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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 2:08 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails.                         

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Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed.                                      

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Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.                

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3D Printing Easter Chocolates

April 9, 2014 1:53 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The world's confectioners are gearing up for Easter and an anticipated sales bonanza of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. But one small company has a message for lovers of all things chocolate — print your own.           

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Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The federal credit rewards companies anytime they are developing or improving their products and processes that are technological in nature.                                 

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Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft Wednesday, which they say could remain in the air indefinitely.                 

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Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party's core voters, stands little chance of surviving in the Senate.            

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NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

April 9, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.           

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GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                                 

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Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 9:24 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                  

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Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and other places.                          

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Portable, Powerful Vibration Analysis

April 9, 2014 9:13 am | by Leonova Emerald | Product Releases | Comments

The Leonova Emerald from SPM Instrument, Inc. is a compact powerful vibration analyzer in a carbon fiber reinforced casing for the most harsh environments. 

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MODEX 2014 Showcases Innovative Solutions From Around The World

April 9, 2014 8:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Thousands of professionals and enthusiasts converged on Atlanta in mid-March for one of the largest supply chain shows in the world: MODEX.                                 

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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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