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Outer Space Could See the Next Manufacturing Boom

A Mountain View, CA-based startup has revealed new breakthroughs in its quest to build in-space factories that will orbit the Earth and pump out products that are too difficult or expensive to make at home.

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Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing Focus of New Initiative

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, during a speech Friday (Dec. 16) at the University of Delaware, announced the latest addition to the Manufacturing USA network: the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). This is the first Department of Commerce-led institute to join the network and the first awarded under the 2014 bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation (RAMI) Act using an “open topic” competition.

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‘Manufacturing Community’ Program Appears to be Working

In May 2014, the Milwaukee Region received a special designation as a “Manufacturing Community” by the Economic Development Administration’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program. The New York Finger Lakes region IMCP Community, led by the city of Roche...

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Twelve Communities Redesignated ‘Manufacturing Communities’

Twelve communities are being redesignated as Manufacturing Communities in connection with the Commerce Department’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative. The redesignation is good until 2018. The communities were all initially designated under the first round of the IMCP competition in 2014.

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Auto Parts Maker Faces One of OSHA’s Largest Fines -- $3.42 Million

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 57 citations for safety violations to Sunfield Inc., an Ohio auto parts’ manufacturer. The agency has also proposed the company pay more than $3.42 million in total fines for its failure to disconnect machinery from a power supply and prevent sudden movement before maintenance and service, and to train workers in how to operate machine presses safely and to service and maintain them.

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NIST Invents New Tests for Nanomanufacturing Quality Control

Manufacturers may soon have a speedy and nondestructive way to test a wide array of materials under real-world conditions, thanks to an advance that researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made in roll-to-roll measurements. Roll-to-roll measurements are typically optical measurements for roll-to-roll manufacturing -- i.e., any method that uses conveyor belts for continuous processing of items, from tires to nanotechnology components.

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Manufacturing Continues Growing in Blue Grass State

Kentucky manufacturing employment climbed for a fifth straight year, reports the 2016 Kentucky Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News Inc. (MNI) of Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s’s database of manufacturers, Kentucky gained 3,151 manufacturing jobs from October 2014 to October 2015, or 1.1%.

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NIST to Fund Two New Manufacturing Institutes; $70 Million Each

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) has issued a Notice of Intent to fund up to two institutes as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). For its first institutes, the Commerce Department will provide up to a total of $70 million per institute over five to seven years.

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Report Offers Strategies for Strengthening Manufacturing

A new report from the national nonprofit group Jobs for the Future offers insights on training more workers for jobs in advanced manufacturing.

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Fastest Growing Industries in U.S. Manufacturing Employment Listed

Overall, the U.S. manufacturing industry continues to experience rapid growth and change, driven by trends in re-shoring/next-shoring and improvements in technology, including advances in 3D printing, manufacturing cloud technology, supply chain management and automation.

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