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Understand Your Best Customers To Find New Revenue Opportunities

August 12, 2014 2:28 pm | by Anders Ekman | News | Comments

With more sources of customer information and new technologies to evaluate data, manufactures are using data management and marketing analytics to overcome some longtime challenges and reach some important goals.            

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U.S. Job Openings Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.                                        

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Maryland Man Convicted of Exporting to Iran

August 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran.                                         

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Plea Hearing Set in Navy Contractor Bribery Case

August 12, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say Stafford resident Scott Miserendino and a former Military Sealift Command civil servant accepted more than $265,000 in bribes over five years.                            

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CEO: Glass-Making Plant for Apple Nears Production

August 12, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices.                            

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Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

In India, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry with double-digit annual growth, at least 100 manufacturing plants and some 300,000 jobs.                         

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Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Technology

August 12, 2014 10:02 am | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle that marred the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care legislation last year.                           

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U.S. Agency Warns About Bitcoin Risks

August 12, 2014 10:00 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

In issuing an advisory warning, the agency noted that the currencies are not backed by the government, have volatile exchanges rates and are targeted by hackers and scammers.                      

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GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 12, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks.                                        

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GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach to Industrial Data

August 12, 2014 9:45 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to the Industrial Internet.       

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Chiquita Gets Buyout Offer

August 11, 2014 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands attracted an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.                         

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FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 3:12 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same way as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild.                           

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

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U.S. Agency Slow To Move On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.               

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Crash Of Iranian-Built Plane Brings Production Into Question

August 11, 2014 11:01 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | News | Comments

A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.      

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Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts The Web

August 11, 2014 10:05 am | by John Magsam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The privately held company turned 80 this year and is pushing to update its image, reach a new generation of customers, and make its mark in a more sophisticated and savvy marketplace.                   

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Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems

August 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Machinists union sued Wichita-based aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Friday over its reported efforts to sell off its fabrication operations, contending such outsourcing would violate its labor contract.           

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State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 11, 2014 9:59 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economists are dismissing the complaint as overblown.

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GM Receives Claims In 63 Death Cases

August 11, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.                         

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Economical Load Tester

August 8, 2014 4:52 pm | by Load Cell Central | Product Releases | Comments

Load Cell Central has introduced a tester that fills the niche of economical and versatile load cell testing equipment. It benefits every skill level and it fits nicely in almost every budget, says the company.  

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