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Aptean Launches Manufacturing Calculator

July 22, 2014 9:57 am | by Aptean | News | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.                   

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China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. 

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Design Will Be Central to Microsoft's Future

July 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is putting an emphasis on design excellence more than ever — to make its products more competitive with offerings from rivals Apple, Google and Amazon and to prod its hardware making partners to dream up new, more innovative devices. 

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Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory in Florida

July 22, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                                      

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China, Venezuela Deepen Economic Ties

July 22, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China approved a $4 billion credit line and a flurry of new cooperative agreements Monday with Venezuela, its chief economic partner in Latin America.                             

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U.S. Craft Breweries See Growth Overseas

July 22, 2014 9:31 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.            

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Western Sugar Cooperative Issued 39 Citations

July 21, 2014 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming workplace safety officials have proposed fining Western Sugar Cooperative $194,000 for 39 citations at the company's two processing plants in the state.                         

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Subaru Sued Over Dangerous Auto Defect

July 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Subaru vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven, a federal lawsuit says.                                   

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McDonald's, KFC Face Food Scandal In China

July 21, 2014 3:03 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.                           

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Private Jet Recovery From Recession Uneven

July 21, 2014 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall.                               

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Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment

July 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey.                   

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GE Invests $5M In Mebane Manufacturing Operations For New Jobs

July 21, 2014 2:52 pm | by GE | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C. operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience.                   

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3D Printing For Aircraft Industry Takes Off

July 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

European aerospace manufacturer Airbus says its pioneering use of a 3D printed titanium bracket in its A350-XWB aircraft could herald a new future for aerospace production.                       

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RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.                     

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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

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GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.       

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EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.             

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FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.           

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Judge: Chinese Drywall Maker In Contempt

July 21, 2014 9:48 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

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Severstal Selling U.S. Plants For $2.3B

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.                             

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