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GE Opens New Advanced Manufacturing Lab in Connecticut

November 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Connecticut. The AML is using sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems to design and build production lines. 

Entrepreneurship Lessons for Peace and Profit

November 19, 2014 1:57 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

28 business owners were recently brought to the U.S. under a program sponsored by the Business Council for Peace, or Bpeace, an organization that helps provide mentoring for entrepreneurs from countries torn by war or violent crime. 

Motor Week: Is an AC or DC Drive Right for You?

November 19, 2014 11:41 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The debate between direct current and alternating current isn’t confined to the pages of history, and between the renowned thinkers, Einstein and Tesla. The debate is still prevalent on the plant floor when the choice whether to utilize an alternating-current (AC) drive or a direct-current (DC) drive arises.

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When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 19, 2014 11:32 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the way we eat. 

Solar Energy Co. SunEdison Buying Wind Power Co.

November 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion.                                      

Unilever Tweaks Site in 'Mayonnaise' Spat

November 17, 2014 2:58 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After suing a small California company for calling its product "Just Mayo" because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own products are "mayonnaise dressing," rather than mayonnaise.

Halliburton Buying Baker Hughes in $34.6B Deal

November 17, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a deal that shows just how quickly falling prices can upend the energy industry, Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion.               

November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

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Berkshire Buying Duracell in a $3B Deal

November 13, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                           

Ford Starts Aluminum F-150 Production

November 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.                           

Unilever Sues Company Over Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise.                                 

Google Signs 60-Year, $1B Lease With NASA

November 11, 2014 2:08 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.               

Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 10, 2014 12:24 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland.                     

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LNS Research Releases MES Toolkit for Manufacturers

November 10, 2014 11:07 am | by LNS Research | News | Comments

LNS Research has assembled a free Manufacturing Execution System (MES) toolkit for manufacturers who are considering implementing an MES system.                               

Coca-Cola Life Arrives on Shelves Nationwide

November 10, 2014 9:45 am | by The Coca-Cola Company | News | Comments

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.               

Name Confusion Causes Meltdown for Chocolate Maker

November 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What's in a name? Well for this Belgian chocolate maker Libeert...its fate as a company. Until recently its name was ISIS, derived from Italo Suisse, the chocolates' Italian and Swiss influences.               

What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits. Extensive R&D investment can significantly defer future profit.         

Perrigo To Buy Omega Pharma for $3.1B

November 6, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Perrigo is expanding its reach into Europe through a $3.1 billion acquisition of one of the continent's biggest suppliers of non-prescription medicines.                            

A New Take on Peanut Butter and Jelly

November 4, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

General Electric launched a search for kid inventors and found 7 year-old Ellie Rowlands, who created a way to improve on a kids’ culinary classic — peanut butter and jelly. She demonstrates the ease of making a sandwich with “Ellie’s Jellies.” 

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.                         

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.                 

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