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Train Everyone, Including The Band, Part 1

August 7, 2012 8:39 am | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting | Blogs | Comments

Police and fire officers are not the first responders; they are the official responders. You and your employees are the first responders.

Spyker To Sue GM Over Failed Saab Takeover

August 6, 2012 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spyker Cars NV, the tiny Dutch company that bought Swedish carmaker Saab from General Motors Co., says it is now suing GM for $3 billion in damages.

Partnership Shifts Manufacturing Back To U.S.

August 3, 2012 4:50 pm | Articles | Comments

ZeeVee, Inc., a developer of high definition video distribution products, recently moved its overseas contract manufacturing operations to Massachusetts from China, where it had been manufacturing since introducing its first-generation products about five years ago.


Ford Suing Dana Over Part Involved In Recalls

August 1, 2012 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is suing auto supplier Dana Corp. for allegedly providing faulty vehicle frames.

U.S. Imposes Duties On Samsung, LG Washers

July 31, 2012 1:57 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department has granted a request from Whirlpool Inc. to impose tariffs on washing machines imported from South Korea and Mexico.

NE Governor Says Chinese Trade Trip Starts Well

July 30, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Heineman and officials from two Nebraska companies said Monday that several agreements between Chinese companies and Nebraska ones have already been signed.

Google: Made In The USA?

July 27, 2012 10:49 am | by Joel Hans, Editor, | Blogs | Comments

I simply don’t buy the idea that it’s impossible to make electronics in America at a competitive price.

Oklahoma Seeks Natural Gas Vehicles

July 25, 2012 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma and 20 other states are asking U.S. auto manufacturers to produce compressed natural gas vehicles for state vehicle fleets.


What Happened To Transflective Displays?

July 25, 2012 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Electronic Component News | Blogs | Comments

Like advanced technology vehicles and solid-state lighting, transflective displays entail a higher upfront cost for long-term savings.

Toyota Industries To Build Car Parts Test Course

July 24, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Industries Corp. will set up its own test course to speed up the development of key hybrid and electric car components including motors and AC-DC converters.

UTC To Sell Rocketdyne Unit For $550M

July 23, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Technologies is selling its engine division unit to aerospace manufacturer GenCorp Inc. for $550M as the conglomerate raises money for its largest acquisition and solidifies its core aerospace business.

Manufacturing Problem Caused Ford Escape Recall

July 23, 2012 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A manufacturing problem at a company that makes fuel lines forced Ford to recall thousands of its brand-new Escape small SUVs and tell owners to stop driving them right away.

GE Aviation Signs $180M Boeing Contract

July 16, 2012 1:46 pm | News | Comments

GE Aviation announced that they signed an agreement with The Boeing Company potentially worth up to $180 million to provide the mission control system for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46A tanker.


A New Kind Of Intelligence

July 12, 2012 4:28 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Our third annual iteration of the IMPO Energy Intelligence Report has followed an industry all the more hungry for cost savings. As industrial manufacturers work to propel their businesses forward, they must choose between investing in the equipment they need, or falling behind in the face of fierce domestic and global competition.

Parker Hannifin Buys Indian Filtration Business

July 10, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Parker-Hannifin Corp. said Tuesday it has acquired the filtration business of John Fowler (India) Private Ltd.

Chinese Firm To Buy Hawker Beechcraft

July 10, 2012 10:19 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft announced Monday that it had reached a $1.79 billion "exclusivity agreement" with Superior Aviation Beijing for the sale of its business jet and general aviation operations in a deal that will save thousands of jobs in Kansas and Arkansas.

China Boosts State Firms As Entrepreneurs Struggle

July 9, 2012 2:16 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Leaders have promised to help the private sector with more bank lending and other measures, but entrepreneurs say they have yet to see changes.

VW Shares Soar On Deal To Complete Porsche Merger

July 5, 2012 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares in Volkswagen AG soared higher on Thursday after Europe's biggest automaker announced a deal to complete the takeover of sports car manufacturer Porsche by the end of the month.

Fiat Raising Chrysler Stake

July 5, 2012 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian carmaker Fiat says it is consolidating its ownership of Chrysler by exercising an option to purchase around 3.3 percent of Chrysler equity from a trust fund that manages health care for pensioners.

Quaker Chemical Buys NP Coil Dexter Industries

July 3, 2012 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Quaker Chemical Corp. said Monday that it has purchased metal surface treatment products maker NP Coil Dexter Industries S.r.l.

Nippon Steel, Sumitomo Metal Finalize Merger Prep

June 26, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nippon Steel Corp. and Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd. said they've cleared the way for the establishment on Oct. 1 of the world's second-largest steelmaker.

Cabot Buying Norit For $1.1B

June 22, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chemical and specialty products maker Cabot Corp. is buying Norit NV for $1.1 billion in order to strengthen its specialty chemicals portfolio.

3M To Buy Federal Signal Technology Business

June 22, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Diversified manufacturing company 3M Co. said Thursday that it reached a deal to buy Federal Signal Corp.'s technology business for $110 million in cash.

China Defends Curbs On Rare Earths

June 20, 2012 10:08 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China on Wednesday defended its export curbs on rare earths used in high-tech products as an environmental measure and rejected a World Trade Organization challenge by the United States, Europe and Japan.

Nidec Buys 51 Percent Stake In Chinese Motor Maker

June 20, 2012 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nidec, which makes small motors for everything from car windows to copiers, is buying a 51 percent stake in the Chinese automotive motor company, Jiangsu Kaiyu Auto Appliance Co.

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