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Report Says BPA Is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 28, 2015 11:55 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question no one can exactly agree on, but maybe that’s about to change. In a recent report, the European Food Safety Authority has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

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Survey: Businesses Optimistic About First Quarter Hiring, Wages

January 28, 2015 11:31 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

An increased number of businesses expect to hire more employees in the first three months of 2015, according to the latest quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics.                 

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Pabst Owner Considers Returning To Milwaukee

January 28, 2015 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth.                                                   

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Mercedes Selects AM General To Produce SUVs In The U.S.

January 28, 2015 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker.                           

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Jumps To 7 1/2-Year High

January 28, 2015 10:20 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index climbed this month to 102.9, highest level since August 2007 — four months before the start of the Great Recession.                 

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Ford Recalls Cars, Vans For Door Latch And Seat Belt Trouble

January 28, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts.                                           

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Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls For Fuel Leaks

January 28, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche are recalling more than 93,500 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix fuel leak problems.                                        

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After Setting iPhone Record, What Does Apple Do Next?

January 28, 2015 10:03 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday.       

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Nissan Recalls SUVs To Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires.                                     

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InsiteAnalytics Provides Powerful Data-Driven Intelligence

January 28, 2015 9:26 am | by Insite Software | Product Releases | Comments

Insite Software has announced the availability of InsiteAnalytics,a powerful new analytics package designed to help customers improve the performance of their ecommerce investments and technologies.

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The Possiblities Of Microsoft HoloLens

January 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by Microsoft | Videos | Comments

The team behind Microsoft HoloLens talks about creating the technology and how it could shape things going forward.                                       

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Can A 3D Printed Car Change The Industry?

January 27, 2015 1:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream.                         

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Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing And Inventory Planning

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels — the distributors and resellers who deliver products to end customers — has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.

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Labor Dispute At Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 27, 2015 11:43 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A months-long contract dispute at ports along the West Coast could spill thousands of miles inland, where two rail companies are raising concerns about shipping complications.                     

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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 11:31 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime healthcare benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter.               

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Falling Grain Prices Hit Farm Equipment Manufacturers

January 27, 2015 11:20 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Manufacturers of farm equipment are starting to feel the effects of falling grain prices on farmers' profit margins.                                       

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Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Proponents'

January 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk.                           

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Obama Says U.S. Must Catch Up To Ensure Drone Safety

January 27, 2015 9:54 am | by Josh Lederman & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds.

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Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Fell In December

January 27, 2015 9:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft.                                 

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China Says 'Harmful Info' Must Be Managed After VPNs Blocked

January 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users jump the Great Firewall, an Internet official said Tuesday that "harmful information" must be managed.                     

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