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Detroit Auto Show Sees Most Attendance Since 2003

January 27, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press

Organizers announced Sunday that attendance was more than 803,000; the last time the show broke 800,000 was in 2003, when it was more than 838,000. NAIAS Chairman Bob Shuman said in a statement that this year's event "was a special show, and everyone knew it."

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Auto Makers Turn To India For Sourcing Engines

January 27, 2014 12:25 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Ford Motor Co, which exports its Figo small car and EcoSport compact sport-utility vehicle from India, plans to source a new generation of small-capacity petrol engines, called Dragon, from its local unit.             

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CAT CEO, NAM Want Obama To Make U.S. 'Can-Do' Nation

January 27, 2014 12:19 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Yesterday, Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., and Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, penned an open letter to President Barack Obama calling for more leadership on creating an environment in which manufacturers can grow once more to create jobs and generate a stronger economy.

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Chrysler Dealers Upbeat About Purchase By Fiat

January 27, 2014 9:53 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

Chrysler, of Auburn Hills, Mich., logged its ninth straight profitable quarter in the third quarter of 2013, earning $464 million and propping up Fiat, which is struggling in a down European market. Without Chrysler, Fiat would have lost $340 million in that quarter; instead it earned $260 million.

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GM's Barra Promises Investment For Lossmaking Opel

January 27, 2014 9:42 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

New General Motors chief Mary Barra is stressing the company's support for its struggling Adam Opel AG subsidiary in Europe, saying Opel workers will get the job of building a new vehicle at the company's main plant in Germany.       

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Boeing Supplier Hired To Help Build 787

January 27, 2014 9:32 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

A Virginia-based aerospace products supplier has won a Boeing contract to build substructural composite components for the 787 Dreamliner assembled in North Charleston as the airplane builder ramps up its production rates.        

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Samsung, Google Sign Patent Agreement

January 27, 2014 9:28 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants.     

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Agency Clears Way For $1B Steel Mill Construction

January 27, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission lifted a stay on an air permit for the $1.1 billion Big River Steel plant near Osceola. The stay was imposed when rival steel-maker Nucor Corp. objected to the issuance of an air permit last year by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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German TV: Snowden Says NSA Also Spies On Industry

January 27, 2014 9:17 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

In the interview aired Sunday night on German public television broadcaster ARD, Snowden said if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the U.S., but had nothing to do with national security needs, the National Security Agency would still use it.

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USDA Gives Tenn. $4M In Rural Development Aid

January 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press

The largest loan is for $2 million to build a manufacturing plant in New Tazewell. According to the USDA, the pass-through loan will go through the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative to Homesteader, Inc., a trailer manufacturer.       

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Colgate-Palmolive Building New Tenn. Plant

January 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says the company will invest $25 million in manufacturing equipment and building and infrastructure improvements in Morristown.                

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Event Brings Glitz, Glamour Of Tricked Out Rides

January 24, 2014 1:47 pm | by David Kaplan, Houston Chronicle

"It's the baddest truck I've ever seen," college student London Muse said Thursday while admiring the Tuscany Black Ops edition, a Ford F-150 customized by a Fort Worth company to give the truck a total sticker price of $68,542.       

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Fear Of Slowing Growth Pushes Down Global Economy

January 24, 2014 1:40 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer

The downturn began Thursday following signs that manufacturing was contracting in China, a major importer of raw materials and a key driver of global economic growth. The values of currencies in several emerging markets have dropped.     

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Bono, Cameron Talk Poverty, Climate At AP Debate

January 24, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

British Prime Minister David Cameron says efforts to eradicate poverty must go hand-in-hand with curbing global warming. The comments came Friday at an Associated Press debate looking ahead to the expiration of the United Nations' "millennium goals."

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Yokogawa Expands U.S. Production In Georgia

January 24, 2014 1:33 pm | by Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation

Yokogawa Corporation of America, a manufacturer of equipment measurement, control, and automation, has announced the opening on its new facility in Newnan, Ga., which was built in response to increased demand for its products and service offerings.

Fla. Gov. Wants To Boost Job Training Efforts

January 24, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for spending $30 million a year on new job training programs. Scott on Thursday announced the initiative during a stop at a convenience food manufacturer. The programs will be focused on fields in science, technology, engineering and math and high-demand areas.

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Union Membership Holds Steady At 11.3 Pct.

January 24, 2014 1:26 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

In a turnabout, there are now slightly more union members working for private firms than in government, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That reverses a five-year trend. Although the rate of membership among all workers didn't budge, the overall number of union members grew slightly, rising about 162,000 to nearly 14.5 million.

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Sprint Gearing Up To Layoff Workers

January 24, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

A regulatory filing says the Overland Park, Kan.-based company began drawing up layoff plans last week. A Sprint spokesman says the company's managers are still reviewing how many jobs they will need to cut. The purge is expected to be completed by the end of June.

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Apple's Mac Still Influences, 30 Years After Debut

January 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Anick Jesdaun, AP Technology Writer

The Mac introduced real-world metaphors such as using a trash can to delete files. It brought us fonts and other tools once limited to professional printers. Most importantly, it made computing and publishing easy enough for everyday people to learn and use.

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Barra To Stay The Course At GM, But Accelerate

January 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Among her priorities is making GM's brand messages clear and consistent worldwide. New vehicles like the Cadillac ATS sedan — which goes on sale in China this year — can help Cadillac become a global luxury brand. Chevrolet needs to show that it provides a lot of value to buyers.

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