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Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 20, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Selma-based Hyundai supplier is disputing allegations that it fired a whistleblower in a federal safety investigation.

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5 Years After BP Spill: What's Changed in Offshore Drilling

April 20, 2015 10:21 am | by Cain Burdeau, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look at what else has changed and what hasn't in the world of offshore drilling in the five years since BP's April 20, 2010, Macondo catastrophe. 

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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 20, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators cited a New York plastics company for dozens of alleged safety violations.

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Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Environmental group Global Community Monitor announced that a defamation lawsuit brought by Lumber Liquidators had been dismissed.

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Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and local officials are calling a proposed manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers a tremendous opportunity to bring jobs to Berkeley County. 

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Micro Robots Drive Bayer's High-Tech Vision

April 17, 2015 2:20 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pharmaceutical company Bayer has found success by shifting its focus to life sciences, and introducing technology and automation into every stage of its processes.

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Tea Wars: Coke & Pepsi Face Off

April 17, 2015 2:16 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

As the soda market flattens, Cristina Alesci explains why Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are trying to attract health-conscience millennials with ready-to-drink teas.

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 2:08 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The industrial heart of General Electric, the company's new focus, posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.

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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 17, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Recent reports suggest that the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be turning away from efforts to organize union elections for low-wage workers.

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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which the company said validated its decision to switch from steel to aluminum in model year 2015. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 17, 2015 1:38 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner who has set their sights on new factories and growth, while the loser has become the focus of statewide bans and legal resistance.

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E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth in Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:11 am | by ARC Advisory Group | Articles | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study. 

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Nissan Expands Air Bag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 17, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced a long-awaited bill that would grant the White House power to negotiate trade agreements.  

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Health Advocates, Agribusiness Spar Over Weed Killer

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decades-long debate over the health risks of a popular weed killer took another turn last month when an international agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 17, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Arizona no longer allows its local governments to enact taxes or bans on plastic bags after Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on legislation this week.   

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Emirates To Buy $9.2 Billion Worth of Rolls Royce Engines

April 17, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Emirates airline says it will buy $9.2 billion worth of Rolls Royce engines, the largest ever order for the engine maker.

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Fuel Flow Sensors

April 16, 2015 5:23 pm | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials and Sentronics have been working together to create a new fuel flow sensor which is providing motorsport manufacturers with accuracies of +/- 0.25 percent, which according to the company is contributing to increased control over fuel consumption.

One Up-And-Coming Company Gives Detroit a Chance

April 16, 2015 2:23 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Steven Bock heads up Shinola, but it’s not the shoeshine Shinola your grandfather remembers. They are a unique company that does make high-end products, which has chosen Detroit as the place to hang their corporate hat.

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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials. 

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