Afternoon Coffee: Procurian Acquires Utilities Analysis, Inc., Manufacturing Supply Chain Evolution

Procurian Acquires Utilities Analysis, Inc.
Procurian Extends Its Energy Solution With Acquisition of Utilities Analyses, Inc. -- Leading comprehensive procurement solutions provider Procurian, today announced the acquisition of highly specialized energy management firm, Utilities Analyses, Inc. (UAI). UAI focuses on comprehensive supply-side services that help clients cut utility costs and achieve ongoing savings in both regulated and deregulated environments. Integrating UAI's energy supply-side capabilities with Procurian's existing demand-side capabilities creates Procurian Energy, which provides an independent, end-to-end energy management solution that identifies, maximizes and sustains savings and efficiencies. Procurian Energy leverages 30 energy specialists who utilize proprietary market intelligence to manage $3 billion of energy spend across more than 60 clients.

Transport and logistics...of racing shells.
Weighing In on The Role of Racing Shells -- Having chosen a shell built outside of Europe, a fraction of the United States National Team was at the mercy of manufacturing and shipping timelines. The women's eight and smaller boats raced by the United States National Team were transported from within Europe. "Once Mike and the guys decided, we got straight to work on building an Olympic boat like the one they'd been rowing in California," said Craig McAllister of Hudson. "It ended up being an all hands on deck project to finish the boat on such a tight deadline in order to keep the timeline for shipping to Europe." At past Olympics the responsibility of shipping and transportation of the United States fleet has fallen on various individuals and manufactures.

Tyson cuts outlook.
Tyson Foods Cuts Outlook on High Grain Costs -- "Grain costs have been increasing significantly and rapidly, largely as a result of the ongoing U.S. drought. While we ultimately expect to pass along rising input costs, these costs, coupled with continued soft demand, are likely to pressure earnings in 2013," said President and Chief Executive Donnie Smith. "However, we still anticipate solid earnings for the year." For the fiscal year, the company lowered its revenue estimate by $1 billion and now expects $33 billion.

Evolution of a Manufacturing Supply Chain -- Executives in the electronics industry often say that popular devices can't be made in the United States largely because it would be too costly and inefficient. But in another industry, foreign auto companies have grown over the last 30 years to account for over 40 percent of vehicles built here.

- Sheena Moore

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