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Obama Taking Action to Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

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The SUV Goes Global

October 27, 2014 9:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world's favorite way to get around.                                   

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Iglide Wraps Up North American Tour by Giving Back

October 27, 2014 9:16 am | by Igus

For over two months, the igus Inc. team carried out a mammoth effort of coordinating and executing a car tour from Anchorage Alaska to New York City.  Along the way, the car stopped in to visit more than 40 of igus’ current and potential customers, speaking with engineers about the true power of iglide plastic.

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Parker Hannifin Introduces New Rapid Service Unit

October 24, 2014 4:16 pm | by Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, introduced its Rapid Service Unit as a part of the existing Custom Manufacturing Operation.                         

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Alcoa Sells Stake in SC Smelter

October 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press

Alcoa is selling its stake in a South Carolina aluminum smelter to Century Aluminum Co. for $67.5 million.                                         

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Middle Market Tax Burden Rising, Threatening Job Growth

October 24, 2014 12:42 pm | by McGladrey LLP

The vast majority of middle market companies have experienced tax hikes since the beginning of 2013 as a result of the “fiscal cliff” tax deal that became law last year and subsequent tax changes, reports McGladrey LLP.         

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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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