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Talent Management: Easier Hires, Better Skills, More Compliance

June 28, 2013 8:03 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

There is an epidemic of sorts within the high-tech manufacturing community, in that there are thousands of available jobs, but few candidates to fill them. And while manufacturers have taken off in dozens of directions on the best methods to fill those roles, Irma Long, Director of Global Talent Acquisition at ACCO Brands has one simpler solution: better talent management.

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Letter To The Editor: OMG...It's A Tesla

June 28, 2013 8:01 am | by Stuart Koford | Blogs | Comments

I have a Tesla Roadster, which I have had for four years and which has 75,000 miles on it. My impressions: Compared to the various other sports cars I have owned – Porsche, RX-7, 3000 – the car has far better acceleration and has instant response to the throttle pedal compared to the lag and roughness of all gas engine cars.

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U.S. Boss Held In China Leaves Plant After Payout

June 27, 2013 1:57 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pay dispute was resolved Thursday at a medical supply factory, ending a labor standoff in which the Chinese workers detained their American boss for nearly a week inside the plant until they reached agreement on a compensation package.

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Oil Pipe Defect Caused 2010 Qantas Engine Blowout

June 27, 2013 1:55 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dramatic disintegration of a Qantas Airbus A380 jet engine during a flight in 2010 was triggered by a poorly built oil pipe that failed to conform to design specifications, Australian investigators said Thursday in their final report into the emergency. Rolls-Royce faced intense scrutiny of its engines, and A380s around the world were temporarily grounded.

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U.S. Set To Suspend Bangladesh Trade Privileges

June 27, 2013 1:53 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is expected to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry's worst accident. Congressional aides said the Obama administration would make its announcement Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong review of labor conditions in the impoverished South Asian nation.

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Federal Agency Finds Lax Regulation Of Chemicals

June 27, 2013 1:50 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant will tell a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a "patchwork" of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries.

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Nissan Adds 900 Jobs To Make Rogue At TN Plant

June 27, 2013 1:48 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 900 jobs to start making the Rogue crossover SUV at its Tennessee plant, the Japanese automaker announced Thursday. The new jobs are in addition to 800 positions added at the Smyrna plant last year, and will bring total employment at the suburban Nashville facility to more than 7,000. Hiring is already underway, and Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.

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Expansion Planned At Woodford Reserve Distillery

June 27, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. says it will invest more than $35 million to expand operations at its Woodford Reserve Distillery in central Kentucky. The Louisville-based company said Thursday it would add warehouses where the bourbon ages for several years before being bottled. The company also plans to add stills, improve its bottling line and make other upgrades to increase capacity.

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Why ADP & Labor Dept. Jobs Numbers Differ

June 27, 2013 1:08 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

ADP CFO Jan Siegmund says that his company's monthly employment report uses 'real-time payroll processing transactions' to calculate jobs data, unlike the BLS which uses surveys. Siegmund says that ADP has worked very hard to create a very high quality, sustainable, and relevant measure.

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Aston Martin's Practical Supercar

June 27, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Let's say you're James Bond, and you get married. Your wife survives being married to James Bond, and you have kids. You might want something with four doors. With four doors, the Aston Martin Rapide S has room for the whole Bond, James Bond, family.

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Badminton Robot A Study In Energy Efficiency

June 27, 2013 8:03 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Belgian scientists are developing a badminton-playing robot to demonstrate how new software can optimize energy efficiency in production machines. Scientists say if they can reduce the energy consumption of these machines, they will be able to significantly reduce the energy consumption of mankind. Reuters' Tara Cleary reports.

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TPS Accelerates Meals Per Hour

June 27, 2013 8:02 am | by HENRYand REL Supermarche | Videos | Comments

Take a look at how a non-profit implemented Toyota's legendary production system (TPS) to increase the number of meals distributed to people who are still affected by Superstorm Sandy. Implementing this Kaizen event has made meal delivery in the still recovering area more efficient than ever before.

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Small Businesses: Still Scared To Hire

June 27, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The job situation is still a very hot topic in the United States. ADP has access to jobs data from 600,000 employers and ADP CFO Jan Siegmund explains what the data is telling us now. He says that the slowing of employment growth over the last few months is due to tax rate changes and the anticipation of health reform.

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GM CEO: Pickup Truck Debut Going Smoothly

June 26, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Revamped full-size pickup trucks from General Motors are starting to arrive at Chevrolet and GMC dealers nationwide, and the company's top executive says the launch has gone well. CEO Dan Akerson said Wednesday that the smooth debut of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks is an example of how GM plans to maintain high quality while replacing many of its older vehicles this year.

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IEA: Global Renewable Energy Growing Fast

June 26, 2013 2:20 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will be the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar and hydro-electric power plants to meet rising power demand and combat local pollution problems.

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BP Mounts Offensive In Spill Settlement Dispute

June 26, 2013 2:18 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

With an ad blitz and a tersely worded letter, BP is mounting an increasingly aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP warned lawyers for many Gulf Coast businesses that it may seek to recover at least some of their clients' shares of the multibillion-dollar settlement if it successfully appeals a key ruling.

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Auto Parts Maker To Employ 150 In Kentucky

June 26, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whitehall Industries has broken ground on a facility in Paducah, Ky. that will employ 150 people making aluminum components for the automotive industry. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the company plans to invest nearly $13 million in the project. Beshear attended the groundbreaking Tuesday.

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GM Announces Another Wentzville Expansion

June 26, 2013 2:13 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is again expanding its suburban St. Louis plant in Wentzville, the second expansion in less than two years at the facility. The $133 million expansion announced Wednesday calls for GM to build a new 114,000-square-foot stamping press.

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Canadian Solar Shares Rise On Samsung Deal

June 26, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Solar's U.S. shares soared Wednesday on news of a deal with Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. to open a new manufacturing facility in London, Ontario. The facility will produce solar modules and power stations and supply Samsung's Ontario solar projects. It also will serve as a hub for Canadian Solar to conduct research and product development related to solar energy generation.

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Nissan CEO Faces USD Pay Cut

June 26, 2013 12:31 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Sometimes, as a leader, you just have to take one for the team. And that's exactly what Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has done. Ghosn cheered on a weakening of the yen, despite it shaving a couple million dollars off his current paycheck. Maybe that's because he still out-earns some peers.

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