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Buick May Get Stylish Large Sedan

January 12, 2015 10:02 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It looks like General Motors' growing Buick brand will soon get a big, sporty rear-drive sedan.                                             

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The Future Of Cars From CES

January 9, 2015 12:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

It’s been a busy week of carmakers talking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) about the future of driving and the innovative technology that may soon be appearing behind the wheel. Here's a look at some of what we've learned this week.   

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Engineering Newswire: The Navy's Newest Hovercraft

January 9, 2015 11:49 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at hovering over land and sea in the navy’s newest ship-to-shore connector, 3D printing a comfortable dress, and giving a dog the opportunity to run free for the first time.            

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Manufacturing Job Growth Up In 2014

January 9, 2015 11:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                           

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Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 11:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility.                              

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Microsoft Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

January 9, 2015 11:18 am | by Sanjay Ravi | Articles | Comments

The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data — the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things.                                         

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GM CEO Barra Says 1st Year Marked By Disappointment, Progress

January 9, 2015 10:24 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mary Barra said Thursday that her first year as CEO of General Motors contained both disappointment and progress, as the company recalled a record number of cars and trucks but also improved its handling of safety problems.       

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Activist Investor Intensifies Fight Over DuPont's Future

January 9, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fight for control of DuPont Co. is intensifying after the hedge fund led by activist investor Nelson Peltz announced plans to nominate its own slate of four directors to the industry titan's board.               

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BMW Leads German Luxury Carmakers In Sales

January 9, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's luxury carmakers had a record year in 2014 thanks to expanding sales in the United States and China.                                        

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Coca-Cola Cutting Up To 1,800 Jobs

January 9, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs.                                               

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Nissan, NASA Partner On Autonomous Car Technology

January 9, 2015 9:58 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.                                       

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New Fashion Suite Helps Companies Meet Omnichannel Demand

January 9, 2015 9:50 am | by attune Consulting | Product Releases | Comments

attune Consulting, a premier global solutions provider to the fashion and lifestyle industries, has introduced attune Fashion Suite, a set of pre-configured solutions that are deployable in the cloud or on premise.

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U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low.                               

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3D Printed Electronic Circuit Boards

January 8, 2015 1:06 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Helping his son with a school project led Michael Toutonghi to invent a 3D printing medium that conducts electricity and can print plastic circuit boards.                           

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Why Keystone XL Pipeline Remains A Top Agenda Item For GOP

January 8, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg’s Joshua Green reports on the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline and where the fight stands today.                                        

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Major Investors Put Money Into Marijuana

January 8, 2015 12:51 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

It appears that the marijuana business may be starting to come into its own with today’s announcement of a large venture capital firm buying into the pot industry.                         

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The Best And Worst Of CES 2015

January 8, 2015 12:32 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Here's a look at the best and worst products to come out of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show going on this week in Las Vegas.                                   

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Obama Touts Auto Recovery, Yet AAM Says There's 'A Long Way To Go'

January 8, 2015 11:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Although President Obama touted the recovery of the nation's auto industry near Detroit yesterday, a national manufacturing group said the country still has "a long way to go."                     

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right Or Wrong?

January 8, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

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AED To Congress: Responsible Policy Can Be Powerful Medicine

January 8, 2015 10:59 am | by AED | News | Comments

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) President & CEO Brian P. McGuire have delivered a strong message to Capitol Hill urging swift, bipartisan action to spur economic growth and job creation in a letter outlining the association’s policy agenda for the 114th Congress.

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