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Bipartisan Bill To Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 12, 2014 1:33 pm | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would ...   

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Record Imports Expected As West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 12, 2014 1:29 pm | by National Retail Federation | Comments

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country, according to ...

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3D Systems Adds 200,000 Square-Foot Manufacturing Facility

August 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by 3D Systems | Comments

3D Systems has announced that it has signed a lease on a new 200,000 square foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina, increasing its manufacturing and distribution capacity to meet growing demand for its ...       

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Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Tech

August 12, 2014 1:21 pm | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at ...       

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U.S. Job Openings In June Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 11:28 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | Comments

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May's total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a...

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise In June

August 12, 2014 10:22 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $405.73 million according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 12.6 percent from May but down ...

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Chiquita Gets Buyout Offer

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chiquita Brands has received an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group. Safra and Cutrale are offering $13 per share, a 29 percent premium to ...    

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Plea Hearing Set In Navy Contractor Bribery Case

August 12, 2014 3:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A former contractor for the Navy's Military Sealift Command is expected to plead guilty to accepting bribes. Federal prosecutors say Stafford resident Scott Miserendino and a former Military Sealift Command civil servant accepted more than ...

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Asbestos Pushed In Asia As Product For The Poor

August 12, 2014 3:26 am | by Katy Daigle - AP Environment Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. Their product? Asbestos. Outlawed in much of the developed world, it...

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Liberian Doctors To Get Experimental Ebola Drug

August 11, 2014 10:28 pm | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press | Comments

Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiraling outbreak. The U.S. government confirmed that ...

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Maryland Man Convicted Of Exporting To Iran

August 11, 2014 6:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran. Prosecutors said Monday that a federal grand jury convicted 34-year-old Ali Saboonchi of Parkville after a two-week trial. Saboonchi conspired ...

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CEO: Glass-Making Plant For Apple Nears Production

August 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices. The Arizona Republic reports that GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez told investment analysts last week ...

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GM Gets Claims In 63 Death Cases

August 11, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches. A spokeswoman for compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg says he ...   

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Manufacturing Day Events Expected To Top 1,500

August 11, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments

More than 1,500 manufacturing events across the country are estimated to mark the third-annual Manufacturing Day taking place Friday, Oct. 3, according to event co-producers. Manufacturing Day is designed to ...       

Survivor: Engine Out Before Iranian Airplane Crash

August 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Amir Vahdat, Associated Press | Comments

The crash in the Islamic Republic comes as its airlines fly aging aircraft and have trouble getting replacement parts, even though an interim deal on its contested nuclear program has ...          

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U.S. Agency Moves Slowly On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the government to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems. The Associated Press reviewed all 15 petitions filed by ...     

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FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild. Under the Food and Drug Administration proposal ...        

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 1:01 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material — a relative of the plastics used in food containers — could ...

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GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach To Industrial Data

August 11, 2014 12:18 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to ...         

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Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement In Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging ...              

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