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What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits. Extensive R&D investment can significantly defer future profit.         

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SNC-Lavalin To Cut 4,000 Jobs

November 7, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin says it will reduce the company's global workforce by 4,000, or 9 percent of its total.                                

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Honda Adds Thousands of Vehicles to Air Bag Recall

November 7, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.               

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NC Officials Host Closed Meeting on Oil Drilling

November 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia met privately Thursday with federal regulators and groups funded by oil and gas companies to discuss plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast.             

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Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 9:14 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government’s immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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U.S. Employers Add 214K Jobs

November 7, 2014 9:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years.           

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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location are Key

November 6, 2014 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, shares some valuable insight into Missouri’s recent attraction of two major transportation and logistics corporations.

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Air Bag Maker Takata Predicts More Losses

November 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Takata Corp, whose potentially defective air bags have been linked to four deaths in  U.S., have issued an apology and have also announced extreme profit losses and skipped dividends.                  

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8th Grader Designs New Inexpensive Braille Printer

November 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Shubham Banerjee came up with the idea for an affordable braille printer while playing with Legos. Now at 13 years old, he's just become Silicon Valley's newest tech phenom as the youngest person ever to get venture capital investment for a startup. 

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GOP Eager To Move on Keystone XL

November 6, 2014 2:09 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.

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Productivity, Labor Costs Rise in 3Q

November 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 2.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as output increased 4.4 percent and hours worked increased 2.3 percent.   

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Virgin Galactic Looks to Resume Tests in 2015

November 6, 2014 1:49 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft.    

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100K Workers Protest Belgian Labor Reform

November 6, 2014 1:44 pm | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state.     

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GM Data Acquisition System

November 6, 2014 10:42 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the development of the SMARTDAC+ GM data acquisition system. 

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 6, 2014 10:19 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor of Manufacturing.net, recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth. 

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Nissan Launches U.S. Murano Production

November 6, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S.                 

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Beef Costs Eat Up Wendy's Profit

November 6, 2014 10:00 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The hamburger chain reported a lower-than-expect profit for its third quarter, noting that beef costs were much higher than initial projections.                               

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Perrigo To Buy Omega Pharma for $3.1B

November 6, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Perrigo is expanding its reach into Europe through a $3.1 billion acquisition of one of the continent's biggest suppliers of non-prescription medicines.                            

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 278K

November 6, 2014 9:47 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the job market should continue to improve.                                      

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Tesla Sets Delivery Record

November 6, 2014 9:42 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street's expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago.             

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