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Louvered Hanging Systems

August 13, 2015 10:18 am | by ​Akro-Mils | Product Releases | Comments

These systems are made of heavy-duty, 16-gauge, cold-rolled steel for strength and durability. 

At Least 50 Dead As Huge Warehouse Blasts Hit Chinese Port

August 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The National Earthquake Bureau said the first blast was the equivalent of 3 tons of TNT, and the second 21 tons.

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Company Cited For Exposing Migrant Workers To Asbestos

August 13, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 31 citations to Kehrer Brothers Construction and executive Joseph Kehrer, including 16 egregious safety violations, nine willful violations and six serious violations.

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Report: Labor Board Decision Could Mean Big Changes For Temp Workers, Contractors

August 13, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decision could particularly damage the restaurant industry — which relies on thousands of individual franchises to operate chains — but the manufacturing, construction and financial sectors could also be impacted.

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Shell Seeks Modified Permit For Arctic Offshore Drilling

August 12, 2015 3:30 pm | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arctic offshore drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups. 

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Omni Processor In Senegal 'Turns Feces Into Water'

August 12, 2015 3:23 pm | by Gates Notes | Videos | Comments

Bill Gates drank a glass of water — but this wasn't your average tap water. It was processed with the Omni Processor, which "turns feces into water."

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3D Printing's Future Is In Metals, New Methods

August 12, 2015 3:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | Articles | Comments

In response to this shift in product development, Stratasys will release a reported detailing the current and future status of 3D printing’s impact on manufacturing.

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Using Cloud-Based Software For Employee Time And Attendance Management

August 12, 2015 3:01 pm | by Scott Mulka | Articles | Comments

Cloud technology enables managers to review and process information through web-based software applications, rather than from a direct server connection or one computer. 

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Report: IoT To Generate Increase In Demand For Predictive Data

August 12, 2015 12:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The analysis by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan expects demand for predictive solutions from connected devices to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 57 percent between 2014 and 2021.

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Oil Price Slumps To Lowest Level In More Than Six Years

August 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. crude has been declining since reaching a high this year on June 10.

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ERP Giant Infor To Acquire Software Company GT Nexus

August 12, 2015 12:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Infor officials said that businesses increasingly require a common cloud to coordinate between different companies as contract manufacturing becomes more prevalent. 

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Blue Bell Begins 1st Ice Cream Shipments After Listeria

August 12, 2015 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell in April voluntarily recalled all products after its treats were linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

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Guilty Plea Hearing Requested For Exec In Chemical Spill

August 12, 2015 11:12 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors want a federal judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the last executive charged in a massive chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply.

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China's Currency Slides After Beijing Announces Devaluation

August 12, 2015 10:58 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The yuan's fall was due to reforms aimed at making its exchange rate more market-oriented.

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Water Company To Utilize Paper-Based Bottles

August 12, 2015 10:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Officials from Just Beverages hope that the packaging will fit with the company's overall mission of conservation and attract environmentally-conscious consumers.

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Fiat Chrysler Appealing Negligence Verdict In Jeep Fire Case

August 12, 2015 10:40 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday it is appealing a Georgia court's order to pay $40 million to the family of a child who died in a Jeep fire.

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Kraft Heinz Slashing 2,500 Jobs In U.S., Canada After Merger

August 12, 2015 10:08 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The job cuts are not surprising, given the reputation of the company's management on Wall Street.

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Sysco Profits Decline After Failed Merger Attempt

August 12, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Sysco originally floated a $3.5 billion effort to buy Illinois-based US Foods in late 2013, but the Federal Trade Commission filed suit opposing a merger between the industry's two largest companies early this year.

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High Lift Reversible Drum Vac

August 12, 2015 9:30 am | by EXAIR Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac has been engineered to recover liquids found within below grade sumps, wells, underground tanks, pits and drains with up to 15' of lift. 

Tesla Might Be The Next Model T

August 11, 2015 3:21 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Check out the striking relationship between the sales trajectories of Elon Musk's Tesla and Henry Ford's early Model T. It's enough to give hope to the dreamers.

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