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Briggs & Stratton To Lay Off 250 In Alabama

April 30, 2012 9:44 am | News | Comments

The layoffs at the Auburn plant will begin in December of this year and continue into 2013.

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Report: Apple Legally Sidesteps Billions In Taxes

April 30, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

Apple uses subsidiaries in low-tax nations as part of a strategy that enables the technology giant to cut its global tax bill.

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Economic Growth Is Slow, But Some Optimistic For Rebound

April 30, 2012 9:40 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber and Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

The economy got off to a tepid start this year, but that doesn't foreshadow a repeat of the near-standstill that happened in 2011.

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Biggest Smartphone Maker Is Anyone's Guess

April 30, 2012 9:39 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Who's the biggest smartphone maker? We don't really know for sure.

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Cloud-Based Portal System For Selling Through Partners

April 27, 2012 4:34 pm | by Nauvou | Product Releases | Comments

Partner Connect specifically helps manufacturers of products with serial numbers, like cars, trucks, boats, trailers, RVs, and snowmobiles.

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Impatience Is A Virtue

April 27, 2012 2:32 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you can’t help but wonder if one seemingly insignificant bother, left untreated, could develop into a major hurdle.

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Do It Right The First Time: A Dimensional Engineering Approach To Closed-Loop Quality Management

April 27, 2012 1:53 pm | by Don Jasurda, Vice President, Dimensional Control Systems | Articles | Comments

Those who use a dimensional engineering approach to closed-loop quality management have seen the value it has brought their bottom lines.

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House OKs Cybersecurity Bill Aimed To Help Private Companies

April 27, 2012 9:56 am | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press | News | Comments

It would encourage companies and the federal government to share information collected on the Internet to prevent electronic attacks.

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Damaged Resin Plant Will Be Down At Least 6 Months

April 27, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

The owner of a German factory that makes a key resin used in auto parts said Thursday that the plant will be out of commission until at least October.

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GM CEO's Compensation Tripled In 2011

April 27, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

Dan Akerson earned $1.7 million in salary, up from $566.667 in 2010. He got stock awards valued at $5.95 million.

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Boeing To Roll Out First 787 Manufactured In South Carolina

April 27, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

The $750 million plant Boeing uses to make the planes opened its doors last summer.

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Google Fires Back At FCC On Wi-Fi Investigation

April 27, 2012 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is scolding the agency for its handling of a recently concluded investigation into the company's collection of emails, passwords and other personal information.

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U.S. Growth Slowed To 2.2 Percent In 1Q

April 27, 2012 9:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the first three months of this year. The result suggests that the economy will continue to expand, slowly but steadily.

Kepware Strengthens Industrial Automation Committment In Brazil

April 26, 2012 1:47 pm | News | Comments

Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that industrial automation solutions provider Exata Sistemas de Automação Ltdahas been named Kepware’s Preferred Distributor partner throughout Brazil.

Why IT Manufacturers Should Invest In Sales And Marketing

April 26, 2012 12:20 pm | by Sean O'Neil, Vice President, Vendere Partners | Blogs | Comments

Whether you suspect you need to outsource a few or the majority of your sales functions, if you’re a technology manufacturer, the time to make some forward-thinking decisions regarding your sales and marketing practices is now.

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IMTSTV: Economic Update With Adrian Cooper

April 26, 2012 10:55 am | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

Pat McGibbon of AMT interviews one of the country's most informed economists Adrian Cooper, CEO of Oxford Economics on the current issues impacting the manufacturing technology market and what the likely impact will be upon future business levels.

Build Applications To Meet Business Needs

April 26, 2012 10:34 am | by Infor Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Infor announces the availability of Infor10 Mongoose, a development framework for Infor10 ERP Business (SyteLine) customers to build in-house applications that meet their specific business needs.

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Chrysler's 1Q Income Quadruples To $473M

April 26, 2012 10:14 am | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC today reported preliminary net income of $473 million for the first quarter of 2012, up more than 300 percent from $116 million a year ago.

Fed Forecast: More Growth, Lower Unemployment

April 26, 2012 9:26 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic growth this year and is slightly more optimistic about the unemployment rate, reflecting improvements in recent months.

Grainger Explains Key Places To Look For Energy Losses

April 25, 2012 5:06 pm | Articles | Comments

Many systems and pieces of equipment manifest wasted effort and energy in terms of heat. Motors, pumps, and electrical boxes generate heat and can lose energy efficiency as they begin to fail.

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