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Merger Creates New Player In North American Marine Engineering

October 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COWI NA announces that effective January 1 2015 Ben C. Gerwick and Ocean and Coastal Consultants (OCC) will merge operations to form COWI Marine North America (COWI Marine NA). Joining forces creates a great opportunity for both companies to grow and to be the...

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Wal-Mart Scales Back U.S. Store Growth

October 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to dramatically scale back expansion of its U.S. supercenters next year, while investing more in e-commerce. The company also is conducting a major review of its U.S. Wal-Mart business and will update investors on its plans early...

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Elon Musk On Tesla Autopilot And Legal Liability

October 15, 2014 12:25 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations, and legal liability with Bloomberg's Betty Liu. He predicts that autonomous driving is in the near future, but that we aren't quite there yet.

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A Look At GE Steam Turbine Generators

October 15, 2014 11:54 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Wikipedia describes the art and fashion movement called Steampunk as a “sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the...  

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Americans Willing To Spend 31% More On Responsible Food

October 15, 2014 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On average, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on grocery food produced in ways that uphold the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to the Conscious Consumer™ Study issued today by Gibbs-rbb Strategic...

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Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quakes To Fracking

October 15, 2014 11:21 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the...

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VW Overtakes GM In Global Sales Race

October 15, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year, but Toyota was expected to keep its lead to stay in first place. GM said Wednesday that is sold 7.37 million cars and...

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U.S. Retail Sales Fell In September

October 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture, and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted...

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McDonald's Invites Consumer Questions About Manufacturing Process

October 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef. The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The company has run similar campaigns in...

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Ferrari Debuts F60 America Supercar

October 15, 2014 9:50 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Ferrari celebrated 60 years of car sales in the United States this week. Chris Woodyard from USA Today spoke with Ferrari's Nicola Boari about the Ferrari F60 America, which was made specifically for this occasion....     

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Beacon Roofing Announces Acquisition Of Wholesale Roofing

October 15, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. announced today that it has acquired Wholesale Roofing Supply (WRS), a distributor of residential roofing materials located in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Grand Prairie. From its nine-acre facility, WRS serves customers throughout...

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NY Factory Growth At Slowest Pace Since April

October 15, 2014 9:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to 6.2 in October, down...

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Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs. The problem rests on the fact that the company purportedly never informed the Federal Highway...

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Man Gets 10 Years For Copper Thefts

October 14, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing copper in a ring that investigators say targeted Central Texas communication towers. Ricky Thatcher must also pay more than $163,000 to victims, including the Lower Colorado...

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Costco Makes China Market Debut

October 14, 2014 4:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Costco Wholesale Corporation, America’s leading membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide range of quality, brand name merchandise, today announced it will enter China for the first time through the opening of an online flagship...

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Two Takes On The CA Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate. David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied...

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Cutting-Edge ERP Technologies For Your Business

October 14, 2014 4:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Small or mid-sized businesses will benefit most from an ERP system if it can be customized as much as possible and the company can take advantage of the most cutting-edge ERP technology available. Why is customization so important? Smaller organizations may...

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Navigating The Challenge Of Choosing ERP Software

October 14, 2014 4:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors. An ERP system puts all the data—from...

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No Vote On IL Fracking Rules Until November

October 14, 2014 4:25 pm | by Jason Keyser, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has...

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Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 14, 2014 3:20 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study. This was the finding of a new report, titled Lifting the Curde Export Oil Ban: The Impact on U.S. Manufacturing that was...

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