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Retaining Your Number One Asset: Employees

June 21, 2013 8:08 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

There is one absolute that applies to every company, independent of industry: You cannot expect to operate efficiently without dedicated and skilled employees. When looking at the manufacturing industry specifically, finding a highly skilled workforce has proven to be one of the greatest challenges.

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Intelligrated Recognized As A Top Cincinnati Workplace For 2013

June 20, 2013 12:23 pm | by Intelligrated | News | Comments

Intelligrated® has been recognized as a top workplace in the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area by the Cincinnati Enquirer for 2013. Intelligrated placed sixth in the large company category. Assisted by research firm Workplace Dynamics, the Enquirer assembled survey responses from more than 27,000 employees from 128 businesses in the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

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The Kill Decision Shouldn't Belong To A Robot

June 20, 2013 12:04 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons, and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.

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Car Quality Dinged By Tech Glitches, Says Survey

June 20, 2013 10:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Car buyers increasingly want high-tech features like voice recognition and navigation. But they're not very forgiving of the car company when those systems fail. The top complaints in J.D. Power's closely-watched survey of new vehicle owners, released Wednesday, involved technologies that drivers are clamoring for.

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CT Gun Maker Moving To SC On New Laws

June 20, 2013 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Connecticut gun manufacturer is leaving in response to the state's new gun law, passed following the killings of 20 children and six educators in Newtown. John McNamara, vice president of sales at PTR Industries, said Wednesday that the Bristol company will move to Aynor, S.C., as quickly as possible without interrupting production. He says most of the 41 workers will move.

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Airbus Announces Orders Of A320 Jet Family

June 20, 2013 10:31 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus announced a series of orders for its smaller single-aisle jets Thursday, racking up 80 purchases for the A320 family of short- to medium-haul planes. On its home turf, Airbus so far seems to have the edge over its rival Boeing at the Paris Air Show, which serves as a platform for the sales race between the giants.

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Export Revival Underway For Small Businesses

June 20, 2013 10:30 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When Lawrence Scheer began selling baby clothes in 2010, he didn't realize it then, but he was on the leading edge of a recovery in small business exports. Scheer's company, Magnificent Baby, manufactures its products in China and then sells them in about 20 countries around the world.

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Leading 3D Printer Firms To Merge In $403M Deal

June 20, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stratasys, a leading maker of 3D printers, is buying another 3D printer manufacturer, MakerBot, for $403 million in stock. Stratasys Ltd. said Wednesday the acquisition will enable it to offer affordable desktop 3D printers. MakerBot, whose machines are priced around $2,000 to $3,000 and are aimed at the "prosumer" market, sells direct to buyers over its website.

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EPA Levies $2.5M Penalty Against U.S. Cement Maker

June 20, 2013 10:26 am | by John Miller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA levied a $2.5M penalty against a big cement maker and required the company to invest $30M in pollution controls at plants in nine states alleged to have violated the federal Clean Air Act. Ash Grove Cement Co.'s penalty was announced Wednesday by the EPA and U.S. Department of Justice, part of a deal in which the Overland Park, Kan.-based company also will spend $750K to mitigate effects of past excess emissions.

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Form 1 3D Printer Hands On Demo

June 20, 2013 8:04 am | by TechCrunch | Videos | Comments

John Biggs invites TechCrunch into his workshop to give a nice rundown and demo of the Form 1 3D Printer. Differing from the MakerBot, which uses an additive process, Form 1 has a resin and laser process. The result is more precise sculptures.

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Inside A $350,000+ Porsche

June 20, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CNN Money's Sue Callaway goes inside Singer Vehicle Design, an exclusive Porsche shop in Southern California that takes old Porsches and modernizes them – for a price. Singer Vehicle Design says it is “dedicated to the passionate study, preservation, and optimization of the world’s most respected high performance vehicles through modern techniques and unique and fresh perspectives.”

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Flexible Transportation Design

June 20, 2013 8:02 am | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

EPFL scientists have imagined a new modular transportation system. Modules are either loaded on a train or clipped under a flying wing, allowing more flexibility for people or freight transportation. Called "Clip-Air," this concept opens the door to a wide range of new research opportunities in the context of flexible transportation.

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Musk: Time To Tackle Dealer Dispute

June 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, tells the Reuters Global Tech Summit that he'll talk to politicians who back local car dealers trying to keep Tesla from selling directly to consumers. He also talks batteries, charging stations, and why he is in no rush to take SpaceX public.

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OR House Passes Bill To Track Toxic Chemicals

June 19, 2013 2:24 pm | by Lauren Gambino, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oregon House passed a bill Tuesday that would set up a public database to track 19 toxic chemicals used in children's toys and products and would require manufactures to remove the chemicals from their products within five years. The bill, which passed 39-21, would require companies with gross sales of more than $5 million per year to report the presence of the chemicals in their products.

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GM Breaks Ground On China Cadillac Plant

June 19, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. executives broke ground for a new Cadillac factory in China on Wednesday to target luxury buyers in the world's biggest auto market, though they said the segment would grow slower than expected this year. Company leaders said they were optimistic about long-term growth in the luxury segment and have aggressive plans to expand Cadillac's dealer network.

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Unmanned Aircraft Struggle To Shed 'Drone' Image

June 19, 2013 2:19 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unmanned aircraft have helped rescue stranded hikers, worked to contain wildfires and gathered data at nuclear accidents. One helped a Russian tanker find its way through Arctic ice to bring oil to a stranded Alaskan community. These remote-controlled planes have many more potential peacetime uses.

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U.S. Senators Introduce Export Bill

June 19, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are teaming up to help small businesses make the most of their export opportunities. The senators on Tuesday reintroduced the bipartisan Small Business Export Growth Act, which is aimed at cutting down on bureaucratic hurdles and giving businesses more exporting assistance.

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United Tech Sees Impact From Fraud Charge

June 19, 2013 2:15 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal court order that United Technologies Corp. pay $473 million plus interest to compensate for alleged fraud in its sale of fighter jet engines could cut into revenue and profit, the aerospace giant said in a regulatory filing. Judge Thomas M. Rose of the U.S. Southern District Court of Ohio issued the order on Monday.

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Aerospace Company To Expand In OK

June 19, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Australian aerospace company says it will open a facility in Grove, Okla. and hire 20 workers. Gov. Mary Fallin announced Tuesday that Ferra Engineering would expand in Oklahoma. The governor made the announcement from the Paris Air Show.

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After The AR Spill: The Future Of The Oil Industry

June 19, 2013 1:14 pm | by Al Jazeera | Videos | Comments

In the wake of a ruptured pipeline that coated an Arkansas town in oil over two months ago, residents are complaining about illnesses that could be related to the spill. Al Jazeera take a look at the environmental controls being placed on the U.S. oil industry and what their possible impact on public health could be.

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