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Glass Manufacturer Announces Shreveport Plans

November 13, 2013 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Glass manufacturer Libbey Inc. plans to spend $20 million on new technology, research and development at its factory in Shreveport.  The Louisiana Economic Development department announced Tuesday that Libbey expects to create 70 jobs.    

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GM Stock Rises As Government Sells Off More Shares

November 13, 2013 12:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

News that the government sold $1.2 billion in GM stock last month was released by the Treasury Department Tuesday. It didn't say how many shares were sold. But based on the average price in October, the government now owns less than 4 percent of GM.

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8th Person Dies From Explosion At Mexico Factory

November 13, 2013 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Government health system spokesman Rosendo Gaytan says a 30-year-old employee of the factory Dulces Blueberry in Ciudad Juarez died Tuesday at a hospital in Guadalajara, where he was transferred to be treated for third-degree burns.     

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Lincoln Hopes For Smoother 2014 With New MKC SUV

November 13, 2013 10:06 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

After a bumpy start to its reinvention as a luxury brand, Lincoln hopes to smooth things out with a graceful new SUV.                                      

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Tesla CEO: 'Definitely' No Model S Recall

November 13, 2013 9:55 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

There is one fire for every 1,300 gas-powered cars on U.S. roads, and for the Model S, that's closer to one in 8,000, Musk said during an interview Tuesday at The New York Times' DealBook conference. He underscored that none of the drivers in the three cases was injured.

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Starbucks To Pay $2.76B In Coffee Spat With Kraft

November 13, 2013 9:53 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

An arbitrator has concluded that Starbucks must pay $2.76 billion to settle a dispute with Kraft over coffee distribution.  The two consumer products companies had been locked in a fight for three years after Starbucks Corp. fired Kraft as its distributor of packaged coffee to grocery chains.

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Ga. Pet Food Company Expanding Dog Treat Recall

November 13, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Georgia-based dog food company has expanded a recall involving its teriyaki dog treats over salmonella concerns. Officials from Bailey's Choice say a recall of the company's Teriyaki Chicken Treats has expanded to include Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and Tennessee.

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Nissan Starts Production At New Plant In Mexico

November 13, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The two-billion-dollar manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes, central Mexico, is capable of assembling 175,000 cars annually. It will initially produce Sentra compact sedans, which are to be shipped to over 20 markets globally.      

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GM Moving Int'l Office From Shanghai To Singapore

November 13, 2013 9:46 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The automaker said in a statement that the new headquarters will have about 120 employees to oversee GM's businesses in Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Korea and the Middle East, as well as Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe.

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Rockwell Automation To Acquire Jacobs Automation

November 13, 2013 9:45 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Rockwell Automation today announced its intention to acquire Jacobs Automation, a developer of intelligent track motion control technology. The company will be integrated into Rockwell Automation’s Motion Business, with the acquisition expected to close in January 2014.

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Reducing Current Product Costs — Challenges And Opportunities

November 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Julie Driscoll, VP of Strategic Marketing & Product Management, aPriori | Articles | Comments

Different manufacturing businesses face different business challenges depending on product sets, competitive dynamics, supply chains and customer trends in a given market. But when it comes to reducing the costs of existing products, they share some very similar challenges.

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Clampseal Globe Valves In 12,000 Configurations

November 13, 2013 9:24 am | by Conval | Product Releases | Comments

Conval offers over 12,000 configurations of Clampseal® Y, angle and T-pattern globe stop, check, and stop check valves.

Gel Knee Pad Updates and Additions

November 13, 2013 9:16 am | by Ergodyne | Product Releases | Comments

Ergodyne announced a refresh of their ProFlex® Gel Knee Pad Series as well as the addition of two new models: the ProFlex® 344 Broad Cap Injected Gel Knee Pad with Articulating Straps and the ProFlex® 349 Broad Cap Lightweight Gel Knee Pad. 

5 Quick Questions: Labor Will Define Success

November 13, 2013 8:10 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers, in many cases, are leading the way in finding more flexible ways to work with labor. It gives the flexibility to build people’s confidence without necessarily becoming full-time employees. There’s more technology that can be put to play in training people, in ensuring their skills are high.

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PosiTest AIR Leak Tester Kit

November 13, 2013 7:21 am | by Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The PosiTest® AIR Leak Tester detects air leakage in building envelopes and air barrier systems.

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AMTEX TC Collection of Tencel Blends

November 13, 2013 7:10 am | by Mount Vernon FR | Product Releases | Comments

Mount Vernon FR announced its newest flame resistant fabric, AMTEX® TC. AMTEX TC is a collection of cotton and Tencel® blends created for Total Comfort, and the new line addresses the challenge of maximizing both comfort and durability in protective workwear fabrics.

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Boeing Breaks Ground On SC Propulsion Plant

November 12, 2013 1:53 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Company officials broke ground on Tuesday for a new propulsion facility in North Charleston that will make engine air intakes for the company's new 737 Max aircraft. The location is several miles from Boeing's existing plant that assembles the 787 Dreamliner.

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Siemens Subsidiary Fined Over Russian Bribes

November 12, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss prosecutors say a subsidiary of Germany's Siemens AG has acknowledged it failed to prevent bribes being paid to a Russian gas company and agreed to pay nearly $11 million in fines.                   

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Sogefi To Expand W.Va. Plant

November 12, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sogefi Group plans to expand its auto parts plant in Wayne County and create 250 new jobs.  The governor says in a news release that the expansion project is scheduled to begin in January.                 

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Cambodian Police Open Fire On Protesters

November 12, 2013 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers from the SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd. factory clashed with hundreds of riot police sent to block a march from the factory to the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to two human rights groups.      

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