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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up in July

September 10, 2014 4:59 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Economics Writer | News | Comments

Stockpiles held by U.S. wholesale businesses edged up in July by the smallest amount in a year while sales rose at a healthy clip.                                   

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Stretch Wrap Seaming Device

September 10, 2014 4:44 pm | by Muller | Product Releases | Comments

Muller, a manufacturer of both equipment and material load containment solutions, introduces its No Touch No Tail (NT²) seaming device.    

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 1.1% in July

September 10, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing (AMT) & The United States Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) | News | Comments

July U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $170 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                           

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Tripwire and Belden Inc. Announce Cybersecurity Initiative for Manufacturers

September 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tripwire, Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, and Belden Inc., a leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical manufacturing applications, today announced a new marketing initiative designed to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations.

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Salmonella Defendant Claims He was a Customer, not a Conspirator

September 10, 2014 1:23 pm | by Russ Bynum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The attorney for one of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut plant says his client was a customer, not a co-conspirator who plotted to ship tainted food.               

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Big River Steel Gets Extension in Suit Over Mill

September 10, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.                         

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Epicor Announces Integration Between ERP and MES

September 10, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, announced the integration between its Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, called Epicor ERP version 10.

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Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by Ben Neary, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It was ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state's legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court.         

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Inside Look at Mercedes C-Class Production

September 10, 2014 11:53 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The newly designed Mercedes C-Class is the first sedan the automaker is producing in the U.S. at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant.                                   

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Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, not Just Training

September 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks.                 

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Utility Manufacturing Company Receives Gold Safety Award

September 10, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that it has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Gold Safety Award.

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Honda Introduces Self-Driving Car

September 10, 2014 10:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel.                            

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The Importance of Leadership and Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

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Google Invests in California Solar Power Plant

September 10, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build a solar plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County.                                    

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Nevada Lawmakers Considering $1.3B Tesla Package

September 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Governor Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory and tens of thousands of jobs it promises to bring. 

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U.S. Industry Pay Hikes Since the Recession

September 10, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite steady job growth and a drop in the unemployment rate from 10 percent during 2009 to 6.1 percent in August, most Americans have received little increase in pay.                        

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Hardinge To Acquire Voumar

September 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Hardinge Inc | News | Comments

Hardinge Inc., a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions and accessories, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of the Voumard Internal Diameter (ID) Grinding Business.     

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Flatbed Protection System

September 9, 2014 5:32 pm | by Garlock Safety Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Garlock Safety Systems has announced the release of its SpeedGuard II flatbed protection system designed to prevent falls.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in July

September 9, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.63 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 11.5 percent from June and down 1.4 percent when compared with the total of $359.70 million reported for July 2013. 

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Want Lower Gas Prices? Ship More Oil Abroad

September 9, 2014 2:36 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exporting more U.S. oil around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the nation's economy, according to a new study.                             

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