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Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing, @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. Savvy companies are engaging consumers through social media, effectively transforming them into product formulators, fans, and advertisers.             

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Toyota Recalling Over 100K Avalons

March 28, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 119,000 Avalon sedans from the 2003 and 2004 model years because their air bags could deploy inadvertently.                                   

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Ford Adding Jobs In Ohio

March 28, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.                               

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Nearly 1M Jars Of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico

March 28, 2014 9:39 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.            

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GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                               

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Why 2014 Could Prove Breakout Year For Economy

March 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The combination of an improving job market, pent-up consumer demand, less drag from U.S. government policies, and a brighter global outlook is boosting optimism for the rest of 2014.                    

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Outdoor Safety Guardrail

March 28, 2014 8:11 am | by Herwin, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Exteriorguard outdoor safety guardrail by Herwin, Inc. features a highly visible safety yellow paint designed to withstand the outside elements. 

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Demand For Greater Efficiency Boosts Belt And Chain Drives Market

March 27, 2014 2:32 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

New analysis finds that the market earned revenues of $8.80 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $10.57 billion in 2018.                                    

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A Radical Company Challenge: Stop The Complaining

March 27, 2014 2:13 pm | by Peter D. Winiarski, CEO, Win Enterprises, LLC | Articles | Comments

Taking 100 percent responsibility for the outcomes in your life means giving up blaming others or complaining about external events.                                 

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U.S. Q4 Growth Revised Slightly Up

March 27, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.                   

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Unions In Missouri Rally Against Right-To-Work Bill

March 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's condemnation of so-called right-to-work legislation as unnecessary and misguided drew applause from about a thousand Missouri union members who gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol.           

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GE Develops Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

March 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by GE Research | Videos | Comments

Take a spin around the globe with GE as they highlight five manufacturing technologies GE researchers are developing.                                      

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GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Drug After Foreign Pills Found In Bottles

March 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                                     

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Applications For Jobless Aid Dip To 4-Month Low

March 27, 2014 1:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up.                   

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The Nuts & Bolts Of MRO: How Inventory Data Can Strengthen Your Supply Chain

March 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Brian Norris, Vice President of Inventory Management, Grainger | Articles | Comments

Successful inventory management programs start with a thorough understanding of the inventory itself. Just as there are a lot of different types of inventory, there are a lot of different ways to manage it.             

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25 Companies To Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 10:17 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing a potential threat to public health, the FDA in December asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for animal growth promotion.               

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3D Robotics Works To 'Demilitarize' Drones

March 27, 2014 10:10 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

3D Robotics CEO and Co-Founder Chris Anderson shows off the Iris, an insect-like drone that's rigged with a leveling arm for a GoPro camera.                               

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Building A Smarter Mattress

March 27, 2014 10:04 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Tuft and Needle is betting it can apply tech lessons to building a cheaper and more comfortable mattress.                                          

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Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 2

March 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to prioritize maintenance work, schedule it in advance, and share findings in real time is a great way to keep facilities running at peak performance, often with cost savings.                   

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ANA Orders $17B In Jets From Airbus, Boeing

March 27, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ANA is ordering 70 aircraft with a list price of 1.7 trillion yen ($17 billion) from Boeing Co. and Airbus, in the largest order in the Japanese carrier's history.                         

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