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How To Reap The Gains Of Business Process Automation

April 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv | Articles | Comments

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, one fact is indisputable — Business Process Automation is on the rise.

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How Much Has The Flight 370 Search Cost?

April 7, 2014 9:41 am | by Leon Drouin-Keith, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's not a question most governments involved in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost?                          

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Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.       

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Patrolling The Patent Trolls

April 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

If you ask someone at Apple Computer, the defendant in more cases filed by patent trolls than any other U. S. firm, Apple will probably tell you that a patent troll is a person or organization that acquires a patent solely for the purpose of suing a deep-pocketed firm.

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U.S. Steel Idles Indiana Mill

April 7, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.                       

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Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency.                         

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Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption, and a flimsy infrastructure.       

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Mazda Recall Caused By Spiders

April 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                                   

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Nissan Supplier Creates Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jenny Waddington, Coventry Evening Telegraph | News | Comments

German car company Brose, which has UK headquarters, has vowed to increase its workforce from nearly 500 to 800 after securing a massive contract win.                           

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GM Taking $400M Charge For Venezuelan Currency

April 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it will take a charge of $400 million pretax in the first quarter because of a change in the way it values Venezuela's currency.                            

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The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) looked over the data released by the Department of Labor and reported that America’s manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March.                     

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Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising, and the surging popularity of craft beer.           

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Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                        

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 12:16 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.               

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Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                             

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Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations.                 

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CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.          

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Gov. Walker Signs Aviation Tax Break Bill

April 4, 2014 9:44 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The bill Walker signed Thursday will exempt aviation companies like Gulfstream and Cessna in Milwaukee from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor.                      

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Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.                     

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U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination.                             

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