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General Motors' Legal Chief To Retire

October 20, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year.                   

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Federal Reserve Chair Greatly Concerned by Widening Inequality

October 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.             

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Electrolux Buoyed by U.S. Growth

October 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in the U.S. and efficiency gains in Europe helped Swedish home-appliance maker Electrolux post a 42 percent jump in third-quarter profits.                              

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Survey: Pay Remains Stagnant Despite Strong U.S. Hiring

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.                  

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Cutting-Edge ERP Technologies for Your Business

October 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Small or mid-sized businesses will benefit most from an ERP system if it can be customized as much as possible and the company can take advantage of the most cutting-edge ERP technology available.               

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VibrAlign Expands Shaft Alignment Training

October 17, 2014 3:19 pm | by VibrAlign, Inc. | News | Comments

VibrAlign, Inc., American distributor of Fixturlaser Alignment tools, is proud to announce the expansion of their offerings as a shaft alignment training provider.                         

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Voxeljet's Factory Flop: 3D Printing Boom or Bust?

October 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Few IPOs were hotter than the offering for 3D printer maker Voxeljet — which went public a year ago this week to a 122 percent rise. The company said it would use those IPO proceeds to expand its business in the U.S., but the company isn't telling investors just how slowly that U.S. expansion is going.

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Manufacturers Gear Up for More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

Taking advantage of government programs that aid in cost reduction and competitiveness within the industry is critical for the success of each individual business and for the U.S. economy.                 

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U.S. Economy Strong Despite Global Slowdown Fear

October 17, 2014 1:54 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear.                                          

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Top 10 Over-The-Top Car Features

October 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

There are a lot of cool, new features found in cars these days. Cars.com took a look at the top ten, over-the-top available features.                                 

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iPhone Glass Maker Cutting Jobs in Arizona

October 17, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant.                                       

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Hershey Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Pot Company

October 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company.                      

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Michigan May Ban Tesla From Selling Directly To Consumers

October 17, 2014 11:55 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Tesla is facing a ban that would prevent the electric car maker from directly selling its vehicles in the state of Michigan. A bill was introduced in May that sought to prevent franchised dealers from imposing random fees on customers     

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New Visual Learning System for Safety Training

October 17, 2014 10:38 am | by J.J. Keller | Product Releases | Comments

J.J. Keller has developed a new training program, the  J.J. Keller EyeCue Visual Learning System. According to the company, it’s a fresh approach to safety training designed to enhance employee retention of key lessons so companies can further reduce injuries and accidents.

Biofuels Plant Harbinger of Renewable Fuel Future

October 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.                               

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Mass. Firm Recalls 115K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 17, 2014 10:08 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Shop Packaging LLC, a New Bedford, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 115,505 pounds of chicken wing products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.                       

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Factories in Philadelphia Experiencing Slow Growth

October 17, 2014 10:00 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A measure of factory activity in the Philadelphia region slipped last month, but remained at a healthy level, evidence that U.S. manufacturing output is holding up despite signs of a global slowdown.               

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LEAP Jet Engine Fuels Strong Orders for GE

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE Aviation has been flight testing jet engines for more than a decade. But never one like the LEAP, the world’s first jet engine with 3D-printed fuel nozzles and parts from advanced ceramic materials.              

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After a Solid Run of Advances, Manufacturing Takes a Slight Step Back

October 17, 2014 9:35 am | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

A nearly two-year upward trend experienced a hiccup according to the quarterly MAPI Foundation Business Outlook, a survey conducted by the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.

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Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 9:15 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

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