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The North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award

January 31, 2014 3:44 pm | by The Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence | Blogs | Comments

The North American Maintenance Excellence  (NAME) Award is an annual program to recognize North American organizations that excel in performing the maintenance process to enable operational excellence. The NAME Award is run by a non-profit foundation (FIME) and was established in 1990. The board of directors is comprised of past winners. 

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Global Watchdog Says Indian Cars Fail Safety Test

January 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The results are an indictment of the auto industry in India, which lacks adequate safety standards, said David Ward, head of the London car-safety watchdog Global NCAP, which performed the crash tests. India has some of the deadliest roads in the world.

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NY State Audit Finds Food Inspections Lagging

January 31, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries, and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday.          

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Toy Maker Wins Small Business Super Bowl Contest

January 31, 2014 2:03 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company's toy sets include a book, blocks, wheels, cranks, and other parts that children can use to build structures with moving parts. Owner Debbie Sterling, who trained as an engineer at Stanford University, got the idea for the company after realizing that construction toys are marketed to boys, not girls.

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FDA Proposes Rules For Safe Transport Of Foods

January 31, 2014 1:54 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rules announced Friday are part of a sweeping food safety law signed by President Barack Obama in 2011. They would require many larger companies that ship, hold, and otherwise transport food by roads or rail to prevent contamination as the food is moved.

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Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager Gets 41 Months

January 31, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has sentenced a former manager at a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa to 41 months in prison for harboring and exploiting workers who were in the U.S. illegally.                      

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U.S. Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Pct. In December

January 31, 2014 1:43 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans increased their spending at a solid pace for the second straight month in December even though their income was flat. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in December, compared with November when spending had increased an even stronger 0.6 percent, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

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Wal-Mart Lowers Profit Expectations

January 31, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart said Friday that its fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year adjusted earnings from continuing operations may come in at or slightly below the low end of its prior forecasts. The latest comments from the world's biggest retailer reflects accounting for some Brazil-related charges and other items. 

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Microsoft's Next CEO?

January 31, 2014 12:07 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella is expected to be announced as the next CEO of the company, according to reports. Nadella is in charge of cloud technology at the web giant.                       

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Obama Asks CEOs For Help Hiring Long-Term Jobless

January 31, 2014 10:24 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is asking major corporations for their help in putting the long-term unemployed back to work. CEOs from companies like Apple, Walmart, Visa, and Boeing are heading to the White House on Friday to deliver commitments to do their part. More than 300 companies have signed on so far, the White House said.

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Senate OKs Tax Cut Package For Ind. Businesses

January 31, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Indiana Senate has approved a measure cutting the state's business equipment and corporate income taxes, a move that has some local leaders worried.                            

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Honda's 3Q Profit Doubles, Sales Get Weak Yen Boost

January 31, 2014 9:56 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. reported on Friday a 160.7 billion yen ($1.58 billion) net profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, up from 77.4 billion yen the year before.                       

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Aviation Technical Services To Create 500 Mo. Jobs

January 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Aviation Technical Services | News | Comments

The company’s Kansas City facility will be its first location outside the state of Washington. Expanding to Missouri will put Aviation Technical Services closer to some of its largest customers, allowing it to improve customer service and expand its client base. 

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Sen. Coons Praises Federal Skills-Training Review

January 31, 2014 9:42 am | by IMPO Staff | News | Comments

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del) praised President Obama’s memorandum, signed Thursday at a General Electric facility in Waukesha, Wis., to the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, and Education that instructs a comprehensive review of the nation’s job training programs.

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U.S. Seeks Prison Term For Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager

January 31, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager who they say exploited immigrant workers for labor, money, and sex.                          

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Abbott To Close Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant

January 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Danica Coto, Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants in the Puerto Rico town of Barceloneta next year, delivering another blow to the U.S. territory's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector, officials said Thursday.         

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The Basics Of Internal Auditing

January 31, 2014 9:13 am | by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager, Clinkenbeard, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Normally companies will have a schedule that is written to audit their entire quality system on an annual basis. Usually the Quality Manager or Engineer is responsible for creating this schedule. The schedule consists of the elements of the standard to be audited, who will be auditing, and when the results are due.

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Clearing Up The Top Hazard Communication Misconceptions

January 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Cintas Corporation | Articles | Comments

“With the HazCom standard’s GHS training requirement now in effect and the New Year in full swing, many organizations are scrambling to train workers and determine what requirements they will face next, while others still are unclear if GHS applies to their business,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, Cintas.

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Full Suite Of Lockout/Tagout Solutions

January 31, 2014 8:44 am | by Brady Corporation IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Brady Client Services’ full suite of lockout/tagout services and software offerings includes procedure writing services, cloud-based procedure creation and maintenance software, lockout/tagout training, and more.

Detectable Spherical Bearings For Sensitive Applications

January 31, 2014 8:38 am | by igus inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The detectable bearings are an extension of the igubal self-aligning bearings line from igus, which includes a range of lubrication and maintenance-free rod-end bearings, clevis joints, flanged units, press fit, and pedestal bearings. 

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