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Gov. Cuomo Announces Fuzehub Initiative For Manufacturers

December 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

New York Governor Cuomo last weekend announced the FuzeHub, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs) with state resources, such as the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, economic development agencies and more.

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Outgoing GM CEO: Taxpayers Gained On Bailout

December 17, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Retiring General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson says the government bailout of his company was a net gain for taxpayers — even though they lost $10.5 billion.                           

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BP Trial Winding Down

December 17, 2013 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Kurt Mix's trial on two counts of obstruction of justice. Mix didn't testify. It started two weeks ago. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Consumer Prices Flat As Gas Costs Keep Falling

December 17, 2013 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices stayed flat in November, held down by falling gas prices. Inflation remains low across the broader economy, giving the Federal Reserve latitude to continue its extraordinary stimulus program.           

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Survey: U.S. Chemical Industry Poised For Dynamic Expansion

December 17, 2013 1:06 pm | by American Chemistry Council | News | Comments

“American chemistry is back in the game,” said Dr. Kevin Swift, ACC’s chief economist. "After a decade of lost competitiveness, American chemistry is reemerging as a growth industry. We’re seeing growing end-use markets; strengthening employment; surging exports."

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: 3D Printed Guns, Automotive Bankruptcies & Employing Vets

December 17, 2013 12:07 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, sponsored by Exact, we’ll discuss 3D printed guns and other disruptive technologies, as well as the Saab brand’s resurrection. We’ll also talk to Brad Holcomb of ISM on the latest strong manufacturing numbers, and see Honda’s fun new take on the airbag.

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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 1 & 2

December 17, 2013 10:36 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on information technology and trends.             

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Google Deal Adds To Company's Robotics Toolbox

December 17, 2013 10:27 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier.                       

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How Toyota Saves 61 Million Gallons Of Water Annually

December 17, 2013 10:03 am | by Toyota Motor Corporation | News | Comments

Plant processes, such as painting vehicles, require very pure H20.  Typically 25 percent of the water coming into a facility doesn’t make the cut. But by implementing a system called reverse osmosis that separates impurities before the manufacturing process, Toyota has increased usable water from 75 to 90 percent at several of its plants. 

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Judge: Paint Companies To Pay Calif. Cities $1.1B

December 17, 2013 9:53 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Paint companies have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cities and counties so that lead can be safely removed from millions of older homes.                           

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Obama To Meet With Tech CEOs Amid NSA Concerns

December 17, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.  The White House says the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.

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Hearing On Tuesday In 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

December 17, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."                       

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Toyota Putting Higher Focus On Environmental, Safety Technologies

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase resources including funds and engineers devoted to advanced environmental and safety technologies starting next year even at the cost of reducing such resources for the development of new models, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

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Menards Recalls Christmas Trees Due To Fire Risk

December 17, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Menards, a chain of home-improvement stores in the Midwest, is recalling 1,800 pre-lit artificial Christmas trees because the lights may overheat, start a fire or cause an electric shock.                  

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What Industry Can Learn From Retailers

December 17, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Tobias, Vice President of Web Products, ExactTarget | Articles | Comments

Recently, smart marketers from other industries such as restaurants, suppliers and consumer brands have started embracing personalizing interactions for their customers. These marketers are incorporating the fundamentals used in retail today to increase engagement and revenue. Marketers across all industries need to incorporate these retail strategies to optimize customer interactions to build brand loyalty and drive sales.

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Faultless Releases Morgan Stacking Dolly

December 17, 2013 8:57 am | by Faultless Caster | Product Releases | Comments

The Morgan Stacking Dolly is designed to make moving and storage easier, because stacking dollies move as a unit and take up significantly less space.

Two Innovative Visual Safety Devices

December 17, 2013 8:51 am | by J.W. Speaker | Product Releases | Comments

Specifically designed for the material handling industry, the Model 770 RED and Model 770 BLU from J.W. Speaker represent a new way of thinking about visual safety devices.

Non-Traversing Tube And Pipe Inspection

December 17, 2013 8:15 am | by AcousticEye Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

AcousticEye Inc. announced the introduction of its DUET™ system for ultra-fast, inner and outer diameter inspection of tubes and pipes in any shape or material.

Portable Explosion Proof Transformer

December 17, 2013 8:09 am | by Larson Electronics, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-TX-320-2XLV-DC explosion proof transformer is a convenient and reliable solution for operators in hazardous locations who need the ability to easily convert standard 120-277 VAC to low voltage 12/24 VDC current.

Machinists Plan March To Push Contract Vote

December 16, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many workers want a chance to vote on Boeing's latest offer, even though union leaders have said the contract is too similar to one rejected last month, Fritzler said. Federal, state and local political leaders also have called for a vote.   

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