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Wave Of Wearable Gadgets Expected At CES

January 6, 2014 9:46 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. There are countless smartwatches for tech nerds who'd rather glance at their wrists to check messages than reach for their smartphones.

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Staff Seize Bosses At French Goodyear Site

January 6, 2014 9:40 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The factory's union says the director and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers were being held against their will.

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Utah Gun Maker Turns Down $15M Deal With Pakistan

January 6, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns. It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and the sale of rifles to Pakistan would have been legal.

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Boeing Machinists OK Contract Tied To 777X

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

The issue fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from politicians who said the deal was necessary to support the area's economic future. Boeing has been exploring the prospect of building the 777X elsewhere, a move that could trigger a steady exodus of aerospace jobs from the place where Boeing was founded.

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Corvette Will Let Owners Record, Share Drives

January 6, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone, and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

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GM To Outfit Chevy Vehicles With 4G From AT&T

January 6, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says it will start outfitting most Chevrolet vehicles with 4G cellular capabilities in partnership with AT&T. The technology will let drivers make phone calls and allow passengers to surf the Web without burning through the voice and data limits on their phone plans.

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Finding And Keeping A Next-Gen Workforce

January 6, 2014 9:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manfuacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment, or with CNC machines, can be a rare commodity, with most young people moving toward other industries, and manufacturing-centric education faltering or disappearing elsewhere.

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How Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Operational Excellence

January 6, 2014 9:00 am | by LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Operational Excellence is a continuous improvement journey facilitated by a culture and mindset of optimizing an organization’s people, processes, and supporting technology resources. Depending on current strategy and position, however, every company will have different Operational Excellence goals and objectives.

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Self-Contained, Prefabricated Automated Cell

January 6, 2014 8:34 am | by Mazak Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Mazak now offers its space-saving, high-performance Vertical Center Nexus Compact 5X Vertical Machining Center as part of a self-contained, prefabricated automated cell that provides efficient, cost-effective lights-out manufacturing for small-to-medium sized parts.

Elastimold Grounding Device

January 6, 2014 8:13 am | by Thomas & Betts Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Elastimold® Grounding Device (GAD) from Thomas & Betts provides a direct 600A, 25kA-rated connection with a removable protective cap that allows for increased safety in everyday operations.

Porsche Reports Record Sales In 2013

January 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by Porsche Cars North America, Inc. | News | Comments

Porsche Cars North America, Inc., the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars including the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera sports sedan, announced it has once again set an all-time U.S. sales record, with 42,323 cars sold in 2013 (plus 21 percent over 2012).

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Will A Surge Of Older Workers Take Jobs From Young?

January 3, 2014 1:03 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people. One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.     

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Bank Gives $40M Boost To U.S.-Haiti Industrial Park

January 3, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Inter-American Development Bank plans to award $40.5 million to help an industrial park in northern Haiti with its expansion, the international agency said Thursday.                       

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Original Cheerios To Go GMO-Free

January 3, 2014 12:49 pm | by Candice Choie, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Original Cheerios will now be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients," although that it is not an official certification. The labels will also note that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company spokesman.

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4 Dead After Cambodian Police Fire On Garment Workers

January 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at most of Cambodia's more than 500 garment factories are on strike, demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $160 a month, double the current rate. The government has offered $100 a month. The local human rights group LICADHO said in a statement that at least four civilians were shot dead and 21 injured.

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Ex-BP Engineer: Juror Misconduct Tainted Verdict

January 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kurt Mix's lawyers said they interviewed jurors after the verdict and learned that one juror told the others during their deliberations about overhearing a conversation in a courthouse elevator that made that juror feel more comfortable about convicting Mix.

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Creating The Future Of Packaging

January 3, 2014 12:07 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design, a company in Green Island, NY, turns agricultural waste and mushroom fibers into a styrofoam packaging replacement.                                 

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Emergent Biosolutions Wins 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence Award

January 3, 2014 10:47 am | by The Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence and Emergent Biosolutions | Blogs | Comments

Emergent BioSolutions announced that its facility in Lansing, Michigan has been recognized with the 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award by the Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence. The NAME Award honors North American organizations that excel in performing maintenance processes that enable operational excellence.

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Odds Dim For Fisker Production In Former Del. GM Plant

January 3, 2014 10:05 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hybrid Technology LLC, owned by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, is seeking to buy Fisker's remaining assets in bankruptcy after paying $25 million for DOE's outstanding loan, resulting in a loss to U.S. taxpayers of $139 million, but would then sell the former General Motors plant meant for production.

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Auto Sales Finish 2013 8 Pct. Up, Strongest Since 2007

January 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Most analysts are predicting that Americans bought around 1.4 million new cars and trucks last month, the fourth-best month of the year. That means the industry will finish 2013 with sales of about 15.6 million cars and trucks, roughly 8 percent better than the 14.5 million vehicles sold in 2012.

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