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Aston Martin's Practical Supercar

June 27, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Let's say you're James Bond, and you get married. Your wife survives being married to James Bond, and you have kids. You might want something with four doors. With four doors, the Aston Martin Rapide S has room for the whole Bond, James Bond, family.

Small Businesses: Still Scared To Hire

June 27, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The job situation is still a very hot topic in the United States. ADP has access to jobs data from 600,000 employers and ADP CFO Jan Siegmund explains what the data is telling us now. He says that the slowing of employment growth over the last few months is due to tax rate changes and the anticipation of health reform.

GM CEO: Pickup Truck Debut Going Smoothly

June 26, 2013 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Revamped full-size pickup trucks from General Motors are starting to arrive at Chevrolet and GMC dealers nationwide, and the company's top executive says the launch has gone well. CEO Dan Akerson said Wednesday that the smooth debut of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks is an example of how GM plans to maintain high quality while replacing many of its older vehicles this year.

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Nissan CEO Faces USD Pay Cut

June 26, 2013 12:31 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Sometimes, as a leader, you just have to take one for the team. And that's exactly what Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has done. Ghosn cheered on a weakening of the yen, despite it shaving a couple million dollars off his current paycheck. Maybe that's because he still out-earns some peers.

Smith & Wesson Can't Meet Demand

June 26, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. on Tuesday reported record sales for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year amid a surge in demand for its firearms. Smith & Wesson reported net income of $25.2 million in its fourth quarter that ended April 30, double last year's $12.5 million quarterly profit.

A Supply Chain With No Weak Links

June 26, 2013 8:03 am | by Rowmark | Articles | Comments

Despite the ever looming concern about high fuel prices, there is still booming interest in many motorsports vehicles and products. Over the past several years, Sportech, Inc. has experienced an explosive increase in demand for their Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) parts for original equipment manufacturers of motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles.

OMG…It’s A Tesla

June 26, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

How many electric cars are on the U.S. market today? I can think of the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt – and, of course – the Tesla Model S. Despite these other zero-emission vehicles (that are also a bit more affordable), Tesla always tops this list.

U.S. Durable Goods Orders Up In May

June 25, 2013 1:57 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses stepped up their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in May, and a gauge of their investment plans rose for a third straight month. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders for durable goods rose 3.6 percent, matching April's gain. Most of the increase was due to a surge in commercial aircraft orders, which tend to fluctuate sharply from month to month.

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SAS Plans To Buy 12 New Aircraft From Airbus

June 25, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scandinavian airline SAS says it plans to order 12 new planes from Airbus in a deal valued at $3.3 billion at list prices. SAS said Tuesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding — short of a firm order — for eight A350 and four A330 planes as part of a renewal of its long-haul fleet.

IMTSTV: Manufacturing With Darwin, Moore, & Metcalfe

June 25, 2013 12:30 pm | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

IMTSTV's Penny Brown got a chance to speak with Steve Fritzinger, NetApp's Virtualization Alliance Manager, Java Author, and Economics Writer, about the current state of the manufacturing industry. Fritzinger explains how competition and technology are driving the industry's pace, and why companies must adapt to this change if they want to survive. He also speaks about the future of manufacturing jobs in America.

Nissan CEO Promises Growth, Calls Pay Average

June 25, 2013 10:05 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn promised strong sales growth to shareholders Tuesday in a turnaround from natural disasters and a boycott in China set off by a territorial dispute. He also told them he was paid 988 million yen ($9.9 million) for the past fiscal year, up 1 million yen ($10,000) from the previous fiscal year.

VW Mum On Prospects For U.S. Plant Expansion

June 24, 2013 10:03 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen calls its Chattanooga plant a global model for energy conservation and efficient production. But executives remain tightlipped about whether the facility is in line to produce a new crossover SUV for the German automaker. A decision about production of the new model could come as soon as the quarter that begins in July.

Ford Explorer Production Goes International

June 24, 2013 8:00 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The first full-production Explorer rolled off the assembly line in April at Ford Sollers Elabuga Assembly Plant in the Republic of Tatarstan for the Russian market. Previously, only knock-down versions of Explorer had been built anywhere outside of the United States. Here, Bruce Hettle, director of manufacturing engineering with Ford, talks global Ford SUV production, the Ford Production System, and the future auto market.

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Boeing CEO Announces New, Bigger 787

June 21, 2013 12:59 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CEO Jim McNerney says the 787 is a mature technology as Boeing launches a stretched version of the airliner, the 787-10. The 787-10 holds more passengers, but is designed for shorter distances, making it an ideal aircraft for regional carriers.

Airbus Announces Orders Of A320 Jet Family

June 20, 2013 10:31 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus announced a series of orders for its smaller single-aisle jets Thursday, racking up 80 purchases for the A320 family of short- to medium-haul planes. On its home turf, Airbus so far seems to have the edge over its rival Boeing at the Paris Air Show, which serves as a platform for the sales race between the giants.

Export Revival Underway For Small Businesses

June 20, 2013 10:30 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When Lawrence Scheer began selling baby clothes in 2010, he didn't realize it then, but he was on the leading edge of a recovery in small business exports. Scheer's company, Magnificent Baby, manufactures its products in China and then sells them in about 20 countries around the world.

Musk: Time To Tackle Dealer Dispute

June 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, tells the Reuters Global Tech Summit that he'll talk to politicians who back local car dealers trying to keep Tesla from selling directly to consumers. He also talks batteries, charging stations, and why he is in no rush to take SpaceX public.

United Tech Sees Impact From Fraud Charge

June 19, 2013 2:15 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal court order that United Technologies Corp. pay $473 million plus interest to compensate for alleged fraud in its sale of fighter jet engines could cut into revenue and profit, the aerospace giant said in a regulatory filing. Judge Thomas M. Rose of the U.S. Southern District Court of Ohio issued the order on Monday.

Engineering: A Crucial Element Of A Burgeoning Firearms Industry

June 19, 2013 8:00 am | by ATW | Articles | Comments

Firearm sales have increased exponentially over the past few years, and forecasts are continuing to escalate, reflecting an increase in the popularity of hunting, a rise in the desire for personal protection, and a variety of other socio-economic factors. As manufacturers seek to meet demand while decreasing costs, reducing weight, and increasing durability, the spotlight is turning to engineering and design capabilities in the industry.

Boeing Nets Orders For 102 Stretch 787s

June 18, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. won major orders from five customers for a stretched-out version of its popular 787 Dreamliner jet at the Paris Air Show Tuesday, further evidence of a strengthening market for more expensive long-haul jets. Boeing announced the formal launch of its 787-10 program at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday and says it already has commitments for 102 jets from five customers.

Lego To Expand Czech Facility To Meet Demand

June 18, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish toymaker Lego says it will expand a factory in the Czech Republic and create some 800 jobs to meet growing regional demand for its popular building blocks. Carsten Rasmussen of Lego's European packing division did not reveal the size of the investment except to say it was "a large two-digit million euro figure."

We Need More Vocational Training

June 17, 2013 4:54 pm | by Mike Collins, author of Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The concept of “everyone should go to college” is finally being questioned, which I think is long overdue. In fact, the U.S. Labor Department says that most jobs (69 percent in 2010) don’t require a post high school degree.To get an idea of what the economy is going to offer in the next ten years, look for the Labor Department chart titled “Occupations with the largest job growth, 2010 and projected 2020.”

The Latest Numbers

June 17, 2013 4:35 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

U.S. manufacturing lost over 2 million jobs between December 2007 and December 2009 — 17 percent of its workforce. While the U.S. hasn’t yet regained all of those jobs lost from the sector, about 12 million Americans are employed in manufacturing today. “Since the recession, manufacturing has been the driver for recovery and continuous economic growth,” says Douglas K. Woods, AMT president.

Manufacturing American Jobs

June 17, 2013 3:17 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

This issue of American job development is certainly not a black and white one, but with all of the domestic resources being allocated towards its improvement, you can be sure there are some elements of red, white, and blue. Check out this year’s Jobs Report to see some of the jobs programs available and how they might factor in to your workforce needs, skill gaps, or hiring practices.

Boeing's 787 Nightmare Is Over

June 17, 2013 1:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It wasn't that long ago that the Boeing 787 was having some problems with its battery, leading to many airlines grounding their 787s. Now, the Dreamliner maker's stock is the 2nd best performer in the Dow this year as worries about Boeing's 787 battery problems fade.

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