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Budget Deficit Running 24.2 Pct. Below 2013

August 13, 2014 10:26 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Reporter | News | Comments

The federal government ran a lower deficit this July than a year ago, keeping it on course to record the lowest deficit in six years. The July deficit was $94.6 billion, an improvement of ...          

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Deere Takes A Hit

August 13, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year. Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said Wednesday that the company will ...

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GE To Invest Billions In Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 10:19 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

People come to Durban, South Africa, for its beaches, sunny climate and busy nightlife. But visitors interested in the future of Africa come for another reason. A few miles outside the city is the ...         

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Independent Distributors Can Take Key Steps To Compete With Larger Rivals

August 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Ranga Bodla, NetSuite Senior Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution | Articles | Comments

It’s not easy being an independent distributor these days. They face constant competition from large national distributors, most of which have the advantage of multiple locations, more capital to support investments and the purchasing power to ...

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Challenges & Strategies For Women Pursuing STEM Careers

August 13, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

As a national push continues to recruit talented girls and young women into math- and science-related careers, a new study underlines the importance of mentoring and other social support systems for ...        

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods, And Quaker Oats

August 13, 2014 10:07 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Anna Short Harrington became the face of Aunt Jemima in 1935. Quaker Oats, which owns the brand, used her likeness for the Aunt Jemima logo, while her recipes were also used for product offerings. Now, 59 years after her death, two of her great-grandsons are ...

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 7:29 am | by John Flesher - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly. Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will ...

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Entrepreneurship The Answer For Some With Autism

August 13, 2014 3:28 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket's bakery, she told him he'd never do anything more than collect grocery carts. After six years of bagging groceries and pushing carts, Cottle wanted more. He had already learned how to ...

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Navy Contractor Pleads Guilty In Bribery Case

August 12, 2014 4:29 pm | by Brock Vergakis - Associated Press | News | Comments

A former contractor for the Navy's Military Sealift Command pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting bribes from two companies who were seeking government contracts. Federal prosecutors say Stafford resident Scott Miserendino and former Military Sealift Command civil servant Kenny Toy conspired to ...

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Losing Export Competitiveness Across The Pacific

August 12, 2014 1:56 pm | by MAPI | News | Comments

A new analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, finds an alarming downward trend for U.S. export growth to Asia since 2009, leaving an uncertain future for the U.S. to regain its ...

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GM Manufacturing Integrates Laser Scanning, Google Glass

August 12, 2014 1:41 pm | by Autoline Network | Videos | Comments

Cathy Clegg, vice president of North American GM Manufacturing, talks to John McElroy about some of the innovative processes GM is using to improve its manufacturing operations.           

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Flooding Slows Auto Production In Detroit

August 12, 2014 1:38 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production and closed some facilities, automakers said Tuesday. General Motors closed its Tech Center in the Detroit suburb of Warren on Tuesday because of ...      

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Bipartisan Bill To Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 12, 2014 1:33 pm | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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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A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 12, 2014 1:16 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country. The floors and walls are made of reclaimed materials and ...

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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 | News | 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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Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Blogs | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to ...

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise In June

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