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Summer Gas Prices Expected to be 32 Percent Lower This Year

April 8, 2015 10:19 am | by Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers will see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years, according the Energy Department. 

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Tesla Boosts Range, Power and Price of Low-End Model S

April 8, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.

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Shell Looks to Acquire BG Group in $70B Deal

April 8, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to acquire U.K.-based BG Group in one of the largest deals ever in the oil and gas sector.

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Report Highlights Role of Supply Chains in Health Care Industry

April 8, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new analysis by Frost & Sullivan suggests companies in the health care industry can gain a competitive advantage by placing a greater emphasis on their supply chains.

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Combatting the Challenges of E-Commerce with Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 2:56 pm | by John Hinchey | Articles | Comments

While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors.

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Is Fracking Responsible for Earthquakes in Oklahoma?

April 7, 2015 2:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Oklahoma has recently stolen the title of the nation’s earthquake capital from California. And as the frequency of earthquakes continue to increase, it has people beginning to question just what is responsible. 

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Colleges Help City Kids Join Robotics Craze

April 7, 2015 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Michigan high school students from some urban districts are able to compete in robotics thanks to the good will, plus the space, tools and know-how of nearby universities.

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BMW’s Crash-Proof Car

April 7, 2015 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With constant news about ignition switches and exploding gas tanks, it’s nice to hear that BMW is taking a step toward accident avoidance. 

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 7, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US. 

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U.S. Again Leads in Petroleum and Natural Gas Production

April 7, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. led the world in petroleum and natural gas production for a third consecutive year in 2014, according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration. 

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U.S. Job Openings Surge, Yet Employers Slow to Hire

April 7, 2015 1:35 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Revamping Your Supply Chain Networks

April 7, 2015 10:39 am | by Bob Farrell | Articles | Comments

Now is the time for manufacturers to consider revamping how they track supply chain networks. Here are the top three reasons why. 

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Obama Presents Climate Change as Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

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Commodity Supplies Send Food Prices Sliding

April 7, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

United Nations officials estimated that global food prices are at their lowest levels in nearly five years, and commodities traders believe that trend isn't likely to wane anytime soon. 

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Choosing the Right Chemical Label

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Graphic Products | News | Comments

Since OSHA announced its HazCom 2012 standards for GHS compliance, there have been a lot of questions on proper labeling of chemicals. This simple flowchart will help you decide how to label chemicals in your facility for safety and compliance. 

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Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A coalition of consumer safety groups asked federal officials to ban the use of flame retardant chemicals in consumer products. 

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Government Investigating Nissan Versa

April 7, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is investigating the Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompact cars because the driver's foot can allegedly get caught in the trim panel that holds the carpet.

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Diluting and Proportional Fluid Control Metering Pumps

April 6, 2015 4:01 pm | by Fluid Metering Inc | Product Releases | Comments

According to Fluid Metering Inc., their new product, the STH and STQ Duplex metering pumps from Fluid Metering, Inc. are ideal for precision mixing, diluting, and proportional metering for OEM medical, analytical, and industrial instrumentation.

Pendulum Skid Tester

April 6, 2015 2:55 pm | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. has released the Cooper-Wessex Pendulum Skid Tester. This product measures the frictional resistance between a rubber slider mounted on the end of a pendulum arm and the test surface.

How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 6, 2015 2:19 pm | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

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