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Tesla Expanding In California

April 24, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California. The company has leased a 430,000-square-foot building about 75 miles east of San Francisco.                         

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A Year After Tragic Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.                

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Honeywell Aerospace Expanding In Puerto Rico

April 23, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honeywell Aerospace is investing $24 million to expand its business in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.                                           

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Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                              

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EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.         

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Grandfather Builds Safe Gun Tech After Sandy Hook

April 23, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After his 6-year-old grandson was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, Carmen Lobis is crowdfunding and applying for a Silicon Valley grant to build potentially life-saving gun technology.                   

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Survey: China Manufacturing Continues To Shrink

April 23, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, but at a slightly slower pace, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.                     

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Textron Cutting 750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs

April 23, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.                                  

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Does It Matter If We Beat The Recall Record?

April 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

Do these massive recalls point to quality problems in our cars and trucks? And is the car parked in your driveway still safe to drive?                                  

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Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                       

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Is A Pabst Return Good For Milwaukee?

April 23, 2014 9:58 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

A few weeks back we ran a story on a small group of Milwaukee residents who were campaigning to bring the Pabst brand back to Wisconsin. But is it a good idea for Milwaukee?                       

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China falling far behind.           

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Feds Investigating Chevy Impala Brakes

April 23, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.                          

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Job Market For College Grads Improves

April 23, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department on Tuesday said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was 10.9 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2012.                               

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Toyota Sells 2.58M Vehicles, Keeps Top Spot

April 23, 2014 9:28 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.                               

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Faster Production Brings Boeing $965M Profit

April 23, 2014 9:21 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company's assembly lines — more jets than the same period last year.                               

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Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

To help manage the process of ERP evaluation and selection, offered here are seven guidelines to keep in mind when entering into an ERP project.                               

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U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 2:12 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.                      

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CAT CEO's Compensation Cut To $12M

April 22, 2014 1:59 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. cut the value of its CEO's pay package by 32 percent to $12 million in 2013, a year when the heavy machinery maker saw its profits fall by a third.                         

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GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                                 

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