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Judge Allows Honeywell Health Screenings

November 4, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Monday said Honeywell Inc. could begin penalizing workers who refuse to take medical or biometric tests.                                     

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U.S. Trade Deficit Expands In September

November 4, 2014 9:29 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit rose in September, as a broader global economic weakness caused exports to fall.                                          

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ABB Completes Acquisition Of Spirit IT

November 4, 2014 9:21 am | by ABB | News | Comments

ABB, the leading power and automation group, announced today it completed its acquisition of Spirit IT of Eindhoven, Netherlands.                                   

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RMT Robotics Joins Muratec Group

November 4, 2014 9:08 am | by RMT Robotics | News | Comments

RMT Robotics, a Cimcorp Oy company that manufactures and integrates robotic gantry-based order fulfillment and tire handling solutions, has announced that it has joined the Muratec Group as part of the acquisition of Cimcorp Oy (Cimcorp) and its subsidiaries by Kyoto, Japan-based Murata Machinery, Ltd. (Muratec).

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GM Sales Rise On Pickup Truck Gains

November 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says its October U.S. sales rose slightly as pickup truck sales jumped while some top-selling car models faltered.                                   

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Hyundai, Kia Fined $100M For Overstating MPG

November 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Tom Krisher & Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation into overstated gas mileage figures on window stickers on 1.2 million vehicles.             

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Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets.                     

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Dodge Charger, Not Your Ordinary Family Bus

November 3, 2014 12:19 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Auto writer James R. Healey gets behind the wheel of the new 2015 Dodge Charger and shares his first impressions.                                       

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Is Detroit Manufacturing On The Rise?

November 3, 2014 12:13 pm | by CNNMoney & We The Economy | Videos | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? Take a look at the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs.                 

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Taming The Complexity And Cost Of Manufacturing Operations

November 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

Not having a single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful.

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What Mid-sized Automotive Aftermarket Distributors Need To Get Ahead

November 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Joe Swaim | Articles | Comments

Integrated supply chain management drives better profit margins, increased visibility and control of operations — from supplier to end-user.                               

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Nissan, Honda, Chrysler Report U.S. Sales Increases

November 3, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Chrysler, Nissan and Honda all reported U.S. sales gains last month as falling gas prices and an improving economy boosted sales of pickup trucks and SUVs.                            

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China Slowdown Could Bruise Global Economy

November 3, 2014 10:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, soaking up oil, iron ore and other commodities from developing countries and autos and luxury goods from Europe.               

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LabCorp To Spend $6.1B To Buy Covance

November 3, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LabCorp will pay about $6.1 billion in cash and stock to buy Covance in a tie-up that aims to improve clinical trial research for pharmaceuticals.                             

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Company Recalls Fire Trucks For Wheel Issue

November 3, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 135 fire trucks in the U.S. because a suspension part can fail and cause a wheel to fall off.                                   

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Sony's Quarterly Loss Balloons On Mobile Woes

November 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.                    

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Campaign Showcases Truths, Technologies And Good Times In Manufacturing

October 31, 2014 12:04 pm | by SME | News | Comments

SME, an organization dedicated to supporting manufacturing through training, events, media and membership, has announced #MFGis, an awareness campaign to help students, educators, professionals and companies tell their stories of “what manufacturing is” through storytelling, social media and multimedia. 

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Simulation Software Provides Food Manufacturer The Secret Recipe To Achieve Production Goals

October 31, 2014 11:56 am | by Abbey Hatke | Articles | Comments

Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborate to deliver 10 percent increase in production capacity.                                       

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Kimberly-Clark Lawsuit: Surgical Gowns Don't Protect Against Ebola

October 31, 2014 11:28 am | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases.                         

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The Great Challenge For Soup

October 31, 2014 11:23 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison says, 'The American family has changed... so food has to be different.'                                         

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