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FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 3:12 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same way as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild.                           

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

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U.S. Agency Slow To Move On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.               

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Crash Of Iranian-Built Plane Brings Production Into Question

August 11, 2014 11:01 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | News | Comments

A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.      

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Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts The Web

August 11, 2014 10:05 am | by John Magsam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The privately held company turned 80 this year and is pushing to update its image, reach a new generation of customers, and make its mark in a more sophisticated and savvy marketplace.                   

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Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems

August 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Machinists union sued Wichita-based aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Friday over its reported efforts to sell off its fabrication operations, contending such outsourcing would violate its labor contract.           

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State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 11, 2014 9:59 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economists are dismissing the complaint as overblown.

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GM Receives Claims In 63 Death Cases

August 11, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.                         

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Economical Load Tester

August 8, 2014 4:52 pm | by Load Cell Central | Product Releases | Comments

Load Cell Central has introduced a tester that fills the niche of economical and versatile load cell testing equipment. It benefits every skill level and it fits nicely in almost every budget, says the company.  

The Daily Grind

August 8, 2014 4:14 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Most every manufacturing facility has a countless inventory of abrasives in a variety of grains for different applications and finishes. The challenge for many is aligning the results needed with the materials available, and thus selection options — and concerns — can be enough to make the average manufacturing worker’s head spin.

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Watch Boeing's CEO Trash Talk Airbus

August 8, 2014 3:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney says his Dreamliners are superior to anything in Airbus' fleet, but says the A330neo 'will be an improvement' from its current model.                           

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Officials: Corporate Tax Case Could Cost Michigan

August 8, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in favor of IBM in a corporate tax case could cost the state more than $1 billion — an amount that could have a "budget-busting" impact, according to the state's attorney general.         

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Rechargeable Nightstick

August 8, 2014 3:50 pm | by Bayco Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

These duty/personal-size rechargeable dual-lights use a CREE LED rated at 650 lumens that works in conjunction with a high-efficiency deep parabolic reflector to create a usable beam rated at 275 meters.

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 8, 2014 2:40 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | Articles | Comments

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

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How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

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Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact on U.S.

August 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                           

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Manufacturing Day Events Expected To Top 1,500

August 8, 2014 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation.                          

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Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.                     

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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                

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Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                                          

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