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Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Young Execs?

August 27, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, experience generally trumps all else. But should age really matter in company leadership?                           

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Regulation Uncertainty Kills a Product Line

August 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It appears that the threat of new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the cheese industry hasn’t gotten old and moldy just yet.                                

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4 Factors Driving the Emergence of Digital Manufacturing

August 21, 2014 2:22 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

The powerhouse combination of mobility, cloud computing, security and predictive analytics is becoming the ‘holy grail’ across the manufacturing industry.                           

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How Much Do Fantasy Football and Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

With fantasy football, social media and other timewasters more popular than ever, let's take a look at how much money employers are actually losing because of them.                         

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GE Ramps Up Industrial Base, Looks To Sell Appliance Unit

August 20, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

For more than 100 years, General Electric has been a staple consumer appliance brand in American homes. Necessities like the electric toaster, refrigerator, and washer & dryer, helped make GE the conglomerate it is today.        

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IP Theft Bites Back in China...Will it Lead to Change?

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

In China, incomes are on the rise, and a clear middle class is emerging, meaning Chinese manufacturers are finding a domestic customer base they didn’t have in the past. Perhaps the days of producing only for export are behind them.      

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Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 1:55 pm | by Alan Nicol

Ultimately, we consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe.                                       

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Why Particle Physics Matters to Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

When you look at big scientific questions, it’s hard to see the manufacturing implications at first. Author Mike Collins explains why particle physics has been transformative for the manufacturing sector.              

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods and Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 2:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Anna Short Harrington became the face of Aunt Jemima in 1935. Now, 59 years after her death, two of her great-grandsons are suing Quaker Oats and its parent company, PespsiCo, for exploiting Harrington and not paying royalties to her estate.         

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8 Secrets To Spotting When Your Team Is in Trouble

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Drs. Dennis and Michelle Reina, co-founders of Reina, A Trust Building Consultancy

Recently, Monster — the world’s largest and most well known employment website — released findings from an international survey looking into workplace stress. The poll’s revelations were grim.                 

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5 Important Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

July 25, 2014 11:52 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc.

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.           

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China’s Meat Scandal and Other Food Fails

July 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

This week it was reported that U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to major fast food chains. And as companies are breaking ties with the supplier, one company is vowing to stand by them.         

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Soylent... It's Not What You Think

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

Recently, the Treasury announced changes to the Research and Development Alternative Simplified Credit (ASC). And luckily for you, you don’t need to invent fake liquid vitamin food in order to take advantage of this opportunity.       

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The Revival of American Manufacturing and the Middle Class

July 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturer that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

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Walmart Turns Business Into a Reality Show

July 15, 2014 9:36 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net

While this approach may appeal to the lower-end of everybody’s T.V.-watching intellect, it doesn’t seem like a quality way to do business.                                 

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11 Lean Manufacturing Quotes To Inspire You

July 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Lisa Richards, Blogger at Mapcon Technologies - @_LisaRich

To help you stay in the “lean” mood, here are 11 inspiring manufacturing quotes to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand.                                  

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Fighting for American Jobs

July 8, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

With the U.S. steel market being flooded with imports of pipe from South Korea and other nations, state-side manufacturers are being forced to idle or shutdown factories, putting at risk nearly 600,000 American jobs.         

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How Can Heat Illness Be Prevented?

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center

Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.                       

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Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 1, 2014 3:02 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring?                                

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Taking Engineering Services Outsourcing to the Next Level

July 1, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kamakshya Prusti

Systematic offloading of engineering services delivers dual benefits. It ensures seamless transition to higher value added service and locks up the cost advantages emanating from an outsourcing program for a longer period of time.         

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