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Lumber Liquidators CEO Quits, Catching Company Off Guard

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China.

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Aid Up, but From Very Low Level

May 21, 2015 9:33 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications remains at a historically low level that is consistent with a healthy job market.

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Hershey to Display Upgraded Chocolate 3D Printer

May 21, 2015 9:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Hershey Company will showcase the most advanced 3D chocolate printer in the world at a confectioners' conference in Chicago this week. 

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Chinese Telecom Giant Announces IoT Platform

May 21, 2015 9:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei on Wednesday announced a new operating system to help connect household and business devices to the internet. 

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Battle of the Flying Cars

May 20, 2015 2:24 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Small companies from around the world are racing to commercialize their flying cars in the next few years, convinced their vehicles will transform the transportation sector. 

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Coke Continues Bottling Overhaul

May 20, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Company recently announced plans to sell territories to two U.S. bottlers, the latest step in an overhaul of its bottling operations. 

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Automating SOP Management To Improve Quality, Oversight and Efficiency

May 20, 2015 2:11 pm | by Mika Javanainen | Articles | Comments

In the manufacturing environment, everything from equipment operation and product assembly to maintenance procedures and quality assurance processes are controlled under the guidance of SOPs.

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U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Trade Secrets

May 20, 2015 2:06 pm | by Paul Elias, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

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Strike Continues at Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The months-long strike at a massive Texas oil refinery will continue after union workers this week rejected the latest contract proposal. 

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U.S. Investigation of 2007 Peanut Butter Recall Wraps Up

May 20, 2015 1:51 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall.

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Bay Area Thieves Target Prius Batteries

May 20, 2015 12:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Hybrid car batteries are becoming an increasingly popular target for thieves in the San Francisco area. 

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Thousands of Gallons of Crude Oil Spilled Along California Coast

May 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Authorities along California's central coast are dealing with one of the worst oil spills in years after a ruptured pipeline seeped crude into a storm drain for hours.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Company Will Adapt to Strict Safety Rules

May 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has become more aggressive in enforcing auto safety rules and Fiat Chrysler and the industry will have to adjust, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

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What You Need To Know About the Takata Airbag Recall

May 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recall of airbags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history.

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How One Company Could Save the Fracking Industry

May 20, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia and its allies, in an effort to protect their market share, led OPEC to increase oil production from those nations' conventional wells. The cartel predicted that the boom in U.S. production from higher-cost fracking wells would end in 2015. But if a Denver company has its way, foreign competitors may not be able to undercut U.S. drilling operations for much longer.

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The Trucking Crisis

May 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There is a crisis on the trucking and shipping side of things, and it is beginning to take a toll on manufacturers and change the way warehouses and manufacturers need to operate.

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Industrial Accident Claims NC Metalworker

May 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Carolina officials say a metalworker died last week after he was struck by a tool ejected from heavy machinery.

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Dual Piston Pumps for Low Pulsation Requirements

May 19, 2015 4:29 pm | by Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSI) | Product Releases | Comments

The Scientific Systems, Inc. released the LD Class Pump. According to the company, it consists of dual-headed, positive displacement piston pumps, delivering unmatched performance for analytical, flash, and small-scale preparative chromatography applications.

Reducing Employee Turnover is Just Smart Business

May 19, 2015 3:10 pm | by National Service Alliance, LLC | Articles | Comments

Each time a worker leaves, it can cost an employer $1,000 in recruiting, orientation, and basic training costs to bring in a replacement. Here are tips to help bring those numbers down.

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Takata Airbag Recall Doubles to Nearly 34M

May 19, 2015 2:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, Macy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.

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