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Mitigating Recall Risk

May 12, 2015 9:50 am | by Todd Harris, Vice President, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS | Articles | Comments

As the complexity of supply chains continues to increase, the consequences of recalls have become far more substantial and wide reaching than in years past. 

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Reshoring Initiative Encourages American Manufacturing

May 12, 2015 9:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Harry Moser, the former president of machine tool company GF AgieCharmilles, is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the United States. 

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U.S. Settles With New York Coke Plant for $12M Over Pollution

May 12, 2015 9:21 am | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals. 

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Obama Administration Conditionally Approves Offshore Arctic Drilling

May 12, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Obama administration officials on Monday signed off on a proposal from Shell to drill in arctic Alaskan waters.

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Drones Could Enhance Safety at Chemical Plants

May 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical hopes drones could eventually provide crucial safety services at its plants and take employees out of harm's way. 

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Oregon Teenager Pioneers Oil Spill Cleanup Method

May 12, 2015 8:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized a Portland high school student for his development of a new method to clean oil spills.

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Most Mid-Size SUVs Crash During IIHS Testing

May 12, 2015 8:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

During the most recent round of safety testing on midsize SUVs — conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit funded by auto insurers — only three of the seven cars performed well enough to earn an acceptable or above rating during a crash test.

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5 Surprising Strategies To Increase Business Productivity, Profitability

May 11, 2015 2:34 pm | by De'Andre Salter | Articles | Comments

Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the box thinking. But, don’t stop there! It’s also wise to go a step further and think “against the grain.”

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Chemists Discover Molecules To Harness Solar Energy

May 11, 2015 2:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Research by a Danish graduate student may pave the way for a breakthrough method of capturing energy from sunlight. 

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Tesla Welcomes Apple to Build an Electric Car

May 11, 2015 2:21 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Apple entering the electric car business? Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks that 'would be great,' but says he's not losing significant talent to Apple. 

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Solar Plane Set to Embark on Toughest Journey Yet

May 11, 2015 2:17 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

In a historic first attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 is halfway there. Next up is the hardest leg yet, as pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard set off from China for Hawaii. 

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The Reality of NYC Clothing Manufacturing

May 11, 2015 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

At it's peak, New York City's Garment District manufactured 95 percent of the clothing in America. Today, it is a fraction of that. Despite outsourcing, not all of the city's manufacturers have closed up shop. 

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Ex-Oklahoma City Dayton Tire Factory Taken Down, Recycled

May 11, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former tire factory in Oklahoma City has been dismantled, cut up and sent to reyclers. 

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 100

May 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 100 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get payments from the automaker.

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Noble Energy Gobbles Up Rosetta Resources in $2.1B Deal

May 11, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two Houston-based energy companies on Monday announced the first large merger in the U.S. oil industry since prices collapsed late last year.  

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Self-Driving Cars Getting Dinged in California

May 11, 2015 11:49 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads. 

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Tesla Makes First Acquisition

May 11, 2015 11:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has made its first acquistion, adding a Michigan tool-and-die maker as it ramps up to build more models. 

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How Sales Order Automation Solutions Can Help Leverage EDI

May 11, 2015 10:43 am | by Brent Halverson | Articles | Comments

Ultimately, future success in manufacturing now firmly hinges on the ability to embrace the unique requirements of each customer while processing and shipping orders rapidly and accurately. For this, automation is key.

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FDA Unaware of Listeria in Blue Bell Plant Before Outbreak

May 11, 2015 10:19 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health officials say they were never told of repeated findings of listeria at a Blue Bell Creameries facility before an outbreak linked to the ice cream turned deadly.

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Five Things To Know About Trade as Senate Debate Begins

May 11, 2015 10:14 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

If Obama receives fast track authority, which previous presidents have enjoyed, he's expected to ask Congress to approve a 12-nation trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Here are five things to know about the trade debate.

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