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Car Sales Burst A Challenge To Parts Suppliers

October 14, 2013 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rising demand for new cars is creating a problem for parts suppliers — and that, in turn, could hurt the growth of car plants in Mississippi, a trade association official says.            

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The Growing Importance Of PLM As An Enterprise Application

October 14, 2013 8:56 am | by Tony Christian, Cambashi | Articles | Comments

When we look at the progression of enterprise IT, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technology continues to expand and overlap into adjacent areas of enterprise application functionality.          

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Cordless Multi-Tool

October 14, 2013 8:49 am | by Milwaukee Tool Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Tool Corporation (Brookfield, WI) introduces the new M18™ Cordless Multi-Tool. Designed to increase productivity and ease of use for professional users, the new tool delivers up to 50 percent faster cutting and 2X longer run-time than the competition, says the company.

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Torksleeve Fasteners

October 14, 2013 8:44 am | by Asymmetric Fasteners Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Fastener Inc. (Hackettstown, NJ) has introduced a new series of Torksleeve ATM fasteners that offers significant advantages for mounting gears and pulleys to rotating shafts.

The Gas-Pro

October 14, 2013 8:40 am | by Crowcon | Product Releases | Comments

The Gas-Pro portable gas detector from Crowcon (Dunedin, FL) is specifically designed to ensure worker safety in confined spaces.

Bins In Five New Sizes

October 14, 2013 8:35 am | by Akro-Mils | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) introduces five new sizes in the 6" high ShelfMax® line of plastic storage bins.

Flying Car For The Masses Set For Take-off

October 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car.                            

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Canadian Company Eyes Ky. For Possible Hemp Plant

October 11, 2013 1:41 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hemp Oil Canada Inc. President and CEO Shaun Crew said the Bluegrass state is in the running for a possible plant in the U.S. to process hemp seeds. The company would look to contract with area farmers to supply seeds to the plant, he said.

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Baby Boomers Fueling Wave Of Entrepreneurship

October 11, 2013 1:38 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a mix of boomer individualism and economic necessity, older Americans have fueled a wave of entrepreneurship. The result is a slew of enterprises such as Crash Boom Bam, the vintage drum company that 64-year-old Glay began running from a spare bedroom in his apartment in 2009.

Dow Chemical Sells Unit For $500M

October 11, 2013 1:37 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The sale includes Dow Chemical's polypropylene catalysts manufacturing plant in Norco, La., and customer contracts, licenses, intellectual property and inventory.               

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Jury Finds BP Negligent In Texas Emissions Event

October 11, 2013 1:36 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Jurors unanimously agreed BP PLC was responsible, but only one wanted to award damages. Most jurors say there wasn't enough evidence to link the pollution to illnesses.              

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China Auto Sales Surge As Japan Brands Rebound

October 11, 2013 1:34 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sales of passenger vehicles rose 21.1 percent to 1.6 million vehicles, up from August's 10 percent growth.                         

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Raytheon Wins Navy Contract Worth Up To $1.6B

October 11, 2013 1:33 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The defense contractor, which is based in Waltham, Mass., said that it is designing the radar for the Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer beginning in 2016.                

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Cuomo: 1,000 Jobs In NY From $1.5B Tech Investment

October 11, 2013 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six high-tech companies will invest $1.5 billion in the Mohawk Valley to create more than 1,000 high-tech jobs and help grow a second nanotechnology hub upstate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.          

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Ford Board Meeting Ends With No Word On Mulally

October 11, 2013 9:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford's board of directors has ended a two-day quarterly meeting without issuing a public statement on the future of CEO Alan Mulally.                    

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Jury: Toyota Not Liable For Death Of U.S. Woman

October 11, 2013 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A verdict clearing Toyota Motor Corp. in the death of a California woman whose 2006 Camry apparently accelerated despite her efforts to stop could bode well for the Japanese automaker as it faces similar cases.       

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Platform Buying Chemical Maker MacDermid For $1.8B

October 11, 2013 9:02 am | News | Comments

A holding company, Platform, says it is buying MacDermid Inc. for $1.8 billion as a means to build a chemicals business.                      

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Chrysler Spends $1.2B To Expand In Mexico

October 11, 2013 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group says it's investing more than $1.2 billion in two Mexican plants to build commercial vans and engines.                      

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Chemtura Sells Consumer Unit For $315M

October 11, 2013 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chemtura said Thursday that it will sell its consumer products business for $315 million and is exploring a sale of its agrochemicals unit as it focuses on chemicals for the transportation, energy and electronics industries.     

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How Lean Manufacturing Boosted Productivity At BMW's Leipzig Plant

October 10, 2013 1:52 pm | by INSEAD | Videos | Comments

Sustainability and moving closer to the customer were two big themes at the 2013 Industrial Excellence Awards conference. Milan Nedeljkovic, plant manager for BMW in Leipzig, discusses why his shop was recognized at the conference.     

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