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GM Plant Seeks Tax Break For Upgrade

October 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne, Indiana truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said.                    

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JPMorgan CEO Says More Should Be Done On Cyberattacks

October 14, 2014 2:03 pm | by Steve Rothwell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon says that more coordination between businesses and government is needed to combat the rising threat of cyberattacks.                             

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Chrysler Recalls SUVs For Air Bag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners.                                   

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Ferrari Debuts The F60 America Supercar

October 14, 2014 1:48 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ferrari is celebrating 60 years selling in the United States. Chris Woodyard talks to Nicola Boari about the Ferrari F60 America, introduced for the occasion.                           

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Elon Musk On Tesla's Auto Pilot And Legal Liability

October 14, 2014 1:41 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations and legal liability.                               

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Did A Highway Guardrail Manufacturer Put Profits Over Safety?

October 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Trinity Industries is facing allegations that it changed its guardrail design without informing the Federal Highway Administration and that those changes may have led to deaths and injuries across the U.S.             

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Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 14, 2014 12:38 pm | by Michael Bialko | Articles | Comments

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

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Why Oil Price Drop Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

If you're a driver, a shipper, or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.                     

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Mayor Says Toledo, Fiat Chrysler Should Work Together

October 14, 2014 9:54 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toledo's mayor isn't about to pick a fight with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, even if it pulls Jeep Wrangler production out of the city. That's because the automaker will still have a large presence in the area and an assembly complex that will need another vehicle to replace the Wrangler, if it goes.

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Augmented Reality Melds Work, Play

October 14, 2014 9:49 am | by Salim Essaid, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Video gamers are an obvious target group for use, but businesses too are finding that combining wearables with augmented reality could solve practical problems.                         

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Survey: More Pessimism About German Economy

October 14, 2014 9:42 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Germany's ZEW survey of investment analysts fell for the tenth consecutive month in October, adding to a string of downbeat economic data about Europe's largest economy and the eurozone as a whole.               

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SME Education Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships

October 13, 2014 3:38 pm | by The SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology or a closely related field.         

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Millions Of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

October 13, 2014 1:21 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords.                     

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OSHA Launches Dialogue On Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by United States Department Of Labor | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

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GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                              

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Ford Hiring Workers For New Truck

October 13, 2014 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150, launching in a matter of weeks.                 

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up Slightly

October 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $356.69 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT).                                 

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Light Bulb Manufacturing Comes Back To America

October 13, 2014 12:15 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Halogen bulbs now being made in Illinois and Ohio mean more jobs for Americans.                                                 

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The Smart Wheel That Could Change Transportation’s Future

October 13, 2014 12:05 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Since it was invented in the 19th century, the basic concept of the bicycle has stayed the same. But as Michelle Miller explains, that may be changing.                             

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4 Trends For A&D Value Chains: New Opportunities, New Challenges

October 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Su Doyle | Articles | Comments

Within the aerospace and defense segment, four trends are driving the adoption of RFID to achieve improved process automation, efficiency and traceability.                           

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