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Analysts Expect Slower June Sales For GM

June 27, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A number of analysts are predicting that General Motors' June U.S. sales will underperform the overall auto industry, putting the company in danger of losing market share at a critical time.          

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Whirlpool Gets Extension For Testing Devices

June 27, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.             

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Sikorsky Receives $1.28B Rescue Helicopter Contract

June 27, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aircraft maker Sikorsky said Thursday it received a $1.28 billion contract to build a new combat rescue helicopter for the Air Force.                    

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Court: Czech Brewer Gets Budweiser Trademark In Portugal

June 27, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision preventing its rival Anheuser-Busch InBev from registering its beer under the Budweiser name in the country.           

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West Coast Port Shutdown Could Cost $2.5B Per Day

June 26, 2014 4:30 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new study shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs. 

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Protecting Your Ideas

June 26, 2014 4:25 pm | by Michael Sherban,patent attorney | Articles | Comments

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Here's how to protect yours.                                    

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Universal Hinge Mount Safety Gate

June 26, 2014 4:20 pm | by FabEnCo | Product Releases | Comments

This new gate, The G Series, is available in galvanized carbon steel, carbon steel with safety yellow powder coat and stainless steel.

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The IoT Uplink: How Secure Are Our 14 Billion Connected Devices?

June 26, 2014 4:12 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This episode examines the growing concerns manufacturers face in keeping connected devices secure, with projections taking machine-to-machine communication platforms impacting as many as 18 billion devices within the next five years.       

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Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark

June 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Worldwatch Institute | News | Comments

Five countries account for the production of 60 percent of all light vehicles worldwide. China produced a stunning 20.9 million vehicles in 2013.                                

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Indiana Developer Turns Manure Into Renewable Energy

June 26, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jeff Parrott, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

A developer is bringing a new project to Elkhart County aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farms and helping the nation's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

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Survey: Industrial Sector Plans To Add Jobs Amid Growing Optimism

June 26, 2014 2:05 pm | by McGladrey | News | Comments

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period.                   

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America's Craft Beer Industry

June 26, 2014 2:03 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Craft beer is one of the fastest growing segments of the alcoholic beverage industry. What started as a niche market has grown rapidly over the last two decades.                          

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Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 1:58 pm | by Chuck Fuerst, director of product strategy, HighJump Software | Articles | Comments

The manufacturing and retail industries have more in common than ever before, and the straight and narrow path of product movement has turned into a roundabout in which the channels of order and fulfillment are intertwined.       

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NAM Backs Boeing After 'Misguided Decision' by NLRB Judge

June 26, 2014 1:52 pm | by Patrick Forrest, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NAM | Blogs | Comments

Recently, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision that, if allowed to stand, would have significant implications for manufacturers and their intellectual property.                    

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NSA Fears Prompt Germany To End Verizon Contract

June 26, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday.                   

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Down With Pink: The Rise of Female STEM Toys

June 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Whether the topic is limiting the skills sets girls develop while playing or failing to introduce STEM as a career option because those are “boy’s” toys, it’s always been an interesting discussion, to say the least.            

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Ruling Might Help U.S. Become Major Oil Exporter

June 26, 2014 10:04 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies are taking advantage of new ways to export oil from the U.S. despite government restrictions, and in the process helping the U.S. become an ever bigger exporter of petroleum on the world stage.             

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Boehner: House Planning To Sue Obama

June 26, 2014 10:01 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress.                        

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Acne Products May Cause Potentially Deadly Reactions

June 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.               

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Obama Claims Progress on Climate Change

June 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said Wednesday that new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology have cleared the way for further action in the U.S. and abroad.   

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