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  • World's largest metal 3D-printer scales up additive manufacturing

    05/21/2018 10:34:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    New Atlas ^ | May 17, 2018 | Darren Quick
    Australian company Titomic has unveiled what it claims is the world's largest metal 3D printer at its fully automated Melbourne facility. Utilizing a patented process co-developed with Australian federal scientific research agency the CSIRO, the 3D metal printer boasts a build area 9 m long, 3 m wide and 1.5 m high (29.5 x 9.8 x 4.9 ft), however the printing process isn't constrained to this booth size, meaning it could be used to print even larger objects. The unit prints layer by layer like existing 3D printers, but rather than relying on metal powders that are fused using extreme...
  • Capital spending soars as business leverages GOP tax reform.....

    05/19/2018 1:30:43 PM PDT · by caww · 14 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/19/2018 | by Joe Williams
    “Manufacturing in America is now rising to new heights, thanks to tax reform, and as a result, manufacturers of all sizes are already investing more, growing more, hiring more and paying more," association board member David Farr, the chief executive officer of Emerson Electric Co., said in a statement. "They are already improving lives and livelihoods.” In manufacturing, 86 percent of companies are investing in new equipment and facilities, according to a National Association of Manufacturers survey published last week. Beginning this year, the law allowed companies to deduct from their reported income the full cost of large equipment and...
  • Report: Harley-Davidson Laying Off Hundreds of American Workers, Sending Jobs to Thailand

    05/15/2018 5:52:21 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    brietbart ^ | 05/14/2018 | John Binder
    Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle company, is set to lay off hundreds of American workers at its Kansas City, Missouri factory while creating jobs in Thailand. After laying off nearly 200 American manufacturing workers last year, as Breitbart News reported, Harley-Davidson is expected to fully close its Kansas City manufacturing facility, leaving 800 workers out of work. Harley-Davidson executives say about 400 jobs will be sent to the corporation’s York, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant, but union workers allege their jobs are being sent overseas to Thailand. In remarks to USA Today, a manufacturing worker who’s been at Harley-Davidson for more than...
  • Report: Harley-Davidson Laying Off Hundreds of American Workers, Sending Jobs to Thailand

    05/15/2018 5:52:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-14-2018 | JOHN BINDER
    Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle company, is set to lay off hundreds of American workers at its Kansas City, Missouri factory while creating jobs in Thailand. After laying off nearly 200 American manufacturing workers last year, as Breitbart News reported, Harley-Davidson is expected to fully close its Kansas City manufacturing facility, leaving 800 workers out of work. Harley-Davidson executives say about 400 jobs will be sent to the corporation’s York, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant, but union workers allege their jobs are being sent overseas to Thailand. In remarks to USA Today, a manufacturing worker who’s been at Harley-Davidson for more than...
  • 3-D Printed Weapons Threaten Global Security, Think Tank Warns

    05/13/2018 4:27:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 9, 2018 | Aristos Georgiou
    Imagine a world where anyone with access to a simple and affordable piece technology could produce their own deadly weapons on demand. This hypothetical future is the focus of a new report from the RAND Corporation think tank, which looks at the potential threats to personal, national and global security posed by the proliferation of 3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing is a term used to describe various technologies which produce three-dimensional objects by “printing” layer-upon-layer of a given material, while following a digital blueprint. Although the technology is currently fairly limited in some respects, it is...
  • Brandt begins local production, still hiring (Illinois)

    05/08/2018 4:12:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Pantagraph ^ | May 8, 2018 | Derek Beigh
    HUDSON — Brandt Group of Companies is now in business in McLean County. The Canadian agriculture manufacturer has started making grain-conveying and grain-handling equipment with 75 employees at 19500 N. 1425 East Road in rural Hudson after spending the last few months preparing the plant, Brandt President Shaun Semple told The Pantagraph on Tuesday. "We took two products to get the initial management team up and running," said Semple. "Our hope is to be at 150 (employees) by the end of the first year of production. ... We could get up to 250 or 300 by the end of the...
  • As Trump's tariffs bite, small U.S. manufacturers begin to tap the brakes

    05/08/2018 6:05:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2018 | Rajesh Kumar Singh
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Encouraged by a booming demand for construction equipment, Mike Haberman was planning in early February to hire at least 30 more workers for the manufacturing facility of his Gradall Industries in Ohio. That plan now is shelved, Haberman said, because the cost of steel used in Gradall’s telescopic excavators and vacuum trucks shot up by one-third following President Donald Trump’s crackdown on steel imports. As steel costs account for 35 percent of his cost of production, he fears rising prices would not only hurt his export sales, but also give an edge to foreign rivals at home....
  • Record exports cut US trade deficit to $49 billion

    05/03/2018 8:11:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2018 8:50 AM EDT | Paul Wiseman
    Record exports trimmed the U.S. trade deficit in March, the first drop in seven months in a massive gap that President Donald Trump is determined to shrink with an aggressive America first policy. The Commerce Department says the trade deficit — the difference between what America sells and what it buys in foreign markets — slid to $49 billion, down from $57.7 billion in February and lowest since September. Trump has vowed to bring down America’s massive deficits, which he blames on bad trade agreements and abusive practices by U.S. trading partners. Exports rose in March to a record $208.5...
  • California, 17 other states sue Trump administration to defend Obama-era climate rules for vehicles

    05/01/2018 11:08:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/1/2018 | Chris Mooney
    Eighteen states on Tuesday sued President Trump’s administration over its push to “reconsider” greenhouse-gas-emission rules for the nation’s auto fleet, launching a legal battle over one of Barack Obama’s most significant efforts to address climate change. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in April said he would revisit the Obama-era rules, which aim to raise efficiency requirements to about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Pruitt’s agency said that the standards are “based on outdated information” and that new data suggests “the current standards may be too stringent.” But in the lawsuit, the states contend that the EPA acted “arbitrarily...
  • Drinking Fountain? Go ahead, take a drink from the Drinking Fountain.

    Halsey Taylor is one of the leading manufacturers of drinking fountains today. Company founder Halsey W. Taylor invented the non-squirting drinking fountain. In 1896, Taylor's father died from typhoid fever. This illness is principally spread through contaminated drinking water. Several years later, while working as a plant superintendent for the Packard Motor Car Company, Taylor realized numerous workers were becoming sick with dysentery. He believed contaminated drinking water was the chief reason for the spreading illness. Taylor determined to develop a drinking fountain that was sanitary and would not contribute to the spreading of various illnesses. By 1912, he had...
  • Trump Tariffs Cost 5 Jobs for Single Job Gained, Analysis Finds

    03/12/2018 10:25:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 113 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 9, 2018 | Fred Lucas
    The Trump administrationÂ’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum from abroad could result in more than five jobs lost for every single job gained, according to an analysis from a group that advocates free trade.The job losses will be direct and indirect, as price hikes will hit American companies that buy international steel to make screws, wires, and machines, Laura M. Baughman, president of the Trade Partnership, said Friday during a Heritage Foundation event.The Trade Partnership anticipates a net loss of 146,000 U.S. jobs, Baughman said.On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced steel tariffs of 25 percent and aluminum tariffs of...
  • Metal-Import Taxes Will Make America Rusty Again

    03/09/2018 4:45:09 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | March 9, 2018 | DEROY MURDOCK
    Trump's tariffs are a bad idea. President Donald Trump deserves applause for boosting the prospects for this country’s forgotten manufacturing workers, particularly in the steel and aluminum industries. Democrats lately have neglected these Americans. Hillary Clinton barely campaigned among them in Michigan during the 2016 general election, and she thoroughly ignored them in Wisconsin. Alas, President Trump is doing this all wrong. He likely will hurt the very middle class that he has championed since his escalator ride onto the political stage. Trump aims to protect U.S. metal makers with new taxes of 25 percent on foreign steel and 10...
  • How Trump Wins on Trade

    03/07/2018 1:50:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2018 | Andy Schlafly
    When President Trump announced he would protect American jobs by imposing tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum, naysayers of both parties rushed to the nearest microphone or TV camera. Pundits and politicians alike pretended to be “shocked, shocked” that Trump meant what he said as a candidate, and that he actually means to deliver what he promised during the campaign. The Swamp, in short, is not happy. But cheers rose from the manufacturing belt that runs through the states that put Trump in the White House: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. “This is a good thing for...
  • Electrolux puts $250 million U.S. investment on hold over Trump tariff hike

    03/02/2018 12:38:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/2
    Sweden’s Electrolux (ELUXb.ST), Europe’s largest home appliance maker, said on Friday it would delay a planned $250 million investment in Tennessee, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. On Thursday, Trump said the duties — 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum — would be formally announced next week, although White House officials later said some details still needed to be ironed out. “We are putting it on hold. We believe that tariffs could cause a pretty significant increase in the price of steel on the U.S. market,” Electrolux spokesman Daniel Frykholm...
  • Will Automation Kill Our Jobs?

    02/21/2018 12:41:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title "Robots will destroy our jobs -- and we're not ready for it." The article claims, "For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. ... This disruption will have a devastating impact on our workforce." According to an article in MIT Technology Review, business researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee believe that rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them, contributing to the stagnation of median income and the growth of inequality in the United States. If technology is destroying jobs...
  • Gunmaker Remington filing for bankruptcy

    02/13/2018 2:39:52 AM PST · by Fai Mao · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/12/18 | Richard Morgan
    Remington Outdoor announced plans to file for bankruptcy on Monday, succumbing to a “Trump slump” that whacked sales by 30 percent in its most recent quarter. https://nypost.com/2018/02/12/gunmaker-remington-filing-for-bankruptcy/
  • Gunmaker Remington to file for bankruptcy

    02/13/2018 4:31:05 AM PST · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    FOX Business ^ | 2-13-2018 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    U.S. firearm manufacturer, Remington Outdoor Company, said it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but stay in business throughout the process. "Difficult industry conditions make today's agreement prudent," said Jim Geisler, Remington's executive chairman, in a statement released by the company on Monday.
  • Harley-Davidson to launch first electric motorcycle within 18 months, but KC plant to close

    01/30/2018 10:32:22 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | 1/30/2018 | Patrick Leary
    Harley-Davidson Inc. announced early Tuesday with its fourth quarter 2017 earnings report that it is on track to launch its first electric motorcycle within 18 months and that it will invest more aggressively in the electric avenue in an attempt to inspire ridership. But on the flip side, the motorcycle manufacturer also revealed plans to close its Kansas City, Mo., plant and fold those operations into its Pennsylvania facility. The Milwaukee-based company's (NYSE: HOG) announcement on its significant commitment to the future of its motorcycle technology and plant closure comes as motorcycle sales fell 6.7 percent worldwide in 2017, with...
  • What Year One Of The Trump Presidency Has Meant For Manufacturers Like Us

    01/22/2018 2:22:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/22/18 | Steve Staub
    Last month, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a survey showing that nearly 95 percent of manufacturing companies are optimistic about the futures of their businesses and the economy. Count me among them.The Dayton-based company that my sister Sandy Keplinger and I own — a contract metal fabrication company called Staub Manufacturing Solutions — just had an incredible year. Sandy and I expect an even better 2018. And, as is often the case in the history of American enterprise, our success is becoming everyone’s success. It is benefiting our employees and their families. It is helping our suppliers and customers. It is...
  • Fiat Chrysler to invest $1 billion in Michigan plant, add 2,500 jobs

    01/11/2018 3:46:02 PM PST · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 Jan 2018
    (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV FCH.MI (FCAU.N) said on Thursday it would invest more than $1 billion in its Michigan plant and add 2,500 jobs as it benefits from the overhaul of the U.S. tax code. The company said it would spend the money to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to produce its Ram Heavy Duty trucks. The company will relocate the truck’s production from its current location in Saltillo, Mexico, to the Michigan plant in 202O. The car maker also said it would make a special bonus payment of $2,000 to about 60,000 FCA hourly...