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Senators: Safety Agency Must Shape Up to Get More Funding

June 24, 2015 9:32 am | by Marcy Gordon, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senators threatened Tuesday to withhold additional funding from the nation's top auto safety agency until it improves its ability to spot defective parts like Takata Corp.'s exploding air bags.


Ford Motor Launching Car-Sharing Pilot in U.S. and London

June 24, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is launching a car-sharing program in six U.S. cities and London.


Flint City Council Supports Tax Abatement for GM Investment

June 23, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Flint City Council is supporting a tax abatement for General Motors Co. if the automaker invests $161 million at its Flint Assembly plant.


The Weak Dollar, Wage War & Why 'Made in America' is Still Better

June 23, 2015 2:22 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Take a look at the impressive movement of companies looking to reshore their facilities.


Police Raid Toyota Offices After Arresting U.S. Executive

June 23, 2015 2:18 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police raided Toyota Motor Corp.'s headquarters and its Tokyo and Nagoya offices on Tuesday following the arrest of a senior American executive on suspicion of drug law violations.


How Mexico Is Winning the Car Manufacturing War

June 23, 2015 2:03 pm | by The National | Videos | Comments

Mexico's auto sector is booming, while Canada's is dwindling. Amanda Lang finds out why.


Airbus A320 U.S. Manufacturing Facility: Employee Training

June 23, 2015 1:58 pm | by Airbus | Videos | Comments

Go behind the scenes as employees for Airbus’ first U.S. manufacturing facility — which will begin producing A319, A320 and A321 jetliners in Mobile, Alabama during 2015 — undergo on-the-job training at the company’s Hamburg, Germany site. 


Union Voting on Potential End to Texas Refinery Strike

June 23, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The last remaining strike from a widespread labor dispute at the nation’s oil refineries could be on the verge of ending.


Man Sues Heinz Over Trans Fat

June 23, 2015 1:52 pm | by Any Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the wake of new federal limits on the use of trans fat in foods, a California man filed a federal lawsuit against H.J. Heinz Co. over the use of partially hydrogenated oils in frozen potato products.


Durable Goods Orders Drop 1.8 Percent in May

June 23, 2015 10:13 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in May, pulled down by a sharp drop in demand for aircraft. But a category that reflects business investment rose last month, a hopeful sign for manufacturing.


Establish Authority in the Parts Market to Expand Revenue Channels

June 23, 2015 10:09 am | by Mark Gross | Articles | Comments

A look at how manufacturers can benefit from implementing a content management strategy.


Workers Clean Up Oil Spill on California Beaches by Hand

June 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Alicia Chang, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.


Senators Say Takata May Have Put Profits Over Safety

June 23, 2015 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of U.S. senators says automotive air bag maker Takata Corp. may have placed profit over safety by halting safety audits of factories.


Niagara Recalls Bottled Spring Water on E. coli Concern

June 23, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Niagara Bottling has recalled 14 brands of bottled spring water produced at two Pennsylvania manufacturing plants after the operator of one of its contracted springs failed to reveal evidence of E. coli bacteria at the spring source.


SpaceX Will Again Attempt to Land Rocket

June 23, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

SpaceX plans to launch its seventh mission to bring cargo to the International Space Station this weekend.


Bigfoot CMMS

June 22, 2015 9:33 pm | by Smartware Group Smartware Group Product Releases | Comments

Smartware Group, Inc. will expand capabilities in its latest update to Bigfoot Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) with the addition of more than half-a-dozen new features, including CMMS configuration enhancements for job planning, purchasing, parts inventory and reporting. 

Robots: Will Humans Face a Horse and Buggy Moment?

June 22, 2015 2:42 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Gideon Rose discusses work and life in the age of automation.


GM Invests $245M for New Vehicle Program

June 22, 2015 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. plans to invest $245 million and add 300 jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching a new vehicle program.


General Mills To Drop Artificial Ingredients in Cereal

June 22, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural.


Labor Contract Deadline Looms at Pennsylvania Metal Company

June 22, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Stalled labor negotiations between a Pittsburgh specialty metals company and the United Steelworkers union raised the prospects of a work stoppage affecting thousands of metalworkers beginning next month.



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