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German Business Confidence Drops for Sixth Month

October 27, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business confidence in Germany, Europe's largest economy, has dropped for a sixth consecutive month as concerns over the turmoil in Ukraine and elsewhere continue to take their toll.                   

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High Pressure Aggressive Environment Triplex Plunger Pump

October 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Water Cannon | Product Releases | Comments

Emperor Pump has expanded into industrial pumps rated up to 112 gallons per minute or pressures up to 21,750 PSI, in order to serve in a variety of industrial applications.             

Reducing Ownership Costs for Material Handling Equipment

October 27, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeffrey Cohen | Articles | Comments

Although the price to acquire the equipment is important for buyers to consider, there are other long-term costs outside of the equipment purchase price that buyers should also take into account before finalizing their purchase.       

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5 Injured in Industrial Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.                             

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Food Giants Spend Big Money to Defeat GMO Labeling

October 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses.             

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U.S. Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.                 

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Valeant Not Done With Allergan Takeover Yet

October 27, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian drugmaker Valeant said it would be willing to raise its takeover bid for Allergan by almost 12 percent, which would mean $200 or more per share for the maker of Botox.                    

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Obama Taking Action to Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

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The SUV Goes Global

October 27, 2014 9:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world's favorite way to get around.                                   

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Iglide Wraps Up North American Tour by Giving Back

October 27, 2014 9:16 am | by Igus | News | Comments

For over two months, the igus Inc. team carried out a mammoth effort of coordinating and executing a car tour from Anchorage Alaska to New York City.  Along the way, the car stopped in to visit more than 40 of igus’ current and potential customers, speaking with engineers about the true power of iglide plastic.

Parker Hannifin Introduces New Rapid Service Unit

October 24, 2014 4:16 pm | by Parker Hannifin | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, introduced its Rapid Service Unit as a part of the existing Custom Manufacturing Operation.                         

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The Role of Cloud Based ERP in Reshoring Manufacturing

October 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

A growing number of manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to the United States and they are discovering that cloud based ERP software can help their core functions become more efficient and cost-effective — ultimately driving greater revenue.

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Alcoa Sells Stake in SC Smelter

October 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is selling its stake in a South Carolina aluminum smelter to Century Aluminum Co. for $67.5 million.                                         

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Middle Market Tax Burden Rising, Threatening Job Growth

October 24, 2014 12:42 pm | by McGladrey LLP | News | Comments

The vast majority of middle market companies have experienced tax hikes since the beginning of 2013 as a result of the “fiscal cliff” tax deal that became law last year and subsequent tax changes, reports McGladrey LLP.         

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Craft Brews: Blue Bottle Focuses on a Quality Product

October 24, 2014 12:33 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The California-based company has been focused on quality over quantity for over a decade. Every batch of coffee they serve is tested and evaluated, just like fine wine.                       

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Ford's New F-150 Weighs Down Profits

October 24, 2014 12:29 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.                           

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Procter & Gamble Taking Out Its Batteries

October 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.                                             

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First Drive in $2M Super Car

October 24, 2014 11:32 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Peter Valdes-Dapena takes the $2 million Pagani Huayra for a spin on a track to test if it's worth the ambitious price tag.                                     

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Tanks To Get Cloaking Capabilities From Specialized Plates

October 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its color to disguise itself, scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change color to blend with its surroundings.  

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CA Startup Unveils Gun Technology for Police

October 24, 2014 10:27 am | by Haven Daley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.                                    

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