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Design For Manufacture: Better Information, Better Pricing

December 12, 2014 12:47 pm | by Kevin J. Dailida, Senior Director of Operations and Supply Chain, Dynisco | Articles | Comments

As business competition intensifies worldwide, it becomes ever more challenging to improve gross margins and operating profits.  Because the Internet provides the ability to obtain comparative pricing on a global basis, supply chain organizations (SCOs) are increasingly pressured to pinpoint the best supplier options...

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Top 5 Trends For Plastic Manufacturers In 2015

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by David Nelson, President of Nel Pretech Corporation | Articles | Comments

It’s been a solid year for U.S. manufacturing. For the first time in decades, we have seen a swing in our direction as jobs have returned and customers have made their preference for American-made goods known. Manufacturing technology is improving, methods are becoming more refined...

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Cheaper Gas, Food Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer...

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Bath Iron Works Awarded $21M Contract For Destroyers

December 12, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers. Pingree...

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Ferrari Looks To Burnish Brand Value

December 12, 2014 10:09 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Ferrari's sleek sports cars and souped-up Formula 1 racing machines have made the prancing horse logo among the world's most powerful brands. Now, as the company prepares for a public listing, it wants to cash in on the cachet. The aim: position Ferrari not just as a car-maker, but as a luxury goods...

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Holiday Shopping Boosts U.S. Retail Sales

December 12, 2014 10:06 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season. Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent, the most in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices dented gas stations receipts...

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Chrysler Obeys Safety Regulators, Expands Recall

December 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force. The latest expansion covers the Ram pickup from the 2003 to 2005 model years, as well as the 2004 and 2005 Dodge Durango, 2005 Chrysler 300 and...

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5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

December 12, 2014 9:54 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Articles | Comments

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security. Privacy...

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Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. Mercedes got a slap on the wrist for impeding union literature in its Alabama plant while Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam continues to fight against UAW representation at Volkswagen’s...

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Am I Being Poisoned By Eating The Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 9:46 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” then you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!” But I will leave that topic for another time. What I would like to address is the need for transparency...

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Light My Sleigh Tonight: The Story Of Rudolph & GE

December 12, 2014 9:42 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when GE still needed to sell the general public on the value of artificial illumination. So it made sense for the company to devote an episode of the General Electric Fantasy Hour to a show about a little reindeer who saves the day with his bright red nose.  Rudolph the...

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Go Lean In 2015: No Manufacturer Is Too Small To Benefit

December 11, 2014 4:55 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

To many small manufacturers, lean manufacturing is something that companies the size of Toyota or Boeing implement. And many small manufacturers that do adopt lean practices do so at a tactical level. Don’t be one of those companies. If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of...

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USDA Sees Higher Corn, Soybean Demand In Report

December 11, 2014 3:14 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to Wednesday's crop update. Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted, which currently exceeds the...

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November Budget Deficit Drops To $56.8B

December 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year is down 21 percent from the same period a year ago, although much of that improvement stems from quirks in the calendar. The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for November totaled $56.8 billion, a drop of...

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Ban Urges Big Polluters To Present Climate Pledges

December 11, 2014 3:08 pm | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged governments to listen to scientists "shouting from the roof tops" and accelerate talks on a global pact to fight climate change. With U.N. talks in Lima bogged down by age-old splits between rich and poor countries, Ban told The Associated...

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MS Regulators OK Small Entergy Rate Increases

December 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Under the plan, which will take effect with February bills, a residential...

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OR GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The Yes on 92 campaign said Thursday there are no other legal options remaining that could lead them to victory. The campaign filed a lawsuit earlier this week...

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Airline Stocks Rise As Oil Price Lift Outlook

December 11, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of major U.S. airlines rose Thursday amid more signs that cheaper fuel will turn into a windfall for the carriers. Delta Air Lines Inc. said that its pretax income will jump to more than $5 billion in 2015, up from an estimated $4.5 billion this year and nearly double the 2013 gain. At current fuel...

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Budget Deal Targets, But Misses Climate Regulations

December 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A congressional deal to finance the government chips away at some Obama administration energy and environmental programs, but leaves largely intact the president's plans on global warming — at least until Republicans take control of Congress next month. Democrats...

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Automation In Manufacturing Conference Announced, Call For Speakers Open

December 11, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

After a successful first year, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology will host the second annual Automation in Manufacturing (AIM) Conference. The conference will be held June 4, 2015, at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Mich. AMT has also issued a call for speakers. This year’s theme will be...

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