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Iglide Wraps Up North American Tour by Giving Back

October 27, 2014 9:16 am | by Igus | News | Comments

For over two months, the igus Inc. team carried out a mammoth effort of coordinating and executing a car tour from Anchorage Alaska to New York City.  Along the way, the car stopped in to visit more than 40 of igus’ current and potential customers, speaking with engineers about the true power of iglide plastic.

Parker Hannifin Introduces New Rapid Service Unit

October 24, 2014 4:16 pm | by Parker Hannifin | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, introduced its Rapid Service Unit as a part of the existing Custom Manufacturing Operation.                         

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The Role of Cloud Based ERP in Reshoring Manufacturing

October 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

A growing number of manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to the United States and they are discovering that cloud based ERP software can help their core functions become more efficient and cost-effective — ultimately driving greater revenue.

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Alcoa Sells Stake in SC Smelter

October 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is selling its stake in a South Carolina aluminum smelter to Century Aluminum Co. for $67.5 million.                                         

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Middle Market Tax Burden Rising, Threatening Job Growth

October 24, 2014 12:42 pm | by McGladrey LLP | News | Comments

The vast majority of middle market companies have experienced tax hikes since the beginning of 2013 as a result of the “fiscal cliff” tax deal that became law last year and subsequent tax changes, reports McGladrey LLP.         

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Craft Brews: Blue Bottle Focuses on a Quality Product

October 24, 2014 12:33 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The California-based company has been focused on quality over quantity for over a decade. Every batch of coffee they serve is tested and evaluated, just like fine wine.                       

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Ford's New F-150 Weighs Down Profits

October 24, 2014 12:29 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.                           

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Procter & Gamble Taking Out Its Batteries

October 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.                                             

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First Drive in $2M Super Car

October 24, 2014 11:32 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Peter Valdes-Dapena takes the $2 million Pagani Huayra for a spin on a track to test if it's worth the ambitious price tag.                                     

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Tanks To Get Cloaking Capabilities From Specialized Plates

October 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its color to disguise itself, scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change color to blend with its surroundings.  

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CA Startup Unveils Gun Technology for Police

October 24, 2014 10:27 am | by Haven Daley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.                                    

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Hand Sanitizer Donated to Fight Ebola

October 24, 2014 10:22 am | by Deb Group | Product Releases | Comments

Deb InstantFOAM hand sanitizer has been independently and successfully tested as being effective against enveloped viruses like Ebola. So, Deb is working with the WHO to share resources with countries currently in need of hand sanitizer products.

North-East Manufacturers Announce Plans to Recruit and Invest

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | News | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions and expand premises.                          

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Q&A With Women in Manufacturing's Allison Grealis

October 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field.

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Discovery of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 24, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                       

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Industrial Manufacturing Merger and Acquisition Value Soars Past Historic Levels

October 24, 2014 9:25 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Following a historic second quarter, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the industrial manufacturing sector maintained a strong momentum in the third quarter of 2014.                     

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Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 9:17 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel.                     

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Chiquita Reject Plans to Merge With Fyffes

October 24, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.                               

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Oregon Investigates Discrimination Claims at Daimler Plant

October 23, 2014 2:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.            

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Made by China in America

October 23, 2014 2:30 pm | by We The Economy | Videos | Comments

Everyday workers, leaders and local community members in South Carolina provide a nuanced perspective on China’s investment in U.S. factories and its promising impact on the economy.                   

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