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National Instruments Drops Texas Expansion Plan

June 11, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

National Instruments Corp. has dropped plans for an $80 million expansion in Central Texas that would have added about 1,000 jobs.                                   


Airbus Loses Order For 70 Planes

June 11, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Emirates Airlines has cancelled its order for 70 Airbus A350 aircraft, a blow to the manufacturer that has seen its share price sink 4 percent in morning trading.                         


GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 1:23 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.                            


Kohler Brings Artists To Factory To Inspire

June 10, 2014 1:21 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company known for kitchen and bathroom fixtures has opened its factory floor to artists for the past 40 years, allowing them to share ideas and techniques with factory workers so that both can be inspired.           


Heinz, Ford Team Up To Turn Tomato Skins Into Auto Parts

June 10, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. and the H.J. Heinz Co. are teaming up on research to turn tomato skins into auto parts.                                           


Cargill To Change Hog Housing

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said it will eliminate individual stalls for sows and use only group housing by the end of next year. The company also says it will require farms with which it contracts to use group housing by the end of 2017.        


Meet Manufacturing's Latest Recruit

June 10, 2014 1:08 pm | by Financial Times | Videos | Comments

Rethink Robotics thinks its latest creation, Baxter, will redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing. It can be trained to perform more delicate operations. Find out how the makers envisage it being used in the workplace.       


Musk: Big Risks 'Make Me Unhappy'

June 10, 2014 1:02 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

In a one-on-one interview with Richard Quest, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will definitely still be CEO when the gigafactory opens.                                


Cheese Makers Upset With FDA Cutting Into Tradition

June 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it will not permit American cheese makers to age cheese on wooden boards. While this won’t create a huge problem for large cheese manufacturers like Kraft, it will be a problem for small businesses and artisan cheese makers.


How The Industrial Internet Can Drive True Business Transformation

June 10, 2014 12:49 pm | by Bernie Anger | Articles | Comments

Just as the Internet transformed consumer-oriented industries such as retail, media and advertising, this next evolution has the potential to transform a much broader range of industries and businesses.             


Judge To Hear Suits Alleging GM Cars Lost Value

June 10, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawsuits alleging that General Motors cars lost value because of ignition switch recalls will be heard in a New York City federal court.                                 


State Sued Over Zohydro Restrictions

June 10, 2014 9:44 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday will consider whether Massachusetts' latest attempt to restrict a powerful new painkiller violates the U.S. Constitution.                             


Walmart: Truck In Morgan Crash Had Safety Equipment

June 10, 2014 9:42 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Walmart truck involved in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his limo bus had a system designed to slow the truck's speed and notify the driver of stopped traffic ahead, a Walmart spokeswoman said Monday.


B/E Aerospace To Separate Into 2 Businesses

June 10, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

B/E Aerospace, which makes products for commercial aircraft and business jets, is planning to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies.                             


Texas Chemical Engineer Indicted In Trade Secrets Case

June 10, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas-area chemical engineer has been accused of stealing trade secrets from a New Jersey-based company where he formerly worked.                                 


5 Things To Know About Apple's Stock Split

June 10, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's resurgent stock may have as much to do with financial engineering as the company's technological wizardry.                                       


Candle Company Exec Faces Harassment Suits

June 10, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three women who once worked at a Maine scented candle manufacturer say in federal lawsuits that the company's founder and president subjected them to "relentless sexual harassment."                   


Pratt & Whitney Canada Sued Over Fatal Crash

June 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

An engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday.                       


Economic Forecast: Investment Spending Will Drive Growth

June 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report.                 


Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 12:53 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       



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