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Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 19, 2014 9:36 am | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs.                       

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Bankruptcy Judge Approves WV Spill Settlement

September 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                          

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GM Plans a New, High-End Cadillac for Next Year

September 19, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.                                       

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Right-shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

September 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

I propose we replace the notion of off-shoring vs. on-shoring with the idea of "right-shoring," asking the question "where is (are) the best location(s) to make something?" My business answers this question for our customers every day. To do so, criteria beyond simply cost must be considered.

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Maglite's Commitment to American Manufacturing

September 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

The flashlight company, started 50 years ago in South Carolina, refuses to go overseas.                                                

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Amazon Founder's Firm To Build New Rocket Engines

September 18, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.                            

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Change: A CEO's Job in the 21st Century

September 18, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The realities of doing business right now is that the marketplace is changing with breakneck speed and becoming exponentially more complex, diverse and more unpredictable than ever before.That's why a successful company needs to deploy appropriate strategies for proactively driving change and sustainable growth.

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IL Delays Decision on Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                    

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Thor Industries Plans Expansions for 2 Indiana Factories

September 18, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana.                                         

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NAM: Congress Must Focus On Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

September 18, 2014 1:07 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

The House passed a continuing resolution that temporarily reauthorizes the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank; however, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs, Congress still has more work to do. 

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Toyota's New Hydrogen Car Quietly Rolls Into Town

September 18, 2014 12:47 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Toyota quietly rolled into town with the newest addition to its eco-conscious fleet, the 2015 FCV hydrogen car. The car hits dealers in the middle of next year.                           

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Elos Fixturlaser Changes Name to ACOEM AB Following Acquisition by the ACOEM GROUP

September 18, 2014 11:06 am | by VibrAlign, Inc | News | Comments

VibrAlign, distributor of Fixturlaser shaft alignment systems in the United States, announced that in June 2014 the ACOEM Group, France, acquired Elos Fixturlaser AB, Sweden, the world leading developer and manufacturer of laser-based shaft alignment systems.

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Aircraft Interior Manufacturer Announces New Facility

September 18, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer said Wednesday that it is spending $2.5 million to open a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people.                        

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Equipment Manufacturers See Increasing Demand with Horse-Powered Farming

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules.              

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Drum Lifting Hook

September 18, 2014 10:21 am | by Morse | Product Releases | Comments

Morse has announced the release of the Morse Model 284, a new drum lifting hook.    

U.S. To Train Veterans To Install Solar Panels

September 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, said the White House.                                       

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Japanese Automakers Face an Odd Adversary: Google

September 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Japan Economic Newswire | News | Comments

In the race to invent and refine autonomous car technologies Japanese automakers are apparently feeling competition from across the Pacific, not just from their peers like General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. but, to an even greater extent, an unconventional player -- Google Inc.

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Over Half of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency in 2015

September 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to Schneider Electric.

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5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 9:33 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.        

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Benefits Fall Sharply

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.                     

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