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Sinkhole Collapses Part Of Corvette Museum In Ky.

February 12, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight cars but not shutting down the building. Six of the cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors.

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Industry Group Says Indiana Added 960 Solar Jobs

February 12, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana's solar power industry added nearly 1,000 jobs last year, an employment surge that boosted the industry's Hoosier job force by 178 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by a solar advocacy group.            

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Deere Sees Farm Slowdown, Projects Sales Decline

February 12, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

High crop prices have put money into farmers' pockets and driven a boom in demand for Deere's tractors and other motorized farm gear. But Deere says demand for farm equipment is "moderating."                  

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W.Va. Coal Prep Plant Spills Slurry Into Creek

February 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.

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GOP's Corker Urges Rejection Of UAW At Volkswagen

February 12, 2014 9:53 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 1,500 Volkswagen workers are eligible to cast ballots in a three-day election beginning Wednesday. They'll decide whether the plant becomes the South's first foreign automaker to unionize. But it wouldn't be the UAW's first foray into the state.

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Chinese Villagers Attack Polluting Factory, Police

February 12, 2014 9:49 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest.       

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Toyota Recalls 1.9M Prius Cars For Software Glitch

February 12, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system.        

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Protecting Manufacturing From A Hacker's Favorite Tool: Social Engineering

February 12, 2014 9:40 am | by Jeff Multz, Director of Midmarket North America, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

Although social engineering often ultimately leads to cyber attacks, it may not start out that way. It may start with someone pretending to be a customer or the CEO’s friend, telephoning your company and tricking someone into giving out information they should not be divulging.

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Leading The Way On A New Manufacturing Generation

February 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Spee-Dee | Blogs | Comments

I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.

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Wireless Adaptor For Wired Field Instruments

February 12, 2014 9:26 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has developed a multi-protocol wireless adaptor that enables wired field instruments or analytical sensors to be used as ISA100 Wireless devices.

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Wireless Monitoring Sensors Work With iOS Mobile App

February 12, 2014 9:18 am | by Parker Hannifin Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation introduces a low energy wireless sensor platform for monitoring pressure, temperature, and humidity in liquid and gas applications.

Graco Recalling Nearly 3.8M Child Car Seats

February 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. The recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.                      

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Auto Parts Maker Shiloh Adding 145 Indiana Jobs

February 11, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says auto parts supplier Shiloh Die Cast Midwest will expand two of its northern Indiana plants, creating about 145 new jobs by 2018.                       

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Nestlé Exchanges Stake In L'Oreal For Galderma

February 11, 2014 2:14 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle said Tuesday it would take full ownership of Swiss dermatology pharmaceuticals company Galderma, which had been a 50/50 joint venture with L'Oreal. It will use Galderma's management to form a new unit called Nestle Skin Health SA.   

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Plan Aims To Elevate Michigan As Logistics Hub

February 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

The newly established Commission for Logistics and Supply Chain Collaboration, which holds its first meeting Feb. 11, aims to develop a statewide strategy featuring a partnership between government and industry in the pursuit of raising the international profile of Michigan’s logistics capabilities.

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Calif. Plant Halts Operations Following Beef Recall

February 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse has voluntary halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall, which began Jan. 13, was expanded on Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products.  

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U.S. Trade Protest Over India Solar Energy Program

February 11, 2014 1:45 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. brought a trade complaint against India over a solar energy program it says discriminates against American manufacturers, adding another wrinkle to a bilateral relationship strained by the recent arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat.

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U.S. Will Still Withhold Bangladesh Trade Benefits

February 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says Bangladesh has not made sufficient progress on improving labor standards to justify reinstatement of duty-free trade benefits suspended after the global textile industry's worst disaster.            

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Technology Firms Urge Changes To U.S. Spying

February 11, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Top executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, LinkedIn, and Twitter published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress. The coalition urges changes that would include a government agreement not to collect bulk data from Internet communications.

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Gun Industry Courts Women

February 11, 2014 1:26 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Gun manufacturers are clearly trying to catch the eye and wallet of women, who are becoming a more important segment of their customer base.                                

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