BL Harbert completes $70 million Mercedes facility set to open Wednesday

By Michael Tomberlin

on December 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – BL Harbert International Inc.has completed construction of the $70 million Mercedes-Benz Logistics Center in Vance.

Construction began in April of this year and was completed on an accelerated schedule.

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South Korean molder building Alabama plant

By Rhoda Miel


Published: December 10, 2013 3:58 pm ET

South Korean injection molder Taesung Precision Co. Ltd. will build its first U.S. plant- and first site that makes auto parts – inShorter, Ala.

The $6.6 million, 40,000-square-foot plant will employ 70 people during its initial phase of operations, the Alabama Department of Commerce said in a Dec. 6 news release.

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The components of an effective 5-S program

By Darren Dolcemascalo

EMS Consulting Group

Published: Reliable Plant blog

5-S, or the five pillars of the visual workplace, is a systematic process of workplace organization. When I ask manufacturing people about the components of 5-S, most of them don’t think they are relevant.

“That’s just a system of keeping things organized and clean, right? Oh yeah, and they have this crazy idea that toolboxes are bad.” Or, sometimes I hear: “Why make a big program out of cleaning up?”

5-S is not simply eliminating toolboxes and cleaning up. While the concepts are easy to understand, most companies have not implemented them. Implementation of 5-S has many benefits:

higher quality, lower costs, reliable deliveries and improved safety … to name a few. These benefits are clearly relevant to any manufacturer, and they are not had simply by eliminating toolboxes and cleaning up.

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