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MAPI: Industrial Sector To Be Fully Recovered By End Of 2014

August 27, 2014 10:02 am | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

The outlook for the U.S. economy is for steady growth, but there is little expectation for a significant upward trajectory, according to a new report.                             

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Spiders Force Suzuki Recall

August 27, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The automaker says spider webs can clog a fuel vapor vent hose in some 2010 to 2013 Kizashi cars, cutting off air flow. If that happens, it can cause the gas tank to deform, causing cracks, fuel leaks and possible fires.         

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Hackerspaces Help Turn Ideas Into Reality

August 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Emaun Kashfi, Associated Press | News | Comments

While many projects in hackerspaces are done as hobbies or just for the challenge, some have been turned into multimillion-dollar products. The MakerBot, for example, was created by a tinkerer at NYC Resistor and is now one of the most well-known 3D printers on the market.

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Medtronic Spends $350M On Another Deal

August 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a better tax deal.   

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Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5M AC Power Cords

August 27, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.             

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Auto Supply Firm To Expand Manufacturing Plant

August 27, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs.                         

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Ford Begins Plant Revamp For Aluminum F-150 Pickups

August 26, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Toronto Star | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S.                   

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Manufacturer Brings 1,200 Jobs To Charlotte

August 26, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Charlotte City Council has approved an incentive package for Sealed Air Corp., which announced last month it's moving its headquarters from New Jersey to North Carolina.                      

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U.S. Closes Probe Into Camry Hybrid Brake Problems

August 26, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.                                 

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Americans Want To Buy From Socially Responsible Companies

August 26, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Recent data shows that consumers are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to giving back. In a poll of 1,000 Americans, nearly one-third of them said they planned to increase the amounts of goods they buy from socially responsible food companies.

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Displays That 'Correct' Your Vision

August 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in the U.S. are developing technology that will enable screens to adjust to a user's vision.                                         

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Much Ado About Trends In Distribution

August 26, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Frentzel | Articles | Comments

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance — because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can.  

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Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Younger Execs?

August 26, 2014 12:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, years of experience generally trumps all else. But as younger Millennials edge into corporate leadership, does that experience matter anymore?           

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Feds Seek Comments On 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

August 26, 2014 9:58 am | by Michael Felbercaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.                     

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U.S. Probes Ford Explorer Police Vehicles

August 26, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.                                  

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders At A Record High

August 26, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell.     

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Guilty Plea In California Meat-Recall Case

August 26, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.                 

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Semiconductor Company Cutting 1,350 Jobs

August 26, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs.                             

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Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

August 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.                                     

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Boeing Gets $8.8B Airplane Order

August 25, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Monday that BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Singapore, is ordering 82 airplanes for a total of $8.8 billion.                               

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