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  • Global Trade Just Snapped: Container Freight Rates Plummet 70% In 3 Weeks

    11/21/2015 2:53:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 21 November 2014 | Tyler Durden
    This market is looking like a disaster and the rates are a reflection of that," warns one of the world's largest shipbrokers, but while The Baltic Dry Freight Index gets all the headlines - having collapsed to all-time record lows this week - it is the spefics below that headline that are truly terrifying. At a time of typical seasonal strength for freight and thus global trade around the world, Reuters reports that spot rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe have crashed a stunning 70% in the last 3 weeks alone.
  • Aramco, Hyundai Heavy eye new ventures

    11/12/2015 11:15:57 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    GDN Online ^ | 11/12/2015 | TradeArabia News Service
    State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group have signed a general memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly collaborate on business development opportunities in Saudi Arabia. The signing ceremony was presided by Amin H Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco and Ki-sun Chung, senior vice president of HHI Corporate Planning. Jeong-Hwan Kim, chief operating officer (COO) of HHI Shipbuilding; and Cheul-ho Park, chief operating officer (COO) of HHI IP&E (Industrial Plant and Engineering) also attended the event. The MoU lays out a comprehensive, multi-faceted business cooperation framework in areas such as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC),...
  • Kraft Heinz To Close Seven Plants, Cut 2,600 Jobs

    11/05/2015 8:24:15 PM PST · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Manufacturing News ^ | Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:37am | Andy Szal,
    Kraft Heinz To Close Seven Plants, Cut 2,600 Jobs Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:37am Andy Szal, Digital Reporter Kraft Heinz on Wednesday announced that it will close seven facilities and cut 2,600 jobs as part of its continued efforts to reduce costs. The plan includes shuttering the nearly century-old Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wisconsin, which houses the company's U.S. meats business. The meats operation will instead move to Chicago along with about 250 of the plant's workforce of more than 1,000. Kraft Heinz will move its Illinois office from the former Kraft headquarters in suburban Northfield to downtown Chicago early...
  • Manufacturing Slides Further But May Turn A Corner

    11/03/2015 5:16:04 AM PST · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11/02/2015 | ANDREA RIQUIER
    Manufacturing eased slightly in October, an industry report showed Monday, but its details suggested that the factory sector may be stabilizing in the face of strong headwinds. The Institute for Supply Management's closely watched Purchasing Managers' Index fell 0.1 point to 50.1, just a tick above the neutral 50 line that separates expansion from contraction. Economists expected a 50 reading. Details of the ISM report were mixed: The production gauge rose 1.1 percentage points to 52.9. New orders, which foreshadow future activity, rose 2.8 points to 52.9. Both were below post-recession averages. Still, after months of mostly declining activity, they...
  • Ford Motor, is going to cancel plan to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.....Trump accomplishment?

    10/25/2015 8:29:35 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 115 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1:36 PM - 25 Oct 2015 | Donald Trump
    Word is that Ford Motor, because of my constant badgering at packed events, is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.
  • Tesla Begins Work on the Interior of Its Gigafactory

    10/08/2015 10:35:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    greentechmedia.com ^ | October 08, 2015 | Stephen Lacey
    Reno Gazette-Journal: Tesla Now Working on Gigafactory Interior Plus Data Center For the past year, the exterior facade of Tesla Motors' Gigafactory 1 received most of the attention online, garnering plenty of images and video as it steadily rose in the high desert just east of Reno. Now the facility's innards will start to get some play, too. Work on the $5 billion battery plant's interior architecture is now underway in full force, as well as a data center to be located on the Gigafactory site.
  • Why U.S. Economy Shrugs Off Stalling Manufacturing

    10/02/2015 12:02:44 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 55 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 10/01/2015 | JED GRAHAM
    The manufacturing sector continued to cool in September, registering the slowest growth in more than two years as economic weakness around the globe and a stronger dollar hit exports. But the lack of momentum, outside the auto sector, hasn't kept the rest of the economy from chugging along. Autos zipped out of showrooms last month at the fastest rate since July 2005. The Institute for Supply Management's U.S. factory gauge slid 0.9 point last month to 50.2 — just above the 50 neutral level. Exports were the weakest link in a sluggish report, contracting at a rate that matches the...
  • Midwest Flop: Chicago PMI Signals Manufacturing Contraction

    09/30/2015 7:28:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/30/2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Manufacturing activity in the Midwest is back in contraction. The Chicago purchasing manager's index (PMI) for September was reported at 48.7 by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). This was the fifth time this year that the index fell below 50, the border between expansion and contraction. Economists had estimated a print of 53.0, down from 54.4 in August. According to the report, production fell to the lowest level since July 2009, following "downgrades to global economic growth and intense volatility in financial markets." Overall US manufacturing growth has slowed this year. Other major regional surveys, including those from the...
  • 21,995,000 to 12,329,000: Government Employees Outnumber Manufacturing Employees 1.8 to 1

    09/08/2015 11:33:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 87 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | September 8, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Those employed by government in the United States in August of this year outnumbered those employed in the manufacturing sector by almost 1.8 to 1, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 21,995,000 employed by federal, state and local government in the United States in August, according to BLS. By contrast, there were only 12,329,000 employed in the manufacturing sector. The BLS has published seasonally-adjusted month-by-month employment numbers for both government and manufacturing going back to 1939. In the first 50 years of the 76-year span since then, manufacturing out-employed government. But in August 1989,...
  • Boeing opens commercial spaceship plant in Florida

    09/04/2015 2:41:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sat Sep 5, 2015 1:20am IST | Irene Klotz
    Boeing's newly named CST-100 Starliner spaceships will be prepared for flight in a processing hangar once used by NASA's space shuttles. The capsule's debut test flight is targeted for 2017. Starliners will fly from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard Atlas 5 rockets, which are built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. NASA is paying up to $4.2 billion for a Starliner test flight and up to six missions to the station. The U.S. space agency has a similar contract with privately owned SpaceX, which intends to accomplish the work for $2.6...
  • Report: General Electric won’t move to Texas because Jeb Hensarling doesn’t support Ex-Im

    08/30/2015 3:07:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | TAYLOR MILLARD
    General Electric is apparently not going to move to Texas because Congressman Jeb Hensarling doesn’t support the Export-Import Bank. Bloomberg cited the ever nebulous “people familiar with the matter” in their report on Friday. GE told Dallas business leaders in recent days it would look elsewhere for alternatives to its Connecticut home, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. They said GE cited some Texas lawmakers’ opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an important source of financing for some overseas sales. You can probably include Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn (allegedly), plus Congressmen...
  • [from August 2011] The China Threat That Isn't (Why China is NOT a threat to our manufacturing indus

    08/28/2015 5:32:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Scott Lincicome ^ | 8/10/2011
    <p>There are few things these days on which both Main Street and Capitol Hill agree, but one of them is undoubtedly the idea that a flood of artificially cheap Chinese imports is bludgeoning the American economy and propelling China to the top of the global food chain, and that our elected officials must "get tough" on the Great Red Menace in order to stop the bleeding.</p>
  • China and the Decline in Quality (and Soon in Profits)

    08/18/2015 8:20:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/18/2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Automation poses an insurmountable obstacle to China's full employment and spells the end of Corporate America's vast skimming operation based on low wages and zero-regulatory costs in China.The general decline in the quality of tools and consumer goods predates the emergence of China as the workshop of the world, but the decline has gathered momentum with China's dominance of manufacturing. Young people have little to no experience of tools and consumer goods that function for decades; today, everything that isn't disposable is expected to fail/break within a few years. Whatever doesn't break must be upgraded or tossed as uncool. This...
  • 8 reasons manufacturing is great for America

    08/11/2015 9:16:38 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 38 replies
    Inc magazine online ^ | 8/10/2015 | Drew Greenblatt
    In a scathing rebuke of the importance of U.S. manufacturing in The New Yorker ("What's So Great About Manufacturing?") James Ledbetter attempted to dismantle the benefits of manufacturing in our transformational age. Ledbetter, who is editor of Inc. Magazine and this website, is wrong. Here are 8 reasons U.S. manufacturing is great for America and critically important to focus policy solutions to help this job machine thrive. 1. Manufacturing creates strong middle-class jobs. 2. Manufacturing jobs create dignity. 3. Manufacturing creates wealth for a nation. 4. Manufacturing is critical during wars. 5. Factories are safer than ever before. 6. U.S....
  • Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King [China Outsourcing to the US !]

    08/09/2015 4:47:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/03/2015 | By HIROKO TABUCHI
    <p>INDIAN LAND, S.C. — Twenty-five years ago, Ni Meijuan earned $19 a month working the spinning machines at a vast textile factory in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.</p> <p>Now at the Keer Group’s cotton mill in South Carolina, which opened in March, Ms. Ni is training American workers to do the job she used to do.</p>
  • Plus-Mfg’s +1000k Multi Material Metal 3D Printer Shows Its Power

    08/08/2015 12:55:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    3D Print ^ | August 6, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    ItÂ’s been close to six months since we initially covered the Covington, Kentucky-based company Plus-Mfg and their unique take on metal 3D printing. Whereas other companies use lasers to sinter or melt metal powders one layer at a time, Plus-Mfg takes a different approach, combining old technology with new. Unveiling their +1000k 3D printer in March of this year at Automate 2015 in Chicago, Plus-Mfg impressed many within the crowd. The +1000k uses inert gas shielded arc welding technology to rapidly print using multiple metal materials, one layer at a time. When compared to other technologies such as direct metal...
  • Why it’s now cheaper to produce some goods in the South than in China

    08/04/2015 10:33:36 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/4/2015 | Ana Swanson
    Before World War II, red-brick textile mills that processed cotton and wove it into cloth were all over the southern United States, dotting the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama. But in the last 50 years, automation, free trade agreements and competition from countries like China whittled down the historic industry until it was almost gone. Now some textile jobs are coming back, but on much different terms. As the New York Times reported Sunday, some Chinese manufacturers are setting up shop in the United States, after finding it cheaper to produce their goods in the American South than in China.
  • Manufacturing Is Mired In Low Gear, Seeking Momentum

    08/04/2015 4:22:30 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 71 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 08/03/2015 | ANDREA RIQUIER
    Manufacturing growth cooled in July, an industry report showed Monday, as factories, like the broader economy, struggle to gain momentum amid an array of headwinds. The purchasing managers' index from the Institute for Supply Management fell 0.8 point to 52.7, below economists' forecasts for a 0.2 point uptick. The details were mixed. The new orders index rose 0.5 point to 56, suggesting more robust growth ahead. The production gauge rose to a 3-month high of 56, but the order backlog reading sank further into contraction at 42.5, its lowest since 2012. The employment measure fell 2.8 points to 52.7. Readings...
  • Chinese Company Replaces Humans With Robots, Production Skyrockets, Mistakes Disappear

    08/01/2015 8:00:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    "I believe that anyone who has a job and works full time, they should be able to pay the things that sustain life: food, shelter and clothing. I can't even do that."That rather depressing quote is from 61-year old Rebecca Cornick. She’s a grandmother and a 9-year Wendy’s veteran who spoke to CBS News. Rebecca makes $9 an hour and her plight is representative of fast food workers across the country who are campaigning for higher pay. The fast food worker pay debate is part of a larger discussion as "states and cities across the country [wrestle] with the idea of...
  • China sets up first unmanned factory

    07/30/2015 3:13:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | July 27, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    A Chinese firm specialising in precision technology has set up the first unmanned factory at Dongguan city where all the processes are operated by robots, regarded as futuristic solution to tide over China's looming demographic crisis and dependence on manual workers. In the plant, all the processes are operated by computer- controlled robots, computer numerical control machining equipment, unmanned transport trucks and automated warehouse equipment. The technical staff just sits at the computer and monitors through a central control system. At the workshop of Changying Precision Technology Company in Dongguan, known as the "world factory", which manufactures cell phone modules,...
  • Your Green Car Could Cause Black Rain in China

    07/28/2015 9:27:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    National Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 15:12 GMT | Charles Mandel
    You may have a "green" car, but it could be causing black rain in China from the graphite mined and used in its lithium ion battery. Two academics at Toronto's York University, Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Caleb Goods, applaud many of the new advances in green technology in recent years, but at the same time warn that those very technologies may come with a host of environmental issues. The pair issue a caution about “superindustrialization” in which the answer to climate change is a matter of “technological adjustment.” In an article recently published in The Conversation and picked up by the...
  • Experts address promises and problems of 3D printing large structures

    07/26/2015 4:31:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vanderbilt University Research ^ | July 24, 2015 | David Salisbury
    Experts gather at Vanderbilt to discuss the future of 3D printing with concrete.Every month or so an article comes out reporting that some new object has been made using 3D printing: Everything from jewelry to prosthetic devices to electronic circuit boards to assault rifles to automobiles has now been created in this fashion. The prospect that this revolutionary manufacturing method will have a major impact on how we construct the various concrete structures that dominate the modern built environment brought almost three dozen experts to the Vanderbilt University campus July 16-17 to identify the areas of research required to realize...
  • Vice President Joe Biden to Visit Bay Area Manufacturing Plant

    07/23/2015 11:41:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday will visit a Bay Area company developing inexpensive, portable diagnostic blood tests for a tour of its Newark manufacturing facility and a roundtable discussion on health care. Biden at about 1 p.m. Thursday will visit the Newark manufacturing plant for Theranos, a Palo Alto-based company aiming to make inexpensive blood tests available for use outside a laboratory setting, or even at home, according to White House officials. Theranos was granted a waiver by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration just last week for its blood test for herpes simplex 1 virus test. The...
  • Report: Mitsubishi Motors to end US production

    07/23/2015 11:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:44 AM EDT
    Japanese media reports say automaker Mitsubishi Motors has decided to end production in the U.S. to focus on Asian markets. […] The company sold only 82,000 vehicles in the United States last year, less than one percent of the total market. …
  • Confederate flag demand has Alabama company 'absolutely swamped'

    07/18/2015 7:54:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    al.com ^ | Paul Gattis
    I've been called a racist. I've been called a bigot. I've been called a non-Christian. When the controversy over the Confederate flag erupted last month, the owner of a Huntsville flag company said her business would make the flags even if no one else would. And that's apparently what's happened. "I'm not aware of another company in the United States making these flags," said Belinda Kennedy, owner of Alabama Flag & Banner, in an interview Thursday with AL.com. So now you know why the website for the Governors Drive business near downtown Huntsville cautions visitors that all Confederate flag orders...
  • Some Ford lines may be heading to Mexico

    07/11/2015 2:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We haven’t checked in on the state of affairs in the auto industry recently, but it may soon be back in the news in a big way. Ford is making noises about the fact that they are losing money on the smaller, high efficiency cars which they must produce to stay on top of the eco-minded consumer market, such as the Ford Focus. So what’s a business to do? One suggestion being floated is that they just give up on turning a profit in Detroit and head down south of the border. Ford Motor Co.’s decision to end production of...
  • Ford to move compact car production overseas (Mexico likely)

    07/10/2015 12:50:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    SKY News ^ | 07/10/2015
    Ford plans to move production of two of its smallest cars from its assembly plant in Michigan to a plant overseas by 2018 to maintain competitiveness. Ford did not say where it would relocate production of the Focus and C-Max, amid media reports that Mexico was likely. The Focus is already produced at several locations around the world. 'We currently are reviewing several possible options,' said spokeswoman Kristina Adamski. 'We are committed to continuing to improve competitiveness and to invest where it makes the best sense for our business.' The announcement came as Ford and the other two large US...
  • Letter: Defend U.S. manufacturing (U.S. Business & Industry Council praises Cruz)

    07/08/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Letters to the Editor ^ | July 8, 2015 | Kevin L. Kearns, president, U.S. Business & Industry Council
    America needs a strong manufacturing sector to sustain robust economic growth that creates new businesses, jobs and opportunities for all. Manufacturing is responsible for 70 percent of U.S. R&D, and often spins off entire new industries. But since 2000, American manufacturing has lost thousands of factories and 5 million jobs. The top reason: poorly conceived “free trade” agreements that Washington has pushed, including NAFTA, CAFTA and Korea and China joining the World Trade Organization. Given the record of job outsourcing and factory closings, it is troubling that Congress has just given President Barack Obama fast track power to negotiate the...

    07/04/2015 6:42:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    New Geography ^ | 07/04/2015 | by Richard Morrill
    The deindustrialization of the United States has been widely considered to be a major force in shaping the economy. It’s one thing to measure where decline has been greatest but where has manufacturing survived or even grown? I use Bureau of Labor Statistics data on manufacturing jobs by county for 1967 and 2014. The results were so surprising that I at first could not believe it. In 1967 the US had 19,423,000 manufacturing jobs, 25% of an employed labor force of 76 million, while in 2014 there were 11,900,000 such jobs, constituting only 8.3 % (that is one-third of the...
  • Since 2007 The US Has Lost 1.4 Million Manufacturers, Gained 1.4 Million Waiters And Bartenders

    07/03/2015 10:08:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/02/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Presented without comment. * December 2007 is when, according to the NBER, the recession started. The same recession which also according to the NBER ended precisely 6 years ago.
  • Chrysler just beat Ford in dealership sales for the first time ever

    07/01/2015 10:50:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    Fortune ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ben Geier
    It was a milestone month for FCA. For the first time ever, Chrysler has outsold Ford in US retail sales, reports Reuters. Retail sales refers to only cars sold directly to consumers, not counting sales of fleet vehicles to corporate customers. Including fleet sales, Ford moved 223,666 cars and Fiat Chrysler group sold 186,864. General Motors, meanwhile, saw sales slip slightly year over year and sold 265,825 cars. For the industry as a whole, it was another good month as car sales continue to go up. 2015 is expected to see even more growth in car sales, as the market...
  • Alabama Store Making Their Own Confederate Flags After Supplier Caves to Race Baiters

    06/29/2015 4:10:59 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    On June 26, Alabama Flag & Banner began making Confederate flags in-house, after “a manufacturer decided to no longer supply Confederate flags to [the] business.”
  • 3D Printing And The New Economics Of Manufacturing

    06/28/2015 4:26:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Forbes Leadership ^ | June 22, 2015 | Rick Smith
    3D printing production is just scratching the surface of the multi-trillion dollar global manufacturing industry. But its dominance is already inevitable.ď„żď„ż This is because modern manufacturing, despite numerous technological and process advances over the last century, is still a very inefficient global system. TodayÂ’s world of mass production is based on one simple rule: the more things you make, the lower the cost of each of those things. We have literally pushed this equation to its extreme limits. This approach was dramatically accelerated by Henry Ford, arguably the most impactful character in the industrial revolution. For starters, Ford proved out...
  • U.S. Manufacturing costs are almost as low as China’s, and that’s a very big deal

    06/27/2015 4:17:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 26, 2015 | Brian Dumaine
    “Made in the U.S.A” is becoming more affordable. The reason? Fracking.You don’t need to a Nobel Prize in economics to know that the fracking revolution has been good for the U.S. What’s not so well known is just how competitive cheap oil and gas has made American manufacturing. BCG, the Boston consultancy, estimates the average cost to manufacture goods in the U.S. is now only 5% higher than in China and is actually 10% to 20% lower than in major European economies. Even more striking: BCG projects that by 2018 it will be 2% to 3% cheaper to make stuff...
  • Finnish startup Fimatec unveils concept for ready-built 3D printed walls for modular apartments

    06/26/2015 11:32:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    3Ders.org ^ | June 24, 2015 | "Simon"
    While there are currently many developments being made across the entire additive manufacturing industry, among others that have been standing out as of late have consisted of 3D printing applications that are of either very large scale or very small scale applications. So far, the smaller applications have mainly consisted of research into nanoscale 3D printing for purposes such as biomedical engineering applications including cell scaffolding while the larger applications have been focused on creating architectural structures such as those that can be created in any geographical area using found materials. Needless to say, the developments surrounding these scaled applications...
  • The Demand for Sand is so High There are Illegal Sand Mining Operations

    06/23/2015 1:28:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Smithsonian's Smart News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Marissa Fessenden
    Sand isn't just for beaches. The tiny grains show up in many products of the industrialized world: in the glass and concrete that build cities, in detergents and cosmetics that people use daily, and in the silicon chips and solar panels of advanced technology. But sand comes from rocks that take thousands of years to erode into fine particles, and humans are using it faster than they should, reports Autumn Spanne for Mental Floss. The clamor for sand is so great in fact, that organized crime has sprung up around sand mining. On the fringes of Bannerghatta National Park in...
  • US manufacturing: What's it like to work in a factory?

    06/20/2015 8:59:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 19, 2015 | Emily Young
    Over the past few weeks, the BBC has been reporting on the trends in US manufacturing - the challenges of the digital age, running factories in the city and why young start-up entrepreneurs are attracted to the industry. But what's it like to actually work in manufacturing, making the goods we use on a daily basis? And how has it changed - from Henry Ford's assembly lines to today's cutting edge factory floor? As of May 2015, there were over 12.3 million people - nearly 9% of the total US workforce - engaged in manufacturing everything from Ford Mustangs to...
  • Pot edibles manufacturing plant opens in Salinas (California)

    06/20/2015 8:41:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KSBW-TV ^ | June 19, 2015 | Brynne Whittaker
    SALINAS, Calif. —Altai Brands has set up shop in northern Salinas to make and distribute medical marijuana products despite the fact that medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal in the city. The company found a legal loophole because they're not actually growing or selling the pot there. "This is a manufacturing business that is going above and beyond to assure safety and security," Salinas City Councilman Steve McShane said. Altai Brands is housed in a warehouse off Quail Run Circle. Large batches up pot-infused chocolate are made there and sent to dispensaries around the state. The warehouse is in McShane's district,...
  • Mexico's auto manufacturing is thriving. Production doubled in 10 years thanks to fewer tariffs

    06/20/2015 7:37:03 AM PDT · by dennisw · 72 replies
    providencejournal ^ | Posted Jun. 13, 2015 | By Tom Krisher and Christopher Sherman
    Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the United States and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers. The past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico. In April alone, Toyota announced a new plant in Guanajuato to build the popular Corolla, work now done in Canada, while Ford unveiled plans for Mexican engine and transmission factories. Low labor costs and fewer tariffs are the swing factors. A worker in Mexico costs car...
  • Inside the Top Secret Plan to Revive U.S. Manufacturing

    06/08/2015 5:41:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Huffington Post's Business The Blog ^ | June 5, 2015 | Sarah A. Webster, Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Manufacturing Media
    Did you know the U.S. government has rolled out a big new federal program to revive the U.S. manufacturing sector? The proposed budget for this new effort now surpasses $2.4 billion, and, surprisingly, it has received a level of bipartisan support that hasn't been seen for years, if not decades, for manufacturing. This new program has a big mouthful of a name -- the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation or NNMI -- and it's targeted at correcting one of the most fundamental weaknesses in America's manufacturing infrastructure: our waning competitiveness in manufacturing technologies. I call this project "top secret" because...
  • Unilever to close last Md. factory (Baltimore, 137 layoffs)

    05/23/2015 8:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 12, 2015 | Natalie Sherman
    Unilever plans to move production of vegetable oil and margarine spreads from Baltimore to Kansas beginning at the end of the month, shutting its Baltimore plant and laying off 137 workers. The consumer goods giant plans to shift operations from its Southwest Avenue factory to Olathe, Kansas, where it performs similar work and embarked on a $152.5 million expansion in 2013. Unilever informed Maryland regulators of the layoffs, which begin this month, in a notice last month, as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The plant is slated to close by the end of September. The Southwest...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Maglite's Tony Maglica: Torchbearer of the American Dream

    05/20/2015 4:37:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    n our home, we try to instill a life lesson for our kids best summed up in Latin: Nihil boni sine labore. It means, "Nothing good achieved without hard work." Few people I've met in my lifetime embody this motto better and more brilliantly than Tony Maglica, inventor of the iconic Maglite flashlight. The spry 84-year-old founder and CEO of Mag Instrument still traverses his 450,000-square-foot factory floor dozens of times over the course of his 12-hour workday, six days a week, beginning at the crack of dawn and ending after most of his 800 employees have clocked out. I...
  • Why America Was Indispensable to the Allies’ Winning World War II

    05/14/2015 2:44:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | May 14, 2015 | Victor Davis Hansen
    <p>May 8 marked the end of World War II in Europe 70 years ago — a horrific conflict that is still fought over by historians.</p> <p>More than 60 million people perished — some 50 million of them in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and China.</p>
  • 7,231,000 Lost Jobs: Manufacturing Employment Down 37% From 1979 Peak

    05/12/2015 11:38:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 12, 2015 | 1:23 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000—or 37 percent—since employment in manufacturing peaked in the United States in 1979, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The real median household income of Americans who have completed high school—but have not attained a higher degree—also peaked in the 1970s and has declined since then. In fact, according to the Census Bureau (Tables H-13 and H-14), the real median household income of an American householder who has completed four years of high school peaked in 1973 at $56,395 in constant 2013 dollars. By 2013, it was...
  • Indian Motorcycles Announces Special Scout Series, Leads with Awesome Military Scout

    05/11/2015 12:13:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    A Ride Apart via Yahoo Autos ^ | 5/11/15 | Gary Ilminen
    Indian Motorcycle has announced that through 2015, it will roll out a series of custom Indian Scouts designed and built by some of America’s top custom bike builders. Each will be designed to celebrate an important Indian Scout milestone since the model’s orignial debut in 1920. Each of the custom Scouts will be accompanied by vignettes to share the legacy of the Indian Scout. Leading off the series is the the Custom Military Scout, which will be accompanied by a vignette narrated by Mark Wahlberg. The Custom Military Scout was designed and built by custom builder Klock Werks Kustom Cycles...
  • Volvo will build its first US factory in South Carolina

    05/11/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2015 | Edward Taylor
    Sweden's Volvo has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, it said on Monday, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market. Work will begin this year on the factory in Berkeley County, with production due to start in 2018 and quickly reach 100,000 vehicles a year.
  • The Time to Think About the 3D-Printed Future Is Now

    05/09/2015 3:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Harvard Business Review ^ | May 6, 2015 | Professor Richard D’Aveni
    3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is likely to revolutionize business in the next several years. Often dismissed in the popular mindset as a tool for home-based “makers” of toys and trinkets, the technology is gaining momentum in large-scale industry. Already it has moved well beyond prototyping and, as I explain in a new HBR article, it will increasingly be used to produce high-volume parts and products in several industries. Since I prepared that article, new developments have only strengthened the case for a 3-D future – and heightened the urgency for management teams to adjust their strategies. Impressive next-generation technologies...
  • Bernie Sanders to Obama on Nike trip: Just Don’t Do It!

    05/08/2015 2:15:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/07/15 | Dylan Stableford
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging President Barack Obama to cancel a planned visit to Nike’s headquarters over the low wages it pays foreign workers. Obama is scheduled to travel to the sneaker giant’s Beaverton, Ore., headquarters Friday, part of the president’s effort to galvanize support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries, including Vietnam — where Nike manufactures most of its shoes. “Given Nike’s legacy of offshoring American jobs and exploiting low-wage workers, I would strongly encourage you to cancel this meeting,” Sanders wrote in a letter to Obama Wednesday....
  • Exclusive - Boeing poised to clinch $3 billion-plus Kuwait F/A-18 order

    05/06/2015 11:45:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/06/2015 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Kuwait is expected to announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Boeing Co (BA.N) F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, a $3 billion-plus (Ł1.96 billion plus) deal that will keep the jets' St. Louis production line running well into 2019, according to people familiar with the deal. Kuwait, which operates a fleet of earlier F/A-18 models, has signed a formal letter stating its firm plans to buy newer-model Boeing jets, according to one of the people who is familiar with the deal but was not authorized to speak publicly. A second source confirmed that the U.S. government was working with Kuwait to...