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Manufacturing Industry Weighs In On New Bayer Survey

November 12, 2013 8:06 am | by Bayer Corporation | Articles | Comments

The infographics below are in response to the Bayer Facts of Science Education survey, which gauges the public’s opinion on the state of science education in the United States, support for reform, and the recognition of the roles that science and science literacy play in everyday life.

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Bulk Bag Discharging System

November 12, 2013 7:59 am | by Material Transfer | Product Releases | Comments

Material Master Bulk Bag Discharging System features a fork lift loaded bulk bag lifting frame with adjustable height receiving frame. Unit features the exclusive heavy-duty Flo-Master™ bulk bag massaging system with open pipe frames which promote positive material flow.

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New Industrial Grinders and Sanders

November 12, 2013 7:38 am | by Ingersoll Rand | Product Releases | Comments

Ingersoll Rand, a producer of air compressors, tools, fluid management and material handling equipment, has released a new line of M2 Series grinders and sanders to complete heavy duty cutting, polishing and cleaning applications in less time.

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BMW Announces New S.C. Manufacturing President

November 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC | News | Comments

BMW Manufacturing announced today that Manfred Erlacher, a 29-year veteran with the company, has assumed responsibility for the Spartanburg factory. Erlacher succeeds Josef Kerscher who has returned to Germany to run the plant in Dingolfing.

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World Economy Being Sustained By Extraordinary Aid

November 11, 2013 2:28 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Joe McDonald and Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Five years after a global financial crisis erupted, the world's biggest economies still need to be propped up.They're growing and hiring a little faster and creating more jobs, but only with extraordinary aid from central banks or government spending.

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Washington Governor Signs Boeing Incentive Bills

November 11, 2013 2:25 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers approved the legislation in just three days last week after Inslee called the Legislature back to Olympia for a special session dedicated to Boeing. The bill extends Boeing's tax incentives all the way to 2040, and the benefits have a projected value of $9 billion.

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Smartphones Seen Tripling To 5.6 Billion By 2019

November 11, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Ericsson AB, the world's largest maker of telecommunications networks, says in a report Monday it expects smartphone traffic to grow tenfold in the next six years, with service providers increasing high-speed networks to deal with the surge. Total mobile subscriptions are predicted to reach 9.3 billion by 2019.

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PepsiCo To Invest $5.5B In India

November 11, 2013 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo plans to invest $5.5 billion in India by 2020 as it focuses on growth in emerging markets. The maker of Mt. Dew, Gatorade and Frito-Lay chips plans to spend the money on new products, agriculture programs, selling infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities.

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Nuclear Expansion Suspended In TX

November 11, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallas-based Luminant Generation had asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to double the number of nuclear reactors at its Comanche Peak plant from two to four.                   

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More Drillers Are Recycling Fracking Water

November 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just a few years ago, drillers suspected water recyclers of trying to sell an unproven idea designed to drain money from multimillion dollar businesses. Now the system is helping drillers use less freshwater and dispose of less wastewater.   

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Company Gives Eyewear To Those In Need

November 11, 2013 11:30 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal joins Morning Joe to discuss launching the eyewear brand and the company's philanthropic mission of giving glasses to those in need.                       

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U.S., Europe Resuming Talks On New Trade Pact

November 11, 2013 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The negotiations take place against the backdrop of European pique over reported U.S. electronic espionage, and were delayed due to the U.S. government shutdown. But officials for both sides say the benefits of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are too great for the talks to be affected.

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Chrysler To Recall 1.2M Ram Trucks

November 11, 2013 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system may have been installed improperly, which Chrysler says stemmed from technicians misinterpreting instructions. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which Chrysler says can lead to steering failures.

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Japan Starts Up Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

November 11, 2013 9:18 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The wind farm near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is to eventually have a generation capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines, though its significance is not limited to the energy it will produce.            

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NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage

November 11, 2013 9:15 am | by Frank Eltman and Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the six-week-long shortage began, but lovers of the square, fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes may not have to go without much longer. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Hanukkah.

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Proposal For Former Indy GM Plant Includes Stadium

November 11, 2013 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of four finalists seeking to redevelop a General Motors Corp. stamping plant that once employed more than 6,000 workers near downtown Indianapolis is considering using part of the land for a 10,000-seat soccer stadium.         

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FDA Seeks Faster Warning Updates For Generic Drugs

November 11, 2013 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking a rule change to allow generic drugmakers to quickly update their warning labels with new safety information for doctors and patients.                     

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Wage Protest Closes Bangladesh Garment Factories

November 11, 2013 9:08 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of workers demanding higher pay hurled rocks and sticks at clothing factories and clashed with police who used tear gas against them Monday, bringing fresh scrutiny to working conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry. At least 30 people were reported wounded.

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How To Develop A Multi-Skilled Workforce: Learning To Do More With Less

November 11, 2013 9:00 am | by Terri Szymczak, Regional Leader, Training Services, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

What if you learned funding for capital equipment required to keep your plant running in coming years was soon going to be extremely hard to find? Would you hit the panic button? The situation manufacturers are facing when it comes to their most critical asset – people – is nearly as dire.

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Research Firm Finds Ecommerce & Mobile Sales Offer Significant Opportunities For B2B Market

November 8, 2013 4:46 pm | by hybris | Articles | Comments

The study explored what impact ecommerce has on how B2B companies sell their products and services and found that a fundamental transformation is happening in how businesses are acquiring and retaining customers in this market. In fact, U.S. B2B ecommerce revenue has now more than doubled that of B2C.

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