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Teamsters Warn Against Sysco, US Foods Merger

June 6, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

The Teamsters Union cautioned that Sysco's proposed acquisition of US Foods could limit competition and negatively affect consumers, food suppliers, small business owners and government agencies.                

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Purdue University Planning Melon Safety Workshops

June 6, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Purdue University experts are planning two workshops to help southwestern Indiana's melon growers follow the proper food safety practices as they prepare for the upcoming harvest.                       

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Former Japanese Exec Indicted for Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.               

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What's Next For GM After The 'Switch From Hell'

June 6, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. But the 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close.               

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Beastie Boys Get $1.7M in Monster Case

June 6, 2014 9:24 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.                                      

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Glock Execs, Gun Dealer Face Indictment

June 6, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have accused a Kansas firearms dealer of paying more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks to two high-ranking executives of Georgia-based Glock Inc. in exchange for preferential treatment and access to confidential company information.

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Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 5, 2014 5:07 pm | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.   

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RTD Sensor With M12 Connector

June 5, 2014 4:55 pm | by Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The PR-21 series of RTD sensors with M12 connector is ideal for process control and test and measurement applications.   

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Zero Hydraulics on Zero Low-Lifts

June 5, 2014 4:39 pm | by Air Technical Industries (ATI) | Product Releases | Comments

The lift is powered by an electric motor with lifting action by machine or ball screw instead of hydraulics.

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Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

June 5, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International | Articles | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

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Radically Reshaping Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 2:23 pm | by McKinsey & Company | Videos | Comments

Katy George, global co-leader of McKinsey & Company's manufacturing group, explains next-shoring and makes the argument that companies must view their manufacturing process as an ecosystem that needs to be optimized from the supply base to the consumer. 

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What Makes a Honda Is Who Makes a Honda

June 5, 2014 2:19 pm | by Honda | Videos | Comments

This seven-year veteran of Honda has been primarily focused on the durability, repeatability and quality of Acura products and is also part of the team working on the new Acura NSX.                    

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The Spark of Innovation: Zippo Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 2:14 pm | by USCC | Videos | Comments

The company behind the Zippo lighter has accomplished the near impossible — it has grown and adapted to today's fickle market while remaining a steadfast American icon.                        

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GM: Incompetence and Negligence Led to Recall

June 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.                         

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Engine Maker: CSeries Could Fly Again Soon

June 5, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Bombardier's CSeries planes could resume flight testing in a few weeks after the plane's engine manufacturer believes it has found the cause of an incident a week ago that grounded the four test aircraft.              

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GM Launching Compensation Program for Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.             

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Safety Board Faults Key Device in BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 1:32 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.         

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New Software for Easy Database Building

June 5, 2014 10:14 am | by AutoCrib, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

AutoCrib, Inc. unveiled its new Guardrail software, designed to simplify and automate the laborious task of building databases for industrial vending systems. 

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3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Articles | Comments

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.                     

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Fed: Economy Showing Improvement Across U.S.

June 5, 2014 9:59 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy strengthening over the past two months in areas from manufacturing and construction to retail sales and bank lending.                         

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