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GM CEO Hopeful Politicians Will Prevent Recession

June 13, 2012 11:27 am | News | Comments

Dan Akerson says he's cautiously optimistic that U.S. political leaders will agree on a solid economic package.


Verizon's New Wireless Plans By The Numbers

June 13, 2012 11:24 am | News | Comments

Existing customers can stick with their current plan or switch to one of the company's Share Everything plans on June 28.


Bankrupt, Beleaguered Saab Bought By Asian Consortium

June 13, 2012 11:21 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

In April, a summary of Saab's balance sheet showed the company has debts of $1.9 billion.


Two International Innovators Share $1.5M Millennium Technology Prize

June 13, 2012 11:11 am | News | Comments

One was presented the prize for creating an open source operating system. The other was cited for his discovery of a new method to develop stem cells.

$25M Awarded To Steelworker In N.Y. Racial Lawsuit

June 13, 2012 11:07 am | News | Comments

A federal court jury has awarded the damages to the employee, who says his bosses failed to stop years of racial taunts and insults from his co-workers.

Ford To Invest $600M In Louisville Assembly Plant

June 13, 2012 11:05 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer calls it a "generational type of investment" by the automaker and a shot in the arm for the local economy.


Plex Systems Highlighted At IFT12 Annual Meeting And Food Expo

June 12, 2012 4:56 pm | News | Comments

Plex Online was selected as one of the nine most innovative food safety solutions at the IFT Food Expo.


Simplify Resource Planning, Get More Output

June 12, 2012 4:34 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Overloaded resources create waiting; they don’t prevent it. Waiting is an incentive to work more efficiently, not a problem to be avoided.


Fork Authority

June 12, 2012 4:24 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

There’s more to the forklift story these days, as functionality improves and dealers and aftermarket parts providers help guide users towards better safety and maintenance practices.


Tech Demos Gone Awry

June 12, 2012 9:44 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Here is a look at a history of tech demos gone awry, from Apple's Wi-Fi problems to Airtime's failure to launch.

Coalition: Calif. Air Regulations Are Racial Discrimination

June 12, 2012 9:28 am | News | Comments

A coalition of environmental groups is alleging that California's Cap and Trade program violates the 1964 Civil Rights act.

New Mac OS Will Feature Social-Network Integration

June 12, 2012 9:24 am | News | Comments

The new software narrows the gap between the PC and phone software packages, making Mac personal computers work more like iPhones.


Fed Reports How Much Recession Shrank U.S. Wealth

June 12, 2012 9:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Great Recession shrank Americans' wealth so much that in 2010 median family net worth was no more than it had been in 1992 after adjusting for inflation.

U.N.: $257B Invested In Renewable Energy In 2011

June 12, 2012 9:19 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global investment in renewable energy reached a record of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting more than half the total spending.

Airbus Eager To Poach Boeing's Wichita Workers

June 12, 2012 9:17 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus said it expects his company to get some good employees from Boeing's closed defense plan.


B&B Electronics Acquires IMC Networks

June 11, 2012 5:28 pm | News | Comments

B&B Electronics, a developer of wired and wireless connectivity technology, has expanded its portfolio to include the industry’s most comprehensive offerings of fiber access networking solutions through its acquisition of IMC Networks.


Permira Funds To Acquire Intelligrated

June 11, 2012 4:10 pm | News | Comments

Intelligrated, a leading North American-based provider of automated material handling solutions, services and products, announced today that it has entered an agreement to be acquired by a holding company owned by the Permira funds in a transaction at a valuation in excess of $500 million.


NHTSA Receives Complaints On Honda Pilot

June 11, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 35 complaints from consumers related to steering and brake problems with the 2005 Honda Pilot.


Canadian Tech Town Feels Weight Of BlackBerry's Decline

June 11, 2012 9:35 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

These are troubling times for Waterloo, Ontario, the town of 100,000 that was transformed by the BlackBerry into Canada's Silicon Valley.


Plastics Company Nears Reopening Of C. Ind. Plant

June 11, 2012 9:34 am | News | Comments

Officials expect a plastic packaging manufacturer to start production this summer at a former central Indiana auto-parts factory that closed six years ago.


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