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Obama: More 'Made In America' Products Heading To India

January 26, 2015 1:17 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

During his visit to India, President Obama unveiled plans to create jobs and boost the economic partnership between the U.S. and India.                                 

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The Next Global Markets For U.S. Businesses

January 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand. So where are companies aiming their focus? 

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Manufacturer Spends Entire Ad Budget On Super Bowl Spot

January 26, 2015 12:24 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A dozen companies are buying a Super Bowl commercial for the first time this year. That’s the most newcomers in more than a decade. With an estimated 184 million people expected to watch the big game, one manufacturer thinks it’s worth making the high-stakes bet. 

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How A ‘Digital Twin’ Can Warrant Products Are Built As Designed

January 26, 2015 12:12 pm | by Dr. Michael Grieves | Articles | Comments

Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop floor so the right product is built. The challenge is that quite often what was designed isn’t actually built.             

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States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 11:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues.                      

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Yogurt Owner Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Arson

January 26, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the production plant ablaze in a fit of anger over investors' handling of the company.                         

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The Highest And Lowest Unemployment Rates Across The U.S.

January 26, 2015 11:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The desert Southwest, the Jersey Shore and California's central valley account for the highest urban unemployment rates in the nation, according to data compiled by Forbes.                       

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Post Holdings To Buy Malt-O-Meal Cereal Maker

January 26, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals.                     

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MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn To Form Packaging Behemoth

January 26, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will join forces to create a $16 billion packaging company, driving down its own costs and possibly gaining the scale to better dictate prices.                       

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Mattel CEO Resigns, Toy Maker Results Miss Expectations

January 26, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toy maker Mattel says Bryan Stockton has resigned after about three years of leading the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars.                               

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Engineering Newswire: Floating Foam Car Claims Superior Safety

January 23, 2015 11:52 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at battling diabetes with temporary tattoos, testing out Ford’s all-new carbon-fiber supercar, and floating in foam car.                           

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Branson's Futuristic Vision To Get Internet To Everyone

January 23, 2015 11:48 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson shares his vision of how Virgin Galactic will launch satellites to help connect the three billion people in the world who don't have internet access.                  

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Assessing Your Risk For A Cyber Breach & Minimizing The Fallout

January 23, 2015 11:38 am | by Jay Shelton | Articles | Comments

A staggering 43 percent of U.S. companies have experienced a data breach in the last year according to the Ponemon Institute. Despite the rise in breaches, 27 percent of companies didn't have a data breach response plan or team in place.   

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Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 11:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices.                             

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report.                     

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EPA, Automakers Agree To Curb Use Of Copper In Brake Pads

January 23, 2015 11:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads.                                   

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Cadillac Wants Small Dealers To Upgrade To 'Boutique' Stores

January 23, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.                     

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Got Battery? Lots Of Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?                     

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Emergency Brake Features Added To Safety Device List

January 23, 2015 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency wants to add two automatic emergency braking devices to its list of recommended safety features for new-car buyers.                           

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China Blocks VPN Services That Skirt Online Censorship

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday.             

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