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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group titled “Where in the World?” posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling far behind. It’s a far cry from the trends over the last few decades.

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GM, Lawyers Fighting Over Bankruptcy Protections

April 23, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors Co. and a battalion of trial lawyers are preparing for an epic court fight over whether GM is liable for the sins of its corporate past.                             

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Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                       

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Feds Investigating Chevy Impala Brakes

April 23, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.                         

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Faster Production Brings Boeing $965M Profit

April 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company's assembly lines — more jets than the same period last year.                               

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EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 9:24 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.        

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Toyota Sells 2.58M Vehicles, Keeps Top Spot

April 23, 2014 9:20 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.                               

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Is The Texas Fertilizer Explosion Doomed To Repeat Itself?

April 22, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The small town of West, Texas recently marked the one year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that shook the community, killing 15 people and injuring 200 others. But since the blast, little has been done to prevent it from happening again.   

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High Court Hears Arguments In Streaming TV Case

April 22, 2014 1:44 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing.               

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GM Restructures Engineering Department

April 22, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                                 

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Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.         

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U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 1:32 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.                     

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Inside Google X

April 22, 2014 1:24 pm | by CBS | Videos | Comments

Google X is the top-secret lab where the company strives for world-changing innovation. It's been completely off limits to journalists until now. Here's a look behind the scenes of the futuristic lab.               

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Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

It’s a given that ERP has to stay current to meet today’s business requirements. When manufacturers operate with an outdated ERP system, they reduce their ability to enter new markets or regions, streamline processes or manage change.     

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Is A Pabst Return Good For Milwaukee?

April 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few weeks back we ran a story on a small group of Milwaukee residents who were campaigning to bring the Pabst brand back to Wisconsin. Tomorrow is the group’s first town hall meeting, where they’ll prepare to try to move their cause forward. But is it a good idea for Milwaukee?

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No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.       

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GM Wants More Protection From Lawsuits

April 22, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.                  

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U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 9:30 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.   

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Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud, but defense attorneys say he was trying to create jobs, not defraud the government.         

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 9:23 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.

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