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Kia, Hyundai Labor Unions Vote To Strike

August 14, 2013 9:40 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Labor unions at Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said workers voted to strike after talks with management for increased pay and benefits collapsed.                       

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Samsung Faces Brazil Lawsuit Over Labor Conditions

August 14, 2013 9:36 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A labor group said Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines.                         

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ANA, Japan Airlines Check 787s For Wiring Problem

August 14, 2013 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year.                  

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Eurozone's Longest-Ever Recession Comes To An End

August 14, 2013 9:26 am | by Alan Clendenning and Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, said the 17 EU countries that use the euro saw their collective economic output increase by 0.3 percent in the April to June period from the previous quarter.             

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Republic Steel Faces $1.1M In Fines For Violations

August 14, 2013 9:22 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Steel is facing more than $1.1 million in federal fines for two dozen safety violations at its manufacturing plant in Canton, Ohio.                               

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Behind The Scenes At Dyson's Testing Laboratory

August 13, 2013 2:56 pm | by Dyson U.S. | Videos | Comments

Relentless invention sets Dyson apart. HEPA filtration unimpeded by leaks, machines that turn on a dime, edge-to-edge cleaning and vacuums engineered to withstand abuse. A lot of abuse. Alex Knox, Director of Engineering at Dyson, explains it all.

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U.S. Retail Sales Up In July

August 13, 2013 2:50 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales edged up in July despite a drop in auto sales. A category of purchases that excludes the most volatile areas rose by the most in seven months, a sign that stronger consumer spending could boost economic growth.       

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In June

August 13, 2013 2:45 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $426.83 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                   

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The Secret Story of TOYS

August 13, 2013 2:39 pm | by Anthony Ladesich | Videos | Comments

A look at the design process behind toy manufacturing.                                                            

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U.S. Business Stockpiles Unchanged In June

August 13, 2013 2:33 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses left stockpiles unchanged in June while sales rose modestly, an encouraging sign.                                            

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Toyota Exec: Camry Will Stay U.S. Top-Selling Car

August 13, 2013 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top executive says Toyota intends to keep the Camry as the top-selling car in America this year.                                            

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Heinz Announces Layoffs In Pittsburgh, Canada

August 13, 2013 2:24 pm | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Food company H.J. Heinz Co. is eliminating 600 jobs across the U.S. and in Canada, including 350 in Pittsburgh, nearly a third of its operation there, it said Tuesday.                       

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Business Software Available Subscription-Free To U.S. Manufacturers

August 13, 2013 12:14 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Exact has announced that eligible U.S. manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and accountants can participate in its limited release program, offered through Exact Online, subscription-free through the end of 2013.            

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Is Inventor Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Just Hype?

August 13, 2013 11:44 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Inventor Elon Musk calls his latest idea the Hyperloop: a high-speed transportation system that would speed people through hollow tubes at the speed of sound without turbulence, weather delays or air traffic control.         

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Indirect Spend: The Next Generation Of Savings For Manufacturers

August 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Jeff Cooper, Manufacturing Practice Lead, Procurian | Articles | Comments

With increased pressure to find new ways to control costs and improve revenue and margin growth, manufacturers should take a hard look at alternative approaches, such as extended enterprise models that allow firms to tap and leverage external expertise, knowledge and capabilities, to manage indirect spend.

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Prevent Outages By Reexamining IT Capabilities

August 13, 2013 10:32 am | by Charles Iannuzzelli, Partner of Consulting Services, SunGard Availability Services. | Articles | Comments

From a technology perspective, manufacturing traditionally has lagged behind other industries such as healthcare and financial services. Manufacturers’ data centers, on average, are older; many are antiquated.            

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Talks Google, Apple And The NSA

August 13, 2013 10:06 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Larry Ellison is America's third richest man. His company, Oracle, makes a widely-used database that handles everything from online banking to airline reservations. Charlie Rose spoke to Ellison at his compound near San Francisco.          

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Micron Cuts Jobs After Purchase Of Japanese Firm

August 13, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives with Micron Technology Inc. are taking steps to cut about 5 percent of the company's workforce in offices, fabrication facilities and research labs in Idaho and across the world.                 

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Trial Set In Lawsuit Against Nebraska Manufacturer

August 13, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An October trial has been scheduled in the employee lawsuit against Dempster Industries in Beatrice.                                            

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Judge Dismisses Pension Fund Suit Against HP, Hurd

August 13, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has dismissed a shareholders lawsuit against computer maker Hewlett-Packard and its former CEO Mark Hurd, saying that a company's standards of business conduct amount to "puffery" that can't be used in securities fraud lawsuits.    

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