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Rail Cars For Shipping Oil Deemed 'Unacceptable'

February 27, 2014 10:09 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.


New Nutrition Labels Could Cost Companies $2B

February 27, 2014 10:07 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new nutrition labels are likely several years away. The FDA will take comments on the proposal for 90 days, and a final rule could take another year. Once it's final, the agency has proposed giving industry two years to comply.     


Tesla's New Battery Factory Will Employ 6,500

February 27, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.                         


U.S. Safety Agency Likely Probing GM Recall Response

February 26, 2014 2:43 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog likely is looking into whether General Motors was slow to report problems that led to 13 deaths and a massive recall of small cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to fine the company at least $35 million for not being forthcoming with information.


MAPI: China’s Economic Reforms Offer Both Challenges And Opportunities

February 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Despite being comprehensive and ambitious, China’s new economic reform agenda is criticized for being vague and not overwhelmingly innovative. According to a new Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) report, however, what is encouraging this time is that China’s leaders have demonstrated a stronger will to ensure successful implementation.


Fraud Allegations At Center Of Oil Spill Hearing

February 26, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Wednesday delayed a lawsuit against a Texas lawyer accused by BP of falsely claiming to represent thousands of deckhands who lost money in the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                   


Could The Military Get Its Own 'Google Glass'?

February 26, 2014 2:36 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The Q-Warrior features a full-color and high-luminance see-through display that is able to project symbols and videos directly onto the field of battle. This could include waypoints, other points of interest or even areas/buildings housing known enemies.


Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8M Jobs In U.S.

February 26, 2014 2:27 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

The United States could create up to 5.8 million new jobs if it acted to end global currency manipulation, according to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.


Five Simple Rules To Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

February 26, 2014 10:25 am | by Dan Labell, President, Westfalia Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.                     


Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

February 26, 2014 10:17 am | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

If you are a manufacturer or distributor, most likely you use many modes to ship your freight, such as less-than-truckload freight shipping or LTL shipping. If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate and are making the best long term decisions.


A Look At The World's First Secure Smartphone

February 26, 2014 10:06 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

New cutting-edge technology could help you reclaim the security of your smartphone. Chip Reid reports on the Blackphone, which runs on a customized operating system that is entirely encrypted.                 


Feds Issue Emergency Order On Oil Shipments

February 26, 2014 9:58 am | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.


GM Adds 588,000 Vehicles To Ignition Switch Recall

February 26, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches that can shut off engines and cause crashes.                                 


Fingerprint Security Convenient, But Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 9:52 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. But fingerprint security isn't foolproof. Here's what to know as you consider whether to place your trust in it.     


Happy Birthday! Philadelphia's Tastykake Turns 100

February 26, 2014 9:50 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The beloved Philadelphia bakery Tastykake celebrated a century in business on Tuesday by introducing a new product, giving out free treats and serving up — what else? — birthday kake.                 


Panasonic, Tesla Eye Joint Plant In U.S.

February 26, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. is considering setting up a new plant jointly with Tesla Motors Inc. in the United States to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.             


Lessons On Salt For Dietitians — By A Chip Maker

February 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation's obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating. In fact, the food industry hosts several workshops at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, where thousands of dietitians can earn education credits to maintain their licenses.


Manufacturing The Comeback For The American Economy

February 25, 2014 3:29 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Speaking at the Greater Houston Partnership’s Thought Leader Series, Timmons discussed the unique opportunities and challenges facing the manufacturing economy and the solutions that will bolster the manufacturing industry’s economic strength nationwide and throughout the world.


California Slaughterhouse Under Criminal Probe

February 25, 2014 3:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A congressman says federal officials have launched a criminal probe of a Northern California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef.                       


Chicago Lands New Digital And Design Manufacturing Hub

February 25, 2014 3:23 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The President has announced the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI), which will be headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and funded via a $70 million grant that state and private entities will match to the tune of $250 million.



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