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IMTSTV: MTConnect Leadership Award

August 27, 2013 2:05 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos | Comments

Watch the new episode of IMTSTV IN BRIEF: MTConnect Leadership Award for the status and future of MTConnect from the award recepient. John B. Byrd III, former president of AMT, The Association For Manufacturing Technology, received the MTConnect Leadership Award at the 2013 [MC]2 Conference. John answers some very important questions on the status and future of MTConnect.

Poor Supervision Cited At NY-Run Steam Plant

August 27, 2013 10:18 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor supervision at the steam plant serving the state government complex in Albany led to misbehavior by workers that included watching "Dancing With the Stars," being drunk on the job, and leaving bedrolls and beer cans in the facility, New York's inspector general reported Monday.

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Fire Marshal: Inspections Refused Since TX Blast

August 27, 2013 10:15 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five facilities in Texas with large quantities of the same fertilizer chemical that fueled the deadly plant explosion in West have turned away state fire marshal inspectors since the blast, investigators said Monday. A railway operator that hauls hazardous materials across Texas was also said to have rebuffed a state request to share data since the April explosion at West Fertilizer Co. that killed 15 people and injured 200 others.

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Harley Exec Rides New Bike Off Line At PA Plant

August 27, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Pennsylvania plant that manufactures Harley-Davidson motorcycles got a visit from the great-grandson of one of the company's co-founders. To kick off the company's 110th anniversary, 52-year-old Bill Davidson revved up the latest ride Monday: a 2014 Street Glide Special.

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Fast Plant Is Boost For Japan Auto 'Also-Ran' Mazda

August 27, 2013 10:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of one every 54 seconds. The revamped Hofu plant underlines how Mazda Motor Corp. has defied skeptics who predicted the automaker's demise after Ford Motor Co. ended a long partnership.

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Aluminum Products Maker To Expand VA Plant

August 27, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aluminum products maker Service Center Metals is marking its 10th year in business with an expansion of its plant in Prince George County. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the company has started construction on an 80,000-square-foot building adjacent to its plant.

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Peugeot Looks To New Hatchback For Turnaround

August 27, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Peugeot is hoping a total revamp of its midsized hatchback — a category that Volkswagen has long dominated — will help lead the struggling French company's turnaround. The company's chief executive, Maxime Picat, says that all the elements for a rebound are in place. 

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Deadly & Life-Saving: Printing Our 3D Future

August 27, 2013 8:02 am | by Richard Console | Articles | Comments

With the emergence of 3D printers into mainstream markets, what the devices actually do seems to matter less than what they will do, or could be made to do, in the future. Will they create a crisis of unregistered, undetectable firearms? Or will 3D printers become such a life-saving medical necessity that future consumers will regard the technology as unremarkable as the current practice of casting broken bones?

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5 Quick Questions: Attracting & Retaining Quality Manufacturing Workers

August 27, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that one of the most pressing issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of qualified workers. In looking to fill this skills gap, Brian Binke, the President & CEO of The Birmingham Group, an affiliate of MRINetwork and one of the world’s largest recruitment organizations, feels that organizations need to focus on several internal facets in attracting the best and most qualified people.

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Startups Gain Appeal As Some Japan Inc. Names Fade

August 26, 2013 2:23 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In a shabby back-alley office in Shibuya, a Tokyo district known for youth culture and tech ventures, defectors from corporate Japan are hard at work for a little known company they fervently believe will be the country's next big manufacturing success.

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Probe Doesn't Find Fraud At BP Spill Claims Office

August 26, 2013 2:18 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala. claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud.

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Photo Of The Day: Coke's Secret Recipe

August 26, 2013 2:17 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The ability to push a quaint narrative about a product's origins and fuel a sense of nostalgia can help drive billions of dollars in sales. That's invaluable at a time when food makers face greater competition from smaller players and cheaper supermarket store brands that appeal to cash-strapped Americans.

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First Solar Sells Projects To Group Led By GE

August 26, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy's financial services arm. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal marks the first between First Solar and GE since their solar technology and commercial partnership was announced earlier this month.

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New 'Green Energy' Plants Planned For LA

August 26, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Denver-based company called Cool Planet Energy Systems plans three Louisiana projects that will create 72 new jobs. Cool Planet announced the plans Friday for bio-refineries in Alexandria, Natchitoches and a site still to be determined. 

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Tesla Shares Jump On Popularity In CA

August 26, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc.'s shares jumped Monday on a report that its Model S is gaining popularity in California. The report, released by the California New Car Dealers Association, found that the Tesla Model S is among the top five selling models in the luxury and sports-car segment in the state through June of this year.

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Walter Surface Technologies Inaugurates $30M International Campus, New Bio-Circle Facility

August 26, 2013 12:51 pm | by Walter Surface Technologies | News | Comments

After several years of investments in sophisticated design and construction of the most recent extension phase housing its new Bio-Circle facility, the entire 92,000 sq. ft Walter Surface Technologies International campus is now complete on its original Montreal (Pointe-Claire,Qc) site and is poised to grow in all of its business segments.

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Gary, IN Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 26, 2013 12:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Gary, Indiana is far from its glory days when it was a thriving steel town. The official unemployment number is close to 10 percent, but today, the mayor of this rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing it. 

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China: Economy Stabilizing After Slowdown

August 26, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's government tried Monday to reassure companies and its public about the economy's health, saying growth is stabilizing after a lengthy decline and should hit the official target of 7.5 percent for the year. The announcement by the chief spokesman for the Cabinet's statistics agency was part of official efforts to defuse unease about the country's deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis.

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CA Vies For New Space Industry

August 26, 2013 10:11 am | by Mihir Zaveri, Associated Press | News | Comments

As new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured or killed on a voyage, except in cases such as gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing. 

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Orders For Long-Lasting U.S. Factory Goods Plunge

August 26, 2013 10:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell sharply last month as demand for commercial aircraft plummeted and businesses spent less on computers and electrical equipment. The Commerce Department said Monday that orders for durable goods plunged 7.3 percent in July, the steepest drop in nearly a year. 

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