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Alcoa Moves Further Into Aerospace Industry With $2.85B Acquisition

June 26, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is delving deeper into the aerospace industry, spending nearly $3 billion to acquire the British jet engine component company Firth Rixson.                              


10 Arrested During Protest At Google

June 26, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say a protest over Internet neutrality at Google's headquarters in Mountain View ended with the arrest of ten people on suspicion of trespassing.                            


Marine Sanctuary To Host Underwater Robot Event

June 26, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will host more than 60 teams this week from 18 states and 13 countries for an underwater robot competition.                              


Ruling Might Help U.S. Become Major Oil Exporter

June 26, 2014 9:20 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies are taking advantage of new ways to export oil from the U.S. despite government restrictions, and in the process helping the U.S. become an ever bigger exporter of petroleum on the world stage.             


U.S. Economy Shrinks At Steep 2.9 Percent Rate In 1Q

June 25, 2014 1:15 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago.               


Orders For Durable Goods Drop In May

June 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer & MAPI | News | Comments

Orders for U.S. durable goods tumbled 1 percent in May as demand for military equipment fell sharply. But excluding defense-related goods, orders actually rose, and orders in a key category that signals business investment also increased.   


General Mills To Cut Costs After Sales Fall

June 25, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Minneapolis-based company, which has been struggling to boost its cereal and yogurt sales, said it is looking to reduce overhead costs and that it has started a formal review of its North American manufacturing and distribution network to streamline operations.


Google Glass' New Leader

June 25, 2014 12:47 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Meet Ivy Ross, Google's choice to lead the Glass program. She has held executive positions ranging from head of product design and development to CMO, SVP, EVP and president with companies including Swatch, Coach, Mattel and Bausch and Lomb. 


Elf: The Lean, Green Driving Machine

June 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators.                                 


Blurring The Lines Between Manufacturing And Retail

June 25, 2014 12:19 pm | by Chuck Fuerst | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at three ways a warehouse management system (WMS) can pave the way to success in a multi-channel marketplace.                                     


Drone Display Shows Potential Use From Crimes To Crops

June 25, 2014 10:10 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The mock police scene that played out Tuesday kicked off an annual unmanned aircraft conference in Grand Forks, home to the first drone test site in the country to open for business.                   


Google To Show Off Smart Home Gadgets

June 25, 2014 10:06 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco.            


Bringing Business Intelligence To Manufacturers’ Product Profitability

June 25, 2014 9:53 am | by aPriori | Product Releases | Comments

aPriori, a provider of enterprise product cost management software solutions, has announced the general availability of Cost Insight, a new business intelligence capability that delivers timely and actionable product cost and profitability data to engineering, manufacturing and sourcing managers and executives. 


Airport Targeted In Chemical Spill Lawsuit

June 25, 2014 9:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal lawsuit blames a Charleston airport runway project in part for the January chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.                           


FDA Outlines Nanotechnology Policy

June 25, 2014 9:43 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration issued final recommendations Tuesday for companies using nanotechnology in products regulated by the government, which can include medical therapies, food and cosmetics.             


HanesBrands To Buy DBApparel For About $550M

June 25, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HanesBrands is buying DBApparel from Sun Capital Partners Inc. for 400 million euros (about $550 million), giving the underwear and T-shirt company entry to the European market.                     


GSK Warned Over Problems At Quebec Plant

June 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

GSK received a letter of warning from the FDA about conditions at its manufacturing facility at Ste-Foy, Que., where the company makes flu vaccine for the Canadian and U.S. markets.                   


First Secure Messaging Software For The Industrial IoT

June 24, 2014 3:35 pm | by Real-Time Innovations | Product Releases | Comments

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things communications platform company, has introduced the first secure messaging software designed for critical industrial systems.


Study: Supply Chain Risk Management Now A Priority For Most Businesses

June 24, 2014 3:28 pm | by Accenture | News | Comments

The majority of companies see supply chain risk management as important to their business, but only seven percent are generating returns of over 100 percent on their supply chain risk management investments, according to a new study by Accenture.


Scholarship For Tech Programs Announced

June 24, 2014 3:21 pm | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) have announced a new program to help schools prepare more students for success in precision manufacturing careers.               



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