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Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 12:54 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                        

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Zebra Buying Motorola Business For $3.45B

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.                     

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Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of Blast Anniversary

April 15, 2014 12:50 pm | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.       

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You Can’t Tell The Virtual Server Apps Without A Roadmap

April 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

While small and midsize manufacturers are often keen to move their applications to the cloud, the benefits of cloud migration don’t simply rain down from the sky. In order to take advantage of the flexibility (and cost savings) of virtual server hosting, organizations need to address some common challenges.  

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Why Google Bought Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 12:27 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace, and like Facebook, hopes the technology will help deliver cheap and easy Internet access in the future.                             

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Workflow

April 15, 2014 12:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers in general do a good job of protecting their data, but the task of making sure that access within the organization is restricted on a need-to-know basis can be monumental.                   

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3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D Systems has announced their partnership with Staples for a pilot program that offers 3D printing services to small businesses. This offers enormous potential for small businesses to print with the technology without having to invest in it.

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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In February

April 15, 2014 9:47 am | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                       

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 9:40 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.                       

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Fuji Heavy Considering New Plant To Make Parts For Boeing 777X

April 15, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday.                     

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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of the nation's biggest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, has sold a North Carolina cigarette plant it idled in 2009.                                   

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GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Executives

April 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.               

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America’s Infrastructure Problems, Part 2 — Why We Should Invest

April 14, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Besides reducing reactive spending, another very good reason to consider a comprehensive plan to deal with the infrastructure problems is that it would create a lot of jobs in both construction and manufacturing.           

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Companies Are At Risk From Heartbleed Too

April 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While there’s been a big focus on the Heartbleed Bug and what individuals should do to protect themselves, the truth is the bug has a wider reach than just websites. Companies have some work to do to make sure they’re protected.       

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Are The Highest Paid In Manufacturing Worth Their Weight In Gold?

April 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some argue that CEO pay packages may seem inflated, but are partially in response to the often truncated length of service — essentially, these are short-term gigs.                         

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Inside Streit's Matzo Factory

April 14, 2014 11:53 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Matzo is an important part of any Passover Seder. Nancy Giles visits Streit’s Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side and learns the true meaning of making Matzo.                        

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Engineering Newswire: Disposable Drones Printed For Cheap Spying

April 14, 2014 11:47 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire: Turning seawater into fuel; making disposable drones; and taking a look at a bionic kangaroo.                                    

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Smithfield Foods Parent Plans IPO

April 14, 2014 11:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest pork producer says it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange.                                

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3D Systems Partners With Staples For Printing As A Service

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Each participating Staples store will feature an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware.                 

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