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Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 7, 2014 2:11 pm | by Laura Rokohl | Articles | Comments

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

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Test Driving Audi's Priceless R18 Race Car

November 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Audi is the undisputed champion of the 24-hour Le Mans race, a grueling test of man and machine that pushes technology to its limits. Jason Harper went to Italy for the exceptionally rare opportunity to drive one of the world's most advanced and expensive cars.

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Name Confusion Causes Meltdown for Chocolate Maker

November 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What's in a name? Well for this Belgian chocolate maker Libeert...its fate as a company. Until recently its name was ISIS, derived from Italo Suisse, the chocolates' Italian and Swiss influences.               

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General Mills Cuts Sales, Profit Outlook

November 7, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills cuts its sales and profit outlook for the year on Friday, citing persistent sales weakness in the U.S. food industry.                                  

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Boeing Discusses Sale of KS Site

November 7, 2014 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing officials say they are discussing the sale of the company's land in south Wichita, Kansas.                                           

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German Production, Exports Increase in September

November 7, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's exports rose sharply in September and factory production was also up, but experts say it may not be enough to stave off a recession.                               

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AAM Responds to Reports of Manufacturing Job Growth

November 7, 2014 10:33 am | by The Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Department of Labor reported this morning that America's manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in October. AAM President Scott Paul responds to this increase saying, “the good news is that manufacturing jobs have grown over the past few months. The bad news is that they haven’t grown fast enough." 

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V-Spring Telescoping Light Pole System

November 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Eaton | Product Releases | Comments

Power management company, Eaton, has introduced the V-Spring Telescoping Light Pole from its Crouse-Hinds business, designed to increase safety and reduce labor costs associated with installing and maintaining lights at industrial facilities.

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What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits. Extensive R&D investment can significantly defer future profit.         

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SNC-Lavalin To Cut 4,000 Jobs

November 7, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin says it will reduce the company's global workforce by 4,000, or 9 percent of its total.                                

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Honda Adds Thousands of Vehicles to Air Bag Recall

November 7, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.               

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NC Officials Host Closed Meeting on Oil Drilling

November 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia met privately Thursday with federal regulators and groups funded by oil and gas companies to discuss plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast.             

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Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 9:14 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government’s immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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U.S. Employers Add 214K Jobs

November 7, 2014 9:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years.           

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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location are Key

November 6, 2014 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, shares some valuable insight into Missouri’s recent attraction of two major transportation and logistics corporations.

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Air Bag Maker Takata Predicts More Losses

November 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Takata Corp, whose potentially defective air bags have been linked to four deaths in  U.S., have issued an apology and have also announced extreme profit losses and skipped dividends.                  

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8th Grader Designs New Inexpensive Braille Printer

November 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Shubham Banerjee came up with the idea for an affordable braille printer while playing with Legos. Now at 13 years old, he's just become Silicon Valley's newest tech phenom as the youngest person ever to get venture capital investment for a startup. 

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GOP Eager To Move on Keystone XL

November 6, 2014 2:09 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.

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Productivity, Labor Costs Rise in 3Q

November 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 2.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as output increased 4.4 percent and hours worked increased 2.3 percent.   

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Virgin Galactic Looks to Resume Tests in 2015

November 6, 2014 1:49 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft.    

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