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Tesla Repays DOE Loan Nine Years Early

May 23, 2013 12:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors, which makes a highly acclaimed $70,000 electric car, has paid off a startup loan from the U.S. government nine years early. The Palo Alto, Calif., company said it wired in a $451.8 million payment to the government on Wednesday. The money, coupled with two prior payments, paid off a $465 million loan Tesla got from the Department of Energy loan in 2010 to foster development of advanced-technology vehicles.

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Ford To End Auto Production In Australia In 2016

May 23, 2013 12:14 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will close its two Australian auto plants, ending production in the country in 2016, amid soaring manufacturing costs and plummeting sales. The closure of the U.S. automaker's plants in the state of Victoria will mean the loss of 1,200 jobs and will transform the company into an import-only brand in Australia.

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Chevy Spark To Be Among Lowest-Price Electric Cars

May 23, 2013 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says the Spark EV subcompact will be among the lowest-priced electric cars in the U.S. The electric Spark will have a starting price of $27,495 when it goes on sale next month in California and Oregon. GM also is offering a low-mileage lease for $199 per month, with $999 due when the lease is signed.

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GM Recalling Cadillac SUVs To Tighten Wheels

May 23, 2013 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is recalling more than 27,000 Cadillac SUVs worldwide because the wheels can fall off. The company says the recall affects the 2013 Cadillac SRX with 18-inch wheels. Canadian safety regulators say the wheel nuts may not have been tightened enough at the factory.

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Survey: China Manufacturing Contracting

May 23, 2013 12:10 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A survey shows China's manufacturing contracted this month, adding to signs a fragile recovery in the world's No. 2 economy is slowing. HSBC Corp. said Thursday the preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers index fell to a seven-month low of 49.6 from April's 50.4 on a 100-point scale. Numbers below 50 show a contraction.

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Fire Marshal's Office: Panel Had Blast Site Access

May 23, 2013 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The State Fire Marshal's Office says a federal safety panel's investigators had access to the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others. The chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board had asked for congressional help in obtaining evidence under the control of the state agency and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Driving Out Costs Using Manufacturing Project Management

May 23, 2013 10:51 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Project management is particularly effective in a manufacturing environment, considering the number of variables involved such as maintenance schedules and projects, run times, and quality control. But if you're like a lot of manufacturers, project management is really a five-letter word.

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What Is Cloud Computing?

May 23, 2013 8:03 am | by Dell | Videos | Comments

Dell and Intel experts discuss where cloud computing began, where it is now, and what quantitative and qualitative results it can bring to your enterprise. Smaller companies generally choose to start off with a public cloud, but as they grow, they bring those functions back in-house and create their own private cloud. Watch to learn more.

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Learn From "Dirty Jobs"

May 23, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Mike Rowe discusses what he learned working at QVC, his grandfather's influence, and what "Dirty Jobs" accomplished. From selling lava lamps to hosting the hit "Dirty Jobs," Rowe talks about a necessary skill that allowed him to work in Hollywood.

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Ram 1500: Good Looks, Great Truck

May 23, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Ram 1500 combines great looks with fuel efficiency, air suspension, and real truck performance, reports CNN Money's Senior Writer Peter Valdes-Dapena. With nice looks both inside and out, the Ram 1500 also offers a fuel-saving eight speed transmission.

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Cheetah Robot: Model Of Speed, Efficiency

May 23, 2013 8:00 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

The cheetah is not only the world's fastest land animal, it is also one of the most energy efficient, expending only what it needs to survive. It's that efficiency that engineers at MIT are working to emulate in a robotic cheetah, already clocked as the second fastest robot ever developed.

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Webinar: Clean Up The Process

May 22, 2013 2:41 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Events

Project management is particularly effective in a manufacturing environment, considering the number of variables involved such as maintenance schedules and projects, run times, and quality control.

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EU Leaders Discuss Fight Against Tax Evasion

May 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders on Wednesday sought to advance their fight against tax fraud and close the loopholes for large corporations' tax avoidance schemes. European officials say tax fraud costs the 27-nation bloc an estimated 1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) a year at a time when much of the region is in recession and governments are forced to tighten their budgets.

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Italy Seizes 1.2B Euros From Steel Family

May 22, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Milan prosecutors have ordered the seizure of 1.2 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in assets belonging to the family that runs a troubled steel plant in southern Italy. Prosecutors allege in the order Wednesday that the real estate, stocks and other financial assets belonging to the Riva family were obtained through the misuse of funds belonging to the Ilva steel plant.

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Tesla Shows Model S To Influence NC Auto Bill

May 22, 2013 2:11 pm | by Chris Kardish, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina lawmakers and passersby stopped to take in a display of Tesla Motors' award-winning electric cars Wednesday as the company presses against a bill in the General Assembly that effectively outlaws Tesla's Internet-based sales model.

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German Co., Pepsi Open NY Yogurt Plant

May 22, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A second yogurt plant is about to open in a Genesee County business park. Sen. Charles Schumer says the Muller Quaker Dairy plant will have a grand opening on June 3. The $206 million dollar plant is a joint venture of PepsiCo and Germany's Theo Muller company.

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Boeing Examining Speed-Ups On 787, 737

May 22, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing may accelerate production of two of its most popular planes — the 787 and the 737. It's already doubling 787 production, from 5 per month last year, on its way toward 10 per month by the end of this year. The efficiency of the 787, Boeing's newest plane, has made it very popular with airlines. The company has orders for more than 800 that it hasn't built yet.

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Indian Guest Workers Sue Company In MS, TX

May 22, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of Indian guest workers are suing an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company, claiming it financially exploited them and forced them to live in squalid conditions after bringing them to work at Gulf Coast shipyards after Hurricane Katrina.

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Apple CEO: No Plans To Move $100B Back To U.S.

May 22, 2013 1:15 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook states to a Senate panel Tuesday that under the current U.S. corporate tax code, he has no plans to transfer $100 billion in company profits to the U.S. from overseas. Some analysts think this might push congress to make some changes in corporate tax code.

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2013 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Annual Conference

May 22, 2013 11:36 am | by Society of Manufacturing Engineers | Events

Sharing information, driving innovation in manufacturing and preparing an advanced manufacturing workforce will be the focus of the 2013 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Annual Conference to be held June 2-4, 2013, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Md.

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