent of JBS USA Holdings Inc., which owns Pilgrim's Pride, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. News of the $575 million sale comes after Tyson's announcement earlier this month of a $7.75 billion deal to buy Hillshire Brands Co.

European Expansion on Tap for Japanese Bonito Flake Makers

July 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

A group of dried bonito flake makers, along with one distributor, aim to spread the key ingredient for soup stock and dishes in Japanese cuisine in European countries. Construction is set to be completed for the 2015 world exposition in Milan next May.

Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

July 28, 2014 11:00 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy. Over the past decade, manufacturing lost nearly a third of its workforce due to a lack of demand for American goods. However, since 2010 it has grown steadily in terms of the number of workers.

US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

Soylent... It's Not What You Think

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

I recently read about a product that “hacks” a part of life that I happen to rather enjoy — eating. Soylent is a liquid food replacement made of a slurry of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates that its inventors are calling the future of food. 

Honduran Brothers Bring Cheese-Making Business to Nebraska

July 28, 2014 8:20 am | by TYLER ELLYSON, The Columbus Telegram | News | Comments

After fleeing from their crime-ridden homeland, two brothers brought their dreams to reality when they opened their U.S. cheese-making business in October 2013. Central American Foods LLC is working to produce 50,000 pounds of cheese a month.

Iowa Town to Lose 450 Jobs From Tyson Foods Closure

July 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa | News | Comments

Approximately 450 employees of the Cherokee, Iowa Tyson Foods will lose their jobs with the upcoming closure of the plant. The company, which is the second-largest employer of the city, is also closing plants in Buffalo, New York and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

Air/Gas Flow Meter

July 28, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The air/gas flow meter, which measures fuel gas, process gas, inert gas, waste gases and air in small line sizes, is ideal for optimizing natural gas flow control for industrial ovens, heat chambers and furnaces to reduce process and plant fuel costs.

The Revival of American Manufacturing and the Middle Class

July 25, 2014 3:14 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

Coors President, CEO to Retire

July 25, 2014 3:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors Brewing Company said its President and CEO Peter Swinburn, 61, is retiring at the end of the year. The brewing company, which is based in Denver and Montreal, is known for its Coors Light, Molson Canadian and Blue Moon brands.

Wake Up, America! 10 Hours of Energy in One Shot

July 25, 2014 9:57 am | by LXR Biotech, LLC | News | Comments

Eternal Energy TR introduces a new patented time-released energy blend that provides energy and focus for up to 10 hours. That's twice as long as the category leader. The company said it saw a need for a product that gets you through the entire work day.

Munch on This: Chips That Are Actually Good For You

July 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Quest Nutrition | News | Comments

The latest innovation in the snacking industry is here. Quest Protein Chips are the first high-protein snack potato chip that are actually good for you, instead of just "less bad." Each personal size bag boasts a full 21 grams of high-quality whey-based protein.

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