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Manufacturing Had Fewer, But Richer, M&A Deals in 1st Quarter

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

4/27/2016

Manufacturing saw fewer but richer mergers and acquisitions in 2016’s first quarter, consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers said. Full Article

Ford Invests $1.6 Billion in US Plants, Creates 650 Jobs



Press Release - Ford Motor Company

4/26/2016

Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade two of its manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio, and creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the United States. The $1.4 billion investment in Livonia Transmission Plant and $200 million investment in Ohio Assembly Plant are part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its U.S. plants. Full Article

Two New Devices Focus on Securely Accessing Data in Legacy Machines



Smart Manufacturing Editor Brett Brune

4/20/2016

A trio of Mazak, Memex and Cisco is beginning to sell SmartBox, a device meant to securely manage manufacturing data—information on axes, spindles, temperatures, cutting times, downtimes and part counts, for starters—culled from machines that have been laboring in a sort of silence for decades. At the same time, a pairing of Forcam and Wago plans to release a similar device it calls the PFC100 Industrial MTConnect device before July. Full Article

NanoSteel Delivers Advanced Automotive Steel to GM



PRESS RELEASE--Nanosteel

4/22/2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 21, 2016—NanoSteel®, a leader in nanostructured steel materials, today announced the delivery of its first advanced high strength steel (AHSS) to General Motors for initial testing. Designed to provide automakers with a new standard in material performance, the sheet steel is poised to accelerate vehicle lightweighting initiatives focused on affordably meeting rising global fuel-economy regulations. Full Article

LIFT and Jefferson Public Schools Unveil Manufacturing Technology: A Career Pathway at Doss High School



PRESS RELEASE--LIFT

4/18/2016

Louisville, KY – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) today announced the launch of Manufacturing Technology: High School Career Pathways in Kentucky. Doss High School, in collaboration with manufacturers and government leaders, will offer a career pathways program providing students with on-the-job training experience, employability skills and technical training. Full Article

P3 Automotive Unveils Mobility Innovation Center in Metro Detroit



PRESS RELEASE-- P3 Automotive

4/20/2016

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 20, 2016 – Representing the continuation of its significant North American growth over the past 11 years, P3 Automotive unveiled its Mobility Innovation Center (MIC) in Southfield, Michigan, announced plans to hire 100 employees by year end and committed to investing in research and development of new and advanced technology solutions to address the dynamic changes in the industry.
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