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General Motors Tries Distancing Itself From ‘Old GM’

April 16, 2014 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Among everything General Motors is doing to turn its recall fiasco around, it is now asking a federal bankruptcy court for protection from lawsuits stemming from the defective ignition switches that are at the root of the company’s woes.   

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3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

3D Systems has announced their partnership with Staples for a pilot program that offers 3D printing services to small businesses. This offers enormous potential for small businesses to print with the technology without having to invest in it.

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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

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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Manufacturing Humans

April 8, 2014 12:41 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

It appears that we’re on the cusp of a new world where custom human body parts can be grown or printed for those that need them. While doctors and researchers aren’t making the Six Million Dollar Man or Bionic Woman just yet, it looks like they’re not far off.

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Samsung Adds Anti-Theft Tech Despite Resistance

April 7, 2014 12:53 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Samsung announced it will be adding two safeguards to its soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5 smartphone that will lock their device whenever there is an unauthorized attempt to reset it. Up to now, wireless carriers have been resistant to such technology, claiming it could be misused by hackers.

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Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The apparel industry has long been highly competitive, and in an era where many of the country’s biggest retailers can offer a sub-$5 t-shirt, it’s clear that the complexities behind producing a typical garment have become as thick and tangled as a ball of yarn.

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                               

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Is Apple Losing Its Edge?

April 3, 2014 1:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Being one of the most valuable brands in the world by creating a culture of innovation and cool, it’s been a while since Apple has given the world something to marvel at. The pressure is on Apple these days, to say the least.

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PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The AP reports this morning that small business are contending with a surge of optimism, citing the findings of a survey of 1,100 small and medium-size business owners and executives released Wednesday by PNC Financial Services Group Inc.   

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Splitsville: BlackBerry & T-Mobile

April 2, 2014 12:32 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

There’s nothing worse than a very public break-up, so you might want to take it easy on BlackBerry for a while. In case you haven’t heard, BlackBerry has ended its U.S. licensing deal with T-Mobile, saying the companies “no longer have complementary strategies.”

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Caterpillar’s Tax Problem

April 1, 2014 12:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Companies looking for tax loopholes or ways to lower their tax burden is nothing new. Caterpillar is the latest company to head to Capitol Hill to explain its aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.     

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Microsoft’s New Suite Simplifies Enterprise Mobility

March 28, 2014 12:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella introduced the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) — a new service that brings together its existing enterprise management solutions, such as Intune and Azure Active Directory, into a “holistic offering.”     

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ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 28, 2014 11:12 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting.                      

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U.S. Manufacturing Orders Pick Up Steam

March 26, 2014 12:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

A combination of abnormally severe weather, an inventory correction from excessive stocks built up late last year and sluggish overall economic growth in the first quarter of 2014 are weighing on manufacturing activity, but things are picking up. 

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The New Momentum Behind Virtual Reality

March 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The concept of virtual reality has been around for decades — brought to us theoretically more by the creative minds of Hollywood than those of science. But what if virtual reality were to become more of an actual reality? 

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CEOs Must Take On The Issues Facing Their Brands

March 25, 2014 1:47 pm | by Jon Minick, Associate Editor

It’s interesting to see how CEOs handle pressure and problems facing their companies, particularly when everyone is watching.                                   

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Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                 

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NSA Hacks Huawei: Is This The New World Of Business?

March 24, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Over this past weekend it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei. Should companies be outraged or is this just the changing world we live in?             

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Google Wants To Keep You Connected

March 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Google recently made two related announcements on what the company is planning next in terms of keeping people connected. Maybe there's an opportunity here for the manufacturing industry.                  

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3 Keys To Saving The Bloated And Broken American Manufacturing Industry

March 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity

Many American manufacturers are bloated and broken. And their CEO’s are fat, dumb and happy. That is until a foreigner comes along to dismantle and dismember the company.                       

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GE, Local Motors Team Up For Future Appliance Designs

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

GE announced a partnership with Local Motors to launch a new model for the manufacturing industry. The partnership will pair co-creation and micromanufacturing to build and commercialize the next evolution of various GE products.      

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