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Has Elon Musk Turned Tesla Around?

April 20, 2015 2:30 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance reports on Google’s negotiation for a deal to buy a nearly bankrupt Tesla. 

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BMW Recalling 91.8K Mini Coopers to Fix Air Bag Problem

April 20, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.

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Heinz, French’s Each Target the Other's Condiment Dominance

April 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although ketchup and mustard often accompany one another on hot dogs and hamburgers, Americans for decades have largely bought different brands of each condiment. 

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 2:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 87

April 20, 2015 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 87 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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RotorFlow Sensors

April 20, 2015 11:10 am | by Gems Sensors & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

The Gems RotorFlow line features a unique paddlewheel design which combines high-visibility composite rotors and durable solid-state electronics.

Maintenance of the Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive to Collaborative

April 20, 2015 10:54 am | by Marc-Alexis Rémond | Articles | Comments

A total preventive and predictive maintenance program is absolutely essential to an efficient, reliable and safe production process. However, no matter how well-oiled and designed your preventive and predictive maintenance program is, every now and then, Murphy’s Law reminds us that things can go wrong.

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Obama Defends Pursuit Of Sweeping Trade Pact

April 20, 2015 10:34 am | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."

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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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