Manufacturing Sector

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    TxDOT Is Unmoved by Claims a Dallas Company's Guardrails Are Maiming Drivers

    Since 1999, the guardrails manufactured by Dallas' Trinity Industries have been credited with saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of drivers across the country. Trinity's popular older guardrail design, called the ET-2000, is supposed to roll back when struck by cars, absorbing some of the imp ... More >>

  • Film

    May 15, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Will a Shot at Tesla's Gigafactory Push Texas Car Sales into the Free Market?

    Texas -- or at least its lawmakers -- is not fond of Tesla, the electric car seller. In 2013, lawmakers blocked a bill that would have allowed the company to bypass auto dealers and sell directly to consumers. For Tesla the car manufacturer -- the one that just put Texas on the shortlist for a $5 b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    How Car Dealers and Their Lobbyists Crushed Tesla's Plan for Texas

    This past legislative session, billionaire Elon Musk's push for a new law allowing electric-car maker Tesla Motors to bypass car dealers and sell directly to consumers crashed and burned. Which wasn't a surprise. The state's car dealers have a long, proud history of plying legislators with campaign ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Ruffles Crispy Fries Potato Strips Are Coming. Prepare Yourself.

    Ruffles is nationally launching Ruffles Crispy Fries Potato Strips this month, "just in time for National French Fry Day on July 13." Wait -- you didn't know July 13 was National French Fry Day? And that on National French Fry Day, all you are allowed to eat for 24 straight hours is french fries? Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    What's the Truth Behind a Label? A Story of Texas Butter Nostalgia.

    Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream ... but was it local cream? And did the cows eat organic grass? And who owns the dairy? Tell us, mice. People have questions about their food these days. Recently I spotted a Texas butter called Falfurrias at the grocery store. The yellow package proclaims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Congressman Steve Stockman to Gunmakers: Come Check Out Texas

    U.S. Representative Steve Stockman is not a subtle man. We could go so far as to say he has a flair for the dramatic. He is, after all, the man who brought Ted Nugent as his plus-one to the State of the Union address, and compared the Earth to a sort of fuel-filled water balloon. And even further ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    A North Texas Lawmaker Wants to Exempt "Made in Texas" Guns From Federal Law

    According to statistics kept by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, there are several dozen licensed gun manufacturers in the state of Texas. Most of those are small-scale operations, individuals or mom-and-pop-style shops that produce one or two pistols or rifles in a year. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Texas' War on behalf of the Incandescent Light Bulb Dies a Quiet, Predictable Death

    In 2011, state lawmakers took a break from slashing school funding, dreaming up new abortion restrictions and fighting against the encroachment of Islamic law to do battle with a new enemy: the compact fluorescent light bulb. More and more, those tightly coiled tubes were replacing Edison's good ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Frito-Lay Is Outsourcing Flavors. We Have Some Ideas.

    Maybe you've seen the commercial. It's up there. Michael Symon, the smiliest chef ever, is bouncing his bald head all over the television for Frito-Lay's newest ad campaign/contest. Eva Longoria is even taking time out of her... um... schedule to tout Frito-Lay's flavor outsourcing endeavor! Frito-L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Old Records Are Outselling New Ones For the First Time

    by Chris Kornelis See also: All of the arguments about digital music, summarized In the two decades since Nielsen Soundscan started to keep track of U.S. album sales in 1991, the company has seen the industry fold in half, digital sales catch up to physical, and vinyl mount a resurgence. But unti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    What Ice Cream and Fracking Have in Common And Why Your Dessert Has Become So Pricey

    The food industry has for decades leaned on an inexpensive and natural thickening agent: guar gum. It builds viscosity in ice cream, dressing, baked goods, and other foods you've likely eaten it in the past week (as well as makeup, explosives, and other things you probably haven't eaten, ever). In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Ben & Jerry's Scoops Free Ice Cream Today to Benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation

    Ben & Jerry's annual Free Cone Day was scheduled for April 3, but tornadoes forced some local shops to play a make-up game, and that making up goes down today. Three local shops are partaking in the festivities: Plano, McKinney and the Shops of Highland Village. The Plano store has lined up some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Another Texas Icon's Caught Between Dublin Bottling Works, Plano-Based Dr Pepper: Big Red

    The set-up at Maple & Motor. For now.​Ever since Jack Perkins got his Dublin Bottling Works soda fountain at Maple & Motor, well, let's say I've had way too many cane-sugar soft drinks in recent weeks. (May I recommend mixing the Tart-N-Sweet Lemonade, Cherry Limeade and Dublin Lemon-Lime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    At Central Market, Everything You Need to Know About Cheese, And Then Some

    ​Since October is National Cheese Month, it's fine time to "Meet the Cheeses" at Central Market, where, in addition to their standard vast collection, they're hosting a few classes. For the industrious cheese devotee, Allison Hooper is in town to host a class this Thursday, October 13, from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Conservative Moms Claim They Don't Like Schweddy Balls in Their Ice Cream

    Ben & Jerry's​Recently we told you all about Ben & Jerry's new ice cream Schweddy Balls, which is based on the SNL skit featuring Alec Baldwin. Well, One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association, which promotes "the biblical ethic of decency in American society with primary e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    nib chocolate's Stephen Smith on the Sweet Life

    ​Here's some hopeful news for all you C students out there: At the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, Stephen Smith's "worst subject of everything was chocolate." Apparently, he got better. In fact, he got good enough to operate his own wholesale chocolate business, nib cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Military Appreciation Cook-Off Needs More Participants, Natsumi Kitchen Opens at Farmers Market, Wine and Cheese Pairing Class, and More

    ​Just because summer is over doesn't mean barbecues and cookouts are no more until next summer. We mean, come on, this is Texas, any time is barbecue time. On October 2, The Dave Kenoly Show on CNN Radio 1190 AM, will be host its First Annual Military Appreciation Cook-Off to -- obviously -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Mozzarella Company Slices
    Through Cheese Competition

    A chile-filled winner from Mozzarella Company​Paula Lambert's Mozzarella Company had another strong showing at this year's American Cheese Society competition, the artisanal cheese industry's version of the Academy Awards. Nearly 1,500 cheeses were entered in the annual competition, which inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    The Key to Good Cheese? You Gotta Love Your Goats. (No. Not That Way.)

    Hanna RaskinHow could you not love a face like this?​ When a dish transcends its components, its circumstances and a critic's expectations, it's almost invariably described as "made with love." The treacly sentiment may or may not hold true in the kitchen, but a recent tour of goat dairies in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Art Attack: PETA's Planning to Protest Outside Dean Foods Meeting at DMA Tomorrow

    ​Just a heads-up: A few minutes ago, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent word and posted this press release noting that tomorrow morning, it's planning to picket the Dean Foods shareholders meeting at the Dallas Museum of Art -- and picket it hard.As in: Sure, they're bringing signs ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Days Gone Bite: Frito Bandito

    ​I had a Frito Bandito eraser. I can still hear that leering, gravely voice. And the song--oh, I remember the song.At least I remember the second version. Frito-Lay introduced the animated Mexican bandit to advertise Fritos in 1967. He wore a sombrero and a couple of six-shooters, sported a gold t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Monday's Unverified Fact About Philadelphia

    Michael Stern/Roadfood​The 'Boys host la fee verte on Sunday afternoon. A "fact" about the team from "foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia":During road trips, the Eagles play Scrapple--a game where they identify bits of snout, intestine, ear, trotter and tail in their breakfast dish. Th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.29.09

    "This is about McDonald's becoming a beverage destination and building off our offerings of fountain beverages." (Karen Wells, vice president of U.S. strategy and menu for McDonald's, on a new with Plano's Dr. Pepper Snapple Group replacing Pibb Xtra--a Coco-Cola product--with Dr. Pepper. Guess the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.24.09

    "Literally freight cars full of salt have been removed from these products gradually over time." (Robert Earl of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, responding to calls by the New York City Health Department for the food processing industry and city restaurants to reduce salt levels in their prod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Food For Thought 3.25.09

    "Because it sells, food companies are slapping it on anything. And consumers believe natural equals nutritious. Actually, it's a bit like Alice in Wonderland. It means what I want it to mean." (Julie Miller Jones, professor of food safety and nutrition at College of St. Catherine in Minnesota on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Food For Thought 2.17.09

    "The burden is on the company to make sure they are complying with any local, state and federal regulations that apply to food manufacturing. Naturally, that's not reassuring to the public. But we don't have people driving up and down roads looking for places like this." (Doug McBride of the Texas D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Food For Thought...

    "We don't have a good idea right now in terms of how much of that product is still out there; it may have largely been consumed." (Stephen Sundlof of the FDA after the government extended a recall of peanut products produced by the Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, GA, plant to include the pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Food For Thought...

    "A lot of people have left the category. Also a lot of young people have not entered the category, so these ads may help Coke both recruit new, young consumers and recruit some lapsed consumers." (Beverage Digest editor John Sicher, clearly excited over the soft drink company's new marketing campaig ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2008

    Cultured Bites

    Prep for Puccini with Paula

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    GM CEO Rick Wagoner's Visit to Dallas in July Just Got Much More Interesting

    General Motors bossman Richard Wagoner. Few days back, the Greater Dallas Chamber sent word of a special guest coming to town to address the suit-and-tie crowd as they marshal their estimable ranks on July 10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas for a little eat-and-greet. It's none other than General Motors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    Dallas-Based Dean Foods Isn't Making the Cheddar Like It Expected

    Dallas-based Dean Foods, which stocks the dairy case with Land O Lakes and Oak Farms products, said today it's not going to milk as much out of consumers as it previously expected -- something to do with "rapidly increasing and record high dairy commodity costs." And it's bad news all around, especi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Boning Up in Fort Worth, Baby

    A man from Weatherford has filed suit today against Meditronic -- "the global leader in medical technology [for] alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world" -- claiming the damnedest thing: "body-snatching." The full release is after the jump, but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2007

    Baby, You Can't Drive Their Car

    The New York Times this morning notes that for the first time in nine years, the Today show has decided to send its annual "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" feature to the Interwebs, where it will have but a single sponsor: Hyundai Motor America. And while most of us around these parts don't give ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 20, 2007

    Wherein Mark Stuertz Asks Paula Lambert: "What's Your Stinkiest Cheese?"

    Hard to believe that 25 years ago insalata Caprese (mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil) was virtually unheard of in Dallas. That's why God granted Dallas' Paula Lambert, who, in 1982, opened a cheese factory in Deep Ellum to satisfy a fetish for fresh mozzarella -- the kind oozing with milk, like ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    May 25, 2006

    Next Big Things

    The five biggest attention-getters at E3.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2006

    Fair Park is the New Baltic Avenue

    Beginning today, you can change the face of the Monopoly board game--a lifelong ambition, I know. Hasbro's giving it a makeover with its so-called "Here & Now Edition," which will replace such iconic properties as Boardwalk and Baltic Avenue with modern-day, real-life locations that include one of t ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Radio DJ

    Skip Cheatham, KKDA-FM (104.5)

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best (Men's and Women's) Shoe Store

    Nordstrom at the Galleria

  • News

    December 27, 2001

    Down by the Old Mill

    A band of East Texas environmentalists takes on a polluting paper plant and proves that might doesn't always make right, even in a company town

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Place to See Pets Run Wild

    Off-Leash Dog Park at Mockingbird Point

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    Mojave 3 / Joe Pernice

    Excuses for Travellers (4AD/Beggars Banquet) / Big Tobacco (Ashmont/Spunk Records)

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    All Quiet on the Eastern Front

    Did a business deal with Bell Helicopter doom a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide?

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Software and hard time

    Texas prisons take a byte out of crime with a computer rehab program

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Fooling with Mother Nature

    Plano-based Frito-Lay finds it's better to be safe than sorry with genetically modified foods

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    Put your ears on

    Disney hopes its upstart kids radio network will be more than just a Mickey Mouse effort

  • News

    October 16, 1997

    Damage control

    A deadly accident in a pit at Texas Instruments sent lawyers and flacks scurrying, but the company's response may put it deeper in the hole

  • News

    August 22, 1996

    Blind-sided, again

    Al Lipscomb assures us that he has no idea what's going on

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