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Cadillac Recalls ATS Cars to Fix Hair-Trigger Sunroof Switch

February 24, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling about 67,000 Cadillac ATS compact sports sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.

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Siemens to Supply Turbines for Fuel Efficient Plant in Michigan

February 24, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. 

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Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move the Needle on Wages?

February 24, 2015 9:28 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would spend more than $1 billion to raise pay for 500,000 of its employees – or 40 percent of its U.S. workforce – made serious waves in business and political circles.

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Photo of the Day: Siemens Receives a Distinguished Guest

February 23, 2015 3:12 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

In today's photo of the day, see who visited the Siemens electronics manufacturing plant in Amberg, Germany.

Honda Resumes Normal Production in Ohio

February 23, 2015 2:41 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Honda says it will temporarily resume normal production at its Ohio plants after six days of shift reductions related to a West Coast port contract dispute. 

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Apple's Electric Car Plans: Should Tesla Worry?

February 23, 2015 2:37 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg's David Welch discusses the reports on Apple's electric vehicle plans with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson.

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Daicel To Build Replacement Parts Amid Takata Recalls

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

Daicel Corp. saidl it will build a second U.S. factory next year, as the Japanese chemical manufacturer expands operations to supply replacement parts for vehicles recalled globally for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp. 

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When Operational Performance and Financial Performance Measurement Collide

February 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by Jack Moran | Articles | Comments

This disconnect between the shop floor and the back office has posed numerous problems in the past and continues to generate conflict today.While these debates often focus on costs, the accounting methods used by U.S. manufacturers to actually determine the cost of their products and services receives far less attention.

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Honda To Replace President Following Air Bag Fiasco

February 23, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country. 

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SCOUT Wireless Monitoring for Compressed Air Systems

February 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Parker Hannifin Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation announces SCOUT Technology, a wireless condition monitoring system which allows end users to remotely monitor their compressed air piping system’s critical functions.

Are You Walking by Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 11:09 am | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Many companies ignore MRO, opting instead to focus on what they perceive to be bigger cost reduction initiatives. In many cases, they are walking by their best opportunity. 

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 57

February 23, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.

5 Things to Know About the Takata Air Bag Recall Investigation

February 23, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are five things you absolutely need to know about the Takata air bag recalls. 

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Lockheed Martin To Pay $62M to Settle 401(k) Plan Lawsuit

February 23, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $62 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of mismanaging employee retirement accounts and using funds with excessive fees.

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry. But as the UAW prepares to enter negotiations with the "Big Three" auto companies — General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler — Dennis Williams says the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out.

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Automate 2015

February 20, 2015 4:38 pm | by Automate 2015 | Events

Automate 2015 is the largest solutions-based showcase of automation technologies in North America. Attendees have the opportunity to meet with companies that provide integration of automation, robotics, machine vision, and motion control solutions and see firsthand live demonstrations of systems solving challenges faced by any industry. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 20, 2015 3:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

'Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week' are two companies that have been having two very different weeks. The winner of the week has been experiencing an outstanding revival of success, while the loser is facing another week of bad news and even worse press.

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Nestle CEO : Why We Removed Artificial Coloring

February 20, 2015 2:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO speaks about earnings and the company's decision to remove artificial additives from its products.

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