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Yokogawa Expands U.S. Production In Georgia

January 24, 2014 1:33 pm | by Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation | News | Comments

Yokogawa Corporation of America, a manufacturer of equipment measurement, control, and automation, has announced the opening on its new facility in Newnan, Ga., which was built in response to increased demand for its products and service offerings.

Fla. Gov. Wants To Boost Job Training Efforts

January 24, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for spending $30 million a year on new job training programs. Scott on Thursday announced the initiative during a stop at a convenience food manufacturer. The programs will be focused on fields in science, technology, engineering and math and high-demand areas.

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Union Membership Holds Steady At 11.3 Pct.

January 24, 2014 1:26 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a turnabout, there are now slightly more union members working for private firms than in government, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That reverses a five-year trend. Although the rate of membership among all workers didn't budge, the overall number of union members grew slightly, rising about 162,000 to nearly 14.5 million.

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Sprint Gearing Up To Layoff Workers

January 24, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A regulatory filing says the Overland Park, Kan.-based company began drawing up layoff plans last week. A Sprint spokesman says the company's managers are still reviewing how many jobs they will need to cut. The purge is expected to be completed by the end of June.

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Apple's Mac Still Influences, 30 Years After Debut

January 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Anick Jesdaun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Mac introduced real-world metaphors such as using a trash can to delete files. It brought us fonts and other tools once limited to professional printers. Most importantly, it made computing and publishing easy enough for everyday people to learn and use.

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Barra To Stay The Course At GM, But Accelerate

January 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Among her priorities is making GM's brand messages clear and consistent worldwide. New vehicles like the Cadillac ATS sedan — which goes on sale in China this year — can help Cadillac become a global luxury brand. Chevrolet needs to show that it provides a lot of value to buyers.

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Mo. Senate Panel Considers Blocking E15 Gasoline

January 24, 2014 9:29 am | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid warnings from business groups and car manufacturers about using higher concentrations of ethanol in gasoline, a Missouri Senate committee considered Thursday whether to permanently block a proposal allowing gas stations to sell fuel containing 15 percent ethanol.

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Parts That Can Cause Toilets To Burst Are Recalled

January 24, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Watch out for exploding toilets. Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.

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Pepsico, Nestle To Boost Mexico Investments

January 24, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo said it plans to invest $5 billion in the country over the next five years, with the funds going toward efforts such as the expansion of its production lines and delivery infrastructure, and the strengthening of research and development capabilities.

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How Lean Do You Really Want To Be?

January 24, 2014 9:16 am | by Tom McNamara and Erika Masillac | Articles | Comments

Just-in-time (JIT) deliveries, little to no inventory, outsourcing, sole sourcing — all of these “lean” concepts have been at the heart of operations management for years now. But more and more companies are starting to ask themselves a simple question; Just how lean do we really want to be?

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Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

January 24, 2014 9:09 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, all Democrats, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow and hire new employees, while also assisting in training a workforce capable of working those jobs.

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Scissor Deck Stands

January 24, 2014 8:07 am | by Scissor Deck | Product Releases | Comments

Scissor Decks are spring assisted manual lift platforms which set up or fold down in seconds. Scissor Decks may be joined together in line or on 90 degree angles for wrap around maintenance applications.

Fans Protect Against Thermal Variances

January 24, 2014 8:01 am | by NTE Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

NTE’s fans protect against thermal variances that could harm components and prevent a premature failure, while also ensuring optimal performance, says the company. 

Lenovo Buys Part Of IBM Server Business For $2.3B

January 23, 2014 2:34 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's Lenovo Group is buying IBM's server business for $2.3 billion, expanding a product line-up dominated by PCs, tablets and smartphones. Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday it expects to offer jobs to 7,500 IBM employees as part of its acquisition of the x86 server business.

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Michigan Seeks Visas To Lure Immigrants To Detroit

January 23, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican governor said he is seeking 50,000 work visas solely for the city over five years. The type of visas involved are not currently allocated by region or state, but rather go to legal immigrants who have advanced degrees or show exceptional ability in certain fields.

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How Pliers Are Made

January 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Bahco | Videos | Comments

Watch as Bahco pliers are turned from raw material into their final state. This video features close up views of hot forging, washing, drilling, grinding, induction hardening, threading, and injection equipment, as well as final hand assembly. 

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Small Businesses Have Wish List For New SBA Head

January 23, 2014 1:58 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Small business owners may be looking to the next SBA administrator for help making their companies stronger, but the role reaches into job creation and the health of the broader economy. More than 99 percent of the 27 million companies in the U.S. are small businesses. They employ about half the nation's workforce.

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Higher In January

January 23, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation | News | Comments

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 64.9, the highest confidence level in two years, and an increase from the December index of 55.8.  An improved general outlook for economic activity among industry leadership contributed to the increase.

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GE Hitachi To Pay $2.7M Over False Nuke Claims

January 23, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of General Electric has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve claims its employees made false statements to the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission about a reactor component.           

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FDA Says It Is Studying Caramel Coloring In Soda

January 23, 2014 1:44 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency's announcement comes in response to a study by Consumer Reports that shows varying levels of 4-methylimidazole — an impurity formed in some caramel coloring at low levels during the manufacturing process — in 12 brands of soda from five manufacturers.

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