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Bipartisan Bill To Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 13, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.         

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Losing Export Competitiveness Across The Pacific

August 13, 2014 9:29 am | by MAPI | News | Comments

A new analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, finds an alarming downward trend for U.S. export growth to Asia since 2009.             

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods And Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Two great-grandsons of the woman who once served as the face of Aunt Jemima filed a class action suit seeking royalty back payments.                                 

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Asbestos Pushed As Product For The Poor In Asia

August 12, 2014 12:57 pm | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Outlawed in much of the developed world, asbestos is still going strong in the developing one. In India alone, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry providing 300,000 jobs.               

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U.S. Job Openings Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 12:46 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.           

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Understand Your Best Customers To Find New Revenue Opportunities

August 12, 2014 11:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have traditionally sold products through sales channels with a one-size-fits-all approach. However, as the marketplace becomes more competitive and customers have more options, they are turning to data-driven marketing solutions to better target end-users.

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A Nanotechnology That Keeps Clothes Dry And Stain Free

August 12, 2014 11:38 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Silicon Valley start up is combining nanotechnology and fashion to produce clothes that repel water and don't stain.                                     

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GM Manufacturing Integrates Laser Scanning, Google Glass

August 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Autoline Network | Videos | Comments

Cathy Clegg, vice president of North American GM Manufacturing, talks to John McElroy about some of the innovative processes GM is using to improve its manufacturing operations.                  

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Flooding Slows Auto Production In Detroit

August 12, 2014 10:39 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production.                                                   

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Maryland Man Convicted Of Exporting To Iran

August 12, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran.                                         

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CEO: Glass-Making Plant For Apple Nears Production

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices.                           

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Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Technology

August 12, 2014 9:50 am | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.                 

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FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same way as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild.                            

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 1:19 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

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Chiquita Gets Buyout Offer

August 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands has received an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.                           

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U.S. Agency Slow To Move On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 1:11 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.               

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise In June

August 11, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $405.73 million according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT).                                   

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GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 11, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has issued six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues.                                     

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On The Road With New Car Tech

August 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Jennifer Jolly shows off some of what a new car will be able to do for you in 2015.                                               

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The IoT Uplink: The Rapidly Growing Importance Of Remote Monitoring

August 11, 2014 12:25 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on remote monitoring, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space.                             

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