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U.S. Manufacturing Slows as Orders and Hiring Weaken

April 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at a weaker pace, with orders growing more slowly and hiring essentially flat.

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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.

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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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Report: European Fracking Would Not Mirror U.S.

April 1, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The dramatic increase in U.S. energy production through fracking could not be replicated in Europe, according to a report by a renewable energy group.

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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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Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

April 1, 2015 9:09 am | 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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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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Bob Vila Visits Global Solar Factory

March 31, 2015 1:31 pm | by Bob Vila | Videos | Comments

Bob Vila visits the Global Solar factory in Tucson, AZ to see how the company manufactures its unique solar-electric (photovoltaic) devices

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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.

Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View of Manufacturing

March 31, 2015 12:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. job training efforts and economic statistics should include a broader look at manufacturing processes, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.

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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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