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Nissan, Honda, Chrysler Report U.S. Sales Increases

November 3, 2014 9:46 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler, Nissan and Honda all reported U.S. sales gains last month as falling gas prices and an improving economy boosted sales of pickup trucks and SUVs.                            

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Company Recalls U.S. Fire Trucks

November 3, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 135 fire trucks in the U.S. because a suspension part can fail and cause a wheel to fall off.                                   

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Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets.                     

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Exxon, Chevron Shrug Off Effect of Low Oil Prices

October 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Falling oil prices hardly seem to be bothering the two biggest U.S. oil companies, but things could get tougher in the coming months.                                 

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2 Missing After Blaze at Fireworks Warehouse

October 31, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky.                               

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The Future Of Sony

October 31, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sony was once a symbol of Japan's golden age, but now the tech company is struggling. Will Ripley takes a look at Sony's game plan to make a comeback.                             

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Flying Car Prototype Takes to the Skies

October 31, 2014 1:49 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The AeroMobil 3.0 is the latest prototype flying car that its makers hope will revolutionize the transport industry. The upgraded model has significant improvements to the previous prototype, with a top groundspeed of 124 mph and a flight travel range of about 435 miles.

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Metal Manufacturer Wins $1M Business Plan Prize

October 31, 2014 1:45 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fledgling metal manufacturing company that promises to make lighter, stronger, and less expensive parts has won the million-dollar grand prize in a contest aimed at attracting entrepreneurs to Buffalo.             

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Kimberly-Clark Lawsuit: Surgical Gowns Don't Protect Against Ebola

October 31, 2014 1:39 pm | by Robert Jablon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases.                         

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Meet the World's Scariest Car

October 31, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

This 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 "Super Snake" has a haunting past.                                                      

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Predicting Potential Maintenance Issues with Smart Technology

October 31, 2014 11:27 am | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

Listen to the IMPO webinar featuring Todd McIntyre, a Product Manager at Eaton Corporation, and Kevin Breunig, a Fluid Power Specialist at Motion Industries, as they discuss smart sensor technology in manufacturing and how to make it most effective for your specific applications. 

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AAM 'Fixes' Walmart's Made-in-America Claims

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The web filter at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) caught a big ol' piece of chaff this week, in the form of a release from Walmart. America's largest retailer has announced plans to purchase $250 billion worth of American-made goods over the next decade, but some of their claims need adjustment. 

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New Compact Detection Laser Scanner

October 31, 2014 10:38 am | by Pepperl+Fuchs | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces the R2000 Detection Laser Scanner. Smaller than most coffee mugs, these 2D laser scanners feature a 360-degree gapless measurement angle with angular resolution within 0.071 degrees, scan frequency to 30 Hz and object detection down to 1 mm. 

U.S. Consumer Spending Down in September

October 31, 2014 10:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year.                 

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Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs to Fix Air Bags

October 31, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.                             

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3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 31, 2014 9:51 am | by Chris Fox, Executive Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

On a recent trip to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the aerospace organization provided some insight into the inner-workings of spacecraft manufacturing. At the Marshall Space Flight Center, they specialize in what can best be described as "the guts" of a rocket.

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Amy's Kitchen To Open in Converted ID Plant

October 31, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic frozen food maker Amy's Kitchen is opening a new plant in southeastern Idaho. The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs.                   

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U.S. Economy Grew at 3.5 Percent Rate in Third Quarter

October 31, 2014 9:34 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.           

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Rivals Gear Up for Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 9:24 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

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Not So Sweet: Chocolate Prices Set To Rise

October 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not just costs that are pushing up prices. A growing sweet tooth around the world means more demand for chocolate.

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