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GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility in Lansing

August 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says the new facility will create or retain about 145 jobs at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.                                         

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:31 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday.             

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Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                            

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 10:31 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

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Pneumatically Actuated Nozzle

August 13, 2014 10:29 am | by BETE Fog Nozzle, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new HydroPulse from BETE offers interchangeable flat fan spray tips that are pneumatically actuated for a crisp on/off spray. 

Why Particle Physics Matters to Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

When you look at big scientific questions, it’s hard to see the manufacturing implications at first. Author Mike Collins explains why particle physics has been transformative for the manufacturing sector.              

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Deere Takes a Hit as Farm Economy Weakens

August 13, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year.                      

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Budget Deficit Running 24.2 Pct. Below 2013

August 13, 2014 9:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Reporter | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office expects this year's deficit to total around $500 billion, down from $680.2 billion last year.                                   

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Bipartisan Bill to Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 13, 2014 9:26 am | News | Comments

The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers.                      

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Record Imports Expected as West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 13, 2014 9:24 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.          

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Why Women Leave Engineering Careers

August 12, 2014 2:45 pm | by American Psychological Association | Articles | Comments

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons.             

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods and Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 2:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Anna Short Harrington became the face of Aunt Jemima in 1935. Now, 59 years after her death, two of her great-grandsons are suing Quaker Oats and its parent company, PespsiCo, for exploiting Harrington and not paying royalties to her estate.         

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Flooding Slows Auto Production in Detroit

August 12, 2014 2:34 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production and closed some facilities, automakers said Tuesday.                                    

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GM Manufacturing Integrates Laser Scanning, Google Glass

August 12, 2014 2:32 pm | by Autoline Network | Videos | Comments

Cathy Clegg, vice president of North American GM Manufacturing, talks to John McElroy about some of the innovative processes GM is using to improve its manufacturing operations.                      

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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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