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Do Your Business Processes Need a Spring Cleanup? Ask These 4 Questions

May 28, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jeff Frankel | Articles | Comments

Here are 4 questions to help determine if your business processes are working across the enterprise or if you need to do some spring cleaning to make the most of 2015.  

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High-Speed USB Digital Output Pressure Transducers

May 28, 2015 11:45 am | by GP:50 NY LTD | Product Releases | Comments

GP:50 NY LTD has released the Model 611/612 USB digital output pressure transducers. 

GM To Offer Android, Apple Systems in Many 2016 Models

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

By the end of the year, nearly every major automaker will begin offering Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto, two systems that effectively turn a car's dashboard screen into a smartphone.

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California Awards $250M to Career Prep Programs

May 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Lisa Leff, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Represented career fields include agriculture, IT and advanced manufacturing.  

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Texas Oil Industry Largely Unaffected by Flooding

May 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Severe flooding shut down some oil wells and a Houston-area terminal but spared most of Texas' massive oil industry.

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SpaceX Receives Certification for U.S. Military Launches

May 28, 2015 10:27 am | by Jacob Meister, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX for military space launch.

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Who Will Lose Their Job to the Machines?

May 28, 2015 10:21 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here is some insight into predictions for the future of automation in the workplace.

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Top U.S. Manufacturers View Labor Issues as Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly all of the nation's largest publicly traded manufacturers cite the labor force as a risk to their businesses, according to a recent report. 

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GM Adding Shift, Upgrading Michigan Plant that Makes Camaro

May 28, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it's returning a second shift and 500 workers to a Michigan plant to build the new Chevrolet Camaro.

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Report Calls for Public Investment in 3D Printing

May 28, 2015 10:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recently released report calls for "thoughtful" state and federal investments to bolster 3D printing technology in local manufacturing clusters. 

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UAW Rival at VW Represented by 'Union Avoidance' Expert

May 28, 2015 9:59 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rival group to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee brands itself as local, independent and free of outside influence or political agenda.

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Amtrak To Install Long-Sought Cameras In Locomotives

May 27, 2015 4:20 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amtrak said it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer's actions before the crash.

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Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 4:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.

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FTC Approves Reynolds' Purchase of Cigarette Rival Lorillard

May 27, 2015 3:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reynolds, the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, is creating another competitor by selling its Kool, Salem, Winston, and Maverick brands to the U.K.'s Imperial Tobacco for $7.1 billion. To get the deal done, Reynolds is also selling Lorillard's dominant Blu e-cigarette brand to Imperial in addition to a Greensboro, North Carolina plant.

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Kansas City Sausage To Open Plant, Create 177 Jobs

May 27, 2015 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Cumberland County leaders have helped Kansas City Sausage partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods to open a sausage production plant that will create 177 jobs in Sampson County.

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160,000 Folding Knives Recalled After Accidental Cuts

May 27, 2015 3:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 160,000 folding knives made by hunting gear company Gerber are being recalled because the blade can unexpectedly unlock and cause cuts.

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Cylindrical Bend Test

May 27, 2015 3:33 pm | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. is introducing the TQC Cylindrical Bend Test. 

Exxon Shareholders To Vote on Climate Change, Fracking

May 27, 2015 2:49 pm | by David Koenig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The resolution's sponsor Michael Crosby says, "This company has to be making plans for the future."

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The Companies Feeding America's Craving for Natural Foods

May 27, 2015 2:31 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Small start-ups and major food companies alike are scrambling to keep up with the growing consumer demand for foods that seem healthier and include more natural ingredients. 

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GM Faces Possible Criminal Charges

May 27, 2015 2:26 pm | by CNBC | Videos | Comments

General Motors could face criminal charges over faulty ignition switches.

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