Manufacturing

6:13am

Mon February 10, 2014
Business

Colorado Exports Up, So Is DIA Passenger Traffic

Denver International Airport saw a record number of passengers in January.
Credit Daniel Hoherd / Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado is a growing national contender when it comes to exporting local products overseas, seeing a $400 million increase in manufactured, agricultural and mineral product exports since 2012. We can officially thank Canada for being our biggest international customer.

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3:17pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Business

New Cargill Windsor Plant Means Fort Collins Facility Relocation

A worker measures rolled steel in this photo provided by Cargill Metals
Cargill

Lost in the announcement of a new Cargill steel processing plant in Windsor Colorado, company officials say an existing depot will be closed and its employees moved to the new location.

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3:00pm

Sat November 9, 2013
Around the Nation

In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:10 pm

Sparks fly as Dan Hensley pours liquid iron (at 2575 degrees Farenheit) into the mold for a piano plate destined for Steinway pianos, at O.S. Kelly foundry in Springfield, Ohio.
Noah Adams NPR

The Steinway piano company has a new owner. This fall, the investment firm Paulson & Co. — led by billionaire John Paulson — spent about $500 million and bought all of Steinway & Sons, the venerated piano maker.

The deal includes a foundry in Springfield, Ohio, where the Steinway pianos are born in fire.

The O.S. Kelly Foundry has been making Steinway's plates since 1938. The plate is the cast-iron heart of a piano: It holds the steel wire strings with 40,000 pounds of tension, the company says. It allows vibrations to arise in a concert hall as music.

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4:19pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Business

Car Factories Turn Robots And Humans Into Co-Workers

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 5:24 pm

A robot arm helps make engine components at a Volkswagen factory in Germany. For the first time, robots are working alongside humans without guards or other safety barriers between them.
Universal Robots

Robots are working alongside humans on car production lines, taking what Technology Review calls "a huge step toward revolutionizing the role of robots" at car factories. Previously, robots had been seen as being too unsafe to place them shoulder-to-arm-joint with humans on the assembly line.

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2:23pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Business

New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:22 pm

Fibers are rolled into spools at the Engineered Floors carpet plant in Dalton, Ga.
Kathy Lohr NPR

Known as the "Carpet Capital of the World," Dalton, Ga., has struggled and lost 17,000 manufacturing jobs over the past decade.

But now, Engineered Floors is investing $450 million in two new manufacturing facilities and a distribution center in the area. The Dalton expansion is part of a resurgence in manufacturing in Georgia and it reflects an optimistic outlook for manufacturing across the Southeast.

Something Different, Something New

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