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Chrysler Recalls 49,000 Dodge Chargers

March 13, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 49,000 Dodge Charger muscle cars because a connector can overheat and knock out low-beam headlights.                                 

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Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Child Seats To Recall

March 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog.               

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Chemicals In iPhones Could Be Dangerous For Workers

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.          

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How LEGO Builds Toys Kids Want

March 13, 2014 9:29 am | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

LEGO says they became the number two toy manufacturer by staying true to what kids want.                                               

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GM's Stock Is A Lemon In 2014

March 13, 2014 9:25 am | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

Recalls and investigations have plagued the start of Mary Barra's tenure as CEO of General Motors. But if she continues to address the issues head on, a stronger economy and auto sales should help GM.               

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5 Bad Signs For Bitcoin

March 13, 2014 9:22 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The hits keep coming for virtual currency Bitcoin. Christine Romans has 5 reasons why Bitcoin may not be the currency of the future.                                     

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Take Profitability To The Next Level

March 13, 2014 8:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

We truly believe manufacturers and distributors can benefit tremendously by collaborating on best practices and generating new ideas for better business models.                           

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New Approaches To Contract Manufacturing Open Doors For Manufacturers

March 12, 2014 5:28 pm | by David Douthit, Operations Executive, Accenture | Articles | Comments

Contract manufacturing can be an effective way for companies to extend capacity and add flexibility to their production network, critical benefits in a highly volatile business environment.                 

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Millennials Want To Ruin Everything

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye.                         

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Cutting Tool Consumption Up 14.5 Pct.

March 12, 2014 2:39 pm | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

January U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $158 million, up 14.5 percent from December’s total and down 10.6 percent from January 2013.                                

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Looks Like A Helicopter, Works Like a Boat

March 12, 2014 2:27 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

HeliCat is a $75,000 catamaran designed to go through rough waters better than a single hull small boat.                                          

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Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                   

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Bad Decade: Malaysia Airlines To Face More Problems After Disapearance

March 12, 2014 2:17 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The revelation this week that the jet's co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.             

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GM Offering Loaner Cars And Cash

March 12, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.                                    

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Nissan's Z Car Continues To Lure Driving Enthusiasts

March 12, 2014 2:01 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan's well-known "Z'' rear-drive sports car that started in the 1970s still pulls at the heart strings of driving enthusiasts with its sporty, two-seat cabin, low-to-the-pavement stance, racetrack-ready stiff ride, and strong V-6 power.    

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March 2014: Minimizing Downtime

March 12, 2014 11:09 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Liberty Bottleworks talks American pride, experts explain quality and reusability for compressed air piping systems, maintenance best practices and energy awareness drive down industrial motor costs, and more. 

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Tech Fest Has 3D Printed Candy, Bitcoins

March 12, 2014 10:15 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Bitcoin, 3D printed candy, and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.                    

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What You Need To Know About The GM Recall

March 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' executives and government regulators will soon have to explain to Congress why it took years to recall 1.6 million compact cars with a known defect linked to 13 deaths.                   

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How Can You Make Planes Easier To Find In The Ocean?

March 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

For nearly five years, government and industry officials have been exploring ways to make it easier to find airliners and their critical "black boxes" that end up in the ocean.                     

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Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

House lawmakers agreed on Monday to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                     

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