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CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.          

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Gov. Walker Signs Aviation Tax Break Bill

April 4, 2014 9:44 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The bill Walker signed Thursday will exempt aviation companies like Gulfstream and Cessna in Milwaukee from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor.                      

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Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.                     

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U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination.                             

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 3, 2014 5:18 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

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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MH370: What Do We Know?

April 3, 2014 2:43 pm | by Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Not a single piece of wreckage from the lost plane has been found, not even after a new analysis led investigators to change the focus of their search yet again.                         

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 2:30 pm | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net, @MnetAmy | Blogs | Comments

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                                     

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Lawmakers Rip GM's Barra In Hearing

April 3, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Here's just a sampling of lawmakers hammering General Motors CEO Mary Barra in a hearing over a delayed recall and vehicle malfunctions.                                  

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Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                       

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U.S. Trade Deficit Hits $42.3B

April 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.                             

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BMW Recalls Over 230K Cars

April 3, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries.               

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Boeing Delivers 161 Aircraft In 1Q

April 3, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing delivered 161 commercial airplanes in the first quarter, nearly an 18 percent increase from last year, as it ramps up production to meet demand.                             

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PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Does your small business have plans to hire or are PNC’s survey respondents being overly optimistic based on the circumstances?                                    

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Washington Gas Blast Threw Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Benton County sheriff's Deputy Joe Lusignan said Wednesday that it was "a little bit of a miracle" that no one was killed.                                     

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Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 10:07 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.                   

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Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said that tying a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen to labor talks that met the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a statement of reality.                         

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Wave Of Suicides Caused By Work Culture?

April 3, 2014 9:51 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Orange France has seen a second slew of worker suicides in the last decade. Some that work there say the stress of privatizing the telecom company has been overwhelming.                       

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Ford Shines While Auto Industry Slumps

April 3, 2014 9:41 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Shares of Ford rallied in the first quarter while GM's stock was hit hard by recall woes. But shares of Toyota and Honda are stuck in reverse as well.                             

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New Sensors Show When Food Is Spoiled

April 3, 2014 9:37 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Find out how the technology could revolutionize how we track the safety of our food, as well as how the sensors could reduce food waste.                                 

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Behind The Scenes At Mars' New Candy Factory

April 3, 2014 9:33 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.                                     

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