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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.                   

Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling engines or the latest — air bag defects. While companies are being more open and honest about the flaws in their products, consumers could be left confused and indifferent to the process as they become inundated with reports. 

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Boeing Reports Increased Profits

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Shares of Boeing are higher after the company reported an 18 percent increase in quarterly profit and raised its full-year earnings forecast.                                

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Company Develops First Natural Gas GM Pickup

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nat G CNG Solutions announced today that it has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3 liter direct injection engine.                           

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Anheuser-Busch Sues Over Beer Distribution

October 23, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the largest beer brewers in the country is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license.                                       

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Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts

October 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.                           

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A Knife-Free Tape Head Technology

October 23, 2014 10:19 am | by Intertape Polymer Group | Product Releases | Comments

Intertape Polymer Group has announced Ripcord, a knife-free tape head technology designed to bring an end to damaged product returns and utility knife injuries in the workplace.

Chevron Discovers Oil in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

October 23, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.                                       

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How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 23, 2014 9:57 am | by Chris Palmisano | Articles | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

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GM 3Q Profits Nearly Double, Led by North American Sales

October 23, 2014 9:29 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.                 

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Weaving The Digital Thread Across Industrial Value Chains

October 23, 2014 9:23 am | by LNS Research | News | Comments

To address pressures of the industry, manufacturers need to ensure end-to-end connectivity across the real and virtual worlds with a digital thread strategy that spans the value chain and leverages new enabling technologies like mobility, cloud, and big data.

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Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 23, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant.                         

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Gas Mileage Inflated on 4 Mini Cooper Models

October 22, 2014 2:36 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has told BMW to reduce the gas mileage estimates on the window stickers on four of its Mini Cooper models after an audit found the figures were overstated.                      

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GMO Ban Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants.                                             

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3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 22, 2014 2:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

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