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Weaving The Digital Thread Across Industrial Value Chains

October 23, 2014 9:23 am | by LNS Research

To address pressures of the industry, manufacturers need to ensure end-to-end connectivity across the real and virtual worlds with a digital thread strategy that spans the value chain and leverages new enabling technologies like mobility, cloud, and big data.

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Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 23, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant.                         

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Gas Mileage Inflated on 4 Mini Cooper Models

October 22, 2014 2:36 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The U.S. government has told BMW to reduce the gas mileage estimates on the window stickers on four of its Mini Cooper models after an audit found the figures were overstated.                      

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GMO Ban Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants.                                             

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U.S. Consumer Prices Rose in September

October 22, 2014 2:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign.           

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Mazda Roadster Secures a Guinness World Record

October 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by Ann Job, The Associated Press

The rear-wheel drive MX-5 Miata, now in its 25th year, is in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling two-seat roadster on Earth. More than 900,000 of the cars have been built, and U.S. models come from Mazda's Hiroshima auto manufacturing complex.

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Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said.                     

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Will Solar, Wind Generate Revolution or Evolution?

October 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies.                                 

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Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

October 22, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.                                               

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EU Antitrust Keeps An Eye on DuPont, Honeywell

October 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Randall Chase, The Associated Press

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said.

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Canadian Pacific CEO Says Rail Deal Still Possible

October 22, 2014 9:21 am | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press

The CEO of Canadian Pacific thinks U.S. regulators would approve a well-structured railroad merger, but nothing is planned now that talks with CSX ended.                           

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Government Ups Air Bag Warning to 7.8M Vehicles

October 22, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash.                     

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Coke Slashing Costs as Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.                             

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Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

October 21, 2014 2:09 pm | by ABC News

Last week Trinity Industries Inc., a manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails, went to court over allegations that it changed its design to save on manufacturing costs and never informed authorities of the change — raising safety concerns. The jury determined that the company should have told the government about the design change.

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New Environmental Rules May Raise Electricity Costs

October 21, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

The cost of electricity would increase substantially and service reliability could be significantly affected under proposed federal environmental rules, the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission said.           

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GE, Honda Join To Power Legacy Cessna Jets

October 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by GE Reports

GE Aviation and Honda started manufacturing engines for Honda’s brand new HondaJet light jet in May, and the partners are not finished. The pair just announced a joint project with Sierra Industries to develop a program that would use the HondaJet’s engines to retrofit legacy Cessna business jets. 

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Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 States

October 21, 2014 1:40 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.       

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Kimberly-Clark To Cut up to 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient.                             

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WTO Rejects U.S. Country-of-Origin Labels

October 21, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

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AbbVie To Pay Shire $1.64B Fee Over Failed Merger

October 21, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

AbbVie is walking away from its proposed $55 billion takeover bid of Shire and has agreed to pay the rival drugmaker a $1.64 billion breakup fee.                              

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