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Advanced Manufacturing

Alliant Tech Systems announces $372 million order from the U.S. Army

Alliant Tech Systems announced Monday that it received $372 million in orders from the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Rock Island, Ill., to be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition ... Read More

Ford’s Kansas City-made vehicles drive April sales gains

Sales of vehicles produced at Ford Motor Co.’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo were a key reason Ford’s sales increased by more than 20 percent for the fifth straight month. ... Read More

3M quarterly profit climbs 80%; lifts outlook

Dow component and economic bellwether 3M Co. said Tuesday its first-quarter profit rose 80% on surging demand for electronics for autos and health-care products, boosting its full-year outlook. Results of the ... Read More

Fori expects $100M with boost from aerospace, defense

Fori Automation Inc. could see revenue hit the $100 million mark this year as efforts to diversify into the aerospace and defense industries continue to gain traction. The Shelby Township-based designer ... Read More

Alpla to open new manufacturing facility in St. Peters, Mo.

Alpla Inc., a privately held $3 billion manufacturer of plastic packaging solutions, has purchased an 83,485 square-foot industrial property at 9 Cermak Blvd. in St. Peters, Mo. Austrian-based Alpla is a ... Read More

3M to buy Canadian aerospace products company

Manufacturing conglomerate 3M Co. said Monday it has agreed to acquire MTI PolyFab Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of noise and vibration reduction technology for airplanes. MTI said the acquisition price is ... Read More

A boost for light-duty trucks

Smith Electric Vehicles and Proton Power Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop long-range electric service trucks. The partnership will allow Smith Electric to install Proton Power’s fuel cell ... Read More

Smith Electric Vehicles can supply electric vehicles to federal agencies, military

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. said Wednesday that its Smith Newton vehicle has been approved for purchase by federal agencies and the military, the only all-electric medium/heavy duty truck with the ... Read More

GM to invest $246 million in electric motors

General Motors announced plans on January 26 to design and manufacture electric motors, saying the first were scheduled to debut in 2013 in a next generation, rear wheel drive hybrid vehicle. ... Read More

GM, VW best positioned in emerging markets, study says

General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG are best positioned in the largest and fastest-growing emerging markets at a time when auto sales in those countries could grow more than 40 percent ... Read More