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Chrysler Recalling 907K Vehicles

October 16, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.                       

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U.S. Factory Output Rises in September

October 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing and plastics.                                       

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Lobster Tool Line of Riveters

October 16, 2014 10:12 am | by Vega Tool Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Vega Tool Corporation is pleased to introduce the Lobster Tool line of riveters to their product offering.   

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits at 14 Year Low

October 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting fewer workers and hiring could remain healthy.                 

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Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.                   

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Nike, Converse Chuck a Lawsuit at 31 Companies

October 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades and Nike has owned the company since 2003, so what leaves me scratching my head is — what took so long to file the lawsuit?

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Airbus Receives Its Largest Aircraft Order to Date

October 15, 2014 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indian budget airline IndiGo has signed a preliminary order with Airbus for 250 A320neo Family aircraft.                                         

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Toyota Recalls Older Lexus Model in U.S. for Fuel Leaks

October 15, 2014 5:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire.                                 

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The Generational Divide

October 15, 2014 4:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

How do the youngest crop of workers – who continue to enter the industry as we speak – best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?

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Converse is Putting Its Foot Down

October 15, 2014 4:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The maker of the iconic "All Star" sneakers is suing 31 retailers and manufacturers, including Wal-Mart and H&M, for selling copycat shoes. It wants them to pay compensation for trademark infringement and unfair competition.       

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Test Driving The $34K Electric Superbike

October 15, 2014 3:23 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla has built a well-known brand of high-end electric automobiles, but when it comes to electric motorcycles, no company has reached Tesla's status. Energica, an Italian company, is looking to lead the charge.           

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U.S. Business Stockpiles Up in August

October 15, 2014 2:08 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in August by the smallest amount in more than a year, while sales fell by the largest amount since January. The data suggest that the economy is still having trouble gaining momentum.       

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Brazilian Pair Raises Bid for Chiquita

October 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Brazilian companies are raising their bid for banana company Chiquita to approximately $658 million.                                         

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U.S. Producer Prices Fell in September

October 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department said that the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.                 

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Elon Musk On Tesla's Auto Pilot and Legal Liability

October 15, 2014 12:48 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations and legal liability.                               

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VW Surpasses GM in Global Sales

October 15, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year.                                   

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Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs.                           

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18 Watt LED Replacement for Fluorescent Lights

October 15, 2014 10:30 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has developed a new 18 watt LED tube lamp that produces a total of 1,768 lumens per bulb and is designed as a replacement or upgrade for outdated fluorescent lights.    

Alcoa Sells Stake in Jamalco

October 15, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Alcoa and Noble Group Ltd announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals selling 100 percent of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture.    

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Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 15, 2014 10:02 am | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County as Gielow Pickles starts up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit.                 

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