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USDA Awards OTA With $785K to Promote Organic Products

December 5, 2014 2:44 pm | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

With a grant for $784,902 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Market Access Program (MAP) to promote U.S. organic products abroad in 2015, OTA is gearing up a far-reaching strategy for next year that will include more organic promotional and education programs in Japan and around the globe.

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Judgment Entered Against Closed Nebraska Plant

December 5, 2014 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Gage County District Judge has ordered a default judgment against a now-closed Beatrice manufacturing plant. Judge Paul Korslund ruled that Store Kraft Manufacturing owes Buhr's Trucking Inc., of Adams, nearly $100,000 plus interest.     

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How Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers are Finding Value Through Weaving the Digital Thread

December 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense (A&D) manufacturing where the demands on quality, budget, and timely delivery are so high. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards promised by new technologies are worth the inherent risks they contain.

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Lamborghini Asterion: One Sexy Hybrid

December 5, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

This isn't a wimpy hybrid. This is a 900+ horsepower behemoth that has all the style you'd expect from a luxury Lamborghini.                                    

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Orion Launches New Era of Space Exploration

December 5, 2014 2:09 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

On the second attempt day, NASA successfully launched Orion from Cape Canaveral Friday morning. A future phase of the mission is to take astronauts first to an asteroid and eventually to Mars, possibly in the 2030s.          

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Canada Hopes Avian Flu Contained to 4 Poultry Farms

December 5, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian officials hope an avian flu outbreak has been contained to four quarantined poultry farms in British Columbia.                                     

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Japan: Recall System Overhaul Needed for Global Auto Woes

December 5, 2014 1:54 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode.             

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The Winner & Loser of the Week

December 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Each week news of successes and failures flood in from the manufacturing sector — from recalls to exciting new plant openings or industry breakthroughs the news runs the gamut. IMPO has sifted through all the news for you and presents this week's “Winner” and “Loser.”   

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New GHS Labels App for Brady Workstation

December 5, 2014 10:33 am | by Brady | Product Releases | Comments

Brady, a manufacturer of industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, released a new GHS Labels app as part of its Brady Workstation label-creation platform. 

GM Closes Opel Plant in Bochum After 52 Years

December 5, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The last vehicle has rolled off Opel's production line at its flagship factory in Bochum, which General Motors is shuttering as it restructures its lossmaking European subsidiary.                     

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British Drugmaker Cutting Hundreds Of U.S. Jobs

December 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring.                     

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $43.4 Billion

December 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.                                   

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U.S. Adds the Most Jobs in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.          

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Bird's Fate Shaping Energy Development in the U.S. West

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by Mead Gruver & Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse, according to government data.   

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New Balance Creates Running Shoe of the Future with 3D printing

December 5, 2014 9:32 am | by New Balance | Articles | Comments

No two runners are the same. So, New Balance has taken to personalizing a runner’s shoes with EOS industrial 3D-printing technology to additively manufacture individualized spike plates that improve individual runner's performance.     

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igus Wins 2014 'Leadership in Engineering' Award

December 4, 2014 5:07 pm | by igus Inc. | News | Comments

igus Inc., a manufacturer of motion plastics, has been named the winner of the annual Leadership in Engineering Award in the mechanical engineering category.                           

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SAP for Chemicals

December 4, 2014 4:58 pm | by SAP for Chemicals | Events

SAP for Chemicals is the only chemicals conference where business, functional and technology professionals unite to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best-in-class strategies to improve on overall business performance. The event showcases three days of industry-leading content. 

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SAP-Centric EAM

December 4, 2014 4:45 pm | by SAP-Centric EAM | Events

Now in its eleventh year, SAP-Centric EAM has become a go-to for the EAM community to stay current on innovative solutions and critical strategies for Enterprise Asset Management in conjunction with SAP PM. This year’s event features proven best practices that have been implemented at asset-intensive organizations across industries and functions. 

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EU Makes Move to Let Participating States Block GM Crops

December 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.         

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6 Ways to Encourage Warehouse Safety

December 4, 2014 2:51 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Maintaining a safe working environment in your warehouse is just as important as your productivity. Productivity declines when accidents disable skilled employees or damage equipment and materials. Safety as a result must be taken seriously. Here are six ways to encourage your crew to work safely.

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