Tsunami may slow production at Chattanooga Komatsu plant
It will take ‘a miracle’ for unfolding events not to create problems for Komatsu, according to local plant chief
The Chattanooga assembly plant reportedly receives about 20 percent of its components from Japan, and one Japanese parts plant that supplies the Chattanooga facility is near a city severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.
Read about the impact of Japan’s earthquake on this Komatsu plant in the full-length article here.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.