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Toyota Is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer In March

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Toyota Motor Sales | News | Comments

The first quarter of 2014 treated Toyota well. The company reported a 8.9 percent increase over March 2013 sales, with Lexus showing a 28 percent increase over 2013 sales.                        

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MAPI: March Manufacturing Numbers Should Allay Fears

April 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The index of 53.7 in March is slightly better than 53.2 in February, and both are above the 50 percent level that separates growth from decline.                               

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Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.                     

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Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.            

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The Enlightened Plant

April 1, 2014 10:04 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Blogs | Comments

Automation has traditionally meant replacing human activity. Now recent advances in automation technology and the demands of the future have moved the industry into a new age.                       

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The 3 Elements Needed For A Successful 5S Program

April 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Heidi Means, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

5S can serve as the backbone of everything that companies do in their manufacturing facilities. It is how companies can continuously improve, produce quality products, deliver products to customers on-time and do it all in a safe manner.     

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Senator: CAT Avoided Billions In Taxes

April 1, 2014 9:39 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.                 

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Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

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Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 9:33 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.              

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GM Recall Total Continues To Rise

April 1, 2014 9:30 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recall brings the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February to 6.3 million.                                             

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Black Hawk Copter Maker Pays $3.5M For Inflating Parts Prices

March 31, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it inflated the cost of spare parts.                            

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Airline Says Plane Systems Partly To Blame For Crash

March 31, 2014 2:28 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

Asiana Airlines says a Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed.                              

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4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Washington Plant Fire

March 31, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in Washington.                      

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Is The Honeymoon Over For New BlackBerry CEO?

March 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With lackluster quarterly results Friday, is time running out for John Chen to turn around the company?                                          

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Mulally's Pay Up 11 Percent In 2013

March 31, 2014 2:05 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford CEO Mulally's compensation rose 11 percent to $23.2 million in 2013, as the company reported record profits in North America and Asia.                                

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Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Marchionne said that the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he says is the minimum for an automaker to compete globally.               

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Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                                  

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

March 31, 2014 10:15 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?                           

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Software Schedules Maintenance With Military Precision

March 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Articles | Comments

In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.                    

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Rolls-Royce Plant Explosion Injures 9

March 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded.                          

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