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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.  


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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. 


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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