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Distribution & Manufacturing Profitability Forum 2014

January 8, 2014 4:54 pm | by IMPO Staff | Events

Mark your calendars for the first ever Distribution & Manufacturing Profitability Forum brought to you by Industrial Distribution and its related publications!

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Natural Gas Exports: Slow Walk Or 'Danger Zone'?

January 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some large manufacturers that use natural gas say the Energy Department is moving too quickly to approve gas exports, pushing the United States into a "danger zone" that could raise prices and harm the economy.            

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Goodyear Sues Over 'Boss-Napping' In France

January 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Dunlop Tires France — a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio — said in a statement the lawsuit was filed Wednesday with the prosecutor in Amiens, France, because it can't accept "actions that endanger people and goods."

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FDA Approves Diabetes Drug With New Approach

January 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Farxiga is a once-a-day tablet designed to help diabetes patients eliminate excess sugar via their urine. That differs from older drugs that decrease the amount of sugar absorbed from food and stored in the liver.           

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Cargill Selects Colorado Industrial Park For Latest Facility

January 8, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Broe Group | News | Comments

Cargill will build its eighth U.S. steel processing center to help meet the increasing demands for steel products in the manufacturing and shale oil industries. The new service center is expected to create up to 25 new jobs over the next three years. 

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Survey: U.S. Companies Add 238K Jobs, Most In Year

January 8, 2014 1:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A private survey shows U.S. businesses added the most jobs in a year in December, powered by a big gain in construction. The figures are the latest evidence that the economy gained momentum at the end of 2013. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 238,000 jobs in December, up slightly from 229,000 in the previous month.

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EU Makes Carbon Pollution More Expensive

January 8, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union says it is beefing up its carbon trading system to make it more expensive for utilities and other businesses to burn fossil fuels. EU officials on Wednesday voted for a proposal that ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe's prime tool in the fight against climate change.

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Ford Stock Up, Microsoft Down On Mulally News

January 8, 2014 1:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. shares rose while Microsoft Corp. stock fell Wednesday morning on news that Ford CEO Alan Mulally won't leave the automaker to lead the software giant. Mulally said in an interview with The Associated Press late Tuesday that he will stay at Ford at least through the end of this year. 

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2014 Economy Will 'Return To Normal'

January 8, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Thanks to a more stable international outlook and the housing market comeback, 2014 is expected to be a solid year of modest growth in the economy.                              

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Airbus Chief For North America Stepping Down

January 8, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the Airbus unit that handles business in North America is stepping down because of injuries he received in the 2010 Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens. Sean O'Keefe has run the North America unit since 2009, during a time when Europe-based Airbus expanded its U.S. presence.

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NY Plant Gets $640M Order For Calif. Rail Cars

January 8, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern New York manufacturing plant has received a nearly $640 million order to produce another 365 rail cars for the San Francisco area's public transit system. All of the cars will be built at the company's manufacturing plant in the city of Plattsburgh, near the Canadian border.

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Manufacturing Activity In The Southeast Falls For December

January 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity reversed its previous two-month climb in the Southeast, widening the gap between the region and the nation, according to the Southeast Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center.

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Mulally Puts Focus Back On Ford's Cars, Trucks

January 8, 2014 9:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Mulally ended months of speculation that had already clouded the debut of the new Mustang last month and threatened to overshadow next week's widely expected unveiling of a new F-150, plus the launch of 23 new vehicles this year.      

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Judge Ups Lead Paint Verdict To $1.15B

January 8, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg on Tuesday issued a final verdict ordering Sherwin Williams, National Lead, and ConAgra to pay $1.15 billion after finding that the companies knew the paint was harmful to children.   

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Budvar Beer Exports Reach Record High In 2013

January 8, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Czech state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, says its overall output and exports reached record highs in 2013.      

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Top 10 Biofuels & Biobased Predictions For 2014

January 8, 2014 8:57 am | by Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

As 2014 gets underway, The Biofuels Digest resists the first-of-year temptation to look back over the challenges and highlights of the year gone by, and instead lists the 10 Top Biofuels Predictions for 2014.            

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Shutting The Door On Shodan

January 8, 2014 8:36 am | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

It is easy to look at Shodan as the problem — it provides easy access to the devices connected to the Internet. In reality, however, Shodan simply highlights the security vulnerabilities of many of the devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). The real problem is not that Shodan finds insecure devices, but that so many devices lack real security.

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Detcon's Model X40 Controller

January 8, 2014 8:35 am | by Detcon Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The rugged, power-efficient controller, designed to monitor gas detection sensors and a wide range of other field devices, can receive and supervise 4-20mA or RS-485 field device inputs.

Wireless Access Monitoring For Cranes

January 8, 2014 8:25 am | by Keytroller, LLC IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC recently expanded the usage of it’s popular LCD-602 model from forklifts and equipment to controlling access and monitoring the usage of an overhead crane.

T-Mobile CEO Crashes AT&T Party, Is Thrown Out

January 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere is taking his "bad boy" image and feud with AT&T to the next level: he crashed a party thrown by AT&T at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas, and was thrown out after being discovered.      

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