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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China falling far behind.           

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Does It Matter That We’re Going To Beat The Recall Record?

April 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

Do these massive recalls point to quality problems in our cars and trucks? And is the car parked in your driveway still safe to drive?                                  

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Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                       

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Feds Investigating Chevy Impala Brakes

April 23, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.                          

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Job Market For College Grads Improves

April 23, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department on Tuesday said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was 10.9 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2012.                               

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Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

To help manage the process of ERP evaluation and selection, offered here are seven guidelines to keep in mind when entering into an ERP project.                               

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U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 2:12 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.                      

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CAT CEO's Compensation Cut To $12M

April 22, 2014 1:59 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. cut the value of its CEO's pay package by 32 percent to $12 million in 2013, a year when the heavy machinery maker saw its profits fall by a third.                         

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GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                                 

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Climate Change May Shake Up Coffee Market

April 22, 2014 1:51 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pests, rising heat, and extreme temperatures resulting from climate change could affect where coffee can be grown around the world by 2050, devastating some communities.                        

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U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute.                                

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Swivel Casters With Locking Brake Option

April 22, 2014 11:57 am | by Revvo Caster | Product Releases | Comments

New Sussex 63 Series swivel casters from Revvo Caster feature a secure hand-operated locking brake to provide a low-cost braking option. 

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New Emergency Collets

April 22, 2014 11:39 am | by Hardinge Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Even with the best planning, emergencies arise when your tool room and production departments require a stepped, odd size or special shape collet.

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Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.            

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We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 22, 2014 10:07 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. We cannot and should not depend on them to address the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

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No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.       

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers.     

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GM Wants More Protection From Lawsuits

April 22, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.                    

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Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud connected to an ammunition company in Maine.                     

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Certified Pre-Owned Mobile Computers

April 22, 2014 9:37 am | by Carlton Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Motorola MC7598 is a rugged mobile computer that delivers high performance voice and data services on CDMA networks anywhere in the world.

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Lawmakers Demand Sanctions On Russia's Chemicals

April 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries.                         

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