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Chrysler Investing $63M in Michigan

June 26, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group has confirmed plans to invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity at the suburban Detroit facility.                                

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Indiana Developer Turns Manure Into Renewable Energy

June 26, 2014 12:14 pm | by Jeff Parrott, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

A developer is bringing a new project to Elkhart County aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farms and helping the nation's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

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Survey: Industrial Sector Plans To Add Jobs Amid Growing Optimism

June 26, 2014 12:09 pm | by McGladrey | News | Comments

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period, according to new survey.           

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The IoT Uplink: How Secure Are Our 14 Billion Connected Devices?

June 26, 2014 12:02 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This episode examines the growing concerns manufacturers face in keeping connected devices secure, with projections taking machine-to-machine communication platforms impacting as many as 18 billion devices within the next five years.     

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America's Craft Beer Industry

June 26, 2014 11:39 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Craft beer is one of the fastest growing segments of the alcoholic beverage industry. What started as a niche market has grown rapidly over the last two decades.                         

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Techie Makes A Bet On A Clean Shave

June 26, 2014 11:33 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

A few years ago Tristan Walker was one in a small group of African Americans making it in the world of tech, a sector known for its lack of diversity. Now he's onto his next challenge — building a company dedicated to creating health and beauty products for people of color.

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Google Introduces New Tech And Gadgets

June 26, 2014 11:25 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Google has introduced Android TV, Android Auto and more wearable tech gadgets that take advantage of voice commands at this year's Google I/O conference.                           

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U.S.: China's Behavior Hurts International Standing

June 26, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior U.S. official says China's coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing.                     

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States Confront Concerns About Fracking, Quakes

June 26, 2014 9:37 am | by Emily Schmall and Kristi Eaton, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of being harangued by anxious residents, governments in three states are finally confronting the issue, reviewing scientific data, holding public discussions and considering new regulations.             

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Sugar Company Fights Subpoena

June 26, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. say they should not have to testify in a lawsuit involving the sugar and corn syrup industries.                                 

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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.                              

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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.                            

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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.                              

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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.             

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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.               

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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.   

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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.

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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. 

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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.                                 

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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.                                     

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