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Cheaper Gas, Food Push Down Producer Prices

June 13, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services fell in May, offering evidence that inflation is mild.                                      

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China Plans To Help Baby Formula Producers

June 13, 2014 1:40 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government announced plans Friday to build up a handful of large producers of infant formula in its latest effort to revive an industry that is reeling from a scandal over tainted milk.                 

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Feds Cut Red Tape Between Brewers, Beer Drinkers

June 13, 2014 1:38 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal officials have simplified parts of the approval process for bringing new beers to market, something that in the past could take months.                               

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The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?              

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Conveyor Solutions That Keep Your Products Moving

June 13, 2014 11:21 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Following is a sample of some of the newest conveyor technology that’s available on the market right now, including food-safe options, control system and maintenance kits.                       

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Is the American Dream out of Reach?

June 13, 2014 11:09 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the belief that the American Dream is out of reach comes from the prevailing misconception of where the “good jobs” are. Maybe the manufacturing industry's best kept secret is that they're here.              

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Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 13, 2014 10:59 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft | Articles | Comments

With the rise of these connected operations, manufacturing executives are not only finding new ways to automate and create efficiency, they are also focusing on a big new opportunity for revenue growth: services.           

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AM General To Update Humvees at Indiana Factory

June 13, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AM General has been awarded a $90.5 million contract to restore and upgrade hundreds of Army National Guard Humvees at a northern Indiana factory.                             

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New Trial Ordered for Former BP Engineer

June 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                               

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Vermont Sued Over GMO Food Label Law

June 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups challenged a new Vermont law in federal court Thursday that requires the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.               

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Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors Listing Ingredients

June 13, 2014 10:11 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, two of the world's biggest beer makers, are posting online what's inside bottles of Budweiser and Miller Lite after pressure from a food blogger.                       

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Mobile Yard Ramps

June 13, 2014 10:04 am | by Leum Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

These colossal, yet maneuverable workhorses are designed to handle the daily rigors of trailer and forklift impact loads. 

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Police: 6 Killed at India Steel Plant

June 13, 2014 9:58 am | by Indrajit Singh, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant in central India, a plant spokesman said.                  

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Ford to Lower Fuel Economy on 6 Vehicles

June 13, 2014 9:53 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is lowering the fuel economy estimates for six models, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion sedan, after internal tests found errors in the way they were calculated.                 

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Tesla Hands Over the Keys to Its Technology

June 13, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Liedtke and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.                        

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Running On Wind In America's Heartland

June 12, 2014 5:16 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the French Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the United States. Find out what goes into making wind towers for General Electric.                 

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Drilling States Explore Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing and five small tremors in eastern Ohio, a first in the Northeast.                 

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Court Rules for Pom Wonderful in Coke Dispute

June 12, 2014 1:38 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with juice maker Pom Wonderful in its long-running false advertising dispute with Coca Cola, a decision that could open the door to more litigation against food makers for deceptive labeling.       

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U.S. Businesses Boost Stockpiles in April

June 12, 2014 1:36 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in April by the largest amount in six months, signaling business optimism that future demand will keep rising.                            

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Company Recalls 4K Pounds of Beef Over Mad Cow Fear

June 12, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri company has recalled possibly tainted beef products distributed to two restaurants and a grocery chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.                           

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