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Wholesale Company Stockpiles Rise At Fastest Pace In Months

October 9, 2014 10:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber - AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale companies restocked their warehouses in August at the fastest pace since April, led by big increases in computers, lumber and furniture. But wholesale sales fell by the most since January. The Commerce Department said Thursday that...

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Solar Technology That Ignites Birds Rejected

October 9, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.The California Energy Commission was slated...

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Ford Awards $50K To American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 10:13 am | by U.S. Newswire | News | Comments

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program. Ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships of $3,000 per academic...

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GE To Open Industrial Internet Platform To All Users

October 9, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE today announced it is on track to deliver over $1 billion in incremental revenue this year from more than 40 Industrial Internet offerings, with $1.3 billion in orders, helping customers improve asset performance management (APM) and business operations across...

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Fall To 8 Year Low

October 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the...

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Perry Seeks Unlimited Natural Gas, Oil Exports

October 8, 2014 5:43 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies. "The first order of business to...

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EPA Says New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record 24.1 MPG

October 8, 2014 4:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but the rate of improvement is slowing. The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly...

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Judge Rules For Boeing In Whistleblower Lawsuit

October 8, 2014 4:44 pm | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | News | Comments

Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge...

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Senate Critic Claims Surveillance Hurts U.S. Economy

October 8, 2014 4:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading Senate critic of online surveillance wants the government to stop widespread spying on phone calls, texts, and emails, saying the "digital dragnet" doesn't make the country safer, and only hurts the U.S. economy. "When the actions...

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Study Reveals Importance Of IT In Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 4:34 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

New research from Ipanema Technologies and Loudhouse reveals that manufacturers are struggling to deal with increasingly complex IT estates, as 83 percent of firms report a rise in IT complexity driven by more users, increased locations, new applications, and...

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Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data, Advance Industrial Internet

October 8, 2014 4:26 pm | by GE & Accenture | News | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy. However, less than...   

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Chrysler Group Announces Manufacturing Appointment

October 8, 2014 4:12 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC has appointed Brian Harlow Vice President - Head of NAFTA Manufacturing.  In this position, Harlow is responsible for all assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well...

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EU Approves UK Bid To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Power Plant

October 8, 2014 1:32 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag. The EU's executive... 

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Pepsi Tries New Strategy With 'Craft' Soda

October 8, 2014 1:28 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era. The name is a nod to the pharmacist from North Carolina credited with creating with Pepsi's formula in the 1890s...

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5 Tips To Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

Creating a basic pre-fire plan can help a manufacturing facility prevent injuries, loss of life and production downtime. That’s why Zurich North America is recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) and recommending that factory owners...

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Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Articles | Comments

You’re out to dinner on a Friday night when you spot your plant supervisor a few tables away.  He’s busily manipulating his smartphone, despite his wife’s impatient glare. Then, with a look of satisfaction, he puts down his phone and rejoins the...

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Metal Made Like Plastic May Have Big Impact

October 8, 2014 10:54 am | by NASA News Release | News | Comments

Open a door and watch what happens - the hinge allows it to open and close, but doesn't permanently bend. This simple concept of mechanical motion is vital for making all kinds of movable structures, including mirrors and antennas on spacecraft. Material...

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Floor Mats Recalled For Possible Gas Pedal Interference

October 8, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal. Omix Ada of Suwannee, Georgia, says the recall covers Cabela's Custom Fit, Line-X Truck...

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Nestle Animal Welfare Standards Reflect Consumer Concerns

October 8, 2014 10:29 am | by The Hartman Group | News | Comments

Nestlé is adopting animal-welfare standards that will affect 7,300 suppliers worldwide, a move The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom called “one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system.” The food...

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