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Feds Blocking Utah Company for Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license.                                     

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Work Access Lifts

October 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Advance Lifts, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Advance Lifts, Inc. announces their new video on work access powered platform extensions and articulating stairs.

GM Issues 2 More Recalls

October 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors announced two more recalls, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.                                 

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Obama Shines a Light on the Nation's Manufacturing

October 3, 2014 9:20 am | by Christopher Rugaber | News | Comments

Boosted by the lowest jobless rate in six years, President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $40.1B in August

October 3, 2014 9:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.                             

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Pepsi's True Move To E-Commerce

October 2, 2014 5:29 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Pepsi is launching a new line of naturally sweetened soda, exclusively through Amazon — a big move in an industry that has lagged in e-commerce.                               

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Workers Stunned by Closing of Verso Paper Mill

October 2, 2014 5:23 pm | by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stunned workers at a shuttering paper mill in Bucksport said Thursday they're going to be scrambling for work and residents said they fear a huge tax increase when the long-standing Verso mill closes.               

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U.S. Factory Orders Posted Record Drop

October 2, 2014 5:07 pm | by martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders.                           

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Airbus Predicts Soaring Demand in China

October 2, 2014 5:03 pm | by Bristol Post | News | Comments

The biggest growth in the aerospace sector will come from the Far East in years to come, with China set to become the number one market, according to the bosses at Airbus.                       

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Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 4:53 pm | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

As business evolves, so does our ability to uncover new sources of revenue, which keeps life interesting. One of the most significant contributors to business evolution in the last few decades is technology.             

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Tesla's Elon Musk Hints at New Technology

October 2, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Tesla Motors jumped almost 4 percent after the electric car maker's CEO hinted at introducing new technology next week.                                

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ISM: Manufacturing Set for a Strong Q4

October 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Samsung Supplier Sues U.S. Labor Watchdog

October 2, 2014 1:40 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese supplier of Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit accusing a New York City-based labor watchdog of spreading false rumors of child labor, but the labor group says it has evidence to back up its report.             

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Russia Dims Hopes for European Auto Rebound

October 2, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European car market is seeing a fragile recovery after six years of decline, but CEOs in Paris are scaling back hopes that Russia could help drive the rebound.                         

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GM Looks to New Vehicles, China To Boost Profits

October 2, 2014 12:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years, as the biggest U.S. automaker tries to shift the spotlight from a mishandled recall of older small cars.

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Boeing Plans To Move Defense Work Out of Washington State

October 2, 2014 12:51 pm | by American Daily Stock Report | News | Comments

The Boeing Company announced that it will relocate a major part of its defense and support-related services under the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division to other cities of the U.S. from Washington.            

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What’s Next in 3D Printing

October 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.

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Ebola Scare Means High Demand for Mask Manufacturer

October 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A Texas company is one of the last in the U.S. to manufacture surgical masks. With concerns mounting in regards to Ebola, this company could be a strategic player in the battle against the virus.               

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How To Select the Right Safety System for Manufacturing Applications

October 2, 2014 11:01 am | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety | Articles | Comments

The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides guidance and recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies for typical manufacturing applications. 

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Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant in IN

October 2, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, today is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Indiana where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. 

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