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A Year After Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.            

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Batteries In Baby Video Monitors Recalled

April 24, 2014 3:35 pm | News | Comments

Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard.                       

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Manufacturers See Better Times For Economy And Jobs

April 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Big companies are finally starting to spend money, and that could mean a better economy and more jobs are on the way.                              

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Buffett Calls Coca-Cola's Pay Plan 'Excessive'

April 24, 2014 2:24 pm | by Candice Choi and Josh Funk, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Buffett has long been a critic of excessive executive compensation. Berkshire Hathaway does not award stock options to Buffett or any other executive, and Buffett receives a salary of $100,000.             

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3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country. The project will create 22 new jobs.             

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PepsiCo To Bottle Taco Bell Drink

April 24, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

PepsiCo is again mining its partnership with Taco Bell, with plans to start selling the Mexican chain's popular Mountain Dew Baja Blast drinks in bottles and cans for the first time next month.           

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Wrenching In The Cloud

April 24, 2014 12:44 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Senior Director, Industry Marketing, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Several factors have been instrumental in driving innovation at MountzPro, launched in 2011. One, it leverages Mountz Torque’s decades of experience in delivering ISO accredited torque tool solutions for manufacturing and industrial applications, including aerospace, electronics, energy, medical, packaging and more.

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Management, Safety Cited For N.M. Radiation Release

April 24, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump.     

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China Opening 8 State Industries For Investment

April 24, 2014 11:51 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more productive.               

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Cult Brands Highlight Bourbon Renaissance

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Michelle Locke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bourbon as a whole has become a big player on the liquor scene in recent years, but part of the special appeal of cult bourbons — on top of their craft quality, of course — is their exclusivity.           

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Auto Parts Maker Paying $19.9M Fine In Price-Fixing Case

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Federal officials allege Showa Corp., based in Japan, had agreed to rig bids and fix prices for some powered steering assemblies sold to Honda Motor Co. and some of its subsidiaries.                    

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MAPI: Manufacturing Has Shaken Winter Blues In Durable Goods Numbers

April 24, 2014 10:28 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

“Even after stripping out the volatile transportation component, new orders were up a healthy 2 percent, a considerable improvement from the 0.1 percent gain seen in February. Most likely, the end of a difficult winter eliminated weather-induced bottlenecks and orders resumed their moderate course."

Feds Propose First Regulations For E-Cigarettes

April 24, 2014 10:23 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the federal Food and Drug Administration.         

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Applications For Unemployment Aid Jump

April 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.           

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Durable Goods Orders Up 2.6 Pct. In March

April 24, 2014 8:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.       

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Alstom Shares Jump Amid Rumors Of GE Buyout

April 24, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.                   

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Large Scania Shareholder Accepts VW Bid

April 24, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen has come closer to realizing its ambition to takeover Scania after the fourth largest shareholder in the Swedish truck maker announced it will accept the $9.2 billion bid.            

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2-Week Truce For Hot Sauce Maker And California City

April 24, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                 

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Wyoming Town Evacuated After Gas Explosion

April 24, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.                

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Does It Matter If We Beat The Recall Record?

April 23, 2014 5:21 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Just one quarter of the way through 2014, we’ve already topped 9 million vehicles recalled in the U.S. And the numbers keep rising.                     

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Honeywell Aerospace Expanding In Puerto Rico

April 23, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the Arizona-based aerospace industry company is opening a second plant that will begin operations in April 2016. He said Wednesday that 310 jobs will be created.            

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