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Fuji Heavy Considering New Plant To Make Parts For Boeing 777X

April 15, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday.                     

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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of the nation's biggest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, has sold a North Carolina cigarette plant it idled in 2009.                                   

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GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Executives

April 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.               

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America’s Infrastructure Problems, Part 2 — Why We Should Invest

April 14, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Besides reducing reactive spending, another very good reason to consider a comprehensive plan to deal with the infrastructure problems is that it would create a lot of jobs in both construction and manufacturing.           

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Companies Are At Risk From Heartbleed Too

April 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While there’s been a big focus on the Heartbleed Bug and what individuals should do to protect themselves, the truth is the bug has a wider reach than just websites. Companies have some work to do to make sure they’re protected.       

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Are The Highest Paid In Manufacturing Worth Their Weight In Gold?

April 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some argue that CEO pay packages may seem inflated, but are partially in response to the often truncated length of service — essentially, these are short-term gigs.                         

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Inside Streit's Matzo Factory

April 14, 2014 11:53 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Matzo is an important part of any Passover Seder. Nancy Giles visits Streit’s Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side and learns the true meaning of making Matzo.                        

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Engineering Newswire: Disposable Drones Printed For Cheap Spying

April 14, 2014 11:47 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire: Turning seawater into fuel; making disposable drones; and taking a look at a bionic kangaroo.                                    

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Smithfield Foods Parent Plans IPO

April 14, 2014 11:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest pork producer says it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange.                                

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3D Systems Partners With Staples For Printing As A Service

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Each participating Staples store will feature an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware.                 

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Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                         

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Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 9:33 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.               

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Panel: Cost Of Fighting Global Warming 'Modest'

April 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.     

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Congressional Report Pushes For E-Cigarette Rules

April 14, 2014 9:28 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday.         

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Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.             

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Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.                             

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What's Trending: Tesla Sued By Lemon Law King; Porsche's Plug-In Hybrid

April 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Tesla sued by Lemon Law King; the Porsche plug-in hybrid; and 3D printing chocolate.                     

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Maintenance Team Training Increase Uptime For Manufacturer

April 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by Videojet Technologies Inc. | Articles | Comments

With the addition of the new equipment, William H. Harvey Manufacturing Co. had several different printer models on the plant floor. The maintenance team had varying degrees of knowledge regarding operation and maintenance of all the equipment. Eventually, the company started to see an increase in downtime related to simple issues like preventive maintenance and troubleshooting of the printers.

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Creating Fuel From Seawater

April 11, 2014 1:02 pm | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | Videos | Comments

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

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Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals. The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday.

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