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Crystal CEO: Rail Shutdown Could Cost Millions

January 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

A slowdown in rail service is forcing American Crystal Sugar to cut back on production, something company officials said Wednesday could cost millions if the situation doesn't improve.                   

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Ford Mustang Flat Rock Assembly

January 30, 2014 9:42 am | by Car Production | Videos | Comments

Follow the one millionth Ford Mustang built at the Flat Rock assembly plant as it rolls off the production line. The Flat Rock plant, which was opened in 1987, currently produces the Ford Mustang and the Ford Fusion.          

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Robots Still Have A Lot To Learn

January 30, 2014 9:31 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At a recent robotics challenge in Miami, it was clear that robot development is still working on the most basic of functions.                                    

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2014 UK Automotive Production Looks Bright

January 30, 2014 9:27 am | by SMMT | Videos | Comments

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, discusses UK car, commercial vehicle, and engine manufacturing performance in 2013. Ford of Britain Managing Director, Mark Ovenden, and other automotive executives also give insights into the year's performance and their expectations for 2014.

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Safety Hat Manufacturing

January 30, 2014 9:14 am | by MSA and Grupo José Pinto | Videos | Comments

Take a tour of the MSA facotry in South Africa that turns out hard hats for use around the world. This start to finish production line tour takes you from raw material,through the assembly line, and on to warehouse and shipping logistics.   

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Dutch Find More Horsemeat In Beef Products

January 29, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch Foods and Wares Authority says it has "preventatively" blocked all shipments from a Dutch slaughterhouse after investigators found horsemeat in four shipments that were labeled as beef products.             

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Ethanol Industry Set To Fight EPA On Blend Rule

January 29, 2014 1:55 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol industry officials promised Tuesday a long fight against moves by federal regulators to cut the amount of biofuels blended into the nation's gasoline.                           

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Wind Turbine Maker To Close Pa. Plant

January 29, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gamesa USA officials said Tuesday that the closure of the 8-year-old plant was prompted by a shift in the market from Pennsylvania and the Midwest to the southwestern United States. They said the company had to alter its manufacturing and supply chain strategy to keep energy costs low and maintain a strong market presence.

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ND Synfuels Plant To Add $402M Fertilizer Facility

January 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Urea is a granular fertilizer used by farmers. It requires anhydrous ammonia and carbon dioxide, both of which are produced at the synfuels plant that turns coal into natural gas for distribution in the eastern U.S.          

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Beretta To Build New Firearms Plant In Tenn.

January 29, 2014 1:30 pm | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee. The $45 million plant in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin is projected to create 300 new jobs.                

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Pressure Mounts For Apple To Expand Its Horizons

January 29, 2014 1:27 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

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W.Va. Senate Passes Chemical Spill Bill

January 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal patches a regulatory framework that let Freedom Industries spill chemicals into the public water supply on Jan. 9 without immediate detection, state lawmakers said. The leak into the Elk River kept 300,000 people without clean, drinkable water for days.

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3D Printing Helps Nike Design Super Bowl Cleat

January 29, 2014 12:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nike used 3D printed prototypes to speed up the design process for its latest football cleat.                                             

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AAM On SOTU: Rosy Picture, Slow Progress On Manufacturing

January 29, 2014 10:16 am | by The Alliance For American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

"This is the third consecutive State of the Union in which there has been a strong rhetorical focus on manufacturing, and that’s welcome. But the progress, despite the rosy picture painted by the President, has been painfully slow. And in some cases, such as the trade deficit with China, we’ve seen backsliding."

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Republicans Unimpressed With Obama's Speech

January 29, 2014 9:54 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.

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ITIF On SOTU: Good News On Institutes, More Tax Change Needed

January 29, 2014 9:52 am | by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) | News | Comments

Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), responded to the 2014 State of the Union address by praising the announcement of six new manufacturing innovation institutes as well as the President’s call to roll back sequestration cuts to federal research and development.

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Chrysler, Fiat Move Forward As Single Company With New Name

January 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Fiat's board of directors agreed on the name Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, with headquarters for tax purposes in the United Kingdom. But the board sidestepped the thorny political issue of whether the true headquarters would be in the United States or Italy.

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Demand For Planes Boosts Boeing 4Q Profit

January 29, 2014 9:39 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing's fourth-quarter profit rose 26 percent as it delivered more commercial airplanes — a speedup that it says will continue this year. Boeing says it will deliver 715 to 725 planes this year, a boost of at least 10 percent from last year.   

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State Of The U.S. Economy: Strongest Since Recession

January 29, 2014 9:33 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy is showing more strength than at any time since the Great Recession began six years ago. Employers are hiring. Home prices, sales, and construction have surged. Corporate profits and stocks have hit records. And consumers have picked up their spending.

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Power Quality Problems Plague Manufacturing’s Push For Productivity

January 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Articles | Comments

Power is the lifeblood of manufacturing. However, the integration of sensitive electronics into most logic assemblies has made the circuitry (and therefore productivity) of the equipment that drives industrial automation much more susceptible to power quality fluctuations.

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