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CEOs' Optimism On Economy At 2-Year High

March 18, 2014 2:16 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. chief executives have grown more optimistic about economic growth this year, and more of them plan to boost spending and hiring within the next six months.               

North Dakota Tries To Woo Workers To Fill Empty Jobs

March 18, 2014 2:12 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's unprecedented oil bonanza has made it the economic darling of the nation — boasting a sturdy economy, a state government budget surplus, and its highest population ever.            

U.S. Consumer Prices Tick Up 0.1 Percent

March 18, 2014 9:32 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cheaper energy kept U.S. consumer prices in check last month, despite a big rise in the cost of food, the latest sign that inflation is tame.                   

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Breathing Battery Could Power Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

March 18, 2014 9:30 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The main difference between lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries is that the latter replaces the traditional cathode — a key battery component involved in the flow of electric current — with air. That makes the rechargeable metal-air battery lighter with the potential to pack in more energy than its commercial counterpart.

Activists Occupy French Nuke Plant

March 18, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police have surrounded a nuclear plant in eastern France after more than 60 Greenpeace activists occupied it Tuesday to protest the nation's reliance on atomic power.              

European Car Sales Continue To Grow

March 18, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European car sales grew for a sixth consecutive month in February but remained at a low level as the market recovered slowly from the financial crisis.                 

Baucus Wants 'Level Playing Field' For U.S. Businesses In China

March 18, 2014 9:12 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus embraced the increasingly intertwined relationship between the two countries, saying he would push for fair trade while urging Beijing to respect human rights.         

LED Light Bulbs As A WiFi Alternative

March 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The technology company Pure LiFi has come up with the bright idea of using LED light bulbs to transmit data. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on how it works.                            

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Obama Overtime Plan Stirs Controversy

March 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                      

Dell's Future May Not Be In PCs

March 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Dell CEO Michael Dell talks about how the company's move into big data services will become a big part of their business.                                     

How LEGO Builds Toys Kids Want

March 13, 2014 9:29 am | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

LEGO says they became the number two toy manufacturer by staying true to what kids want.                                               

Take Profitability To The Next Level

March 13, 2014 8:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

We truly believe manufacturers and distributors can benefit tremendously by collaborating on best practices and generating new ideas for better business models.                           

New Approaches To Contract Manufacturing Open Doors For Manufacturers

March 12, 2014 5:28 pm | by David Douthit, Operations Executive, Accenture | Articles | Comments

Contract manufacturing can be an effective way for companies to extend capacity and add flexibility to their production network, critical benefits in a highly volatile business environment.                 

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Millennials Want To Ruin Everything

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye.                         

Top Banana: Chiquita And Fyffes To Merge

March 10, 2014 2:44 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fruit supply companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said Monday they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier.                           

McDonald's Game Plan To Win Back Customers

March 10, 2014 2:13 pm | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

At a time when chains like Chipotle and smaller players like Five Guys Burgers and Fries are growing, here are a few strategies McDonald's Corp. is focusing on.                          

FYI: Trappings Versus Substance

March 6, 2014 4:58 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Many businesses are very good at the internal and tangible issues inside the manufacturing plant, but are not very good at external issues relating to finding new markets and customers. For a variety of reasons they struggle at industrial marketing.

Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact

March 6, 2014 2:20 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The two emphasized their joint interests in cybersecurity, energy sources, and water conservation, and suggested Israel might be able to help California cope with its ongoing drought.                    

New Mexico Won't Tax Aircraft Maintenance

March 6, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico will no longer tax parts and labor for maintaining aircraft under a measure that Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law.                                 

GE CEO's Pay Falls To $19.2M

March 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt's compensation fell 7 percent last year to $19.2 million primarily because of a big drop in his long-term pay.                              

When Will You Be Able To Afford A Tesla?

March 6, 2014 9:49 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says a cheaper Tesla will be available in about 3 years. He also says the company is working on their version of a Ford F-150 and is 'very excited' about the China market.             

Why Mary Barra Has Never Asked For A Raise

March 6, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The first female CEO of a major automaker explains her philosophy on climbing the corporate ladder.                                            

Understanding The Culture Of Lean Manufacturing

March 6, 2014 9:26 am | by ASME Future ME Career Development | Videos | Comments

Ken Oberholz, global director of manufacturing technology at Huntington Energy Services, joins Jose Lopez, senior design engineer at Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift, to discuss the importance of lean manufacturing.           

January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.

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