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New Mexico Quenches Thirst for Jobs with Craft Brewery Boom

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The brewery scene is anything but new in states such as Oregon and California, but federal census data shows the industry continues to boom. Dozens of microbreweries have popped up around New Mexico in recent years, creating jobs and helping develop the economy. 

Purchase Order Management Must Go Beyond Tracking Orders

July 15, 2014 11:20 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Many ERP packages have fallen short, because they are either severely limited in functionality or they are only replications of a predecessor legacy ERP package supporting one business type. They do not acknowledge that manufacturers require a greater variety of methods. 

Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

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Maplehurst Bakeries Plans $78M Expansion

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maplehurst Bakeries, located in central Indiana and known for their distribution and manufacturing operations for cakes and cupcakes, is planning a $78 million expansion. The renovation will include a 180,000 square-foot plant in Lebanon to house its operations.

VIDEO: Wild Turkey Distiller Reveals Secrets to Success

July 15, 2014 8:20 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Jimmy Russell, master distiller of Wild Turkey and worker since 1954, speaks to USA Today's "The Street" host about 60 years of the bourbon business. Russell says Wild Turkey has become an enduring brand by making its product the old fashioned way.

Dippin' Dots Owner Agrees to Buy Crumbs Bake Shop

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises, the company behind Dippin' Dots ice cream, has agreed to buy Crumbs Bake Shop out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The investor group hopes to close a sale in about 60 days pending approval from the bankruptcy court.

From Farm to Fromage: Cypress Grove Chevre

July 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | News | Comments

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of-the-art facility to carry on a legacy of producing specialty goat cheese. The company was purchased by Swiss cheesemaker Emmi in 2010, but operates quite autonomously from the dairy to the creamery.

Steel-Toe Socks

July 15, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

New men's work socks feature a high-tenacity blend of fibers which are 15 times stronger than steel. These fibers blended into the heel and toe areas provide comfort and safety.

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ConAgra Buys Chinese Potato Processor for $93M

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods, famous for its Hunts and Healthy Choice brands, bought TaiMei Potato Industry, a Chinese processor, for $93 million. ConAgra said the purchase will help the company sell more frozen potato products, like french fries and mashed potatoes, throughout Asia. 

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.  

When Shopping for an ERP Solution, Beware the Empty Promise

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

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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.

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. 

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.

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