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GM Plant Seeks Tax Break for Upgrade

October 14, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said.                         

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Companies Abandon Ambitious Desert Solar Project

October 14, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It sounded like a good idea: build massive solar energy plants in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East to supply Europe with 15 percent of its electricity needs by 2050. But, the consortium behind the ambitious plan has now admitted defeat.

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SME Education Foundation Announces Two Manufacturing Scholarships

October 14, 2014 9:32 am | by The SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or a closely related field.          

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up Slightly

October 14, 2014 9:26 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $356.69 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Everything Goes in Cycles

October 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Tia Nowack | Articles | Comments

In this unassuming facility, the team behind Worksman Cycles builds industrial bikes and trikes that are used in some of the largest plants in the world, including Ford, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.               

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Light Bulb Manufacturing Comes Back To America

October 13, 2014 2:45 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Halogen bulbs now being made in Illinois and Ohio mean more jobs for Americans.                                                 

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 13, 2014 2:38 pm | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan | Articles | Comments

In this article, we will explore some of the key technologies disrupting manufacturing operations as we know them.                                       

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Michelin Truck Tire Failure Under Investigation

October 13, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associate Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that some Michelin heavy truck tires can fail and cause crashes.                                       

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Boeing Announces Garuda Order for 50 Planes

October 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. says that Garuda Indonesia placed an order for 50 jets with a total sticker price of $4.9 billion.                                         

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Frenchman Wins Nobel for Industry Regulations

October 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by Karl Ritter, Nathalie Rothschild, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.                     

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Ford Hiring Workers for New Truck

October 13, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150, launching in a matter of weeks.

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GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                              

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The New Model 72A Palletizer

October 13, 2014 10:06 am | by A-B-C Packaging | Product Releases | Comments

 A-B-C Packaging has introduced the Model 72A palletizer, a top performing palletizer with features for ultra-smooth case transit, perfect load positioning, and rapid product changeover. 

Is the Trade Deficit Really So Bad?

October 13, 2014 9:54 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

You don’t have to be an economist to see that accepting growing trade deficits with no plan to reduce the debt (or even pay for the debt) is a house of cards waiting for some kind of macro economic trigger to cause a collapse.       

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OSHA Launches Dialogue on Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 9:46 am | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

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Unequal Pay: Must be a lot of Good Karma Out There

October 13, 2014 9:39 am | by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's advice to women last week serves as a stepping stone into the greater discussion of inequality in this country. According to the U.S. Census, a woman's job may be cutting-edge but it looks like her pay check isn't.  

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Targa Buying Atlas Pipeline, Atlas Energy

October 13, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Targa Resources is buying Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy in a deal valued at close to $6 billion, creating a huge energy transportation and storage company                         

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Growth Slows in China Auto Sales

October 13, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in China's car sales slowed again in September while the country's own auto brands increased their market share slightly.                                   

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Alcoa Makes Strides to Improve Combat Vehicles

October 13, 2014 9:11 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Alcoa has produced the world’s largest single-piece forged aluminum hull for combat vehicles to improve troop protection as part of a joint Alcoa-US Army initiative launched last year.                    

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GE Introduces Next-Generation Jet Engine

October 10, 2014 2:16 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Over the last several weeks, crews at GE Aviation’s flight test base installed a next-generation jet engine with ceramic components and 3-D printed parts to the wing of a modified Boeing 747, and readied it for its maiden flight.      

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