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China's Auto Sales Growth Decelerates in February

March 10, 2015 10:55 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's auto sales growth decelerated in February despite a near doubling in purchases of Chinese-made SUVs, an industry group reported Tuesday.

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Wisconsin Joins 'Right-to-Work' States

March 10, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin officially became the 25th "right-to-work" state after Gov. Scott signed legislation Monday at a Milwaukee water meter manufacturer. 

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States Ask Federal Appeals Court to Toss California Poultry Law

March 10, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards. 

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Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Laser Weapon

March 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Efforts to develop lasers for military use took another step forward last week following the successful test of a Lockheed Martin prototype.

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A Strategic Approach to Surplus

March 9, 2015 3:50 pm | by Gardner Dudley, President, Capital Assets Group, Liquidity Services | Articles | Comments

Industrial manufacturing and plant operations’ professionals all have a common need to find a solution for managing surplus assets so they can focus on their many other responsibilities.

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Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

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Goodyear’s Concept Tires to Help Power Electric Cars

March 9, 2015 3:32 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear has announced a new concept tire that can convert heat into energy and, in turn, can power an electric car.

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NC Among Southern States Aiming to Lure Big Car Plants, Jobs

March 9, 2015 3:19 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern politicians are heating up their recruiting in hopes of landing a big auto manufacturing plant and the potential of thousands of high-paying jobs.

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A Look at ELF, the Solar-Powered Bicycle-Car Hybrid

March 9, 2015 3:07 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's called the ELF, a solar-powered bike-car hybrid that's turning up in cities across the country. Costing $5,500, the transportation requires no insurance or gasoline. 

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Alcoa to Acquire Titanium Producer, Expand Aerospace Operations

March 9, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Aluminum producer Alcoa will pay $1.5 billion in stock to acquire titanium company RTI International Metals, the company announced Monday.

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Obama to Announce Effort to Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 11:36 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. 

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4 Ways to Integrate Supply Chain Projects with Corporate Initiatives

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Godfrey Huguley | Articles | Comments

When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation

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GSM-60 Gas Sampling Monitor

March 9, 2015 10:53 am | by Enmet | Product Releases | Comments

The GSM-60 is a microprocessor-based gas monitor designed for use in industrial process, aerospace, pharmaceutical and semiconductor applications.

Wisconsin Poised to Join Right-to-Work States

March 9, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning. 

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Tesla Denies Reports About Gigafactory Construction Delay

March 9, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno.

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Chrysler Recalls Minivans, SUVs to Fix Ignition Switches

March 9, 2015 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 703,000 Fiat Chrysler SUVs and minivans will have to go back to the shop to fix malfunctioning ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly.

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GM Plans $5B Stock Buyback, Avoids Showdown with Hedge Funds

March 9, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has headed off a potentially divisive proxy fight by agreeing to buy back $5 billion in stock by the end of next year.

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Daimler To Build South Carolina plant, Creating 1,300 jobs

March 6, 2015 3:31 pm | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz Vans will build a new assembly plant for its Sprinter vans in South Carolina, investing a half-billion dollars and creating 1,300 jobs, the company announced Friday.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 6, 2015 3:06 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week’ focuses on a woman who has achieved a great feat in the manufacturing industry and a company that can’t seem to catch a break in the past couple of weeks.

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Two Foot Explosion Proof LED Light Fixture

March 6, 2015 2:52 pm | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 30 watt explosion proof LED light fixture. 

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