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Women Small Business Owners Struggle To Get Loans

August 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank.                                    

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Improving Car Safety With LEDs

August 20, 2014 1:48 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Entrepreneur Michael Haas lights up LEDs to improve car safety with a system he invented called Haas Perimeter Lighting Technology.                                  

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The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 20, 2014 1:44 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.                 

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GE Ramps Up Industrial Base, Looks To Sell Appliance Unit

August 20, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

For more than 100 years, General Electric has been a staple consumer appliance brand in American homes. Necessities like the electric toaster, refrigerator, and washer & dryer, helped make GE the conglomerate it is today.        

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Fortune Brands To Sell Window Business for $130M

August 20, 2014 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fortune Brands, which makes Master Lock padlocks, Kemper kitchen cabinets and Moen water faucets, said it is selling its window business to focus on its Therma-Tru door business and Fypon home trim business.             

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Apple's Stock Bounces Back To Hit a New High

August 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.              

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Safety Agency Offers Online Recall Service

August 20, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.                                  

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Grand Opening Set for First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 20, 2014 9:54 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels.                               

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Linemen Belts and Harnesses

August 20, 2014 9:51 am | by Capital Safety | Product Releases | Comments

Internal support straps raise the center of gravity to the top of the belt, helping to avoid inverting and improving safety. 

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China Fines 12 Japanese Firms in Auto Price Probe

August 20, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.                 

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Peanut, Almond Butter Recalled for Salmonella Risk

August 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters.        

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Evaluating and Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Reliability, MTBF (Mean Time between Failures), downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, and standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment.

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What Better Quoting Means for Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Taking control of your product portfolio and more effectively managing quoting can be a challenge. That’s where the power of a configure-price-quote (CPQ) solution comes in.                      

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America's First Electric Supercar

August 19, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

What looks like a Shelby Daytona Coupé, goes like a 911 Turbo S and uses no traditional fuel? The Renovo Coupe. It's a car bred in Silicon Valley and it's the first American all-electric supercar.               

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Officials Detail $40M Rockford Jet Repair Facility

August 19, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A planned 200,000 square foot jet-repair and maintenance center will run 24 hours a day when it opens in Rockford, a move that'll create up to 500 jobs in the northern Illinois region that's become a hub for aerospace-related business, officials said Monday.

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Protesters Target NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms has not formally committed to build the plant proposed for an industrial park east of Interstate 95. The company says the plant would create about 1,000 jobs.                      

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Google's IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets

August 19, 2014 1:40 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.                              

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

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What Happens When the Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 1:22 pm | by Adecco | News | Comments

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?              

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4 at Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 10:03 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.    

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