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The Skills Gap and Why We Need a Modern Rosie

October 6, 2014 11:13 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. So why aren’t more women attracted to careers within the manufacturing sector?                

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Test Drive: The 2015 Ford F150

October 6, 2014 10:57 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

USA Today's James R. Healey takes a look at the new 2015 Ford F150.                                                     

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Miniload Automated Storage and Retrieval System

October 6, 2014 10:07 am | by Dematic | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic, a supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, has introduced RapidStore ML, a miniload automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) that handles totes and cartons.

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5 Killed in Blast at Illegal Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China.                                       

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Dayton Firm Will Redevelop Former GM Factory

October 6, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A national design firm with local headquarters has signed on to redevelop a former Dayton-area General Motors factory into an 800-job automotive glass plant operated by a Chinese company.                    

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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.

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UAW Forming Alabama Branch Aimed at Mercedes Plant

October 6, 2014 9:29 am | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers union said Friday it is forming a local branch aimed at representing the Mercedes plant in Alabama in a move mirroring its efforts with fellow German automaker Volkswagen in Tennessee.              

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Magneti Marelli Announces New Exhaust Systems Plant

October 6, 2014 9:22 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The new plant strengthens Magneti Marelli's position in North America adding to its competencies that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket and motorsport.           

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Feds Investigate Power Steering in Ford Midsize Cars

October 6, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.                                   

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New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 3, 2014 1:51 pm | by Dave Collins, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking, and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said.  

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U.S. Employers Likely Stepped Up Hiring in September

October 3, 2014 1:47 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers may have produced 200,000-plus job growth in September, a potentially reassuring sign after a hiring slowdown in August.                                  

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Shrinking the Skills Gap – Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 3, 2014 1:38 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford | News | Comments

There are almost half a million skilled positions unfilled in manufacturing, a situation that will only worsen as baby boomers exit the industry, while fewer numbers of young people elect to enter it. We must change the perception of manufacturing as a desirable career — that’s why MFG Day matters.

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UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bit at Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama.                                      

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New Label Could Change the Food Packaging Industry

October 3, 2014 12:26 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An award-winning perishable label that reacts to protein decomposition could herald a change in the way the freshness of food is measured, according to its London-based designer, raising the prospect of reducing consumable wastage and even improving organ transportation. 

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Rolls-Royce Unveils New Model in Paris

October 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The luxury car segment has been affected less than the mass market by the ongoing crisis in the auto sector, experts at the Paris Motor Show say. Rolls-Royce has been booking record sales.                   

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Feds Blocking Utah Company for Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license.                                     

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Work Access Lifts

October 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Advance Lifts, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Advance Lifts, Inc. announces their new video on work access powered platform extensions and articulating stairs.

GM Issues 2 More Recalls

October 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors announced two more recalls, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.                                 

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Obama Shines a Light on the Nation's Manufacturing

October 3, 2014 9:20 am | by Christopher Rugaber | News | Comments

Boosted by the lowest jobless rate in six years, President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $40.1B in August

October 3, 2014 9:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.                             

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