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Kia To Recall Some Soul SUVs

March 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia is recalling nearly 209,000 Soul small SUVs because the gas pedals can bend or break.

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Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scottish researchers recently developed a system that could enable the discovery of dangerous structural weaknesses using only sound waves.

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Texas Oil Well Explosion Kills Three Family Members

March 13, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An explosion at a West Texas oil well killed three workers this week. 

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The Dollar is Making a Comeback

March 12, 2015 3:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

At the end of Wednesday the dollar ended at its highest value of $1.05 against the euro in 12 years. This isn’t the end either, according to analyst the dollar could very well become even more valuable in the coming days. But who is winning and losing with the strengthening dollar?

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Lumber Liquidators To Pay for Safety Testing of Flooring

March 12, 2015 3:18 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Retailer Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to help ease concerns.

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Why More People Quitting Their Jobs is a Good Sign

March 12, 2015 3:13 pm | by NewsyBusiness | Videos | Comments

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more Americans are quitting their jobs, which could be an indicator of a healthy economy.

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Collaborative Manufacturing Training: Q&A With Jeff Owens

March 12, 2015 3:10 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Advanced Technology Systems (ATS) thinks it has found a solution to the skills gap that is alternative to community college. By engaging with other companies to implement on-demand manufacturing training, ATS teaches factory workers the technical skills they need to succeed in more high-paying industrial positions.

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Rights Group: Big Brands Should Fight Labor Abuse

March 12, 2015 2:58 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H7H need to help alleviate labor abuses at factories in Cambodia that manufacture their products, according to New York-based human right organization Human Rights Watch. 

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Chinese Stores, Websites Selling Apple Watch Knockoffs

March 12, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Just days after Apple unveiled its new smartwatch and more than a month before it officially goes on sale, reports say consumers can already get a fake one from Chinese vendors.

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Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 12, 2015 11:12 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Operational managers are tasked with keeping tight control on inventory in order to control costs. At the same time, however, they are also responsible for meeting customer expectations for on time delivery.

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Jelly Belly to Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin to Tennessee

March 12, 2015 10:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution to Tennessee, according to reports. 

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United Technologies Says Weighing Possible Sikorsky Spinoff

March 12, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Technologies said Wednesday it is weighing options for its Sikorsky Aircraft division, including a possible spinoff of the maker of Black Hawk and other military and commercial helicopters.

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Honda Running Ad Campaign to Boost Recall Repairs

March 12, 2015 9:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles that have been recalled for safety problems repaired.

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall Sharply

March 12, 2015 9:46 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue.

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Despite Recent Controversy, California Unlikely to Restrict Fracking

March 12, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Allegations of improper water disposal and lax regulatory oversight have plagued California's oil industry in recent weeks. But unlike New York, the Golden State appears unlikely to ban the practice of drilling for oil using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

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Acid Storage Cabinets

March 11, 2015 5:18 pm | by HEMCO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

HEMCO Corporation has released their Acid Storage Cabinet. The cabinet is specifically designed for the storage of corrosive chemicals.

More Turnover at Coca-Cola

March 11, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Another top executive will depart the Coca-Cola Company later this month amid what the company expects will be a "transition year."

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Michigan Paying the Price Now for Tax Plan to Save Businesses

March 11, 2015 2:09 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four years ago the state promised to provide $2.9 billion in tax credits to help upgrade Michigan auto plants. Now, while few are saying the deals were a bad idea the sense of celebration is long gone. The bill for the job rescue — and similar ones in other states that used tax credits aggressively — is now coming due and providing a lesson in the downside of such measures.

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Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 11, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol, has received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Intended to be mixed into drinks, the approval is an about-face from the bureau’s previous stance.

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Increase, Sales Sink in January

March 11, 2015 1:29 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years.

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