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How Manufacturing CIOs Can Build The Bridge To More Innovative, Profitable Futures

March 12, 2015 11:34 am | by Andrew Cox | Articles | Comments

CIOs realize their charge to be partners in forward-thinking, profitable growth strategies for their companies — but might still be figuring out how to get there.

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Manufacturing Day Launches New MFGDAY.com

March 12, 2015 11:03 am | by Fabricators & Manufacturers Association | News | Comments

The partners responsible for producing Manufacturing DaySM at the national level announced today the refresh of its website, MFGDAY.com.

Despite Recent Controversy, California Unlikely To Restrict Fracking

March 12, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Unlike New York, the Golden State appears unlikely to ban the practice of drilling for oil using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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Report: General Mills To Sell Green Giant

March 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Mills plans to sell its Green Giant brand of canned and frozen vegetables line this summer, according to a report from Reuters.

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Jelly Belly To Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin To Tennessee

March 12, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution operation to Tennessee, according to reports.

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United Technologies Says Weighing Possible Sikorsky Spinoff

March 12, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Technologies said Wednesday it is weighing options for its Sikorsky Aircraft division, including a possible spinoff of the maker of Black Hawk and other military and commercial helicopters.

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France Fines Yogurt Makers For Price-Fixing

March 12, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

France's competition authority handed the country's top yogurt makers 192 million euros ($203 million) in fines Thursday for fixing prices over the course of several years, striking secret deals in hotel rooms and on special phone lines created to avoid detection.

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Michigan Paying The Price Now For Tax Plan To Save Businesses

March 12, 2015 9:50 am | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers and Michigan agreed in 2010 to a $2.9 billion tax credit, the bill is only now coming due.

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Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 11, 2015 1:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol, has received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Intended to be mixed into drinks, the approval is an about-face from the bureau’s previous stance.

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NASA Testing Giant Rocket That Gets Us Closer To Mars

March 11, 2015 11:50 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

NASA is testing their new solid rocket boosters. It may sound like just another routine NASA experiment, but there's a very good reason to pay attention: this is the rocket that could take us to Mars.

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Honda Wheels Into The Future With Uni-Cub

March 11, 2015 11:44 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The "personal mobility device" has a top speed of 2.5 mph. But look, ma, no hands!

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Report: Robotic Welding To Grow Sharply By 2020

March 11, 2015 11:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects revenues for the robotic welding market to increase by nearly 40 percent as emerging nations gain awareness of its potential benefits

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Apple Shareholders Float Tesla Purchase

March 11, 2015 11:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the company's annual shareholders meeting this week amid record sales and a soaring stock price. That wasn't on the minds, however, of a pair of investors who inquired about the possibility of the tech giant acquiring electric car manufacturer Tesla.

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Re-Skilled Workers Bring The Industrial Internet Of Things To Life

March 11, 2015 11:17 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi | Articles | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

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Study: U.S. Manufacturers Paid More For Pollution Control

March 11, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

American manufacturers faced $24.6 billion in pollution abatement costs last year, a total far higher than the amount in many competing nations, according to a recent analysis.

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Study: Microbe-Based Battery Could Clean Fracking Runoff

March 11, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Colorado have developed technology they say could cleanse wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling sites while simultaneously generating additional energy.

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Colorado Powdered Alcohol Ban Stalls In Legislature

March 11, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Efforts to add Colorado to the list of states with restrictions on powdered alcohol ran aground in the state Legislature last week.

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More Turnover At Coca-Cola

March 11, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Another top executive will depart the Coca-Cola Company later this month amid what the company expects will be a "transition year."

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Apple's Tim Cook Cites Record Sales And 'Unbelievable' Year

March 11, 2015 10:06 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook took a figurative victory lap at his company's annual shareholder meeting, one day after he announced details about the new smartwatch Apple plans to start selling next month.

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Increase, Sales Sink In January

March 11, 2015 10:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years.

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