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British Drugmaker Cutting Hundreds Of U.S. Jobs

December 5, 2014 9:38 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring.                     

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops In October

December 5, 2014 9:35 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.                                   

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U.S. Adds The Most Jobs In Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 9:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.          

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New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome For Manufacturers

December 4, 2014 11:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions in the United States. And while this new regulation clearly has its benefits, it is not without costs, and unfortunately most of the expenses will be shouldered by the manufacturing industry, as they are the ones being targeted to reduce emissions.

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Chevrolet's 'Ultimate' Race-Ready Camaro

December 4, 2014 11:29 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Chris Woodyard goes for a spin with Jim Campbell, General Motors' performance car and motorsports chief in the U.S., outside Las Vegas to put a Camaro SS with a track parts package to the test.                 

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This Manufacturer Still Makes Vinyl

December 4, 2014 11:24 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Despite its' retro roots, records sales are growing. Cristina Alesci heads to Brooklyn to visit one of the last record pressing plants in the United States.                           

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Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

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Warby Parker Co-CEO: Why We Have Grown So Fast

December 4, 2014 11:14 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, tells why his glasses company has grown so fast, both online and in brick-and-mortar stores.                               

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Air Bag Maker Balks At Nationwide Recall

December 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Marcy Gordon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.     

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Microsoft Shareholders Approve $84M CEO Pay

December 4, 2014 10:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft shareholders gave a lukewarm vote of approval Wednesday for CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package, after an investor advisory group said the company was paying him too much.                 

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Google Buys 12 Acres In Los Angeles

December 4, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with the $120 million purchase of a dozen acres of vacant land in the Playa Vista area on the city's west side.                          

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Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Testing Initiative For Air Bag Inflators

December 4, 2014 9:59 am | by Toyota | News | Comments

Toyota has called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls.                           

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ABB Joins Leading Industrial Internet Consortium

December 4, 2014 9:53 am | by ABB | News | Comments

ABB, the leading power and automation company, is joining the Industrial Internet Consortium, a group of more than 100 companies, organizations and universities working to accelerate growth of the Industrial Internet by identifying and promoting best practices and robust standards. 

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RV Industry Maintains Momentum

December 3, 2014 1:21 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.             

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Honda Expanding Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver's side air bags to all 50 states.                                       

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A Lawsuit, Fighting A Recall & Quality Control

December 3, 2014 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

So far it’s an interesting week for three large manufacturers. Apple is facing an antitrust class action lawsuit over its iPod, Takata is fighting back against a nationwide U.S. air bag recall and the NTSB released a report on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner battery issues of 2013.

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'Smart Guns' To Bring Transparency To Police Shootings

December 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. The experimental technology is meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved shootings.

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The 2015 'Truck Of The Year' Goes To...

December 3, 2014 12:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

See who beat out the competition to win the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.                                                 

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The ABC’s Of VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory)

December 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by Tariq Choudry | Articles | Comments

We all know the that the goal of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is to provide a mutually beneficial relationship where both sides will be able to more smoothly and accurately control the availability and flow of goods. But how many of us are confident we’re actually doing it right?

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Takata: Evidence Doesn't Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 11:04 am | by Tom Krisher & Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.             

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