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Pendulum Skid Tester

April 6, 2015 2:55 pm | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. has released the Cooper-Wessex Pendulum Skid Tester. This product measures the frictional resistance between a rubber slider mounted on the end of a pendulum arm and the test surface.

How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 6, 2015 2:19 pm | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

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North Dakota to Join Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 6, 2015 2:13 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands.

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Tesla Sells 10K Cars in Q1 With Eyes Now on China

April 6, 2015 2:03 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Shares of Tesla are surging after the company reported strong vehicle sales in the first quarter.

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A Tour of the New York International Auto Show

April 6, 2015 1:59 pm | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

A walk-through of the New York Auto Show floor and some of the big announcements.

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Sam's Club Pulls all Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

April 6, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the country's largest retailers has decided to pull Blue Bell Ice Cream from its shelves as a precautionary measure after Blue Bell announced it was temporarily closing an Oklahoma production plant.

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Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline in Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest monthly estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that manufacturing jobs declined slightly in March.

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Analysts Upgrade Lumber Liquidators Following Flooring Tests

April 6, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Financial analysts improved their forecast for embattled Lumber Liquidators after tests showed the company's hardwood flooring sealed in most potentially harmful chemicals.

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Toyota Forklift Vehicle Management System

April 6, 2015 10:32 am | by Toyota Industrial Equipment | Product Releases | Comments

Toyota Industrial Equipment has launched the company’s first vehicle management system, T-Matics.

Jury Orders Chrysler to Pay $150M in Jeep Fire Death

April 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames after being rear-ended three years ago. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay nearly the full amount.

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows in March

April 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 27th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 70th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Nestlé Hopes To Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nestlé officials recently detailed plans to steer the world's largest food company through an uncertain chocolate market and weakness in the Russian economy.

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Autonomous Car Completes 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip

April 6, 2015 9:43 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autonomous car's recent 3,400-mile U.S. road trip proves there's at least one thing computers do better than humans: Follow the speed limit. 

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U.S. Hiring Slowdown Hit Most Industry Sectors

April 6, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deceleration of hiring last month hit nearly all parts of the job market as U.S. employers grew wary about the health of the economy.

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Volkswagen Expands Tennessee Plant

April 6, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is seeking to add to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle in Tennessee.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 2, 2015 3:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

‘Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser’ are being presented a little early this week. However, after careful consideration of the news up until now, they have been selected. 

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Do the Math: Fracking by the Numbers

April 2, 2015 2:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | News | Comments

Recent analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency provides new estimates about the number of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Here’s a rundown of the report’s key findings. 

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U.S. Factory Orders Break Six Month Slump

April 2, 2015 2:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Factory orders rose 0.2 percent in February, which was the first increase since July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. 

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Craftsman Re-purposes Detroit’s Unwanted Wood

April 2, 2015 2:17 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Detroit's reclaimed wood is getting new life thanks to Mark Wallace and his passion for hand crafting guitars. Wallace says his guitars are a tribute to Detroit's rich music history. 

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Hands-On With Kia's New, Sportier Optima

April 2, 2015 2:09 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The Kia Optima has a lot going for it, including some impressive sales numbers. The 2016 model doesn't disappoint with plenty of options to chose from and a sleek look reminiscent of a German automobile.

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