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Listeria Victims' Families Meeting With Farmers

November 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department in Denver says two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak are meeting with family members of people who died. Jeffrey Dorschner said the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, but it will be private at an undisclosed location.

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Ford To Inspect 386,000 Cars For Steering Trouble

November 19, 2013 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. will inspect 386,000 large sedans in the U.S. to make sure they don't have a steering problem that caused a recall in August.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Ford will check 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles that weren't included in the August recall.

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Global Economy, Global Forecast with Adrian Cooper

November 19, 2013 12:13 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | Videos | Comments

AMT's Industry Economist, Russ Waddell talks with Adrian Cooper, CEO of Oxford Economics and long time presenter at the Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference. Adrian provides some insight on the next downturn in the economy, exchange rates impacting global supply chains, and what it takes to create a global economic forecast.

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Jury Set To Decide How Much Samsung Owes Apple

November 19, 2013 10:19 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury is set Tuesday to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad.                         

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Honda Counts On Lean Production For Hybrid Fit

November 19, 2013 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda is making a big push with its new Fit subcompact to get out of being the perennial also-ran of hybrid cars to Japanese rival Toyota, the maker of the Prius. It's a challenge hinged on making the technology affordable. Hybrids deliver fuel efficiency by switching between a gasoline engine and an electric motor, depending on driving conditions but cost more than gasoline cars. Honda's answer: Lean production.

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Drug Sales To Hit Lowest Growth Rate In Decades

November 19, 2013 10:04 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Growth in global prescription drug spending will slow to the lowest rate in decades as low-cost generic drugs continue replacing former blockbusters in the U.S. and Europe, where governments face new pressure to reduce health care spending, according to a new forecast

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Court Rules For Governor, Kia In Open Records Case

November 19, 2013 9:59 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Fulton County Superior Court judge had refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four people who were among about 43,000 who applied for jobs at the Kia plant in West Point. The four say they were discriminated against because they had been affiliated with the United Auto Workers labor union.

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European Automakers Get 2nd Hopeful Sign

November 19, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European carmaker's association reported Tuesday that EU passenger car sales rose in October for the second consecutive month. It is the first time since September 2011 that European car sales have grown two straight months — a sign that perhaps the gloom in the car market is about to lift.

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U.S. Safety Agency Opens Probe Into Tesla Fires

November 19, 2013 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Administration says fires broke out in two of the cars in the U.S. after the undercarriage hit metal road debris. The debris pierced the batteries and caused a thermal reaction and fires. In each case, the car warned the driver of the damage, and both escaped without getting hurt.

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Hyundai To Sell Hydrogen-Powered SUV In 2014

November 19, 2013 9:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For years, the joke in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on hydrogen was always a decade away.  That will change next year when Hyundai starts selling a Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It will be the first mass-market vehicle of its type to be sold or leased in the U.S.

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11 Top Manufacturing Software Areas For Investment

November 19, 2013 9:29 am | by Mark Davidson | Articles | Comments

In response to the rapid ROI that Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software applications have delivered, it’s not surprising to see organizations planning for additional investments. But the current landscape of manufacturing software applications is vast, and technology decision makers face challenges around where to start.

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Case Study: Streamlining Operations To Support Growth And Gain Competitive Advantage

November 19, 2013 9:21 am | by Deacom, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The world has changed a lot since 1929 and so has the way Silver Spring Foods runs its business. The company recognized that its current Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system could not handle its current business requirements and would be unable to evolve as the company continued to grow.

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New 1 Megawatt Generator

November 19, 2013 8:57 am | by Atlas Copco | Product Releases | Comments

To expand upon the standard QAC 1MW generator designed for the European market, the QAC 1200 was specifically engineered to U.S. and Canadian specifications. 

New IMS-RV Soft-Starter

November 19, 2013 8:44 am | by Franklin Control Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Franklin Control Systems, formerly Cerus Industrial, announces the release of a new energy-saving soft-starter for use in Industrial motor applications.

Dorner’s 3200 Precision Move Conveyor Platform

November 19, 2013 8:33 am | by Dorner Manufacturing Corp. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Dorner’s 3200 Precision Move low profile belt conveyor platform has received the Ultraclean Products Approval Laboratory certification for use in ISO Standard 14644-1 Class 5, and Federal Standard 209 Class 100 rated cleanrooms.

Power Pusher E-750 Electric Wheelbarrow

November 19, 2013 8:13 am | by Power Pusher | Product Releases | Comments

Power Pusher’s E-750 Electric Wheelbarrow allows construction operators to transport heavy loads with ease, and eliminates the unnecessary ergonomic challenges and production halts associated with traditional wheelbarrow solutions.

Union, GE Fail To Reach Deal On N.Y. Plant

November 18, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Local media outlets report that leaders of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332 held a news conference Sunday to announce that GE had rejected the union's offer to cut 10 percent of the workforce at the plant in Fort Edward, 45 miles north of Albany.

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Boeing Takes $100B In Orders From Gulf

November 18, 2013 1:52 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 342 orders represented more than twice the value of those seen by European rival Airbus, who said it took 142 orders worth some $40 billion. The massive commitments came from just four carriers in the tiny nations of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which are in a race to create more jobs for their own citizens and diversify their oil-dependent economies.

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Folgers Investing $5M In New Orleans Expansion

November 18, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Folgers Coffee Co. plans a $5 million expansion in eastern New Orleans as parent J.M. Smucker Co. continues consolidating coffee production. A new $3 million administration building will have bigger offices, not more people, Smucker spokeswoman Maribeth Burns told New Orleans CityBusiness.

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Sony Sells Over 1M PlayStation 4s In First Day

November 18, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The consoles went on sale Friday in the U.S. and Canada. Andrew House, president and group CEO for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a release Sunday that sales remain strong in North America. The company will launch the gaming system in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29.

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