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Elastimold Grounding Device

January 6, 2014 8:13 am | by Thomas & Betts Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Elastimold® Grounding Device (GAD) from Thomas & Betts provides a direct 600A, 25kA-rated connection with a removable protective cap that allows for increased safety in everyday operations.

Porsche Reports Record Sales In 2013

January 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by Porsche Cars North America, Inc. | News | Comments

Porsche Cars North America, Inc., the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars including the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera sports sedan, announced it has once again set an all-time U.S. sales record, with 42,323 cars sold in 2013 (plus 21 percent over 2012).

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Will A Surge Of Older Workers Take Jobs From Young?

January 3, 2014 1:03 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people. One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.     

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Bank Gives $40M Boost To U.S.-Haiti Industrial Park

January 3, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Inter-American Development Bank plans to award $40.5 million to help an industrial park in northern Haiti with its expansion, the international agency said Thursday.                       

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Original Cheerios To Go GMO-Free

January 3, 2014 12:49 pm | by Candice Choie, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Original Cheerios will now be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients," although that it is not an official certification. The labels will also note that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company spokesman.

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4 Dead After Cambodian Police Fire On Garment Workers

January 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at most of Cambodia's more than 500 garment factories are on strike, demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $160 a month, double the current rate. The government has offered $100 a month. The local human rights group LICADHO said in a statement that at least four civilians were shot dead and 21 injured.

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Ex-BP Engineer: Juror Misconduct Tainted Verdict

January 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kurt Mix's lawyers said they interviewed jurors after the verdict and learned that one juror told the others during their deliberations about overhearing a conversation in a courthouse elevator that made that juror feel more comfortable about convicting Mix.

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Creating The Future Of Packaging

January 3, 2014 12:07 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ecovative Design, a company in Green Island, NY, turns agricultural waste and mushroom fibers into a styrofoam packaging replacement.                                 

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Emergent Biosolutions Wins 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence Award

January 3, 2014 10:47 am | by The Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence and Emergent Biosolutions | Blogs | Comments

Emergent BioSolutions announced that its facility in Lansing, Michigan has been recognized with the 2013 North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award by the Foundation for Industrial Maintenance Excellence. The NAME Award honors North American organizations that excel in performing maintenance processes that enable operational excellence.

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Odds Dim For Fisker Production In Former Del. GM Plant

January 3, 2014 10:05 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hybrid Technology LLC, owned by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, is seeking to buy Fisker's remaining assets in bankruptcy after paying $25 million for DOE's outstanding loan, resulting in a loss to U.S. taxpayers of $139 million, but would then sell the former General Motors plant meant for production.

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Auto Sales Finish 2013 8 Pct. Up, Strongest Since 2007

January 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Most analysts are predicting that Americans bought around 1.4 million new cars and trucks last month, the fourth-best month of the year. That means the industry will finish 2013 with sales of about 15.6 million cars and trucks, roughly 8 percent better than the 14.5 million vehicles sold in 2012.

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Wal-Mart Eyes Legal Action Over Fox In Donkey Meat

January 3, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it's considering taking legal action against "responsible parties" after DNA testing showed traces of fox meat in the donkey meat it sold in China.                      

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Gun Firm Makes Good On Leaving Colo. Over Gun Laws

January 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Bob Moen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries announced Thursday that it was moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne and its headquarters to Texas, making good on a vow it made to leave Colorado during last year's heated gun control debate.

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Chrysler Sales Up 6 Pct. As 2013 Finishes Strong

January 3, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler finished 2013 with a 9 percent sales increase, posting its best annual numbers in six years as the auto industry's recovery hit full stride. The company said Friday that it sold just over 1.8 million cars and trucks last year, up from 1.65 million a year earlier.

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Some Workers Set To Reach $100K Pay In Boeing Deal

January 3, 2014 9:42 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of top-level union workers at Boeing already earn more than $90,000 in base pay annually, not counting shift differentials, overtime or incentive payments, according to union wage tables. While the contract offer going to a vote Friday would slow the growth of machinists' wages starting in 2016, workers would still get regular cost-of-living adjustments, plus an extra 1 percent pay increase every other year.

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Setting the Table For Successful Supply Chain Management

January 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Schmitt, Chief Marketing Officer, E2open | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, I’ve watched as globalization, competition and digitalization have forever changed the business landscape. Throw in the fact that current, and potential, customers now have higher expectations, and more buying power, than ever before and you have very little room left for error when it comes to supply chain planning, process management and execution.

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ISM: A Well-Balanced, Solid End To The Year

January 3, 2014 9:26 am | by By Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the seventh consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Cordless Drill Drivers And Hammer Drills

January 3, 2014 8:47 am | by FEIN Power Tools, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

FEIN Power Tools, Inc. has introduced a new series of cordless portable tools.  These German designed and built cordless drill drivers, hammer drills, and impact wrenches provide maximum efficiency and long service life in continuous professional uses.

Flowmeter Approved For Hazardous Areas

January 3, 2014 8:40 am | by KROHNE, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The H250 M40 combines the major explosion protection types in one device. It can be used in any suitable application that requires intrinsically safe (IS) or non-incendive (NI) wiring strategies, as well as for dust-ignition or explosion proof installations.

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Web-based Enterprise Operations Solution

January 3, 2014 8:33 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces Release 10 of FAST/TOOLS® – the latest version of a web-based real-time operations management and visualization software package that brings revolutionary changes to real-time process information intelligence.

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