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National Steel Car Chairman Indicted In Alabama

November 18, 2013 1:42 pm | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press | News | Comments

The indictment, made public Friday, accuses company chairman and CEO Gregory Aziz of Hamilton, Canada, of misleading officials with Alabama's state pension program to get financing for a rail car manufacturing plant that was never finished in northwest Alabama town of Cherokee.

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CareFusion To Pay $500M For GE Vital Signs Unit

November 18, 2013 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical products maker CareFusion said Monday it will buy GE Healthcare's Vital Signs unit for $500 million in a deal that expands its manufacturing capacity and nearly doubles the revenue of its specialty disposable products business.     

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Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Ark. Plant

November 18, 2013 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.                               

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Nissan CEO: Mexico Becoming Export Hub For Americas

November 18, 2013 12:29 pm | by CNBC News | Videos | Comments

Nissan Renault Chairman & CEO Carlos Ghosn discusses manufacturing in Mexico how his company is using the country as an export hub for its cars.  Nissan is investing $2 billion and adding 7,000 jobs in Aguascalientes, Mexico.                          

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Start The Holiday Shopping Season Off Right: Buy American On November 19th

November 18, 2013 11:49 am | by American Made Matters | Articles | Comments

To kick-off the holiday shopping season, American Made Matters® has declared November 19, 2013 the first annual American Made Matters® Day. On this day, American Made Matters® is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing.

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Milwaukee Food Plant Stops Production Amid Recalls

November 18, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Garden-Fresh has recalled tons of products in eight separate recalls since the end of August. The first was announced Aug. 30, after routine sampling of retail products by Michigan food safety officials detected Listeria bacteria.      

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Boeing Plane Crashes In Russia, 50 Killed

November 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Jim Heintz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Russian air crashes have been blamed on the use of aging aircraft, but industry experts point to a number of other problems, including poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety in the pursuit of profits.

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UN Climate Chief Calls On Coal Industry To Change

November 18, 2013 10:04 am | by Monika Scislowska, Associated Press | News | Comments

On the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference, Christiana Figueres told dozens of CEOs of coal companies meeting at Poland's Economy Ministry that their industry needs to change radically to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases that scientists say are warming the planet.

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Colo. Mine Accident Kills 2, Injures 20

November 18, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine exactly what sort of accident occurred in a mine in southwestern Colorado that left two miners dead of carbon monoxide poisoning and injured 20 others.                  

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Wal-Mart: 10 Bangladesh Factories Failed Audits

November 18, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The retailer hired Bureau Veritas to check some 200 factories it uses in Bangladesh after the April collapse of the Rana Plaza building killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted often grim conditions in the country's garment industry.

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Promoters See Technology As Key To Gun Safety

November 18, 2013 9:50 am | by Robert Miller, The News-Times | News | Comments

The California-based Smart Tech Foundation, announced last week it was offering a $1 million prize to innovators who could come up with the best new way to make guns safer.                       

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Supply Chain Cyber Security: What are the Risks and How Can Companies Address Them?

November 18, 2013 9:36 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO of Apptricity | Articles | Comments

As the CEO of a supply chain management, e-procurement, and financial productivity solutions company, Tim Garcia draws on real-life experiences to provide four tips for incorporating web security into companies’ overall risk management strategies. Lax procedures that fail to protect critical data leave businesses vulnerable to attacks that threaten customers and damage brands.

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Tight Tolerance Is Critical For Top Quality And Superior Performance

November 18, 2013 9:16 am | by Ken Glassen, Vice President of Engineering, Kaysun Corporation | Articles | Comments

“Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.

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New Heavy Duty Hand Crank Reels

November 18, 2013 8:59 am | by Reelcraft | Product Releases | Comments

The cast aluminum base, rated at 40,000 PSI tensile strength, provides excellent support even in demanding applications while reducing overall weight significantly. 

Green Powered Morse Drum Handlers

November 18, 2013 8:48 am | by Morse Manufacturing Co., Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Environmentally friendly Morse drum handlers offer optional batteries that contain no lead, no acid, create no gasses during charge, and are lighter than lead-acid batteries. 

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat

November 18, 2013 8:42 am | by Superior Manufacturing Group, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Based on the existing Superfoam® product, the new Superfoam Plus® with its full ¾” thick softer material is the latest in high performance anti-fatigue floor mats from Superior taking comfort and ergonomic support to the next level.

ABB Unveils New Industrial Robots

November 18, 2013 8:04 am | by ABB Robotics IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.

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3D Printed Car Could Be On The Road Soon

November 15, 2013 2:28 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer.                                        

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Miss. Group Points To Nissan's Positive Impact

November 15, 2013 2:16 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The group unveiled a report from a Mississippi State University professor on Wednesday that says Nissan Motor Co.'s Canton plant has created 16,000 jobs in surrounding areas since it opened in 2003. The report estimates that Nissan contributes $2.5 billion to the state's yearly economic output, which is about $100 billion overall.

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Factory Production Rises In October

November 15, 2013 2:13 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories increased production for a third straight month in October, as stronger output of primary metals and furniture offset declines in auto production.  Manufacturing output rose 0.3 percent last month, up from 0.1 percent in September, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

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