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Lead-Acid Battery Regenerator

September 2, 2014 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Xtender Regenerator provides a fully automated discharge and regeneration solution for all types of lead-acid batteries.           

Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown Holdings Inc.

September 2, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.                         

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North Carolina offers $100M for Toyota

September 2, 2014 10:16 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest car maker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb.             

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Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

September 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.        

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Civil Disobedience Expected in Fast-Food Pay Fight

September 2, 2014 10:01 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize fast-food industry workers, McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants expect to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests.  

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Survey: Foreign Companies in China Feel 'Targeted'

September 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

Based on a survey, foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve.                   

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Construction Underway on Menasha Packaging Expansion

August 28, 2014 4:20 pm | by Menasha Corporation | News | Comments

Construction is underway on a 126,000-square-foot plus manufacturing and office space expansion at Menasha Packaging’s Lakeville, Minnesota facility.                              

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S-50 Batch Attritor

August 28, 2014 4:07 pm | by Union Process Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc., has built a new S-50 Batch Attritor intended for a global customer who is using the mill for a new process which involves grinding specialty ceramics.

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Airgas Opens New Location in North Dakota

August 28, 2014 3:41 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

One of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced that it has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, significantly enhancing its local product and service capabilities for customers in the Bakken shale oil region.

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MAPI Addresses Challenges Ahead for Global Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 3:30 pm | by MAPI Media | Videos | Comments

MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Foundation economists offer insights and manufacturing forecasts for key global regions - United States, Eurozone, China, India, and Latin America - in this roundtable. 

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Lockheed Martin's Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 28, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy will begin testing and evaluating two FORTIS industrial exoskeletons. The FORTIS exoskeleton is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator’s strength and endurance.               

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Chicken Cutlets Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

August 28, 2014 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey company is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible listeria contamination.                                      

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CBS Being Sued Over Farting Hippo Puppet

August 28, 2014 2:43 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A stuffed toy company is suing CBS over a farting hippo puppet used in the crime drama 'NCIS.'                                             

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Photoelectric Sensors

August 28, 2014 2:25 pm | by AutomationDirect | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s new QM series photoelectric sensors are IP67-rated sensors available in three-wire NPN or PNP styles and with visible red and infrared versions. 

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner.                           

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10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

August 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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MIT: Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? Researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

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Americans' Pessimism on Economy Has Grown

August 28, 2014 1:42 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.                 

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Americans Want to Buy From Socially Responsible Companies

August 28, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Recent data shows that consumers are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to giving back.                                       

South Korea's Kia To Invest $1B in Mexico

August 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. says it will invest more than $1 billion to build a car factory in northern Mexico.                                       

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