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The Importance of Leadership and Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

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Google Invests in California Solar Power Plant

September 10, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build a solar plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County.                                    

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Nevada Lawmakers Considering $1.3B Tesla Package

September 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Governor Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory and tens of thousands of jobs it promises to bring. 

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U.S. Industry Pay Hikes Since the Recession

September 10, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite steady job growth and a drop in the unemployment rate from 10 percent during 2009 to 6.1 percent in August, most Americans have received little increase in pay.                        

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Hardinge To Acquire Voumar

September 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Hardinge Inc | News | Comments

Hardinge Inc., a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions and accessories, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of the Voumard Internal Diameter (ID) Grinding Business.     

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Flatbed Protection System

September 9, 2014 5:32 pm | by Garlock Safety Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Garlock Safety Systems has announced the release of its SpeedGuard II flatbed protection system designed to prevent falls.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in July

September 9, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.63 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 11.5 percent from June and down 1.4 percent when compared with the total of $359.70 million reported for July 2013. 

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Want Lower Gas Prices? Ship More Oil Abroad

September 9, 2014 2:36 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exporting more U.S. oil around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the nation's economy, according to a new study.                             

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Ohio Manufacturing Firm Makes $29M Expansion

September 9, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dayton Daily News | News | Comments

St. Paris manufacturing firm KTH Parts Industries is making progress on a $29 million expansion and hiring that's connected to increased production at Honda.                           

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U.S. Recovery Drives the Dollar Sharply Higher

September 9, 2014 1:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An improving U.S. economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere in the world, appears to be strengthening the U.S. dollar.                                 

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McDonald's Sales Metric Hurt by China Scandal

September 9, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's said that a key global sales figure fell 3.7 percent in August due to a food-safety scandal in China.                                       

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5 Key Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

September 9, 2014 12:56 pm | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.           

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Electrolux CEO Discusses GE Acquisition

September 9, 2014 12:13 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Following the $3.3 billion acquisition of GE Appliances USA Today sat down with Keith McLoughlin the CEO and President of Electrolux to discuss the monumental deal and it's ramifications.                  

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Grainger Announces World's First Data Center Certified by New LEED Standards

September 9, 2014 11:43 am | by W.W. Grainger | News | Comments

Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, announced its new data center is certified as the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of this type. 

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U.S. Job Openings Near 13-Year High

September 9, 2014 11:13 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of U.S. job openings remained near the highest level in 13 years in July, and companies also stepped up hiring that month to the fastest pace in nearly seven years.                     

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'Make It In Washington' Initiative Introduced to Strengthen Manufacturing Sector

September 9, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Small and midsized manufacturers in qualified Washington counties will have access to a new blend of support to strengthen their businesses.                               

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Ten Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation

September 9, 2014 10:33 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The "new age" of manufacturing brings added complexity to manufacturing. Fortunately, next generation ERP solutions are being designed to take advantage of these new technologies with industry-specific technical capabilities, and are proving to be helpful in making the complex simple.    

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General Mills Buying Annie's

September 9, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Packaged food giant General Mills plans to buy Annie's, the maker of rabbit-shaped mac and cheese, for $820 million.                                       

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Never Worry About Parking Again

September 9, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space — all by itself.                            

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What's New For Cars in 2015

September 9, 2014 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a roundup of what's new in the U.S. automotive industry for the 2015 model year.                                                

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