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Heinz Kraft Cuts Hit Free Snacks For Employees

August 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decision to stop stocking Kraft's former headquarters near Chicago with free cheese sticks and servings of Jell-O is among the slew of changes made by the new Kraft Heinz Co. in an attempt to reduce annual spending.


EPA Rule May Threaten Jobs, Economy

August 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | Articles | Comments

The EPA has responded to critics of the carbon rule by making several changes, most notably, allowing more time for states to file their implementation plans, but the ERCC explains that the deadlines are still unrealistic.


U.S. Auto Sales Exceed Expectations In July

August 3, 2015 2:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota combined for more than 75 percent of the U.S. auto market share in June.


Kraft Recalls 36K Cases of Cheese

August 3, 2015 12:17 pm | by The Kraft Heinz Company | News | Comments

There have been 10 consumer complaints to date about the packaging, including three reports of consumers choking.


From The Top: Why Applying Big Data Techniques Doesn't Mean Big Bucks

August 3, 2015 12:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Companies are gathering huge amounts of data about their production, processes and customers to become more connected. In this episode, we chat with Colin Masson, global industry director of manufacturing at Microsoft, on what should we know about big data management.


Atlas Copco Launches Upgraded Trowels

August 3, 2015 11:53 am | by Atlas Copco | Product Releases | Comments

The upgraded trowels feature an adjustable clutch to enhance versatility, a maintenance stand to make servicing easy, and a centrifugal clutch for safe operations.

U.S. Manufacturing Growth Slows In July

August 3, 2015 11:38 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Institute of Purchasing Managers' manufacturing index slipped to 52.7 last month from 53.5 in June. Economists had expected the index to remain unchanged.


STEM Salaries Fall For Second Quarter In A Row

August 3, 2015 11:12 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Engineering wages fell by 0.1 percent, compared to the national 12-month percentage change in the United States of 0.3 percent.


Anheuser-Busch, Diageo Hopeful Despite Recent Struggles in North America

August 3, 2015 10:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

AB InBev expects stronger revenue growth in the second half of 2015, while Diageo officials believe the company is well-positioned to take advantage of Americans' increasing preference for higher-end liquors.


Hinoman's Vegetable Whole-protein Ingredient Granted GRAS Status

August 3, 2015 10:58 am | by Hinoman | News | Comments

The approval is a major step toward Hinoman becoming a key microgreen protein supplier in the U.S. market.


Obama Sets Stricter Power Plant Cuts In Global Challenge

August 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Power plants will have to attain an even lower level of carbon dioxide pollution to be in compliance, deepening the CO2 cuts by an additional 2 percent.


Cargill Completes Acquisition Of ADM's Chocolate Business

August 3, 2015 10:44 am | by Cargill | News | Comments

The acquisition constitutes a milestone for Cargill's chocolate growth strategy, strengthening its position as a player in the cocoa and chocolate industry.


China's Manufacturing Shows Zero Growth In July

August 3, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese government has cut interest rates four times since November and launched mini-stimulus efforts to shore up economic growth that slowed to 7 percent in the first quarter.


Dodge Chargers Recalled; Door Slam Can Make Air Bags Inflate

August 3, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler says the air bag control modules may be too sensitive and need to be recalibrated, and that it knows of three minor injuries from the problem.


Unoverse Boxer 9000 Peristaltic Pump

July 31, 2015 5:14 pm | by Clark Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The Unoverse Boxer 9000 Peristaltic Pumps are easy to panel-mount, are self-priming, and utilize an exclusive hinged lid design for fast and easy tube replacement.

The Ultimate Series, Hubbell-Wiegmann Enclosures

July 31, 2015 5:04 pm | by AutomationDirect | Product Releases | Comments

The new Ultimate Series enclosures are constructed with plasma welded seams, polyurethane poured-in-place gaskets, collar studs for mounting optional subpanels, concealed hinges, and increased tub openings to accommodate larger size subpanels.

Why You Shouldn’t Be That Excited About Tesla’s New Incentive Program

July 31, 2015 2:40 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

A reminder of why it's important to read the fine print.


Commuters Don't Want Self-Driving Cars Anymore

July 31, 2015 2:25 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | Articles | Comments

A recent report examines motorist preferences for vehicle automation levels, including interaction preferences and overall concern for riding in self-driving cars.


Man Says Cracker Company Failed To Pay For Broken Tooth

July 31, 2015 12:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arthur Kyricos filed a federal lawsuit after he said officials from California-based Mary's Gone Crackers told him they would cover the full dental bill for a broken tooth he incurred after biting into one of the company's crackers.


Study: Modified Rice Sharply Curtails Methane Emissions

July 31, 2015 12:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers are looking to combat harmful methane emissions from traditional rice production. A study found that modified rice produced less than 10 percent of the methane from conventional plants in a laboratory and in field tests.



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