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Army Awards Company $80M Contract Despite Federal Inquiry

October 8, 2014 10:00 am | by Richard Lardner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work.             

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GE Selects Location For Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 8, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Oil & Gas, a division of Fortune 500 company General Electric, has selected Jacksonville for its advanced manufacturing facility for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of GE’s Mooney regulators and Becker control valves.   

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Company Recalls Floor Mats for GM Trucks

October 8, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal.                   

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Ford and UAW Announce Grant for Manufacturing Education Programs

October 8, 2014 9:18 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company Fund and UAW Ford has announced a grant of $350,000 to pilot an innovative new education program that will bring teams of teachers into the Louisville Assembly Plant to experience first-hand the work situations their students will face.

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Boeing and Airbus at Odds Over Safety Feature

October 7, 2014 4:53 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping planes with black boxes that eject from planes, making them easier to find in the event of an ocean crash.                 

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EU Investigates Tax Practices of Amazon

October 7, 2014 2:34 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition authority opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate.                    

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Nearly 4K May Get Damages in Chinese Drywall Suit

October 7, 2014 2:18 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer.     

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U.S. Job Openings Rise in August as Hiring Falls

October 7, 2014 2:10 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years during August, yet their pace of hiring fell compared to July.                                   

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Scientists Behind LED Breakthrough Win the Nobel Prize

October 7, 2014 1:54 pm | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide.

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U.S. Manufacturers Forecast Solid Revenue Growth in the Year Ahead

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by PwC US | News | Comments

Optimism regarding projected company revenue growth increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the third quarter of 2014, according to the Q3 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC US.              

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How a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Gets Made

October 7, 2014 1:36 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Victorinox, the maker of the Swiss Army Knife, is retooling itself after their signature product has been all but banned from airplane travel. Hans Nichols visited their factory in Switzerland to see if they have a plan to cut — or saw — through their problems.

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Lamborghini's Plug-In Hybrid Concept

October 7, 2014 12:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CEO Stephan Winkelmann says Lamborghini's new plug-in hybrid car is a 'technological demonstrator' and that the company is looking for feedback from its customers.                         

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LED Replacement for Fluorescent Tube Luminaires

October 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Waldmann Lighting | Product Releases | Comments

Waldmann Lighting has released MACH LED PLUS, Waldmann’s latest LED lighting solution for today’s maintenance-free, energy-efficient machining environments.     

Hundreds Attend Meeting on Bridging U.S. and Canadian Regulatory Systems

October 7, 2014 10:07 am | by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

About 400 people will gather this week to work on a plan to more closely harmonize Canadian and American industrial regulations across a wide range of sectors.                          

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Boeing To Add 700 Jobs in St. Louis

October 7, 2014 9:53 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Elected officials and business leaders were disappointed by Boeing Co.'s decision earlier this year to build a new commercial airplane on the West Coast rather than in Missouri; however, Boeing offered a consolation prize. The aircraft manufacturer announced that it plans to bring up to 700 new jobs to St. Louis. 

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New York Governor Announces Expansion of Advanced Atomization Technologies

October 7, 2014 9:44 am | by U.S. Official News | News | Comments

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Advanced Atomization Technologies, the joint venture between Parker Aerospace and GE Aviation, will expand and update its manufacturing facility and office building to accommodate an increased demand for work. 

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7 Ways Hadoop Can Optimize Manufacturing Performance

October 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Steve Wooledge | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have traditionally been very successful in increasing the efficiency and quality of their production processes using lean and Six Sigma programs. However, they are finding that relying on those methods is not enough for them to stay competitive.

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Ohio Leaders Scramble Over Hints it May Lose Jeep

October 7, 2014 9:22 am | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor talked with the head of Chrysler about the future of the Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler, just days after the automaker indicated production could be moved when a new model comes out.                

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Chrysler Recalls Commercial Vans

October 7, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 21,470 full-size commercial vans in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the headrests.                                       

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Hewlett-Packard To Split into Two Companies

October 6, 2014 2:01 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Personal computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. reportedly plans to split itself into two separate companies by spinning off its technology services business.                        

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