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Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles to Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen.                               

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WTO Rejects U.S. Country-of-Origin Labels

October 21, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

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AbbVie To Pay Shire $1.64B Fee Over Failed Merger

October 21, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AbbVie is walking away from its proposed $55 billion takeover bid of Shire and has agreed to pay the rival drugmaker a $1.64 billion breakup fee.                              

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U.S. Agency Warns Car Owners to Get Air Bags Checked

October 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.           

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GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises

October 21, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 29 people have died and 27 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                              

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Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories Problem in Italty

October 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Ericka Kinetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for safety and labor violations. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name.          

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The Perils of Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect, and 5 Solutions

October 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Leavoy | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

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Alibaba Drives Tesla Model S to Chinese Marketplace

October 20, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla Motors has begun taking online orders for the Model S in China through a Tmall.com listing through Alibaba.                                       

Canadian Pacific Ends CSX Deal Talks

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Pacific Railway has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions.                                   

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IBM To Pay $1.5B to Shed its Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 10:42 am | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

 IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research.        

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AT5 Motor Circuit Analyzer

October 20, 2014 10:27 am | by ALL-TEST Pro, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

ALL-TEST Pro, LLC is pleased to introduce its new, portable electric motor circuit analysis instrument, the ALL-TEST Pro 5 (AT5). 

GE Sees Strong U.S. Economy as Profits Rise

October 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. posted strong third quarter results, issued an upbeat forecast for the fourth quarter and said U.S. industrial activity is at its highest level since the financial crisis.                 

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General Motors' Legal Chief To Retire

October 20, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year.                   

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Federal Reserve Chair Greatly Concerned by Widening Inequality

October 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.             

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Electrolux Buoyed by U.S. Growth

October 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in the U.S. and efficiency gains in Europe helped Swedish home-appliance maker Electrolux post a 42 percent jump in third-quarter profits.                              

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Survey: Pay Remains Stagnant Despite Strong U.S. Hiring

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.                  

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Cutting-Edge ERP Technologies for Your Business

October 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Small or mid-sized businesses will benefit most from an ERP system if it can be customized as much as possible and the company can take advantage of the most cutting-edge ERP technology available.               

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VibrAlign Expands Shaft Alignment Training

October 17, 2014 3:19 pm | by VibrAlign, Inc. | News | Comments

VibrAlign, Inc., American distributor of Fixturlaser Alignment tools, is proud to announce the expansion of their offerings as a shaft alignment training provider.                         

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Voxeljet's Factory Flop: 3D Printing Boom or Bust?

October 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Few IPOs were hotter than the offering for 3D printer maker Voxeljet — which went public a year ago this week to a 122 percent rise. The company said it would use those IPO proceeds to expand its business in the U.S., but the company isn't telling investors just how slowly that U.S. expansion is going.

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Manufacturers Gear Up for More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

Taking advantage of government programs that aid in cost reduction and competitiveness within the industry is critical for the success of each individual business and for the U.S. economy.                 

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U.S. Economy Strong Despite Global Slowdown Fear

October 17, 2014 1:54 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear.                                          

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