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Manufacturing.net Rewind: More Trouble For GM; GE's First Micro-Factory

April 18, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from a lawsuit against GE picking Louisville for its micro-factory to an explosion and fire at a Tennessee ammunition plant.        

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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Cement Plant Pollution Standard

April 18, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged.            

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Mashing-Up Augmented Reality And Cutting-Edge Technology

April 18, 2014 12:15 pm | by Paul Mathai, Applied Research & Business Innovation, Manufacturing & Hi-Tech SBU (Strategic Business Unit), Wipro | Articles | Comments

Doing some crystal-gazing into the future, I see AR leap-frogging into the next level of sophistication. Interestingly the common factor seen is AR being integrated with other cutting edge combination technologies to produce interesting new applications in manufacturing.

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Chobani To Expand Offerings

April 18, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.                      

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Beswick Rolls Out New Comprehensive Catalog

April 18, 2014 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Beswick Engineering has released its 2014 catalog, which contains more than 150 new product items. The company’s line of miniature fittings (compression, barb and push-to connect), valves, quick disconnects, pressure regulators and orifices are ideal for fluid power assemblies requiring durable products.

Stratocaster Still A Favorite At 60

April 18, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

Some of the most legendary guitarists in music history have elicited unforgettable sounds from the Fender Stratocaster, the distinctive double-cutaway guitar born in a small Fullerton, Calif., workshop 60 years ago this month.     

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Ludlow Massacre Spurred Labor Reforms

April 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Colleen Slevin, Associated Press | News | Comments

What became known as the Ludlow Massacre quickly evolved into a national rallying cry for labor unions and eventually helped lead to New Deal labor reforms. But over the years, the tragedy has been largely forgotten, even among many in Colorado.  

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.                        

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3 Lessons Learned From The Trenches

April 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

We got so swept away with the romance of designing products that we never had the hard conversations about managing money, decision-making, roles and responsibilities, and growth.                 

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Brewers Aim To Rekindle Belgium's Love Of Beer

April 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.      

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Optimism On U.S. Economy Highest Among Manufacturers In Eight Years

April 18, 2014 10:01 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Optimism around the prospects of the U.S. economy during the next 12 months rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers to 71 percent in the first quarter of 2014, from 68 percent in the previous quarter and 55 percent in the first quarter of 2013.

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Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.           

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Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate from it.             

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Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Fatal Blast

April 18, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one.                      

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3D Printing, Digital Execution & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 18, 2014 8:18 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Blogs | Comments

It's a very exciting time for manufacturing - a manufacturing renaissance, when old ideas of manufacturing being about mass production are no longer true, and 3D printing and other technologies are changing the barriers to entry and economies of scale.

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Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

The maker of Subaru-brand cars will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S, company president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said.        

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Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

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N.M. Crews Find Suspected Area Of Radiation Leak

April 18, 2014 8:03 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.                       

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GM 1Q Global Sales Up 2 Pct

April 18, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.                

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Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.          

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