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UPS may be Changing the Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 1:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

With over 130 aircraft and an average of 1.6 million packages traveling through Worldport, a UPS facility in Louisville, on a daily basis, this facility is not just a massive (and efficient) mailroom, it is a wonder of contemporary automation.

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Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens announced from its Charlotte Energy Hub that it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.       

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Chrysler Redesigns its Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 12:28 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

The Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. This increase meant rethinking the assembly process and implementing significant changes. The most extensive transformation came on the assembly line.      

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NutraSweet To Cease Aspartame Production

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.                                         

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Lockheed Martin's New Firefighting Robot

September 25, 2014 11:10 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is developing a robot that could change the future of firefighting. It's called the Fire Ox, and it's designed to tackle fires in situations too hazardous for humans.                    

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Boeing To Bring Hundreds of New Jobs to South Carolina

September 25, 2014 11:05 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as 400 workers.  

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Ford To Add 1,200 Workers at MO Plant

September 25, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van.                                   

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Wisconsin Rep. Takes Stand for Consumers, Food Safety

September 25, 2014 10:11 am | by The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food | News | Comments

Tom Petri is cosponsoring the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will establish national labeling standards for food and beverage products and eliminate the potential confusion and bureaucratic, costly red tape stemming from a 50-state patchwork of laws and regulations that could raise the could cost of food.  

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Lease or Loan Equipment? What You Need to Know to Decide

September 25, 2014 10:03 am | by William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association | Articles | Comments

When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy” decision.                                

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Businesses Won't Return BP Spill Payments

September 25, 2014 9:49 am | by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.       

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Victims of GM Recall Given Two Choices: To Settle or Fight in Court

September 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 18.2 Percent

September 25, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record amount in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft.                             

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Rise to 293K

September 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago.                                        

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Explosion at Nevada Plastic Manufacturing Plant

September 25, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                          

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Polyaspartic Top Coat Sealer Floor Coating

September 25, 2014 9:11 am | by L&M Construction Chemicals | Product Releases | Comments

L&M Construction Chemicals has released PERK!, a polyaspartic top coat sealer and floor coating for concrete surfaces. 

India Joins Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 2:23 pm | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.                     

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GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing energy-efficient vehicles, reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Mississippi.        

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Getting More Entrenched in Your Supply Chain is a Few Clicks Away

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

If you feel stuck, even just a little bit, you’re probably behind the innovation curve. Good news, this article is for you. Because the secret to getting unstuck — or becoming more entrenched in your supply chain — is only a few clicks away. The secret is information.

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Soda Makers Pledge to Reduce Caloric Intake From Beverages

September 24, 2014 1:47 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.          

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Airbus Lifts Aircraft Demand Forecast

September 24, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European jet maker Airbus is raising its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 7 percent, based on expected orders of smaller, more fuel-efficient planes and burgeoning travel in Asia.             

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