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Malaysia Releasing Satellite Data on Missing Jet

May 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by Eileen Ng and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Malaysian government on Tuesday released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing jetliner crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, responding to demands for greater transparency.             

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Del Monte Processing Plant Evacuated

May 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tim Williams of the Fresno County Emergency Medical Services says 14 employees were sent to four different area hospitals Friday.                                    

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Move Over Tesla, the Elio Is Here

May 27, 2014 2:01 pm | by USA TODAY | News | Comments

The success of Tesla has inspired other independent American car makers. Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors has designed an efficient sporty car that gets 84 miles per gallon.                      

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The Upstart Industry Riddled With Lawsuits

May 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It may seem like a good sign when everyone wants a piece of an emerging product category even before ascertaining its market share. But it’s probably not a good sign when that category is littered with lawsuits.           

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Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda as Greenest Automaker

May 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A scientists' group says Hyundai-Kia has unseated Honda as the greenest automaker in the U.S.                                             

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Median CEO Pay for Large Companies Crosses $10M in 2013

May 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Ken Sweet, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from 2012.                

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Boeing Buys AerData

May 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records.                                   

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Q&A: Environmental Health and Safety Programs

May 27, 2014 1:15 pm | by IMPO Staff | Articles | Comments

Unfortunately, despite their critical role in manufacturing, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s information technology network, making the endeavor costly, time-consuming, and grossly inefficient.             

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GE-Hitachi Closing Pa. Plant

May 27, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                                

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Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 27, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The ambitious project implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.            

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The Evolution of HVAC-Hacks.com

May 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Tim Gibson, P.E., Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With HVAC-Hacks.com, technicians and other HVAC-related people post their experiences to educate people and further the industry. It has become an Internet success story beyond expectations.                   

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WSU, Beechcraft Team Up to 'Insource' Manufacturing Jobs

May 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle | News | Comments

The idea they devised was unusual: Take a bunch of WSU engineering undergraduates. Train them intensely. Then integrate them as full team members on real projects at Beechcraft.                      

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China to Take 6M Vehicles off Roads

May 27, 2014 9:44 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.                        

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New Safety Requirements for Keystone Pipeline

May 27, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.   

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Price-Fixing Probe Rattles Auto Industry

May 27, 2014 9:40 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet.                   

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Durable Goods Orders up in April

May 27, 2014 9:33 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods advanced for a third month in April, but much of the strength came from a big surge in demand for military aircraft.                       

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Pilgrim's Pride Makes $5.58B Bid for Hillshire

May 27, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The poultry producer is offering $45 per share for Hillshire, which makes Hillshire Farm lunch meats and Jimmy Dean sausages.                                     

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MIT Prof: More Costly to Offshore Than Many Companies Think

May 23, 2014 10:17 am | by MIT Sloan School of Management | Videos | Comments

Using a new finance tool, she shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.              

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Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next to VW Plant

May 23, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years.                             

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U.S. Accuses Japanese Exec of Price Fixing

May 23, 2014 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury has charged a Japanese executive with conspiring to fix prices on auto parts.                                              

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