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Ford's New F-150 Weighs Down Profits

October 24, 2014 12:29 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits.                           

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Procter & Gamble Taking Out Its Batteries

October 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.                                             

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CA Startup Unveils Gun Technology for Police

October 24, 2014 10:27 am | by Haven Daley, The Associated Press

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.                                    

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North-East Manufacturers Announce Plans to Recruit and Invest

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions and expand premises.                          

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Discovery of Unknown Substance Halts Honda Plant Production

October 24, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

Production has come to a halt at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg after an unknown substance was found there.                                       

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Industrial Manufacturing Merger and Acquisition Value Soars Past Historic Levels

October 24, 2014 9:25 am | by PwC US

Following a historic second quarter, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the industrial manufacturing sector maintained a strong momentum in the third quarter of 2014.                     

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Turning Whiskey Waste Into Fuel

October 24, 2014 9:17 am | by American Chemical Society

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel.                     

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Chiquita Reject Plans to Merge With Fyffes

October 24, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press

Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.                               

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Oregon Investigates Discrimination Claims at Daimler Plant

October 23, 2014 2:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.            

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Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling engines or the latest — air bag defects. While companies are being more open and honest about the flaws in their products, consumers could be left confused and indifferent to the process as they become inundated with reports. 

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Company Develops First Natural Gas GM Pickup

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

Nat G CNG Solutions announced today that it has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3 liter direct injection engine.                           

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Anheuser-Busch Sues Over Beer Distribution

October 23, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

One of the largest beer brewers in the country is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license.                                       

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Caterpillar Beats Wall Street Forecasts

October 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.                           

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Chevron Discovers Oil in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

October 23, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Chevron Corporation announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico.                                       

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GM 3Q Profits Nearly Double, Led by North American Sales

October 23, 2014 9:29 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.                 

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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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