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America's Infrastructure Problems, Part 2 - Why We Should Invest

April 9, 2014 8:29 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Besides reducing reactive spending, another very good reason to consider a comprehensive plan to deal with the infrastructure problems is that it would create a lot of jobs in both construction and manufacturing.            

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Benchmark Against The Best

April 8, 2014 2:48 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

If we try to outdo our KPIs by being just a little bit better than we were last year, we miss an opportunity to really focus on significant process and business improvement.                      

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Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January.                                        

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GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                               

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3D Printing Humans

April 8, 2014 2:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that we’re on the cusp of a new world where custom human body parts can be grown or printed for those that need them.                                    

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Biden Swears In Head Of Small Business Agency

April 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Contreras-Sweet says entrepreneurs are the difference-makers in the U.S. economy and that SBA plays a pivotal role in helping them overcome hurdles.                              

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Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.         

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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An anti-union group on Monday raised concerns that Volkswagen could move to recognize the United Auto Workers at its Tennessee plant without a vote.                             

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April 2014: Real Time Visibility

April 8, 2014 12:06 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we recap MODEX 2014, discuss how creating a nimble production environment requires up-to-the-minute information, and learn how the latest technology can improve the ROI of predictive maintenance. 

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Wind Powered Honda Plant In Ohio

April 8, 2014 11:53 am | by The Weather Channel and Juhl Energy, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Honda is accelerating its efforts to advance the environmental performance of its products and its operations throughout North America.                                  

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China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.                     

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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                             

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit Monday against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of refusing to give a doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.       

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Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Blogs | Comments

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

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Flashing Dome Signal Lights

April 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Patlite | Product Releases | Comments

The most telling feature of these new dome signal lights is the 200 percent to 500 percent increase in luminosity over previous generation LEDs. 

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3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact The Entire Supply Chain

April 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping. A more efficient inbound freight program can minimize delays, save money, and even reduce confusion.     

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Seize Manufacturing "Reshoring" Opportunities with ASRS Efficiencies

April 7, 2014 3:46 pm | by Kardex | White Papers

This complimentary white paper outlines how ASRS equipment aligns process improvement strategies such as lean.When better accuracy can be combined with sizable improvements in labor productivity and space savings, the case for dynamic storage as an enabler of lean efficiencies is clear cut.Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, however, North American manufacturing will need to be as lean and efficient as possible to turn the tables on offshoring.Download the complimentary white paper.

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Protecting Detroit's Water With Better Controls

April 7, 2014 3:40 pm | by Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins. The basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.        

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Church Calls For Wal-Mart Investor Vote On Guns

April 7, 2014 1:59 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Attorneys for a church in Manhattan are asking a federal judge in Delaware to prohibit Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include its proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.     

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