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Coca-Cola Plans More Than $4B Investment In China

November 8, 2013 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says it plans to invest more than $4 billion in China over three years.  The company plans to invest the money between 2015 and 2017 to build factories and add new products to its portfolio.             

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US Added Unexpectedly Strong 204,000 Jobs In Oct.

November 8, 2013 12:31 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A burst of hiring in October added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs to the economy in a month when the government was partly shut down for 16 days. And employers added far more jobs in August and September than previously thought.     

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Automotive Supplier Adds 180 Jobs In Miss.

November 8, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automotive supplier Toyota Boshoku is adding 180 jobs at its manufacturing plant in northeast Mississippi.  The company said Friday that it's investing $21 million at the plant it opened in 2011 in Mantachie, where it makes seat components and door panels for the Toyota Corolla.

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Competing Globally With High-Tech Robotic Automation

November 8, 2013 11:45 am | by FANUC America Corp. | Videos | Comments

Engineered Machined Products (EMP), an Escanaba, Michigan-based manufacturer, is competing globally with the help of high-tech robotic automation. Flexible automation systems in place at EMP have been instrumental in allowing the company to meet increasing demands.

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6 Tips To Avoid Inventory Nightmares

November 8, 2013 10:28 am | by Brian Sutter, Wasp Barcode Technologies | Articles | Comments

Inventory shrinkage is a huge problem in North America, effectively robbing retailers of billions each year. It's bad enough when inventory disappears because of theft by customers, employees or suppliers, but it's especially frustrating when your inventory shrinks through preventable mistakes and poor inventory management procedures.

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Workers: Japan Nuke Plant Water Tanks Flawed

November 8, 2013 9:55 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials and experts and two other workers interviewed by the AP say the quality of the tanks and their foundations suffered because of haste — haste that was unavoidable because there is so much contaminated water leaking from the wrecked reactors and mixed with ground water inflow.

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2 Burned By Acid At Suburban Philly Plant

November 8, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say two workers were burned after they were splashed by nitric acid at a dental implant manufacturing plant in suburban Philadelphia.                                

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UAW Nominates Williams As Its Next President

November 8, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dennis Williams has been the UAW's secretary-treasurer for the last three years. Williams, a Marine Corps veteran, joined the union in 1977 as a welder. He joined the union's national organizing department in 1988 and has negotiated contracts with Mitsubishi, Caterpillar and other companies.

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U.S. Safety Agency Probes VW SUV Lighting Problem

November 8, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating thousands of Volkswagen SUVs because the outside lights can go out unexpectedly.  The probe affects 61,000 VW Tiguans from the 2009 through 2011 model years.             

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Arm Severed At Seattle Fortune Cookie Factory

November 8, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 55-year-old man's left arm was severed Thursday in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company.  Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department says the arm was severed after the man became stuck in a machine up to his chest.   

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Report: Boeing Union Leader Criticizes Proposal

November 8, 2013 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of Boeing Co. machinists told hundreds of union workers Thursday night that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet is built in the Puget Sound area, a newspaper reports.

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Jack Keough: Shutdown, Sequestration Had Effect On Distribution

November 8, 2013 9:17 am | by Jack Keough, Industrial Distribution Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The brief shutdown of the federal government and sequestration has had an effect on the business operations of distributors and manufacturers, and could impact earnings in this quarter.                    

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New Line Of Pressure Calibration Products

November 8, 2013 8:08 am | by Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation is broadening its suite of precision pressure calibration products with the addition of 14 new 700G Series Pressure Gauges, and the 719Pro and 721 Dual Range Pressure Calibrators.

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Non-Contact Laser Tachometers

November 8, 2013 7:44 am | by Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Model PT-110 Non-Contact Laser Tachometer is a simple to use, ergonomic, rugged test instrument that operates with optical laser technology.

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Fluorescent Dyes Are Now Food Safe

November 8, 2013 7:34 am | by Spectronic's Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Spectronics Corporation’s WATER-GLO™ Series fluorescent dyes are now NSF Certified and registered to meet food-grade processing requirements for category codes G7, GX and HTX-2. 

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Pivot-Model Mezzanine Safety Gate

November 7, 2013 5:10 pm | by Benko Products | Product Releases | Comments

Benko Products, Inc., a leading innovator in material handling and safety products, announces that its Protect-O-Gate Pivot Gate model is also available in double pallet width size. The pivot gate eliminates the potential for falls and other accidents associated with mezzanine loading areas.

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Intelligrated Appoints New Director

November 7, 2013 4:03 pm | by Intelligrated | News | Comments

Intelligrated, a North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the appointment of Rod Selby to the position of director, Asia Pacific business development.                  

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Hand-Operated Laser Cutting

November 7, 2013 1:54 pm | by TWI Ltd | Videos | Comments

This video shows how experts at TWI have adopted automated laser cutting technology for hand operation. The main application is in the area of decommissioning where the flexibility to choose where and how to cut the components can lead to significant advantages when it comes to packing.

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U.S. Economy Grows At Surprising Rate In 3Q

November 7, 2013 1:40 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising acceleration ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown. But much of the strength came from a buildup in unwanted stockpiles.       

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Volvo Attempts Return To The U.S. Market Next Year

November 7, 2013 1:30 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Volvo is building new plants in Sweden and China, introducing new vehicles and developing its own infotainment system that it says will be less distracting.  The company is also hiring a new ad agency and working on a bolder message emphasizing Volvo's reputation for safety.

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