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Ford Expands Drivers Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 18, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says it's expanding a recall for faulty driver's side air bag inflators to the entire U.S. as demanded by the government.                                   

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More Toyota In The Motor City

December 18, 2014 10:16 am | by Toyota | News | Comments

Toyota has announced that it is planning another expansion of its Southeast Michigan R&D campuses.                                           

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MAPI Forecast Predicts Manufacturing Production Growth

December 18, 2014 10:12 am | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

Job gains and business investment are the two lead drivers keeping manufacturing on a solid growth path, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries.         

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Survey: Business Trending Up For Manufacturers

December 18, 2014 9:54 am | by ThomasNet | News | Comments

North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by Baby Boomers’ negative perceptions about Millennials, could impact its continued expansion, according to ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer (IMB) research.

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GS1 Connect 2015 Registration Now Open

December 18, 2014 9:39 am | by GS1 US | Events

GS1 Connect 2015, the annual conference and exhibit hosted by GS1 US, will inspire attendees to examine business processes with the theme “Innovate. Collaborate. Transform.” 

BlackBerry Launches Classic In Last-Ditch Effort

December 17, 2014 1:53 pm | by Barbara Ortutay & Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.               

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Cheap, Clean, Fusion Power One Step Closer To Reality

December 17, 2014 1:44 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels.                         

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Ford Introduces Sync 3

December 17, 2014 1:38 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ford CTO Raj Nair discusses the company’s innovation strategy and roll out of the new 2015 F-150 pickup truck.                                        

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Apple Wins Lawsuit, American Apparel Fires Tarnished CEO

December 17, 2014 1:31 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the last 24 hours Apple was victorious in fighting the class-action lawsuit over its iPod prices and American Apparel has officially fired its founder and CEO. Here's a closer look at these stories.              

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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

December 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by John Zegers | Articles | Comments

The director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, John Zegers, consults with manufacturing companies of all shapes and sizes on a wide range of projects. Over the past year, he's been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to him that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing. Take a look at his predictions for the new year. 

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U.S. Consumer Prices Fell 0.3 Percent

December 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Plunging gasoline costs pulled U.S. consumer prices lower in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.                                       

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Philips To Buy Medical Imaging Maker Volcano

December 17, 2014 10:36 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips NV said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire U.S. medical equipment maker Volcano Corp. for $1.2 billion (around 1 billion euros) in a deal that would beef up its presence in technology which allows doctors to see inside patients' hearts and veins during treatment. 

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Artist's 'Angry Birds' Lawsuit Goes Forward

December 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Seattle artist who says she was cheated out of millions of dollars when the company that sold her line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular video game of the same name.

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American Apparel Fires Founder, Names New CEO

December 17, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Apparel has fired founder Dov Charney and named longtime fashion executive Paula Schneider to be its next CEO.                                     

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Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming A Global Threat

December 17, 2014 10:09 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.                                    

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Apple Stops Sales In Russia

December 17, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has halted online sales of its iPhones, iPads and other products in Russia amid financial turmoil triggered by the steep decline in the country's currency.                         

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Apple Wins Class-Action Lawsuit Over iPod Prices

December 17, 2014 9:44 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.           

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Manufacturing Group Files Brief In Microsoft Email Warrant Case

December 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jamie Hennigan & Mallory Micetich, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action filed an amicus brief to overturn a U.S. district judge’s ruling that the government can use a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act to gain access to e-mail accounts controlled and maintained by Microsoft Corporation.

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Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head To Analyze Big Data

December 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use it to help predict the future.                                   

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores.                   

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