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New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 3, 2014 1:51 pm | by Dave Collins, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking, and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said.  

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U.S. Employers Likely Stepped Up Hiring in September

October 3, 2014 1:47 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers may have produced 200,000-plus job growth in September, a potentially reassuring sign after a hiring slowdown in August.                                  

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Shrinking the Skills Gap – Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 3, 2014 1:38 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford | News | Comments

There are almost half a million skilled positions unfilled in manufacturing, a situation that will only worsen as baby boomers exit the industry, while fewer numbers of young people elect to enter it. We must change the perception of manufacturing as a desirable career — that’s why MFG Day matters.

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UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bit at Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama.                                      

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New Label Could Change the Food Packaging Industry

October 3, 2014 12:26 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An award-winning perishable label that reacts to protein decomposition could herald a change in the way the freshness of food is measured, according to its London-based designer, raising the prospect of reducing consumable wastage and even improving organ transportation. 

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Rolls-Royce Unveils New Model in Paris

October 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The luxury car segment has been affected less than the mass market by the ongoing crisis in the auto sector, experts at the Paris Motor Show say. Rolls-Royce has been booking record sales.                   

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Feds Blocking Utah Company for Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license.                                     

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Work Access Lifts

October 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Advance Lifts, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Advance Lifts, Inc. announces their new video on work access powered platform extensions and articulating stairs.

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GM Issues 2 More Recalls

October 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors announced two more recalls, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.                                 

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Obama Shines a Light on the Nation's Manufacturing

October 3, 2014 9:20 am | by Christopher Rugaber | News | Comments

Boosted by the lowest jobless rate in six years, President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $40.1B in August

October 3, 2014 9:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.                             

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Pepsi's True Move To E-Commerce

October 2, 2014 5:29 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Pepsi is launching a new line of naturally sweetened soda, exclusively through Amazon — a big move in an industry that has lagged in e-commerce.                               

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Workers Stunned by Closing of Verso Paper Mill

October 2, 2014 5:23 pm | by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stunned workers at a shuttering paper mill in Bucksport said Thursday they're going to be scrambling for work and residents said they fear a huge tax increase when the long-standing Verso mill closes.               

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U.S. Factory Orders Posted Record Drop

October 2, 2014 5:07 pm | by martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders.                           

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Airbus Predicts Soaring Demand in China

October 2, 2014 5:03 pm | by Bristol Post | News | Comments

The biggest growth in the aerospace sector will come from the Far East in years to come, with China set to become the number one market, according to the bosses at Airbus.                       

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Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 4:53 pm | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

As business evolves, so does our ability to uncover new sources of revenue, which keeps life interesting. One of the most significant contributors to business evolution in the last few decades is technology.             

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Tesla's Elon Musk Hints at New Technology

October 2, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Tesla Motors jumped almost 4 percent after the electric car maker's CEO hinted at introducing new technology next week.                                

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ISM: Manufacturing Set for a Strong Q4

October 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Samsung Supplier Sues U.S. Labor Watchdog

October 2, 2014 1:40 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese supplier of Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit accusing a New York City-based labor watchdog of spreading false rumors of child labor, but the labor group says it has evidence to back up its report.             

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Russia Dims Hopes for European Auto Rebound

October 2, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European car market is seeing a fragile recovery after six years of decline, but CEOs in Paris are scaling back hopes that Russia could help drive the rebound.                         

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