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U.S. Reopens Investigation Into Jeep, Dodge Sun Visors

May 5, 2015 2:13 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. government is reopening an investigation into Jeep and Dodge sun visors after reports that some caught fire even after a recall repair.

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A Unifying Vision for Distribution and the Robot Revolution

May 5, 2015 1:45 pm | by Krishnan Sundaresan, Director at ARRYVE | Articles | Comments

Robots, in the not-too-distant future, will evolve from an advanced technology to a critical component of infrastructure, akin to the ERP systems that form the information backbone of most distributors today. 

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How Big is Tesla’s ‘Big’ Announcement?

May 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his company's new battery division, he hailed the beginning of a complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world. In reality, Tesla is joining a crowded field of companies already invested in on-site energy storage. 

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Report: EPA to Ease Testing Requirements in Formaldehyde Rule

May 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators are reportedly set to ease testing requirements as part of long-awaited restrictions on formeldahyde.

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Study: Cutting Carbon Dioxide Saves 3,500 U.S. Lives a Year

May 5, 2015 10:53 am | by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A study from Harvard and Syracuse University calculates the decline in heart attacks and lung disease when soot and smog are reduced — an anticipated byproduct of the president's proposed power plant rule, which aims to fight global warming by limiting carbon dioxide emissions.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 97

May 5, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 97 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensated by the automaker.

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Kentucky Aluminum Plant Nears Lockout

May 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Kentucky aluminum smelter appears on the brink of a work stoppage after union workers rejected a proposed labor agreement.

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How To Get Out of the MRO Storeroom Business and Obtain R&M Excellence

May 5, 2015 10:09 am | by George Krauter | Articles | Comments

Many companies do not recognize the value that can be released from changing the MRO stores operation to provide optimum reliability. If they do, there are questions as to what steps to take and who would be responsible to implement the necessary change process. 

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Xtra-Value II Electronic Micrometer

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. has released the Fowler Xtra-Value II Electronic Micrometer.

VW CEO Vows Progress on Costs After Leadership Struggle

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen's CEO said the company is tackling its problems in the wake of a leadership struggle and promised progress on lowering costs and raising profitability.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps to 6-Year High of $51.4 Billion

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit in March jumped to the highest level in more than six years as a small increase in exports was swamped by a flood of imports from autos to cellphones.

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Here's Why Tesla Is Building Batteries For Your Home

May 4, 2015 3:03 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Tesla is building a new generation of batteries that could power homes, businesses and even the grid. Tom Randall takes a look at the emerging market for new energy storage.

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April’s Top-Selling Vehicles List

May 4, 2015 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Auto sales heated up in April as Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all reported U.S. gains. Here's a list of the top-selling cars. 

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General Motors To Invest $174M In Kansas Plant

May 4, 2015 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday.

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Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 4, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Employees at an Alabama auto parts plant signed a petition calling for the departure of the United Auto Workers, the latest episode in a contentious union organizing fight.

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GM's New Chief Officer On Being In The Driver's Seat

May 4, 2015 2:46 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mary Barra is General Motors' relatively new CEO. The company is celebrating the production of its 500th million car this week, and Anna Werner sat down with Barra to discuss her plans for remaking GM in the wake of its bankruptcy and the recalls of defective cars.

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slows

May 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March

May 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories rose in March for the first time since last July, breaking a long stretch of weakness in manufacturing.

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GM Cuts 2016 Volt Plug-In Hybrid Car Price

May 4, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.

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Dow Chemical To Trim Global Workforce

May 4, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp.

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