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The Great Challenge for Soup

November 3, 2014 1:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison says, 'The American family has changed... so food has to be different.'                                         

Alcoa Announces $190M Investment

November 3, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced a $190 million investment at its Davenport Works, Iowa, facility to expand its product offerings in the aerospace and industrial markets.                     

Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation | Articles | Comments

As the economy recovers, middle market manufacturing companies are poised to make a big comeback in terms of profitability and as appealing prospects for investors.                         

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American Certified Finds Growing Preference for 'Made in USA'

October 29, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jolie Darrow | Articles | Comments

It’s no surprise that recent years have brought a surge in demand for products made in the USA. The financial crisis of 2008, and subsequent recession, have caused Americans to rethink the importance and position of the U.S. economy.     

Fiat Chrysler Plans to Spin Off Ferrari

October 29, 2014 10:44 am | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company, a way to unlock value in the luxury brand and distinguish it from its mass-market parent.                    

Ferrari Becomes More Exclusive

October 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ferrari is making six "invite-only" super cars that are available only to the most elite car lovers. Alanna Petroff looks at the brand's drive to feed demand for unique, high-end vehicles.                 

How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 27, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lori Payne | Blogs | Comments

Small manufacturing enterprises are more than balance sheets to the CEO, who has usually built the business from the ground up, painfully learning every detail of a successful company as a hands-on leader and final decision-maker.     

Chiquita Accepts $681M Deal with Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million. The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

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Craft Brews: Blue Bottle Focuses on a Quality Product

October 24, 2014 12:33 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The California-based company has been focused on quality over quantity for over a decade. Every batch of coffee they serve is tested and evaluated, just like fine wine.                       

North-East Manufacturers Announce Plans to Recruit and Invest

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

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

EU Antitrust Keeps An Eye on DuPont, Honeywell

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

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.

Canadian Pacific CEO Says Rail Deal Still Possible

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

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.                           

Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

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

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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The Story Behind the Making of Maker's Mark Bourbon

October 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels discusses the boom in the bourbon business and the making of his family's iconic bourbon.                                     

IBM To Pay $1.5B to Shed its Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 10:42 am | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

 IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research.        

Nike, Converse Chuck a Lawsuit at 31 Companies

October 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades and Nike has owned the company since 2003, so what leaves me scratching my head is — what took so long to file the lawsuit?

Converse is Putting Its Foot Down

October 15, 2014 4:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The maker of the iconic "All Star" sneakers is suing 31 retailers and manufacturers, including Wal-Mart and H&M, for selling copycat shoes. It wants them to pay compensation for trademark infringement and unfair competition.       

Test Driving The $34K Electric Superbike

October 15, 2014 3:23 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla has built a well-known brand of high-end electric automobiles, but when it comes to electric motorcycles, no company has reached Tesla's status. Energica, an Italian company, is looking to lead the charge.           

Brazilian Pair Raises Bid for Chiquita

October 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Brazilian companies are raising their bid for banana company Chiquita to approximately $658 million.                                         

Frenchman Wins Nobel for Industry Regulations

October 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by Karl Ritter, Nathalie Rothschild, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.                     

Tesla Model P85D Test Drive

October 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, takes Bloomberg's Betty Liu for a test drive of the Tesla Model P85D.                                           

Survey: Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data To Advance Industrial Internet

October 9, 2014 9:54 am | by GE & Accenture | News | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture, reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy.            

EU Investigates Tax Practices of Amazon

October 7, 2014 2:34 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition authority opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate.                    

Lamborghini's Plug-In Hybrid Concept

October 7, 2014 12:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CEO Stephan Winkelmann says Lamborghini's new plug-in hybrid car is a 'technological demonstrator' and that the company is looking for feedback from its customers.                         

Hewlett-Packard To Split into Two Companies

October 6, 2014 2:01 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Personal computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. reportedly plans to split itself into two separate companies by spinning off its technology services business.                        

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