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Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers

March 3, 2014 1:42 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Kansas surgeon is working on a $1.6 million research product that seeks to address combat-related trauma issues for soldiers. The product could potentially help heal weight-bearing bone in a fraction of the time it normally takes.   

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Peugeot 308 Voted Car Of The Year

March 3, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French automaker Peugeot's compact beat six other finalists — including a pair of electric sports cars, the Tesla S and BMW i3 — and a premium Mercedes S class for the award announced Monday, the eve of the Geneva Auto Show.         

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Manufacturers Optimistic Overall, But Energy Costs Are Big Concern

March 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

Like their peers in other sectors, industrial manufacturing CEOs are much less worried about the global economy than last year, although exchange rate volatility and energy costs are still big concerns.             

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Obama Challenges Congress To Help Create Manufacturing Jobs

March 3, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama points to the launch of two new high-tech manufacturing hubs and a competition to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, mass transit, ports, and railroads. He says Congress can help in both areas.  

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Cummins Recalls 25K Engines

March 3, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. and its joint venture Cummins Westport Inc. are recalling 25,013 engines because cold weather could cause a sensor to fail, resulting in an exhaust fire.                      

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Automakers Pack Small Models With Premium Features

March 3, 2014 9:55 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

One Geneva Auto Show buzzword is small. Mass carmakers are adding premium design features to their city cars as they fight back against premium carmakers' moving in on their small car territory.                

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China Manufacturing Weakens, Economy Cools

March 3, 2014 9:52 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing weakened in February and employers cut staff at the fastest rate in nearly five years, a survey showed Monday, adding to signs growth in the world's second-largest economy is cooling.             

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Chrysler, Nissan Post Big Sales Gains

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nissan says its sales were up almost 16 percent to just over 115,000 despite repeated winter storms that struck much of the country. Chrysler sales rose 11 percent to nearly 155,000.                    

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Deere CEO Optimistic In 2014

March 3, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of Deere & Co. says this year will be pivotal for the company as lower demand for farm equipment cuts sales but he is optimistic demand for construction equipment and other advanced machinery will strengthen.         

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Manufacturer Rebranding: 7 Keys For Success

March 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity | Articles | Comments

There is simply no rebranding effort where the stakes are not extraordinarily high and the margin for error is slim at best.                                     

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Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Articles | Comments

Each year, 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. In total, all workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation.        

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Flowmeters Provide Cost Effective Monitoring Solution

March 3, 2014 9:13 am | by CDI Meters, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The CDI 5200 and 5400 flowmeters, from CDI Meters Inc., provide cost effective monitoring throughout a compressed air distribution system. 

Germany: No Spy Deal With U.S.

February 28, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German government is conceding that it doesn't expect to reach agreement with Washington in the foreseeable future on a hoped-for "no-spy" deal.                              

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Hospitals Coping With Persistent Drug Shortages

February 28, 2014 2:36 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. hospitals are coping better with ongoing shortages of hundreds of medications, but a new survey indicates that obtaining drugs from alternate sources is costing them a lot of money they can't spare.              

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Ex-Construction Lobby Chief Sentenced For Fraud

February 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A highway construction company owner who once led one of Idaho's most-powerful building groups has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay $3.1 million in restitution.                   

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Mclaren 12C: Near-Perfect Supercar

February 28, 2014 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The McLaren 12C Spyder provides roaring excitement that's easy to live with... at a price.                                             

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Sharp May Sell Plant In Jakarta To Cut Costs

February 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. is considering selling its Pulogadung plant in Jakarta after terminating the production of liquid crystal display televisions and other home appliances to slash costs, sources close to the matter said Friday.         

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Economy Expands At 2.4 Pct. Rate In 4Q

February 28, 2014 12:54 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate last quarter, sharply less than first thought, in part because consumers didn't spend as much as initially estimated. Severe winter weather is expected to further slow the economy in the current quarter.

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Google Donates Nearly $7M For San Francisco Program

February 28, 2014 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is donating nearly $7 million to allow San Francisco to continue providing free bus and other transportation services to low-income city kids. City officials announced the donation on Thursday and said it will cover an additional two years of the free transit program.

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Mazda Opens Mexican Plant

February 28, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This will be the most important production base under the ongoing structural reform in which the fate of the company is at stake," Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi said Thursday.                  

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