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Hyundai Recalls 43K Cars for Brake Lights

December 10, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling nearly 43,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the brake lights can fail to illuminate.                                         

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Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield.                                 

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Learn how Big Data and Analytics are Driving Operational Excellence for A&D Manufacturers and Suppliers

December 10, 2014 10:04 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

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Nissan Agrees to Settle Faulty Brakes Lawsuit

December 10, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan has agreed to pay some customers up to $800 each to settle claims that certain vehicles had faulty brakes.                                       

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GM's Opel Takes Complete Control of German Parts Centers

December 10, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it will take full control of two auto parts distribution centers in Germany that are currently operated by a joint-venture company in which Opel holds a 20 percent stake.             

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BP: Restructuring to Cost $1 Billion in Next Year

December 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil giant BP has warned that plans to streamline its business will cost it $1 billion over the next year.                                         

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Jobless Veterans Get Elite Training for New Careers

December 9, 2014 1:28 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many veterans returning from wars overseas face a new challenge at home: finding a job. Some are getting extra help to make the transition from combat to the cubicle. Wyatt Andrews met the vets who are learning a valuable new job skill.    

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Could Cheap Oil Stick it to Elon Musk and Tesla Stock?

December 9, 2014 1:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tesla shares have taken a beating over the last three months, and it coincides with U.S. automakers' posting better-than-expected SUV sales. With oil getting hit and gas prices falling, electric car maker Tesla has had a tough three months.   

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Looking at Trends in Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A with Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad, discusses confidence levels, the skills gap, unemployment rates, talent recruitment strategies, and the hot jobs for 2015 in the manufacturing and logistics industries.       

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up in 2014

December 9, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up in October

December 9, 2014 1:01 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stockpiles at the wholesale level increased 0.4 percent, matching September's figure, the Commerce Department reported.                                     

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Chrysler Plans $266M Spending for Indiana Plants

December 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two central Indiana factories.                                             

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Supreme Court Rules Against Pay for Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 9, 2014 12:50 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.               

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Battery Free RFID Weight Monitoring Tag

December 9, 2014 10:13 am | by Farsens S.L. | Product Releases | Comments

The Atlas from Farsens S.L. is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated weight measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag. 

Nissan Recalls 470K Vehicles

December 9, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks.                                           

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UAW Reaches Top Tier of VW Labor Policy in TN

December 9, 2014 9:59 am | by Erik Shelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.             

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 38

December 9, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 38 people have died and 51 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

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EU Calls for Japan to Eliminate Trade Barriers

December 9, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is calling on Japan to make further efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the auto and food safety sectors as they began a fresh round of bilateral free trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo.         

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New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

December 9, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to states.

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The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.                                       

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