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Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

April 1, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, as promised, vetoed legislation Tuesday that would overturn a federal rule to speed up the process for union certification elections. 

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Judge To Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

April 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

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Vertical-Lift Drum Pourers

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Morse Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Morse Manufacturing presents their Vertical-Lift Drum Pourers. According to the company, the Vertical-Lift Drum Pourers make it simple to raise and pour a heavy drum.

A Firm Grasp on its Craft

April 1, 2015 10:08 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Articles | Comments

Griffin Claw produces half-barrels, quarter-barrels, bottles and cans, and its beers are available at approximately 1,200 retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Michigan.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 189K Jobs in March

April 1, 2015 9:26 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The modest gains suggest that harsh winter weather has generated a broader slowdown that caused the survey to report gains of less than 200,000 jobs for the first time in 13 months.

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U.S. Auto Sales Likely to be Flat in March, but Outlook Strong

April 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto sales were expected to slow a bit in March, but analysts remain optimistic about the market.

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How Centralizing Your Company’s Business Intelligence Can Improve Your Bottom Line

March 31, 2015 1:55 pm | by Heine Krog Iversen | Articles | Comments

To improve your company’s overall efficiency, rather than looking at the next big program that hits the market, the answer to better gains might very well be to simply re-organize your existing BI system.

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Jaguar Manufacturing, Castle Bromwich Assembly Plant

March 31, 2015 1:45 pm | by AutoMotoTV | Videos | Comments

A look at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich  assembly plant in Castle Vale, Birmingham, England where the Jaguar XF, XJ and F-Type models are made. 

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 77

March 31, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 77 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Dig This: The Panama Canal is About to Get Busy

March 31, 2015 12:53 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

Congress Urged to Tread Cautiously on IoT Regulations

March 31, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tech industry representatives and business leaders last week encouraged Congress to use caution when attempting to address privacy concerns in the Internet of Things. 

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U.S. Steel To Idle Part of Minnesota Plant, 680 Layoffs Expected

March 31, 2015 10:21 am | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel plans to idle part of its Minntac plant in Mountain Iron, Minnesota resulting in layoffs for about 680 workers.

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Jury Awards $38.5 Million-Plus in Fatal Shooting at Plant

March 31, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4 1/2 years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm.

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Philips Sells Stake in LED Components, Automotive Lighting

March 31, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics giant Philips says it is selling a majority stake in its LED components and automotive lighting division to a consortium led by investment fund GO Scale Capital in a deal worth up to $2.9 billion.

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Saving Lives with an Engine Upgrade

March 31, 2015 9:53 am | by Jonathan Jacobi, Senior EHS Advisor with UL Workplace Health & Safety | Articles | Comments

Business is tough in today's global marketplace. Everyone is being asked to do more, with less. Across industries, including automotive, workers are being asked to be more efficient, and safety and risk management professionals are certainly not insulated.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

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Elon Musk Announces Mystery New Product Line

March 31, 2015 9:33 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Elon Musk took to twitter once again to release a cryptic teaser regarding impending new Telsa products — and this time it isn’t a car. 

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth for Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. gained 295,000 jobs in February to continue strong hiring patterns from 2014. But newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Top 'Made In America' Factories to Tour

March 30, 2015 2:55 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

For many Americans, the label "Made In the USA" is a welcome sight. So, if you're looking for an unusual trip this spring, how about visiting some of the places where those labels go on? From coast-to-coast, you can go inside factories to watch fellow Americans make everything from boats and jellybeans to shoes and whiskey.

Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Emery Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

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The 'Tale' of the Tail of the Spend

March 30, 2015 2:01 pm | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions | Articles | Comments

MRO expenditures should not be a part of the Pareto Principle management philosophy. If a particular step or activity within the manufacturing process was deemed to be unprofitable, it would be corrected or eliminated; the same management recognition of MRO operations should be applied and corrected, or outsourced.

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