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Samsung Adds Anti-Theft Tech Despite Resistance

April 7, 2014 12:53 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Samsung announced it will be adding two safeguards to its soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5 smartphone that will lock their device whenever there is an unauthorized attempt to reset it. Up to now, wireless carriers have been resistant to such technology, claiming it could be misused by hackers.


Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The apparel industry has long been highly competitive, and in an era where many of the country’s biggest retailers can offer a sub-$5 t-shirt, it’s clear that the complexities behind producing a typical garment have become as thick and tangled as a ball of yarn.


Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

April 7, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about the United States investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is wrong with America's infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?


Systems Consolidation Saves Time, Improves Work Flow

April 7, 2014 11:18 am | Videos | Comments

Assa Abloy benefitted from the expertise of Columbus as the manufacturer made Microsoft Dynamics the exclusive platform for their global enterprise.


Samsung Adds Anti-Theft Safeguards To Smartphones

April 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5.                


Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.     


Fruit Of The Loom Moving Some Operations From Ky. To Honduras

April 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 600 workers will lose their jobs under Fruit of the Loom's plans to close its plant in Jamestown, Ky. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money.               


Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency.                         


Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 9:23 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption and a flimsy infrastructure.     


Decoding Germs' DNA To Fight Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 9:19 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.                           


What's Trending: Caterpillar's Tax Problem; Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Home

April 4, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Beer brewers upset over proposed rule; Caterpillar's tax problem; and Milwaukee wants to bring Pabst home.               


States Revolt Against New Painkiller

April 4, 2014 1:14 pm | by Beth Garbitelli, Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials fighting a well-publicized battle against heroin and prescription drug abuse are revolting against a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health officials fear could worsen an already acute drug problem.   


Nest Labs Disables Smoke Alarm Feature

April 4, 2014 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.                 


Save Costs On Press Upgrades

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Pilz | Articles | Comments

The competency of the plant and machine builder are in demand when machinery is bought new, but where retrofit measures are concerned, it is the design engineers that are faced with a wide range of challenges.           


Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising and the surging popularity of craft beer.         


A Look Inside A 'Black Box'

April 4, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Technicians will read information from the flight recorder and determine if mechanical failure was at fault.                                         


The Latest On U.S. Employment Numbers

April 4, 2014 12:24 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Today, the AP is reporting that U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought.                             


In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                               


Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of Miwaukee's proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.       


Lawmakers Push EPA To Ax Stove Rules

April 4, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes.             



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