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Kentucky Aluminum Plant Nears Lockout

May 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Kentucky aluminum smelter appears on the brink of a work stoppage after union workers rejected a proposed labor agreement.

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How To Get Out of the MRO Storeroom Business and Obtain R&M Excellence

May 5, 2015 10:09 am | by George Krauter | Articles | Comments

Many companies do not recognize the value that can be released from changing the MRO stores operation to provide optimum reliability. If they do, there are questions as to what steps to take and who would be responsible to implement the necessary change process. 

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Xtra-Value II Electronic Micrometer

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. has released the Fowler Xtra-Value II Electronic Micrometer.

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VW CEO Vows Progress on Costs After Leadership Struggle

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen's CEO said the company is tackling its problems in the wake of a leadership struggle and promised progress on lowering costs and raising profitability.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps to 6-Year High of $51.4 Billion

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit in March jumped to the highest level in more than six years as a small increase in exports was swamped by a flood of imports from autos to cellphones.

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Here's Why Tesla Is Building Batteries For Your Home

May 4, 2015 3:03 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Tesla is building a new generation of batteries that could power homes, businesses and even the grid. Tom Randall takes a look at the emerging market for new energy storage.

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April’s Top-Selling Vehicles List

May 4, 2015 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Auto sales heated up in April as Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all reported U.S. gains. Here's a list of the top-selling cars. 

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General Motors To Invest $174M In Kansas Plant

May 4, 2015 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday.

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Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 4, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Employees at an Alabama auto parts plant signed a petition calling for the departure of the United Auto Workers, the latest episode in a contentious union organizing fight.

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GM's New Chief Officer On Being In The Driver's Seat

May 4, 2015 2:46 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mary Barra is General Motors' relatively new CEO. The company is celebrating the production of its 500th million car this week, and Anna Werner sat down with Barra to discuss her plans for remaking GM in the wake of its bankruptcy and the recalls of defective cars.

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slows

May 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March

May 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories rose in March for the first time since last July, breaking a long stretch of weakness in manufacturing.

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GM Cuts 2016 Volt Plug-In Hybrid Car Price

May 4, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.

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Dow Chemical To Trim Global Workforce

May 4, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp.

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U.S. Decides Not To Investigate Toyota Unwanted Acceleration

May 4, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man's request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars.

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Dean Foods Combining Brands Under National Label

May 4, 2015 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods will place all of its regional milk labels under one brand as part of a move to boost its business and tout the quality of its product.

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Democrats Call For $12 Minimum Wage

May 1, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic lawmakers will again seek an increase in the nation's minimum wage for the first time since 2009.

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China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

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Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April U.S. Auto Sales Gains

May 1, 2015 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.

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$349 Apple Watch Costs $84 To Make

May 1, 2015 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The $349 Apple Watch Sport 38mm only costs $83.70 to manufacture, excluding some overhead expenses, like R&D, software and others.

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