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Lease or Loan Equipment? What You Need to Know to Decide

September 25, 2014 10:03 am | by William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association | Articles | Comments

When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy” decision.                                

Explosion at Nevada Plastic Manufacturing Plant

September 25, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                          

GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing energy-efficient vehicles, reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Mississippi.        

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Getting More Entrenched in Your Supply Chain is a Few Clicks Away

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

If you feel stuck, even just a little bit, you’re probably behind the innovation curve. Good news, this article is for you. Because the secret to getting unstuck — or becoming more entrenched in your supply chain — is only a few clicks away. The secret is information.

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.                 

Delphi Expands Their Business with Antaya Technologies

September 23, 2014 5:02 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Delphi Automotive PLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp. ("Antaya"), a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company's portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business.

HP Announces Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 23, 2014 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of ongoing efforts to lower its carbon footprint across all phases of its business, HP today announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.       

U.S. Cracks Down on Companies Going Overseas

September 23, 2014 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Treasury Department announced new regulations on Monday aimed at making these so-called inversion deals less lucrative.                                     

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GM to Move Cadillac HQ to New York City

September 23, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cadillac luxury brand will move its headquarters to New York next year to get closer to those living lives of luxury.                                     

Tips for Increasing Productivity Through Employee Recognition & Rewards

September 23, 2014 10:12 am | by Kara Simon | Articles | Comments

Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for manufacturers to keep equipment in great shape as it is for them to keep people in great shape by showing meaningful appreciation on a day-to-day basis. 

Procter & Gamble Co. Sell Rest of Pet Care Business

September 23, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Procter & Gamble Co. is selling its Iams and Eukanuba brands in Europe to Spectrum Brands, shedding the remaining parts of its pet care business.                            

Siemens To Acquire Dresser-Rand for $7.6B

September 22, 2014 5:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German electronics and engineering company Siemens AG has reached a deal to acquire oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion.                                

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.

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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.                         

SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Rocket Launch Site

September 22, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company expects to spend $100 million in South Texas over the next three to four years on the first commercial orbital spaceport.                         

UAW Workers Approve Lear Corp. Contract

September 22, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.              

Groundbreaking Planned for $1.3B Arkansas Steel Mill

September 22, 2014 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials will break ground Monday on a $1.3 billion steel mill that's promised to be an economic boon for northeast Arkansas.                                   

Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 22, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.                                 

San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 22, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million.                     

Pabst Blue Ribbon to be Sold to Russian Company

September 22, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is being sold to Russian company Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum.                                         

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.                             

Fortune Magazine Reveals 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

September 19, 2014 10:52 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Fortune Magazine announced the 50 most powerful women in business and eight of the top 10 women on the list run industrial, tech and consumer product companies.                         

Old Company Policies Become a Point of Interest for Foley

September 19, 2014 10:31 am | by Susan Haigh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley defended his business record on Thursday, saying he ultimately saved unionized workers' jobs following a lengthy strike at a Pennsylvania plant he previously owned.         

Workers Accused of Stealing Parts From Texas Plant

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say eight workers at a Caterpillar plant in Texas are accused of stealing more at least $160,000 in parts from the company.                                   

Collective Bargaining And Immigration: Important Considerations for Employers of an Organized Immigrant Workforce

September 19, 2014 10:11 am | by Frida Glucoft and John E. Exner | Articles | Comments

Knowing the immigration-related elements of a CBA and engaging qualified immigration and labor counsel in the collective bargaining process is critical to ensuring a company’s ability to retain foreign national employees in compliance with the terms of their immigration status and the terms of the CBA.

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