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U.S. Productivity Shows Growth in 3Q

December 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. workers' productivity increased in the July-September quarter at a slightly faster pace than previously estimated while labor costs declined for a second straight quarter.                     

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U.S. Companies Added 208K Jobs Last Month

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses hired at a solid pace last month, according to a private survey, a signal that Friday's November jobs report from the government will likely also show strength.                     

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Takata: Evidence Does Not Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.             

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Wipe Away the Losses

December 2, 2014 5:31 pm | by Sean Gaffney, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Compact & Standard Category Product Line | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics of discussion in modern industry and society recently. And the European Union has joined in the discussion by taking an active role in creating unified requirements and standards looking to improve the energy efficiency of motor driven systems in industrial and everyday applications.

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Deflation Looms Over Europe

December 2, 2014 3:03 pm | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press | News | Comments

But it's not debt — Europe's main economic problem in recent years — that is driving speculation the ECB will switch on the printing press to help the economy; it's deflation.                     

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The Supersonic Jets of Tomorrow

December 2, 2014 3:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Companies are working on building supersonic jets that can fly twice as fast as today's commercial planes.                                         

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Gun Manufacturers are Targeting a New Demographic

December 2, 2014 2:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At the Shot Show in Las Vegas, a new trend in gun manufacturing was made clear: gun sales for women and by women are on the rise. As a result, the industry is beginning to make guns that are more aesthetically appealing to women and are better suited for women's specific needs. 

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 2, 2014 2:41 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Takata Panel To Audit Air Bag Inflator Production

December 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is forming a panel to audit its manufacturing and come up with ways to make safe air bag inflators, but the company's response to a U.S. demand for a national inflator recall remains unclear.     

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More U.S. CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

December 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.                                  

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Rolling Along: RV Industry Maintains Momentum

December 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by Bruce Shreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.             

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Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, two automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.                         

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New Dok-Commander Control System

December 2, 2014 10:46 am | by Rite-Hite | Product Releases | Comments

The Dok-Commander Control System from Rite-Hite integrates the controls of multiple loading dock devices into a centralized, easy-to-operate control system.        

Chicago City Council To Vote on $13 Minimum Wage

December 2, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chicago City Council is expected to give final approval to increasing the city's minimum wage to $13 by 2019.                                       

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Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 2, 2014 10:19 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

While counting calories may have been a time-consuming duty in the past, consumers may find the task a little easier after last week’s ruling.                               

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GM Recalling Vehicles to Fix Headlights

December 2, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles in North America because their headlights can stop working.                                         

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Regulators Investigating Child Car Seat Recall

December 2, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.                         

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Blackstone Selling Industrial Property for $8.1B

December 2, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Blackstone Group has cancelled an initial public offering for IndCor Properties and will instead sell the industrial real estate company to Singapore's sovereign wealth fund for $8.1 billion.               

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Chrysler U.S. Sales Up 20 Percent in November

December 2, 2014 9:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 20 percent last month, a sign that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales higher in November.                             

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Taking it Paperless: Major Steel Distributor Utilizes AP, AR Automation

December 1, 2014 3:01 pm | by Nick Sprau | Articles | Comments

If your company is ready to streamline AP and AR processes, increase efficiency, and better manage time spent handling and approving invoices and other documents, it may be time to look into an automated document management system.     

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