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The Project Success Method

November 17, 2009 9:00 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Articles | Comments

By Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.netAuthor Clint Padgett says the Project Success Method is a unique methodology that allows companies to successfully manage their projects on time, per spec and within budget, and can be mastered within as little as five days.

Simmons Files For Chapter 11

November 17, 2009 8:59 am | News | Comments

Maker of Beautyrest mattresses has filed for bankruptcy protection, listing assets between $500 million and $1 billion, and liabilities of more than $1 billion.

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U.S. Industrial Production Disappoints

November 17, 2009 7:05 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in October, a smaller-than-expected increase that signals a bumpy recovery ahead.

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Boeing Wins 1st Orders For 737s At Dubai

November 17, 2009 7:00 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Plane maker scored its first aircraft orders at Dubai Airshow on Tuesday, getting requests for a total of 11 737-800 jetliners from two Algerian airlines.

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Applied Materials Makes Offer For Semitool

November 17, 2009 6:26 am | News | Comments

Company said Tuesday it offered to buy Semitool Inc. for $364 million in cash, a move the company says will broaden its portfolio of chip manufacturing equipment.

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Fatal Ammonia Release Reported At CF Industries

November 17, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

CF Industries Holdings Inc. said a fatal release of anhydrous ammonia at its Pine Bend, Minn., terminal killed one truck driver and injured another.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Rose Less Than Expected

November 17, 2009 5:40 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department said its Producer Price Index rose 0.3 percent last month, after falling 0.6 percent in September; analysts had expected a 0.5 percent gain.

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Goodrich Buys Navigation Systems Maker

November 17, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Aerospace supplier said Tuesday it is buying AIS Global Holdings from a private equity group for about $375 million.

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GE Sells Locomotive Kits To China

November 17, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

Erie, Pa., plant sold 300 locomotive kits to China, where the GE engines will be assembled with some other parts manufactured there.

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GE Forming Joint Ventures With Chinese Groups

November 17, 2009 4:49 am | News | Comments

General Electric Co. said Tuesday it is forming joint ventures with major Chinese groups that operate aerospace, energy and rail businesses.

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AK Steel Ups Prices On Stainless Products

November 17, 2009 4:30 am | News | Comments

Steel producer said the stainless steel price hikes will depend on the grade and form of the products.

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Dell Goes Green With Bamboo Packaging

November 17, 2009 4:25 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Computer maker is using the fast-growing member of the grass family as a replacement for paper, plastic and plastic foam packaging materials.

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GM To Decide On European Plants Soon

November 17, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

General Motors plans to decide on the future of its European car making plants within the next two weeks after it reversed a decision to sell Opel and Vauxhall.

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GAO: Companies Don't Report All Injuries

November 17, 2009 4:17 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Some employers pressuring workers not to report illnesses and injuries, a problem that has led to widespread underreporting of workplace safety issues, according to a report.

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Global Chip Shipments Estimate Bumped Up

November 17, 2009 4:15 am | News | Comments

World Semiconductor Trade Statistics Inc. said Tuesday global chip shipments are expected to rise 12.2 percent in 2010 and 9.3 percent in 2011.

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Fed To Monitor Sliding Dollar

November 17, 2009 4:11 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chairman said the central bank will watch the falling U.S. dollar but pledged anew to keep interest rates at record lows to nurture the economic recovery.

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Coca-Cola To Focus On Middle Class

November 17, 2009 4:06 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

World's largest soft drink maker seeks to double its business in the next decade as it caters to the expected billion people worldwide who will join the middle class by 2020.

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IMF Tells China To Let Yuan Rise

November 17, 2009 4:02 am | News | Comments

Chief of the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday Beijing should let its currency rise as a stronger yuan would help China's development and ease global imbalances.

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Russian Industrial Output Drops 11 Percent

November 17, 2009 3:59 am | News | Comments

Industrial production fell 11.2 percent in the year to October and rose only 0.8 percent on the month, suggesting Russia's economic recovery will be volatile.

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Euro Area Posts Trade Surplus

November 17, 2009 3:55 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

EU's statistics office said eurozone posted an unexpected trade surplus in September as exports jumped a seasonally-adjusted 5.5 percent.

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