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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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Safety Board: ATF Blocking Plant Blast Probe

May 22, 2013 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal agents and the state fire marshal have effectively barred a federal safety panel from the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others, hampering its investigation, the panel's chairman said.

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U.S. Auto Factories Cutting Back On Summer Downtime

May 22, 2013 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks. Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that 21 of its North American factories will shut for only one week this summer. That includes the Chicago plant that makes the Ford Explorer SUV and the Mexican plant that makes the Fusion sedan.

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Fiat Industrial Considers Making Tax Home In U.K.

May 22, 2013 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Industrial is considering moving its tax home to Britain after it completes the merger with its U.S.-based subsidiary CNH. The possible move by the maker of heavy trucks, farm and construction vehicles would be a blow to the new Italian government of Enrico Letta, which is struggling to put public finances in order.

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Ex-Ford Execs Charged In Argentine Torture Cases

May 22, 2013 10:21 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three former Ford Motor Co. executives were charged Tuesday with crimes against humanity for allegedly targeting Argentine union workers for kidnapping and torture after the country's 1976 military coup. All three were ordered to remain under house arrest on bail of about $142,000 each. Galarraga and Sibilla are Argentines and Muller is described in the indictment as a Czech national.

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Apple Case Seen As Possible Spur To Tax Action

May 22, 2013 10:19 am | by Marcy Gordon, Peter Svensson, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Now that tech favorite Apple Inc. has been dragged front and center into the debate over the U.S. tax code, lawmakers are hoping that the spotlight on such a high-profile company could be the catalyst for Congress to take action to close loopholes or reform the law.

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Tesla Shares Pull Back After Huge Gains

May 22, 2013 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors fell more than 5 percent in early trading Tuesday, a brief decline amid huge gains this month after the electric car maker posted its first quarterly profit. And shares in the Palo Alto, Calif., company retook some of that lost ground by early afternoon. Tesla's stock price had jumped 74 percent between May 8, when first-quarter earnings were announced, and May 14, when it hit a 52-week high of $97.12.

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Connecting The Back Office To The Plant Floor

May 22, 2013 8:05 am | by Karie Daudt, Director of Marketing, TURCK | Articles | Comments

Though industrial Ethernet has been evolving for many years, it is quickly becoming the foundation for many manufacturing applications. Industrial Ethernet provides the connectivity and communication that today’s applications demand for productivity and efficiency improvement.

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Continuous Improvement: Real Improvement Or Mediocrity?

May 22, 2013 8:00 am | by Mark Latino, President, Reliability Center, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Incremental improvements are more or less feel good measures that say to management “there was a problem and we did this to solve it.” In reality, most continuous improvements have come from technology advancements, not from employee performance advancements. Has the continuous improvement mentality caused manufacturing to settle for mediocrity?

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GM To Invest $44.5M In MI Cadillac Factory

May 21, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it will invest $44.5 million at a Lansing, Mich., factory, creating 200 new jobs. The automaker says it will build a 400,000-square-foot building next to the Lansing Grand River plant to assemble parts and put them in the right order for manufacturing.

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Kohler Ordered To Pay $9.6M In Patent Suit

May 21, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kohler Co. has been ordered in federal court to pay $9.6 million to a Massachusetts manufacturer for infringing on two of its patents for components that reduce exhaust emissions in marine generators. Jurors in U.S. District Court in Boston last week found Kohler willfully infringed on the patents issued in 2008 and 2010.

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High-Tech Startup Wades Into Gun Control

May 21, 2013 2:18 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely. The technology, but not an actual gun, was slated to be demonstrated Tuesday at a wireless technology conference in Las Vegas and was shown to The Associated Press in advance.

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France: Drugmaker On Trial, Suspected In Deaths

May 21, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The makers of a diabetes and weight loss drug suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people went on trial Tuesday, facing charges they misled the public about the product's safety. But after years of delays in one of France's biggest recent health scandals, the proceedings could still be pushed back further.

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Remington Plans $32M AR Expansion

May 21, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Remington Arms Company LLC says it will spend $32 million to expand the company's ammunition plant in Lonoke, Ark. Remington says the expansion will include the construction of a new building. Work is expected to begin later this year and finish up by next spring.

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Record Amount Of Cargo Passes Through GA Ports

May 21, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 2.4 million tons of cargo moved through the state's ports in April, Georgia Ports Authority officials announced Monday. April's record is an increase of about 108,530 tons over the same time period last year. In a release, GPA officials said the state's ports also saw a 4 percent increase in container traffic and a 14.1 increase in roll on/roll off cargo in April.

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