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5 Most Notorious Auto Recalls

June 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

From the Ford Pinto to Toyota's 'sticky' gas pedals, here's a list of the most infamous recalls in automobile history.                                      

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New Smart Car Tech Already Saving Lives

June 4, 2014 1:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

New technology that automates a lot of the driving is already saving lives. Safety advocates want it mandatory in all new cars.                                   

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GM Will Release Recall Report on Thursday

June 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will release the results of an outside attorney's investigation into its mishandled recall of small cars on Thursday morning.                             

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Productivity Falls in 1Q

June 4, 2014 1:09 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. productivity fell even more than previously thought in the January-March period while labor costs rose at a faster pace.                                    

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U.S. Trade Deficit at 2-Year High

June 4, 2014 1:07 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a two-year high in April, as sales of exports declined and imports surged to a record high.                                    

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How One Toy Maker Is Addressing the Skills Gap

June 4, 2014 11:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

K’NEX Brands has dedicated a large focus of its company to improving STEM education and recruiting the next generation to manufacturing jobs. All of this while working to reshore as much production as possible.            

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Horizontal Machining Center

June 4, 2014 10:08 am | by Okuma America Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The hallmark of this machine is its ability to provide a good balance of speed and cutting power for machining of aluminum alloys, cast iron and difficult-to-machine materials. 

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GMO Label Bill Passes Hurdle in N.Y.

June 4, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The labeling legislation was endorsed Tuesday by the state Assembly's Committee on Codes, a key panel that often signs off on bills before they proceed to a vote of the full House.                    

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Your Motto: Be Prepared

June 4, 2014 9:58 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people.            

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Survey: Companies Added 179,000 Jobs in May

June 4, 2014 9:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses pulled back on hiring in May, adding the fewest jobs in four months, a private survey showed.                                         

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New Mexico Utility Adding More Solar Power

June 4, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico's largest electric utility says it will meet a state standard for renewable energy by building four more solar arrays in 2015.                                 

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UAW Raising Dues for 1st Time in 47 Years

June 4, 2014 9:38 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances, the first increase in 47 years.                             

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Chobani Laying Off Workers at Idaho Plant

June 4, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief marketing and brand officer Peter McGuinness tells The Times-News the layoffs include temporary workers as well as some regular workers.                                 

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U.S.: China Tensions Bad for Business

June 4, 2014 9:34 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior U.S. official said that Washington wants to expand economic ties with Asia, the world's fastest growing region, but warned that China's provocative conduct in the South China Sea raises tensions that are bad for business.      

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Ford Develops Lightweight Concept Car

June 4, 2014 9:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The prototype is 800 pounds lighter than a regular Fusion thanks to greater use of aluminum and other materials.                                       

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Safety Was Low Priority in GM Hierarchy

June 3, 2014 2:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

To understand how General Motors allowed a problem with a small part to balloon into a crisis, look at the company's organization chart.                                 

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The Looming Whiskey Shortage

June 3, 2014 1:50 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Global whiskey sales are outpacing production by at least 2-to-1 prompting makers such as TennSouth Distillery's Clayton Cutler to work overtime to put up more barrels.                         

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Nissan Creating 500 Manufacturing Jobs in Mississippi

June 3, 2014 1:42 pm | by AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Nissan North America will create 500 new jobs for the Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi with the production of the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover later this fall.                      

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As Seattle Raises Minimum Wage, Will Others Follow?

June 3, 2014 1:37 pm | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that would give the city the highest minimum wage in the nation.                                     

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Factory Orders Up for Third Month

June 3, 2014 1:34 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories rose for a third consecutive month in April, pushed higher by a surge in demand for military hardware. But a key category that signals business investment plans fell.                  

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