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Coca-Cola Life Arrives on Shelves Nationwide

November 10, 2014 9:45 am | by The Coca-Cola Company | News | Comments

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.               

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Labor Department Suing for Steelworker Pension Funds

November 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Matt Stroud, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost millions in retirement savings because investment managers hired by Severstal Wheeling failed to properly oversee the plan.          

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U.S. Consumer Borrowing Hits Record High

November 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve says overall borrowing rose $15.9 billion following a $14 billion gain in August and a $22.8 billion July increase. The gains have pushed total consumer debt to a record level of $3.27 trillion.           

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Why Many Aren't Celebrating Low U.S. Unemployment

November 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The unemployment rate no longer seems to reflect America's mood. After Tuesday's midterm elections, exit polling showed how little falling unemployment has resonated. Most voters said they cast their ballots out of fear for the economy.  

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GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Emails from a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered 500,000 replacement ignition switches almost two months before telling government safety regulators that the switches would be recalled.               

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Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 7, 2014 2:11 pm | by Laura Rokohl | Articles | Comments

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

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Test Driving Audi's Priceless R18 Race Car

November 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Audi is the undisputed champion of the 24-hour Le Mans race, a grueling test of man and machine that pushes technology to its limits. Jason Harper went to Italy for the exceptionally rare opportunity to drive one of the world's most advanced and expensive cars.

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Name Confusion Causes Meltdown for Chocolate Maker

November 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What's in a name? Well for this Belgian chocolate maker Libeert...its fate as a company. Until recently its name was ISIS, derived from Italo Suisse, the chocolates' Italian and Swiss influences.               

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General Mills Cuts Sales, Profit Outlook

November 7, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills cuts its sales and profit outlook for the year on Friday, citing persistent sales weakness in the U.S. food industry.                                  

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Boeing Discusses Sale of KS Site

November 7, 2014 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing officials say they are discussing the sale of the company's land in south Wichita, Kansas.                                           

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German Production, Exports Increase in September

November 7, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's exports rose sharply in September and factory production was also up, but experts say it may not be enough to stave off a recession.                               

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AAM Responds to Reports of Manufacturing Job Growth

November 7, 2014 10:33 am | by The Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Department of Labor reported this morning that America's manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in October. AAM President Scott Paul responds to this increase saying, “the good news is that manufacturing jobs have grown over the past few months. The bad news is that they haven’t grown fast enough." 

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V-Spring Telescoping Light Pole System

November 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Eaton | Product Releases | Comments

Power management company, Eaton, has introduced the V-Spring Telescoping Light Pole from its Crouse-Hinds business, designed to increase safety and reduce labor costs associated with installing and maintaining lights at industrial facilities.

What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits. Extensive R&D investment can significantly defer future profit.         

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SNC-Lavalin To Cut 4,000 Jobs

November 7, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin says it will reduce the company's global workforce by 4,000, or 9 percent of its total.                                

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Honda Adds Thousands of Vehicles to Air Bag Recall

November 7, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.               

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NC Officials Host Closed Meeting on Oil Drilling

November 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia met privately Thursday with federal regulators and groups funded by oil and gas companies to discuss plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast.             

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Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 9:14 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government’s immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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U.S. Employers Add 214K Jobs

November 7, 2014 9:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the healthiest pace of hiring in eight years.           

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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location are Key

November 6, 2014 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, shares some valuable insight into Missouri’s recent attraction of two major transportation and logistics corporations.

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