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Machinists Union Sets Boeing Vote For Jan. 3

December 23, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

National union leadership said Sunday that the vote will be Jan. 3. In a statement, IAM leaders said the latest proposal contains "significant improvements" over an offer rejected by Machinists in November.             

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Busting Slime For More Sustainable Ships

December 23, 2013 10:19 am | by AkzoNobel | Videos | Comments

AkzoNobel has released this rather fascinating video about how it has worked with Newcastle University to improve the sustainability and fuel economy of the world’s largest ships.                     

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A ‘Monster’ Look At Manufacturing Jobs

December 23, 2013 9:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Not too long ago, Monster.com, the well-known online job marketplace, conducted a comprehensive survey (see infographic below) on the state of U.S. manufacturing jobs, and came to some compelling, if not worrying, results.        

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Italian Stainless Steel Tools Come To U.S.

December 23, 2013 8:59 am | by Beta Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Beta Tools of Italy created a new line of hand tools made from 420 stainless steel called the Beta INOX.  The Beta INOX product line includes combination wrenches, hex key wrenches and screwdrivers for 2014 but the company has plans to expand the product line in the near future.

Unemployment Rates Fall In Nearly All U.S. States

December 23, 2013 8:58 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added jobs in 43 states and cut jobs in just seven. California, Texas and Indiana reported the largest job gains.  The lower state unemployment rates are due in part to robust hiring nationwide over the past four months.

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Altria, Philip Morris Int'l Partnering On Products

December 23, 2013 8:54 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Altria Group Inc. and Philip Morris International Inc. said Friday that they've entered into agreements related to marketing alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.             

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Study: Many Dolphins Sick A Year After Gulf Oil Spill

December 23, 2013 8:50 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government, academic and other researchers made comprehensive check-ups on 29 dolphins in Barataria Bay in August 2011 as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment — a federal process to determine the extent of damage and how to repair it. Barataria Bay was one of the areas where pelicans struggled in heavy slicks and thick globs of oil washed onto marshy islands between April and July 2010.

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GPS Mobile MapSight Device

December 23, 2013 8:49 am | by General Electric | Product Releases | Comments

This revolutionary solution integrates laser, camera and GPS technologies, enabling utilities to quickly and accurately collect measurement and location data on any of their joint-use utility poles or field assets.

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U.S. Growth Upgrade Gives Stocks Another Lift

December 23, 2013 8:14 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Government figures showed that the world's largest economy grew by an annualized rate of 4.1 percent in the third quarter, up from the previous estimate of 3.6 percent. The pace of growth is further evidence that the U.S. economy is gaining traction and helps explain why the U.S. Federal Reserve decided to reduce its stimulus by $10 billion a month starting from January.

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Inter-Korean Factory Park Tough Sell To Outsiders

December 23, 2013 8:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The two Koreas have taken an initial step to open their jointly run industrial park to overseas investors.  But foreigners who toured the complex on Thursday say the compound in North Korea remains a tough sell despite its cheap labor.    

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ADM Stays In Illinois Despite Lack Of Tax Breaks

December 23, 2013 8:07 am | by David Mercer and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press | News | Comments

ADM's announcement to stay in Illinois likely will give ammunition to both sides over whether states should play ball when companies make demands, though some incentives skeptics warned not to read too much into one company's decision. Chicago, with its two international airports in the heart of Midwestern farm country, was the best place for ADM's new headquarters, CEO Patricia Woertz said Wednesday.

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Q&A: Sriracha-Based Lessons For Manufacturers

December 23, 2013 8:05 am | by Mitch Carrel, Partner, Real Estate Practice Group and Food Industry Team, Freeborn & Peters | Articles | Comments

The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Mitch Carrel talks about the case, what considerations food manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.

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KNIPEX Larger Pliers With Easy Adjustment

December 23, 2013 7:36 am | by KNIPEX Tools LP | Product Releases | Comments

The Cobra® XL (no. 87 01 400) and Cobra XXL (no. 87 01 560) additions to the Cobra® Water Pump Pliers family from KNIPEX Tools LP offer the performance and comfort of water pump pliers while being lighter in weight and having a greater gripping capacity than comparable pipe wrenches.

HTP Oil Containment & Absorbent Super Socks

December 23, 2013 7:13 am | by American Products | Product Releases | Comments

HTP Super Socks from American Products will absorb up to six quarts of free standing oil, says the company. 

U.S. Economy Expands At 4.1 Percent Rate

December 20, 2013 1:11 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department's final look at growth in the summer was up from a previous estimate of 3.6 percent. Four-fifths of the revision came from stronger consumer spending, primarily in the area of health care.            

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Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List

December 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a "Top Safety Pick" or "Top Safety Pick +" if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

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MAPI: Growth Rebound In The Making

December 20, 2013 12:39 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

Manufacturing industrial production increased at a 1.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2013, but production has rapidly accelerated in the fourth quarter. Inflation-adjusted GDP increased at a 3.6 percent annual rate in the third quarter. MAPI forecasts that manufacturing production will increase 3.1 percent in 2014, a slight deceleration from the 3.2 percent forecast in the September 2013 report.

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Japanese Robot Chats With Astronaut On Space Station

December 20, 2013 12:35 pm | by Emily Wang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata as part of an experiment testing Kirobo's autonomous conversation functions.

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Jazz Pharma To Pay $1B For Rare Disease Drug Co.

December 20, 2013 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jazz will make a tender offer of $57 per share for the Italian company, about a 2 percent premium to Gentium's closing stock price in the U.S. on Thursday. Gentium develops drugs to treat a variety of rare diseases and conditions, including orphan vascular diseases related to cancer treatments.

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Whirlpool Reshoring Some Production To Ohio Plant

December 20, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Mexico to Ohio. The appliance maker, whose brands include Maytag, Kenmore and its namesake, said Friday that 80 to 100 new jobs will be created in Ohio over the next three years to support the relocation.

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