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Ford Begins Plant Revamp For Aluminum F-150 Pickups

August 26, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Toronto Star | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S.                   

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Manufacturer Brings 1,200 Jobs To Charlotte

August 26, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Charlotte City Council has approved an incentive package for Sealed Air Corp., which announced last month it's moving its headquarters from New Jersey to North Carolina.                      

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U.S. Closes Probe Into Camry Hybrid Brake Problems

August 26, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.                                 

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Americans Want To Buy From Socially Responsible Companies

August 26, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Recent data shows that consumers are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to giving back. In a poll of 1,000 Americans, nearly one-third of them said they planned to increase the amounts of goods they buy from socially responsible food companies.

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Displays That 'Correct' Your Vision

August 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in the U.S. are developing technology that will enable screens to adjust to a user's vision.                                         

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Much Ado About Trends In Distribution

August 26, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Frentzel | Articles | Comments

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance — because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can.  

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Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Younger Execs?

August 26, 2014 12:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, years of experience generally trumps all else. But as younger Millennials edge into corporate leadership, does that experience matter anymore?           

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Feds Seek Comments On 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

August 26, 2014 9:58 am | by Michael Felbercaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.                     

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U.S. Probes Ford Explorer Police Vehicles

August 26, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.                                  

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders At A Record High

August 26, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell.     

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Guilty Plea In California Meat-Recall Case

August 26, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.                 

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Semiconductor Company Cutting 1,350 Jobs

August 26, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs.                             

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Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

August 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.                                     

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Boeing Gets $8.8B Airplane Order

August 25, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Monday that BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Singapore, is ordering 82 airplanes for a total of $8.8 billion.                               

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California Winemakers Cleaning Up After Quake

August 25, 2014 12:21 pm | by Ken Sweet and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.                                 

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Supe Your Bimmer For $16K

August 25, 2014 12:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The making of the uber-BMW. Dinan engineers pimp out the performance of 'the ultimate driving machine' — the cars may be suped under the hood, but you won't see racing stripes or twirling rims on these understated rides.         

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Kentucky Peerless Distillery Joins The Bourbon Trend In Louisville

August 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Corky Taylor, with Kentucky Peerless Distillery Company, talks about the business.                                                

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Putting A Performance Management Paradigm Into Place

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by Stew Baillie | Articles | Comments

Performance management is the systematic process by which an organization improves its effectiveness in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives. While those goals and objectives can vary, for all organizations the ultimate metric that matters is the bottom line.

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4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Articles | Comments

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.             

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Gov't Warns Retailers About Hacking Software

August 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell & Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.           

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