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Now in Aisle 3 at Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.                       

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A Warship So Quiet, it Sneaks Up On Submarines

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Britain’s sailors are looking towards the future. The Royal Navy has recently commissioned a new high-tech frigate designed to become the “workhorse of the fleet” and focus on a variety of maritime missions ranging from complex combat operations to counter piracy and disaster relief. 

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

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Toyota at Top in Global Vehicle Sales

October 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.     

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3 Percent in September

October 28, 2014 9:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months.             

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Ferrari Becomes More Exclusive

October 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ferrari is making six "invite-only" super cars that are available only to the most elite car lovers. Alanna Petroff looks at the brand's drive to feed demand for unique, high-end vehicles.                 

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How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 27, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lori Payne | Blogs | Comments

Small manufacturing enterprises are more than balance sheets to the CEO, who has usually built the business from the ground up, painfully learning every detail of a successful company as a hands-on leader and final decision-maker.     

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Liquor Company's American CEO Adapts To New Climate

October 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Chinese drank 11 billion liters of Baijiu last year, making it the most consumed spirit by volume. After suffering a significant loss in revenue, Sichuan Swellfun CEO Jim Rice is hoping a new approach will reinvigorate the business.    

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SpaceX Capsule Splashes Down in the Pacific

October 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth, after parachuting into the Pacific on Saturday.                                     

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Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling

October 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products.                                              

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Chiquita Accepts $681M Deal with Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million. The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

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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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