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Productivity, Labor Costs Rise in 3Q

November 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 2.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as output increased 4.4 percent and hours worked increased 2.3 percent.   

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Virgin Galactic Looks to Resume Tests in 2015

November 6, 2014 1:49 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft.    

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100K Workers Protest Belgian Labor Reform

November 6, 2014 1:44 pm | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state.     

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GM Data Acquisition System

November 6, 2014 10:42 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the development of the SMARTDAC+ GM data acquisition system. 

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 6, 2014 10:19 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor of Manufacturing.net, recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth. 

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Nissan Launches U.S. Murano Production

November 6, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S.                 

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Beef Costs Eat Up Wendy's Profit

November 6, 2014 10:00 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The hamburger chain reported a lower-than-expect profit for its third quarter, noting that beef costs were much higher than initial projections.                               

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Perrigo To Buy Omega Pharma for $3.1B

November 6, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Perrigo is expanding its reach into Europe through a $3.1 billion acquisition of one of the continent's biggest suppliers of non-prescription medicines.                            

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 278K

November 6, 2014 9:47 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the job market should continue to improve.                                      

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Tesla Sets Delivery Record

November 6, 2014 9:42 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street's expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago.             

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Nissan Pledges Further Expansion of Mississippi Plant

November 5, 2014 2:44 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. says it wants to produce more than 500,000 vehicles at its Mississippi plant by 2017, an expansion that would add about 1,000 employees to the current 6,300 workers at the complex.               

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China-Owned Firm To Open VA Plant, Create Jobs

November 5, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Lindenburg Industry LLC will invest $113 million to establish an industrial honeycomb manufacturing facility.                            

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Engine in Failed Rocket Launch Likely to be Pulled

November 5, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff last week.         

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Election Overview: Minimum Wage, Gun Sales, GMOs, Soda Tax

November 5, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Take a look at some of the more controversial issues of the midterm election and how they did on the ballots.                                               

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Girls Only: A Way To Close the STEM Gender Gap?

November 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Kim MacGregor | Articles | Comments

EGHS debuted a girls-only section of Introduction to Engineering Design. Comprised of 17 students, it follows the same curriculum as the other four sections, however, the girls-only class chooses its own projects to tackle. Students also talk about STEM career possibilities for women.

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What's Really Inside That McRib?

November 5, 2014 1:48 pm | by McDonalds | Videos | Comments

Is it real pork? Why is it that shape? Some of the biggest questions about McDonald's food revolves around the McRib, so Grant Imahara and a McDonald’s skeptic are going to Lopez foods, one of its U.S. pork suppliers, to find answers. Watch to see what goes into a McRib patty.

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Salty Potatoes Spur Food Revolution

November 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Dutch farmer is using diluted sea water to successfully grow crops, a breakthrough that could potentially minimize the impact of increasingly salinated fresh water reserves due to climate change, as well as save thousands of coastal farms around the world.

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A New Maximized Mop

November 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Rubbermaid Commercial Products | Product Releases | Comments

Meet the Maximizer, the latest innovation in cleaning from Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

What the New Tangible Asset and Repair Regulations Mean for Manufacturing Firms

November 5, 2014 10:25 am | by Dean Sonderegger | Articles | Comments

The new Repair Regulations will drastically impact how manufacturing companies treat the amounts paid to purchase, produce, or improve tangible property, like plants, buildings, machines, and much more.             

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U.S. Businesses Report 230K New Jobs

November 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.                         

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