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SPI: Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban Could Kill Manufacturing Jobs

May 2, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The Chicago City Council’s decision to ban plastic shopping bags will damage the plastics manufacturing industry’s ongoing efforts to create and maintain American manufacturing jobs, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.   


Ford's Alan Mulally: The Exit Interview

May 2, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Outgoing Ford CEO Alan Mulally talks about his relationship with Bill Ford, the auto bailout of 2009 and his plans for the future.                                   


Infographic: My Boss Is Going To Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 2:03 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

As a general rule, engineers approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry.              


Microsoft Picks Miami For Innovation Center

May 2, 2014 1:59 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is opening a state-of-the-art training facility in Miami, its first within the United States, the company announced Friday.                                    


Factory Orders Increase In March

May 2, 2014 1:50 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories advanced strongly for a second month in March while demand in a key category that signals business investment plans increased by the largest amount in more than a year.                 


Puerto Rico Tries To Retain Young Workers

May 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor has filed legislation aimed at retaining young workers and reversing an exodus of people moving to the U.S. mainland amid economic problems.                         


Sales Of Jeeps Assembled In Illinois Climb

May 2, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of cars and SUVs assembled at Chrysler's plant in Belvidere climbed to more than 19,700 last month despite a big drop in the number of Dodge Darts that were sold.                        


Senators Voice Doubts On Obama Trade Agenda

May 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers provided a reality check Thursday to the Obama administration's optimism overs its trade agenda following some progress in key negotiations with Japan.                          


Count On Accuracy: Selecting The Right Scale For The Job

May 2, 2014 10:00 am | by Simone Zimmerman, Market Manager, METTLER TOLEDO Industrial | Articles | Comments

When it comes to counting scales, a common misconception is that high internal resolution directly impacts accuracy.                                       


AstraZeneca Rejects Sweetened Bid From Pfizer

May 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The board of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca on Friday flatly rejected drug maker Pfizer's sweetened takeover offer just hours after it was leveled, describing it as inadequate.                    


Self-Propelled Scaffolding

May 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Granite Industries | Product Releases | Comments

The Power Snappy scaffold from Granite Industries uses two 12v sealed lead batteries, powering two hub motors, which automatically brake the unit when not moving. 


Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Sept. 2008

May 2, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years.                                


GM Recalls 50,000 Cadillac SUVs

May 2, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 50,000 luxury SUVs to fix a computer error that can delay acceleration for three or four seconds.                                  


Anheuser-Busch Trial Highlights Gender Bias In Pay

May 2, 2014 9:29 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six years after the sale of AB to inBev, the trial fascinates a company town, threatening to give more unwanted publicity to a family dynasty that's had its fair share.                        


Gas Plant Partially Operating After Fire

May 1, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wyoming natural gas processing plant is operating at about 40 percent of its typical seasonal level just over a week after an explosion and fire.                              


Mich. PMI Shows Solid Economic Growth For Detroit Area

May 1, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Institute for Supply Management - Southeast Michigan | News | Comments

That the PMI settled down a bit from March, only demonstrates that the rate of growth is continuing at a steady pace, overall.                                      


How Alan Mulally Turned Ford Around

May 1, 2014 1:56 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

"He's not a car guy. He's not a plane guy. He's a guy that understands the value of leadership," says the author who documented Mulally's time as CEO of the Ford Motor Company.                     


Chinese Manufacturing Growth Weak In April

May 1, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing grew weakly in April, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, an industry group said Thursday.                            


U.S. Manufacturing Expanded In April

May 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing grew faster in April than in March as exports picked up and factories accelerated hiring.                                         


Malaysia Releases Preliminary MH370 Report

May 1, 2014 1:42 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Air traffic controllers did not realize that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was missing until 17 minutes after it disappeared from civilian radar, according to a preliminary report on the plane's disappearance.             



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