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Nestlé Hopes To Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nestlé officials recently detailed plans to steer the world's largest food company through an uncertain chocolate market and weakness in the Russian economy.

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Autonomous Car Completes 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip

April 6, 2015 9:43 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autonomous car's recent 3,400-mile U.S. road trip proves there's at least one thing computers do better than humans: Follow the speed limit. 

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U.S. Hiring Slowdown Hit Most Industry Sectors

April 6, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deceleration of hiring last month hit nearly all parts of the job market as U.S. employers grew wary about the health of the economy.

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Volkswagen Expands Tennessee Plant

April 6, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is seeking to add to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle in Tennessee.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 2, 2015 3:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

‘Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser’ are being presented a little early this week. However, after careful consideration of the news up until now, they have been selected. 

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Do the Math: Fracking by the Numbers

April 2, 2015 2:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | News | Comments

Recent analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency provides new estimates about the number of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Here’s a rundown of the report’s key findings. 

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U.S. Factory Orders Break Six Month Slump

April 2, 2015 2:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Factory orders rose 0.2 percent in February, which was the first increase since July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. 

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Craftsman Re-purposes Detroit’s Unwanted Wood

April 2, 2015 2:17 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Detroit's reclaimed wood is getting new life thanks to Mark Wallace and his passion for hand crafting guitars. Wallace says his guitars are a tribute to Detroit's rich music history. 

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Hands-On With Kia's New, Sportier Optima

April 2, 2015 2:09 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The Kia Optima has a lot going for it, including some impressive sales numbers. The 2016 model doesn't disappoint with plenty of options to chose from and a sleek look reminiscent of a German automobile.

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Reshaping Aircraft In Flight Could Make Planes Fly Better

April 2, 2015 11:48 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

In the not-too-distant future, airplanes will scythe into the wind with an airframe that can virtually streamline its shape using nothing but air.

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'Cards Against Humanity' Theme Pack to Benefit Women in STEM

April 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

Recipients of the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. “Science Pack” co-creator Zach Weinersmith talks about the game and why supporting women in STEM matters.

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Q&A: How B2B E-Commerce is Changing the Manufacturing Business

April 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Michiel Schipperus, CEO of integrated e-commerce provider Sana Commerce, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about the transformation of (B2B) manufacturing business. 

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Starbucks, Dannon Partner on Yogurt Products

April 2, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Starbucks announced a new yogurt partnership with Danone SA as part of efforts to double food sales at the iconic coffeehouse chain.

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U.S. Agency Charges Kraft, Mondelez With Wheat Price Rigging

April 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have charged two major U.S. food companies, Kraft and Mondelez, with manipulating prices for wheat and wheat futures in a scheme that reaped more than $5.4 million in profit.

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Ethanol Groups 'April Fools' Letter Touts Renewable Fuel Standard

April 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ethanol advocates marked April Fools' Day by facetiously urging Congress to overhaul the nation's Renewable Fuel standard.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Plunges 16.9 Percent in February

April 2, 2015 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit plunged in February as both imports and exports sank, driven by a since-settled trade dispute and a global economic slowdown that has cut into oil prices and caused the dollar to rise in value.

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Weak in March

April 2, 2015 9:20 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing was lackluster in March and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.

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Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 2, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent survey of executives at midsize manufacturers showed expectations for the U.S. economy beginning to mirror optimism about their own companies. 

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VAC-U-MAX 55MW Industrial Sump Vacuum Cleaner

April 1, 2015 5:17 pm | by VAC-U-MAX | Product Releases | Comments

VAC-U-MAX has released the 55MW industrial sump vacuum cleaner. According to the company, the VAC-U-MAX 55MW allows operators to quickly empty machine tool sumps, machining beds, oil/water separators, parts washers, rinse tanks and clean up liquid spills.

Aston Martin Exploring Electric Car Partners

April 1, 2015 3:05 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. CEO Andy Palmer talks about the automaker's prospects for developing an electric car and the luxury sport-utility vehicle market. 

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