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Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying a range of tactics to make nuclear fuel survive longer in extreme accidents. Their overriding goal is giving plant workers more time before an accident becomes a full-on crisis.                

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Income Gap Widens as Factories Shut Down

June 16, 2014 9:23 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing's decline is a key factor in the widening income gap between the rich and everyone else, as people have been forced into far lower-paying work.                            

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Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 16, 2014 8:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                       

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Meet Manufacturing's Latest Recruit

June 13, 2014 2:09 pm | by Financial Times | Videos | Comments

Rethink Robotics thinks its latest creation, Baxter, will redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing.                                         

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Ford Motor Company Expands Use of Aptean

June 13, 2014 2:04 pm | by Aptean | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company has expanded its use of Aptean’s Activplant solution to help drive continuous improvement in selected manufacturing plants around the world.                          

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Chia Powder Linked to Salmonella

June 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those who seek to make food healthier by adding chia powder should avoid several recalled brands that are linked to salmonella illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.                  

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Pile of Dirt Blocking Jet Engine Plant

June 13, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge pile of dirt is standing in the way of a new jet engine plant in Lafayette. The Journal & Courier reports that the 10-foot-deep pile covers an area of about a half-dozen football fields.                

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GM Recalls Camaros for Switch Problem

June 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.                                          

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Water Woes Force Big Brewers To Tighten the Tap

June 13, 2014 1:50 pm | by Emily Schmall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the largest brewers in the U.S. are trying to reduce their water-to-beer ratio as drought and wildfire threaten the watersheds where they draw billions of gallons every year.                     

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Cheaper Gas, Food Push Down Producer Prices

June 13, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services fell in May, offering evidence that inflation is mild.                                      

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China Plans To Help Baby Formula Producers

June 13, 2014 1:40 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government announced plans Friday to build up a handful of large producers of infant formula in its latest effort to revive an industry that is reeling from a scandal over tainted milk.                 

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Feds Cut Red Tape Between Brewers, Beer Drinkers

June 13, 2014 1:38 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal officials have simplified parts of the approval process for bringing new beers to market, something that in the past could take months.                               

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The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?              

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Conveyor Solutions That Keep Your Products Moving

June 13, 2014 11:21 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Following is a sample of some of the newest conveyor technology that’s available on the market right now, including food-safe options, control system and maintenance kits.                       

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Is the American Dream out of Reach?

June 13, 2014 11:09 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the belief that the American Dream is out of reach comes from the prevailing misconception of where the “good jobs” are. Maybe the manufacturing industry's best kept secret is that they're here.              

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Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 13, 2014 10:59 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft | Articles | Comments

With the rise of these connected operations, manufacturing executives are not only finding new ways to automate and create efficiency, they are also focusing on a big new opportunity for revenue growth: services.           

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AM General To Update Humvees at Indiana Factory

June 13, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AM General has been awarded a $90.5 million contract to restore and upgrade hundreds of Army National Guard Humvees at a northern Indiana factory.                             

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New Trial Ordered for Former BP Engineer

June 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                               

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Vermont Sued Over GMO Food Label Law

June 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups challenged a new Vermont law in federal court Thursday that requires the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.               

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Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors Listing Ingredients

June 13, 2014 10:11 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, two of the world's biggest beer makers, are posting online what's inside bottles of Budweiser and Miller Lite after pressure from a food blogger.                       

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