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Chiquita, Fyffes Alter Merger Agreement

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by The Assocated Press | News | Comments

Changes to the proposed merger between Chiquita and the Irish fruit importer Fyffes will give Chiquita shareholders a larger stake in what would become the world's largest banana supplier.                  

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Economy Grew at 4.6 Percent Rate in April-June

September 26, 2014 9:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 4.6 percent in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years, the government reported Friday.                        

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Best Practices for Bearing Protection

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by Adam Willwerth | Articles | Comments

Perhaps someday all motors will be built so well that there will be no more electrical bearing damage. Until that day comes, motor repair shops will continue to replace bearings eroded by voltages induced by variable frequency drives (VFDs, commonly known as inverters).

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India Launches New 'Make in India' Campaign to Boost Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign — "Make in India" — to entice investment and promote the country as the world's next cheap labor economy.                           

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UPS may be Changing the Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 1:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

With over 130 aircraft and an average of 1.6 million packages traveling through Worldport, a UPS facility in Louisville, on a daily basis, this facility is not just a massive (and efficient) mailroom, it is a wonder of contemporary automation.

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Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens announced from its Charlotte Energy Hub that it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.       

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Chrysler Redesigns its Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 12:28 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

The Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. This increase meant rethinking the assembly process and implementing significant changes. The most extensive transformation came on the assembly line.      

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NutraSweet To Cease Aspartame Production

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.                                         

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Lockheed Martin's New Firefighting Robot

September 25, 2014 11:10 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is developing a robot that could change the future of firefighting. It's called the Fire Ox, and it's designed to tackle fires in situations too hazardous for humans.                    

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Boeing To Bring Hundreds of New Jobs to South Carolina

September 25, 2014 11:05 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as 400 workers.  

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Ford To Add 1,200 Workers at MO Plant

September 25, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van.                                   

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Wisconsin Rep. Takes Stand for Consumers, Food Safety

September 25, 2014 10:11 am | by The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food | News | Comments

Tom Petri is cosponsoring the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will establish national labeling standards for food and beverage products and eliminate the potential confusion and bureaucratic, costly red tape stemming from a 50-state patchwork of laws and regulations that could raise the could cost of food.  

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Lease or Loan Equipment? What You Need to Know to Decide

September 25, 2014 10:03 am | by William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association | Articles | Comments

When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy” decision.                                

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Businesses Won't Return BP Spill Payments

September 25, 2014 9:49 am | by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.       

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Victims of GM Recall Given Two Choices: To Settle or Fight in Court

September 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 18.2 Percent

September 25, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record amount in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft.                             

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Rise to 293K

September 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago.                                        

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Explosion at Nevada Plastic Manufacturing Plant

September 25, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                          

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Polyaspartic Top Coat Sealer Floor Coating

September 25, 2014 9:11 am | by L&M Construction Chemicals | Product Releases | Comments

L&M Construction Chemicals has released PERK!, a polyaspartic top coat sealer and floor coating for concrete surfaces. 

India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 2:23 pm | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.                     

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