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The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) looked over the data released by the Department of Labor and reported that America’s manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March.                     

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Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising, and the surging popularity of craft beer.           

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Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                        

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 12:16 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.               

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Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                             

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Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations.                 

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CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.          

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Gov. Walker Signs Aviation Tax Break Bill

April 4, 2014 9:44 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The bill Walker signed Thursday will exempt aviation companies like Gulfstream and Cessna in Milwaukee from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor.                      

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Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.                     

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U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination.                             

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 3, 2014 5:18 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                               

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MH370: What Do We Know?

April 3, 2014 2:43 pm | by Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Not a single piece of wreckage from the lost plane has been found, not even after a new analysis led investigators to change the focus of their search yet again.                         

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 2:30 pm | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net, @MnetAmy | Blogs | Comments

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                                     

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Lawmakers Rip GM's Barra In Hearing

April 3, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Here's just a sampling of lawmakers hammering General Motors CEO Mary Barra in a hearing over a delayed recall and vehicle malfunctions.                                  

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Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                       

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U.S. Trade Deficit Hits $42.3B

April 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.                             

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BMW Recalls Over 230K Cars

April 3, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries.               

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Boeing Delivers 161 Aircraft In 1Q

April 3, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing delivered 161 commercial airplanes in the first quarter, nearly an 18 percent increase from last year, as it ramps up production to meet demand.                             

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PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Does your small business have plans to hire or are PNC’s survey respondents being overly optimistic based on the circumstances?                                    

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Washington Gas Blast Threw Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Benton County sheriff's Deputy Joe Lusignan said Wednesday that it was "a little bit of a miracle" that no one was killed.                                     

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