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Audi Recalls Nearly 102K Vehicles

November 5, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash.                                           

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China Factory Works Overtime to Make Ebola Suits

November 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Zhang Weigun, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 7,000 miles away in West Africa.       

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Duck Farming Fading Away on New York's Long Island

November 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Once as synonymous with Long Island as Gatsby mansions, the Long Island duck is quietly fading into the history books. By the end of this year there will be only one duck farm left on Long Island; that's down from a high of more than 100 in the early 1960s that produced up to 7.5 million succulent birds annually.

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Circus Cited for Not Following Manufacturer's Instructions

November 4, 2014 2:50 pm | by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats, federal workplace safety regulators said.               

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Northern Irish Whiskey Bushmills Sold to Jose Cuervo

November 4, 2014 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British drinks company Diageo says it is selling its Northern Ireland whiskey brand, Bushmills, to tequila king Jose Cuervo in a swap deal that will give Diageo sole ownership of an upmarket Mexican tequila maker, Don Julio.       

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A New Take on Peanut Butter and Jelly

November 4, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

General Electric launched a search for kid inventors and found 7 year-old Ellie Rowlands, who created a way to improve on a kids’ culinary classic — peanut butter and jelly. She demonstrates the ease of making a sandwich with “Ellie’s Jellies.” 

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Richard Branson: Space Travel Risks are Worth it

November 4, 2014 2:10 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

Despite the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, Richard Branson says the risk of testing commercial space flights is worth it.                                  

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues Strong Growth Trajectory

November 4, 2014 1:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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U.S. Factory Orders Slip in September

November 4, 2014 1:46 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories declined in September, dragged by falling demand in the volatile aircraft category.                                         

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Women Sue Ford for Harassment and Discrimination

November 4, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several female workers at Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago assembly plant have filed a lawsuit against the automaker alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.                           

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Diamond Chain Launches New Duralube Product Series

November 4, 2014 10:28 am | by Diamond Chain Company | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Chain Company announced the launch of the company’s newest roller chain series, Duralube LIVE, a self-lubricating chain series with extended service life.

In House vs Outsourced Fleet Management

November 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Robert Hall | Articles | Comments

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

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Engine-Maker Rolls-Royce To Cut 2,600 Jobs

November 4, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane engine-maker Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC says it will reduce its staff by 2,600 over the next 18 months as part of a restructuring focused on its aerospace decision.                       

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U.S. Investigating Honda for Incomplete Reports

November 4, 2014 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating whether Honda Motor Co. failed to report deaths and injuries that occurred in its vehicles.                                   

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Ford Issues 5 Recalls Covering 202K Vehicles

November 4, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 202,000 vehicles in North America to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling and other issues.                                     

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Judge Won't Block Honeywell Health Screenings

November 4, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Monday said Honeywell Inc. could begin penalizing workers who refuse to take medical or biometric tests.                                     

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U.S. Trade Deficit with China Hits All Time High

November 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit rose in September, as a broader global economic weakness caused exports to fall.                                          

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Lower Gas Prices Boost U.S. SUV Sales

November 3, 2014 2:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Falling gas prices improved buyers' moods and boosted sales of SUVs and trucks in October.                                             

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Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

November 3, 2014 2:43 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

Not having a single picture of what's happening on the floor - or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning - is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful.

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Lozier Corporation Acquires Leggett & Platt Store Fixtures Group

November 3, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lozier Corporation, an industry leader in providing store fixtures to major retailers around the world, announced the acquisition of the Leggett & Platt Store Fixtures Group, another leading manufacturer of retail fixtures.       

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