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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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Gas Price Conspiracy Theories Debunked

November 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

Gas prices are at their lowest in four years thanks to plummeting crude oil prices. Industry insiders have their own theories as to why, but the answer may be simpler than you think.                   

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The Great Challenge for Soup

November 3, 2014 1:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison says, 'The American family has changed... so food has to be different.'                                         

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China Slowdown Could Bruise the Global Economy

November 3, 2014 1:50 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, soaking up oil, iron ore and other commodities from developing countries and autos and luxury goods from Europe. But its role as a global engine is fading as its economy slows — and many other nations, in the view of economists, will feel the pain.

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Hyundai-Kia To Pay U.S. $100M for Overstating MPG

November 3, 2014 1:39 pm | by Tom Krisher, Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation into overstated gas mileage figures on window stickers of 13 models.                 

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U.S. Manufacturing Ahead of the Bell

November 3, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management reports on U.S. manufacturing production, orders, and other activity in October.                                       

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Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping the Industry

November 3, 2014 10:26 am | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing has changed drastically in the past decade, and much of this change is due to advancements in technology. Here is a look at a few of the technologies that are having the largest impact.               

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Phoenix Introduces the EcoMod 450

November 3, 2014 10:19 am | by Phoenix Products Company Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Products Company Inc. has introduced the EcoMod 450, the latest edition to the company’s thriving EcoMod Series of LED floodlights.    

Mystery Drones Fly Over French Nuclear Sites

November 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Jamey Keaten | News | Comments

 French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by tiny, unmanned drones over French nuclear power stations.                             

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Gas Prices Drop Under $3 for the 1st Time in 4 Years

November 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The national average price of gasoline fell 33 cents to end October at $3 a gallon and dipped Saturday to $2.995, according to AAA. That marks the first time in four years that gas has been cheaper than $3 a gallon.          

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Nissan, Honda, Chrysler Report U.S. Sales Increases

November 3, 2014 9:46 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler, Nissan and Honda all reported U.S. sales gains last month as falling gas prices and an improving economy boosted sales of pickup trucks and SUVs.                            

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Company Recalls U.S. Fire Trucks

November 3, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 135 fire trucks in the U.S. because a suspension part can fail and cause a wheel to fall off.                                   

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Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets.                     

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Exxon, Chevron Shrug Off Effect of Low Oil Prices

October 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Falling oil prices hardly seem to be bothering the two biggest U.S. oil companies, but things could get tougher in the coming months.                                 

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2 Missing After Blaze at Fireworks Warehouse

October 31, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.                               

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The Future Of Sony

October 31, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sony was once a symbol of Japan's golden age, but now the tech company is struggling. Will Ripley takes a look at Sony's game plan to make a comeback.                             

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