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Defense Seeks Mistrial For Former BP Engineer

December 10, 2013 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a filing Tuesday, Kurt Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.                       

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U.S. Job Openings Reach 5-Year High, A Hopeful Sign

December 10, 2013 1:03 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign for the unemployed.The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million.

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Ford's Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

December 10, 2013 12:33 pm | by Ford Motor Company | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.              

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October Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

December 10, 2013 11:05 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $435.02 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 10.2% from September but down 3.2% when compared with the total of $449.44 million reported for October 2012. 

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GM Names Mary Barra CEO, 1st Woman To Head Car Co.

December 10, 2013 10:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors product development chief Mary Barra has been named the company's new CEO, the first female head of a U.S. car company.  Barra, 51, will replace Dan Akerson on Jan. 15. Barra currently holds what many say is the most important job in the company — senior vice president for global product development.

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China November Auto Sales Up 16 Percent

December 10, 2013 10:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales rose 16 percent in November as Japanese automakers extended a rebound in the world's biggest vehicle market, an industry group reported Tuesday. The figures were an unexpectedly strong performance for automakers that are looking to China to drive global sales amid weakness in U.S., Japanese and European markets.

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Colo. Company Recalls 90,000 Pounds Of Meat

December 10, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Windsor meat company has recalled some 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under unsanitary conditions.                               

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Sysco To Buy US Foods For About $3.5B

December 10, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sysco is buying privately held US Foods for about $3.5 billion in cash and stock. When the deal closes, Sysco expects the addition of US Foods to boost its annual sales by about 46 percent to around $65 billion.           

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Engineering Firm To Pay $32M To Settle Bribery Charges

December 10, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A German engineering company has agreed to pay a $32 million fine as part of an agreement to settle charges it worked with a Texas company to bribe Nigerian officials in order to win a $387 million pipeline contract.         

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Court: Exec Guilty Over Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 9:57 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.            

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Wal-Mart Promotes Cheesewright To Int'l Chief

December 10, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 51-year-old Cheesewright succeeds Doug McMillon, who last month was named the next president and CEO of the world's biggest retailer. McMillon succeeds Mike Duke.                        

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Craft Brewer Taps Into Cost Savings With Switch-Rated Plug

December 10, 2013 9:42 am | by Bill Fortman, Meltric Corporation | Articles | Comments

Bells Brewery, Inc. uses Meltric DECONTACTORTM Series switch-rated plugs and receptacles to connect and disconnect equipment as varied as grain handlers, conveyor motors, portable pump carts, and keg washers in order to obtain installation cost savings, simplified lockout-tagout safety, and production efficiencies during maintenance and equipment changeouts.

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Sustainability: A 3PL’s Role In Your Green Supply Chain

December 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Jamie Wyatt, COO, Linkex | Articles | Comments

The supply chain is getting greener and discussions about sustainability are cropping up in more calls and conferences than ever before. What this means for you is that the “green-ness” of your supply chain will soon be a deciding factor for your manufacturer and shipper partners as well as your other customers.

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Tango TX1 Single Gas Monitor

December 10, 2013 8:50 am | by Industrial Scientific Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing the world’s first single gas monitor with two identical sensors for the detection of the same gas. By wearing the Tango™ TX1 from Industrial Scientific, workers will be the safest single gas monitor users in the world.

Cable Cutter For Large MCM Cables

December 10, 2013 8:26 am | by Ideal Industries Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a massive 3.5-inch jaw opening, the Big Kahuna Power Blade makes easy work of cutting large diameter copper and aluminum electrical cables, resulting in clean, installation-ready cuts on high-voltage cables up to 1250 MCM in less than twenty seconds.

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Tape Measure That Grips Round Objects

December 10, 2013 8:17 am | by Swanson Tool Company | Product Releases | Comments

The GripLine is the first tape measure designed to grip round surfaces, such as metal conduit, rebar, threaded rod, PVC pipe – from a significant distance, saving users’ time.

Threading Tool Boosts Performance And Tool Life

December 10, 2013 8:10 am | by Walter USA, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

New Prototyp Prototex® Eco Plus from Walter is a versatile through-hole tap that delivers superior performance and tool life. Designed for through-hole threads up to 3.5xD, it is manufactured from HSS-E-PM and can be used on steel, stainless steel, and cast iron and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum and copper.

AP: Accusations Dog Russian Copter Deal

December 9, 2013 1:44 pm | by Richard Lardner, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. military officials insisted a top-secret Pentagon study proved the need to buy Russian helicopters for Afghanistan's security forces. But the study actually recommended an American-made rotorcraft, according to unclassified excerpts obtained by The Associated Press.

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Pratt & Whitney Machinists Approve New Contract

December 9, 2013 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Machinist union members who work at jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney narrowly approved a new three-year contract Sunday, signing off on a deal that includes 2.5 percent pay raises each year and a $2,000 ratification bonus.       

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Safety Agency May Expand Hyundai Air Bag Recall

December 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are looking into whether a Hyundai Elantra recall should be expanded. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a recall query to determine if 52,000 Elantra Touring cars from the 2009 through 2012 model years should be recalled.

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