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Judge Dismisses Suit By French Goodyear Workers

January 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge in Akron ruled late Wednesday against workers who had sued to block the shutdown of their plant in Amiens. The judge said the class-action lawsuit failed to prove contract violations or interference by the parent company in its French operations.

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Mass. Monks Brewing Beer Like European Brothers

January 16, 2014 1:32 pm | by Dave Martin, Associated Press | News | Comments

For more than a century, Catholic Cistercian monks known as Trappists have been brewing and selling what many beer lovers consider some of the best in the world. Eight monasteries — six in Belgium and one each in Holland and Austria — produce the only beer recognized by the International Trappist Association as authentic Trappist beer.

Listeria Cantaloupe Farmers Seek Probation

January 16, 2014 1:27 pm | by Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011 are asking a federal judge for probation, saying jail time for them is excessive because justice has been served with the federal government's imposition of new food guidelines.

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Ford Recalls 27,933 Edge Crossovers

January 16, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 27,933 Edge crossovers in the U.S. because a damper in the fuel line could crack and cause fuel leaks. The recall involves Edges from the 2012 and 2013 model years with 2.0-liter engines.          

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Ford: 1,000 New Hires Start Work At Kansas City Plant

January 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Ford said it is welcoming nearly 1,000 new employees at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to prepare for the launch of the all-new Ford Transit that goes on sale in the U.S. this summer. The plant is home of the 2014 F-150 and will begin producing the all-new 2015 F-150 in the first quarter of 2015.

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Marlin Steel: Why I Automate

January 16, 2014 1:14 pm | by Robotic Industries Association | Videos | Comments

Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.                                   

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Carlyle Group Makes $4.15B Offer For J&J Unit

January 16, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is being offered $4.15 billion by The Carlyle Group for its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business. The New Brunswick, N.J., company has until the end of March to decide whether to accept the offer.         

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Bombardier Signs $2B Deal With Saudi Airline

January 16, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier Aerospace says it has signed a firm agreement to to sell 16 of its CS300 aircraft to a Saudi Arabian airline with an option to sell an additional 10 aircraft. The order for the 16 aircraft is valued at approximately US$1.21 billion, but should all 10 options be exercised, the value of the contract would increase to US$1.99 billion.

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European Car Market Endures Longest Slump Ever

January 16, 2014 9:55 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European car market has endured its longest slump ever with a sixth straight year of contraction in 2013, but an unexpected surge in December sales may signal recovery, according to industry data released Thursday.         

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Gov't Charges Wal-Mart With Labor Violations

January 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart illegally fired, disciplined, or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions. The labor board's general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Wal-Mart.

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Reinventing America's Workforce

January 16, 2014 9:39 am | by CNBC | Videos | Comments

Steve Forbes, Forbes media chairman and editor-in-chief, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, discuss how implementing innovations with cheap energy will provide a renaissance in manufacturing and create more jobs.           

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Obama Announces First Manufacturing Hub

January 16, 2014 9:33 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

President Obama discusses a new North Carolina "manufacturing hub" that he hopes will spread innovation nationwide.                                       

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China Reduces Solar Power Costs With Large-Scale Manufacturing

January 16, 2014 9:27 am | Videos | Comments

Over the past decade, China has become the world's leading manufacturer of solar energy technologies. China's solar manufacturers have helped drive down the cost of solar panels by using large-scale production practices, spurring the European Union to set a minimum price for Chinese solar panels sold in Europe. 

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Living The Dream: Manufacturing Chocolate

January 16, 2014 9:16 am | by Mondelez International | Videos | Comments

Hear from Mondelez's UK Manufacturing Director of Chocolate, Neil Chapman. Chapman explains why he is passionate about working in manufacturing, and tells the story of manufacturing at Cadbury. Also watch insider footage of how the Cadbury Dairy Milk bar is made. 

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Vt. Manufacturer Wins $21M Military Contract

January 15, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Revision Military will supply 90,000 Advanced Combat Helmets to the Defense Logistics Agency. The Caledonia Record reports that Revision Military is one of only two qualified and approved suppliers for the helmet.           

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New Hyundai CEO On Quest To Regain Lost Market Share

January 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the new Hyundai CEO Dave Zuchowski's predecessor, John Krafcik, Hyundai posted huge sales gains and captured 5.1 percent of the U.S. market in 2011. Then the company's factories couldn't keep up with demand and sales slowed.     

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GM Predicts Modest Pretax Profit Gain This Year

January 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The No. 1 U.S. automaker joined others in forecasting slower growth in the red-hot U.S. market. Still, GM and industry analysts expect sales to reach or exceed 16 million for the first time since 2007. GM said it plans to use profits from the U.S. and China — now its largest market — to boost weaker parts of its business.

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Review: Site's Groundwater, Soil Cleanup Working

January 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | News | Comments

The effort to clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the nation's only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons has been effective so far and will continue for years, according to the first five-year review of the site.   

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Auto Parts Maker To Build Facility In Missouri

January 15, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Janesville Acoustics plans to build a $13.4 million, 155,000-square-foot facility in Warrensburg to supply parts to a General Motors assembly plant in the Kansas City area. Gov. Jay Nixon says the project could create 164 fulltime jobs in Missouri.

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U.S. Wholesale Costs Rise On Gas Prices

January 15, 2014 1:40 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures costs before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month from November. That ends three straight months of falling wholesale prices.       

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