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Millennials Want To Ruin Everything

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye.                         

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Cutting Tool Consumption Up 14.5 Pct.

March 12, 2014 2:39 pm | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

January U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $158 million, up 14.5 percent from December’s total and down 10.6 percent from January 2013.                                

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Looks Like A Helicopter, Works Like a Boat

March 12, 2014 2:27 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

HeliCat is a $75,000 catamaran designed to go through rough waters better than a single hull small boat.                                          

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Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                   

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Bad Decade: Malaysia Airlines To Face More Problems After Disapearance

March 12, 2014 2:17 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The revelation this week that the jet's co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.             

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GM Offering Loaner Cars And Cash

March 12, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.                                    

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Nissan's Z Car Continues To Lure Driving Enthusiasts

March 12, 2014 2:01 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan's well-known "Z'' rear-drive sports car that started in the 1970s still pulls at the heart strings of driving enthusiasts with its sporty, two-seat cabin, low-to-the-pavement stance, racetrack-ready stiff ride, and strong V-6 power.    

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March 2014: Minimizing Downtime

March 12, 2014 11:09 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Liberty Bottleworks talks American pride, experts explain quality and reusability for compressed air piping systems, maintenance best practices and energy awareness drive down industrial motor costs, and more. 

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Tech Fest Has 3D Printed Candy, Bitcoins

March 12, 2014 10:15 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Bitcoin, 3D printed candy, and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.                    

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What You Need To Know About The GM Recall

March 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' executives and government regulators will soon have to explain to Congress why it took years to recall 1.6 million compact cars with a known defect linked to 13 deaths.                   

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How Can You Make Planes Easier To Find In The Ocean?

March 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

For nearly five years, government and industry officials have been exploring ways to make it easier to find airliners and their critical "black boxes" that end up in the ocean.                     

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Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

House lawmakers agreed on Monday to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                     

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Obama Expected To Increase Overtime Pay For Millions Of Workers

March 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers.                              

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New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

March 12, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Describing profitability in the period as "unsatisfactory," the company said Wednesday it would continue cost-cutting measures during 2014, including 4,400 layoffs.                         

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Auto Brands And The Value Of Toyota

March 12, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Toyota continues to be the world’s most valuable auto brand, according to a recent study. But is it the most powerful brand?                                      

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New Jersey: Time To Stop Impeding Tesla

March 12, 2014 9:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Tesla and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) were working together to resolve any issues, but according to Tesla, that relationship has fallen apart, and as of Tuesday afternoon, Tesla is banned from selling vehicles in the state via its own sales model.

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Europe Wants Its Parmesan Back

March 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.                                         

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Customized, 3D Printed Oreos

March 11, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CNNMoney's Laurie Segall takes a bite out of Oreo's latest project, a 3D printed cookie.                                               

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Steel Plant Could Be Allowed To Release More Toxins

March 11, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality.                          

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National Safety Council Names Deborah Hersman New President

March 11, 2014 1:38 pm | by The National Safety Council | News | Comments

Ms. Hersman is acknowledged as a visionary and passionate safety leader who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation.                                  

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