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U.S. Producer Prices Fell in September

October 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department said that the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.                 

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Elon Musk On Tesla's Auto Pilot and Legal Liability

October 15, 2014 12:48 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations and legal liability.                               

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VW Surpasses GM in Global Sales

October 15, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year.                                   

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Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs.                           

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18 Watt LED Replacement for Fluorescent Lights

October 15, 2014 10:30 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has developed a new 18 watt LED tube lamp that produces a total of 1,768 lumens per bulb and is designed as a replacement or upgrade for outdated fluorescent lights.    

Alcoa Sells Stake in Jamalco

October 15, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Alcoa and Noble Group Ltd announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals selling 100 percent of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture.    

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Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 15, 2014 10:02 am | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County as Gielow Pickles starts up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit.                 

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Whole Foods is Creating Produce Rankings

October 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.                            

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MAPI: Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 15, 2014 9:37 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study.                          

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Keep Your Equipment Up to Date for Efficiency

October 15, 2014 9:27 am | by Scott McNeil | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability.                                

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New York Factory Growth at Six Month Low

October 15, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise.                                       

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4 Trends For A&D Value Chains: New Opportunities, New Challenges

October 14, 2014 2:43 pm | by Su Doyle | Articles | Comments

Within the aerospace and defense segment, four trends are driving the adoption of RFID to achieve improved process automation, efficiency and traceability.                           

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Mayor Says Toledo, Fiat Chrysler Should Work Together

October 14, 2014 2:19 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor, D. Michael Collins, along with state officials, met with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne last week to begin talks about the future of the Wrangler and the factory that builds it.                 

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Ferrari Debuts F60 America Supercar

October 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Ferrari celebrated 60 years of car sales in the United States this week. Chris Woodyard talks to Nicola Boari about the Ferrari F60 America, which was made specifically for this occasion.                  

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Why Oil Price Drop Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

If you're a driver, a shipper, or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.                     

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Chrysler Recalls SUVs for Air Bag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners.                                   

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The Smart Wheel That Could Change Transportation’s Future

October 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Since it was invented in the 19th century, the basic concept of the bicycle has stayed the same. But as Michelle Miller explains, that may be changing.                             

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GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money in Oregon

October 14, 2014 11:47 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money.                                         

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Stationary Self-Contained Compactors and Transfer Stations Design Guide

October 14, 2014 10:30 am | by SP Industries | Product Releases | Comments

SP Industries, Stationary Self-Contained Compactors and Transfer Stations Design Guide offers information and specifications about all SP Industry’s Stationary Compactor Models in one convenient place. 

McDonald's Invites Questions About its Food

October 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood.                            

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