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Toyota Outsells GM In First 9 Months Of Year

October 28, 2013 9:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota's global sales for the first nine months of the year reached 7.41 million vehicles, little changed from the previous year but outpacing General Motors to keep its lead as the world's top-selling automaker.       

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Five Common Mistakes Employers Make Regarding The WARN Act

October 28, 2013 9:06 am | by Michael Groebe, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

While the economy appears to be turning around, employers across the country continue to make difficult decisions concerning mass layoffs and plant closings. Employers that forget about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”) and applicable state “baby” WARN Acts do so at their peril.

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The Evolution Of Connectivity On The Food And Beverage Plant Floor

October 28, 2013 8:59 am | by Frank Malczyk, Program Manager, Industrial Automation & Riky Comini, Business Development Director, Industrial Automation, Molex Incorporated | Articles | Comments

Several factors have led manufacturers and processors to take a more cautious approach to improving their automation systems. But the need to employ more advanced plant floor networking technologies is becoming clear as manufacturers look to increase operational efficiencies and bottom line profits.

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Why Heineken Is Making A 2% Alcohol Beer

October 25, 2013 12:20 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Heineken USA President and CEO Dolf van den Brink explains how the company is innovating with alternatives to beer, like the new Radler, as massive demand for the beverage wanes in developed markets.         

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Government Investigating Jeep Liberty Fire Reports

October 25, 2013 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is investigating Jeep Liberty SUVs after two reports of fires in the driver's side doors.                       

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DuPont Spinning Off Performance Chemicals Unit

October 25, 2013 12:14 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. said Thursday that it is spinning off its struggling performance chemicals unit into a separate shareholder-owned public entity.                  

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Jack Daniel's In Legal Fight With Small Distiller

October 25, 2013 12:12 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A white whiskey named for an Appalachian moonshiner was first sold in Mason jars, but recently switched to square-shaped bottling.                    

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Long-Lasting U.S. Factory Goods Orders Rise

October 25, 2013 12:08 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A jump in demand for commercial airplanes boosted orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month. But orders for most other goods fell as businesses cut spending, a possible sign of concern about the partial government shutdown that began Oct. 1.

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FDA Proposes Rules To Make Animal Food Safer

October 25, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.                 

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Rise By Most Since January

October 25, 2013 12:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers boosted their stockpiles in August by the most in seven months, a positive sign that many companies expected demand to rise.                  

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Michigan Battery Factory To Resume Production

October 25, 2013 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Michigan factory that makes lithium-ion batteries for General Motors Co. plans to resume commercial production on Monday after halting production because of a controversy over a chemical.          

1 Dead, 40 Hurt In Mexican Candy Factory Explosion

October 25, 2013 9:32 am | by Ricardo Chavez, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said.                

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Feds Won't Investigate Tesla Electric Car Fire

October 25, 2013 9:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators have decided not to open a formal investigation into the Oct. 2 fire that damaged a Tesla electric car near Seattle.                  

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Peugeot Citroen Workers Protest Plant Closure

October 25, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PSA Peugeot Citroen workers marched and waved banners to protest the closure of a historic Citroen plant as the factory's last car came off the assembly line Friday.               

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Stryker To Pay $13.3M To Resolve SEC Inquiry

October 25, 2013 9:26 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stryker will pay the U.S. government $13.3 million to settle allegations it made illegal payments to government employees in five countries.               

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Truck Maker Volvo To Slash 2,000 Jobs

October 25, 2013 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Truck maker AB Volvo says its earnings dipped on lower sales in the third quarter and that it will slash 2,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program.                 

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Turning The Tables On Wasteful Setups

October 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Trunnions | Articles | Comments

Upgrading machine tool technology – either by major retrofit of existing machines or purchase of new equipment – is often an expensive proposition requiring non-productive downtime and months or even years to realize a return on the capital expenditure.

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Legal Risk Management: What Every Manufacturer Should Do Now

October 25, 2013 9:18 am | by Tonya G. Newman and Sonya Rosenberg | Articles | Comments

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” The English proverb resonates, particularly in the area of risk management. One of the most important tools available to any successful business operation is the deliberate assessment and tackling of potential risks.

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Relay Detects Arc-Flash In Milliseconds

October 25, 2013 9:08 am | by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) introduces the SEL-710-5 Motor Protection Relay, which protects both synchronous and induction motors.

Deburring Tool With New Sizes

October 25, 2013 9:04 am | by Reed Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Plastic pipe joints succeed with smooth, chamfered ends allowing proper fit up. The DEB1 tools from Reed Manufacturing (Erie, PA) deburr and chamfer to manufacturers’ standards in seconds, according to the company.

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