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Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Employees at an Alabama auto parts plant signed a petition calling for the departure of the United Auto Workers, the latest episode in a contentious union organizing fight.

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Holcim And Lafarge Will Sell Some Assets To Complete Ddeal

May 5, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Holcim and Lafarge have agreed to sell cement plants, distribution terminals and other assets in order to complete their merger, which will make the world's largest cement company.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Switches Rises To 97

May 5, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 97 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensated by the automaker.

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Cisco CEO Chambers To Step Down, Robbins Named Successor

May 5, 2015 9:21 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Veteran tech executive John Chambers plans to step down after more than 20 years as CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., a major supplier of computer networking gear that makes the Internet work.

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Dow Chemical To Trim Global Workforce

May 5, 2015 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp.

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April’s Top-Selling Vehicles List

May 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Auto sales heated up in April as Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all reported U.S. gains. Here's a list of the top-selling cars. 

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slows

May 4, 2015 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Strange But True Twinkie Facts

May 4, 2015 12:07 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

How the Hostess Twinkie grew from a Great Depression experiment to a billion dollar brand.

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GM's New Chief Officer On Being In The Driver's Seat

May 4, 2015 12:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mary Barra is General Motors' relatively new CEO. The company is celebrating the production of its 500th million car this week, and Anna Werner sat down with Barra to discuss her plans for remaking GM in the wake of its bankruptcy and the recalls of defective cars.

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Three Ways Improved Visibility Can Help The Manufacturing Ops Leader

May 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Kelly Cabatuan | Articles | Comments

Here are three ways that improved visibility helps you deliver accuracy, efficiency and better profits for your manufacturing team.

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U.S. Decides Not To Investigate Toyota Unwanted Acceleration

May 4, 2015 9:38 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man's request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars.

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Inked And Irked: Apple Watch Users Report Tattoo Problems

May 4, 2015 9:24 am | by Brandon Bailey & Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

It's an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.

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Democrats Call For $12 Minimum Wage

May 4, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic lawmakers will again seek an increase in the nation's minimum wage for the first time since 2009.

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GM Cuts 2016 Volt Plug-In Hybrid Car Price

May 4, 2015 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.

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Buffett Remains Confident In IBM's Business Prospects

May 4, 2015 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investor Warren Buffett says he remains confident in IBM's future, and his Berkshire Hathaway added to its stake in the technology firm earlier this year.

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Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 11:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The company on the leading edge of electric car manufacturing this week officially entered the world of large-scale batteries for homes and businesses.

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Engineering Newswire: NASA Prepares To Crash Into Mercury

May 1, 2015 11:25 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at the Solo drone, getting ready to crash into Mercury, and cooking in the world’s first robotic kitchen.

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$349 Apple Watch Costs $84 To Make

May 1, 2015 11:20 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The $349 Apple Watch Sport 38mm only costs $83.70 to manufacture, excluding some overhead expenses, like R&D, software and others.

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TOMS: The Business Of Footwear And Philanthropy

May 1, 2015 11:13 am | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

How TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie created a global apparel brand one step at a time. 

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Want To Manufacture Intelligent Products? Moving Your ERP To The Cloud Helps

May 1, 2015 11:08 am | by Rob Goldiez | Blogs | Comments

As we seek to take advantage of the huge advancements in manufacturing — automation technology, advanced manufacturing systems, data infrastructure projects and data science — our internal mentality must change to create room for these new opportunities. 

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