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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.

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...

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...

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...

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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.                                         

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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.                         

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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.                        

Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.

Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 10:37 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.        

Renewable Energy Plan Hinges on Utah Caverns

September 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air in caverns in central Utah.

Chiquita, Fyffes Alter Merger Agreement

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by The Assocated Press | News | Comments

Changes to the proposed merger between Chiquita and the Irish fruit importer Fyffes will give Chiquita shareholders a larger stake in what would become the world's largest banana supplier.                  

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Plastic Made From Thin Air

September 24, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Newlight Technologies is turning carbon into plastic and taking on a $373 billion dollar-a-year industry.                                          

Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips for Manufacturers

September 24, 2014 9:45 am | by David Schnitt | Articles | Comments

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry needs to keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful.                 

Buffalo Expects Solar Project Announcement

September 23, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in western New York, where he's expected to make an announcement regarding a high-tech clean energy hub the state is building in Buffalo.                          

Group Dynamic

September 22, 2014 4:50 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM | Articles | Comments

A combination of over-use and under-appreciation can relegate terms like vision and innovation to the realm of cliché. However, those words ring much clearer when presented against a backdrop of time-tested approaches that repeatedly drive growth and produce positive results. Such is the case with Evansville, IN-based ORG CHEM Group.

Texas Celebrates Its First N-Type Solar Manufacturing Factory

September 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a ceremony this morning, Mission Solar Energy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base.                         

Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. to include additional allegations of false advertising.                               

Allied Valve Uses IT Agility and Speed To Seize Competitive Advantage

September 19, 2014 11:08 am | by NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Allied Valve is a great example of a company that has seized competitive advantage and grown its business by leveraging real-time cloud ERP technology.                             

Right-shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

September 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

I propose we replace the notion of off-shoring vs. on-shoring with the idea of "right-shoring," asking the question "where is (are) the best location(s) to make something?" My business answers this question for our customers every day. To do so, criteria beyond simply cost must be considered.

5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 9:33 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.        

September 2014: How Lean is Your Workstation?

September 17, 2014 2:29 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we show you the power of innovation and vision with ORG Chem Group, the importance of integrating workstations into Lean process flow, and investigate where the optimum place to manufacture really is.

Top 3 Underground Data Centers in the U.S.

September 16, 2014 2:05 pm | by Natalie Lehrer | Articles | Comments

There are at hundreds of underground data centers in the United States. Many of the underground data centers are owned by private co-location companies. Some are shared locations housing the data centers operations of several private companies who have collocated space underground. But here is information on the top 3 underground data centers in the U.S.

Bausch + Lomb Manufacturing Expands in Rochester

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Market News Publishing | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. 

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