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GM Announces Parts are Ready To Fix Small Recalled Cars

October 1, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide earlier this year to fix faulty ignition switches that are now blamed for at least 23 deaths nationwide. Barra said suppliers have made enough parts to fix all of the switches, but only 1.1 million small cars have had the repairs so far.

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Innovation Vertigo

October 1, 2014 2:33 pm | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point | Blogs | Comments

In industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in regards to the adoption of new technologies and the transformation of old business models. This uneasiness with the pace of change and confusion over the best path forward leads to innovation vertigo.   

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Honda Piles Six Safety Features Into its New CR-V

October 1, 2014 2:18 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Honda says its new "Honda Sensing" suite of safety technologies will lift its 2015 CR-V above competitors.                                          

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A Look at CA's Landmark Plastic Bag Ban

October 1, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

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Panasonic, Coronal Group Complete Nine Solar Projects

October 1, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC announced the completion of nine solar projects in Tulare and Kings Counties in Central California.                          

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Fire at Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

October 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Manuel Valdes, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.                   

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Nuclear Supplier Agrees To Changes After Cheating

October 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer making parts for two nuclear plants in the Southeast has promised to better train its employees after investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test four years ago.             

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U.S. Companies Added 213K Jobs in September, 35K in Manufacturing

October 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.                                   

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Ford Adding 1,000 New Jobs in Canada

October 1, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. of Canada says it is adding 1,000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Ontario, by the end of this year to build the 2015 Ford Edge crossover SUV for the global market.                     

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Truck Deals Help Boost U.S. Auto Sales

October 1, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

September auto sales won't be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong.                                  

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General Mills Plans To Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.             

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4 Key Insights Into the Intersection of Manufacturing and Technology in Silicon Valley

September 30, 2014 4:51 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Articles | Comments

Verizon's West Coast Innovation Center in San Francisco was the setting for a unique panel discussion about how the intersection of manufacturing and technology is impacting Silicon Valley.                  

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Edmonton Plant Aims To Transform Sewage

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Two companies are working on a project to transform sewage into commercial fertilizer and help protect the environmental health of the North Saskatchewan River.                         

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Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Tank Cars

September 30, 2014 4:19 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

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Hydraulic Hose Solution

September 30, 2014 4:07 pm | by Parker Hannifin | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin has introduced GlobalCore – five hydraulic hoses and two fittings series that significantly reduce engineering and service complexity by providing the first comprehensive product family across the most commonly used constant working pressure classes.

Lawsuit Against Templeton Rye Allowed to Proceed

September 30, 2014 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit alleging Iowa-based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office.                                 

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Decreases in September

September 30, 2014 3:41 pm | by Martin Crutsinger | News | Comments

U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. But economists said the fall appears to be a temporary slip that shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the coming months.

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CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 3:31 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.               

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Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Interfax News Agency | News | Comments

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said.               

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3 Tips for Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 1:44 pm | by Dan McGrath | Articles | Comments

Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  

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