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Processing Plants Look To Laid-Off Plant Employees

August 19, 2013 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some processing plant recruiters have been mining Aberdeen for former Northern Beef Packers employees after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.                      

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Can A Usable H7N9 Vaccine Be Made?

August 19, 2013 2:47 pm | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Can a usable vaccine against the H7N9 bird flu virus be made? Studies that are about to start should offer clues soon, says the director of the U.S. government program spearheading the work.                  

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U.S. Trade Rep Urges Japan Progress On Auto Access

August 19, 2013 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday urged Japan to open its market to American cars and insurance companies, which would pave the way for a broader regional free trade agreement.                 

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New Samsung 'Mega' Phone Nearly Tablet-Sized

August 19, 2013 2:39 pm | News | Comments

With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.                             

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What's Trending: BYOD In Manufacturing; Iowa Plant Drops Horse-Slaughter Plan

August 19, 2013 11:12 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback. A look at BYOD in manufacturing and an Iowa plant drops its horse-slaughter plan.                    

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The Three Big Money Headlines

August 19, 2013 10:47 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Regina Lewis, host of "Money Quick Tips," gives Alex Witt the "3 Big Money Headlines."                                               

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Six Steps For Streamlining Manufacturing Processes

August 19, 2013 10:32 am | by Bob Vormittag, President & CEO, VAI | Articles | Comments

If manufacturers put the right quality programs and new technologies in place from the start, they are able to easily improve existing processes and realize immediate benefits. Here are six key tips that will place manufacturers on the right track from the get-go.

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BlackBerry CEO Could Get Almost $55.6M

August 19, 2013 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins could receive almost $55.6 million if the company is sold and he is ousted from the top job.                                     

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CFO Outlook: More Optimism About Economy During Global Expansion

August 19, 2013 10:15 am | by Bank of America Corporation | News | Comments

U.S. financial officers gave the economy its highest score in five years and were significantly more confident about economic growth in 2013 in the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch CFO Outlook survey.             

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Stratasys And MakerBot Complete Merger

August 19, 2013 10:09 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys, Ltd., the leader in professional 3D printing, and MakerBot, the leader in desktop 3D printing, has announced the completion of their merger first announced on June 19th.                    

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Judge Won't Fast-Track Icahn Claim Against Dell

August 19, 2013 10:03 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A state judge on Friday dealt a blow to activist investor Carl Icahn's effort to stop CEO and founder Michael Dell's $24.8 billion buyout offer for the struggling computer maker.                     

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Boeing Blames 787 Extinguisher Defect On Supplier

August 19, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said Friday that a defect in engine fire extinguishers for its new 787 jets occurred during manufacturing of the bottles at a supplier's facility and the issue was being fixed.                  

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Companies Halt Operations Amid Violence In Egypt

August 19, 2013 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co., Electrolux AB, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Heineken N.V., Toyota Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., BASF SE and others shut down facilities and told thousands of workers to stay at home during unrest that has left more 700 people dead as of late Friday.

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Optimizing Outsourcing: What DIYers Need To Know

August 15, 2013 3:24 pm | by Duane Benson, Marketing Manager, Screaming Circuits | Articles | Comments

Let’s face it, most engineers have the “inventor” gene and an idea for their version of a great new product. Some actually patent and prototype that idea, and successfully market that product. One of the barriers that used to keep those numbers low was difficulty in finding financial backing and marketing the product.

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Is BYOD The Right Choice In Manufacturing?

August 15, 2013 3:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti discusses some of the potential problems with BYOD and how purpose-built devices can solve those issues.                                      

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Icahn Wants 'Accountability' From CEOs

August 15, 2013 3:09 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Billionaire Carl Icahn talks about America's broken corporate governance system and why he tries to hold management accountable.                                   

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Campbell Sued For Heart-Healthy Sodium Label

August 15, 2013 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new lawsuit is contesting the validity of the heart-healthy claims on some cans of Campbell's soups.                                           

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Consumer Prices Tick Up As Inflation Stays Mild

August 15, 2013 2:59 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices rose slightly last month as gas costs increased at a slower pace. Overall, the figures showed that inflation remains mild.                               

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U.S. Manufacturing Output Slips In July

August 15, 2013 2:56 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Output at U.S. factories declined slightly in July, reflecting a drop in auto production. The decline was expected to be temporary given the banner sales year automakers are having.                   

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IBM Buys Fraud Protection Software Maker Trusteer

August 15, 2013 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM is buying fraud protection software maker Trusteer, amid the growing threat of cyberattacks.                                            

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