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GM Taking $400M Charge For Venezuelan Currency

April 4, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it will take a charge of $400 million pretax in the first quarter because of a change in the way it values Venezuela's currency.                    

Little Evidence Of Threats To Execution Drug Makers

April 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Bailey Elise McBride and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas prison officials have offered scant evidence to support their claim that pharmacies that supply the state with execution drugs would be in danger of violence if their identities were made public.          

CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Caterpillar company is planning to hire 100 more workers for its new manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.                         

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Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 7:43 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.              

U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 7:36 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government reached a settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades.              

Unilever Paying $4.5M For Water Act Violations

April 3, 2014 3:38 pm | News | Comments

Unilever is paying $4.5 million for environmental violations at its former health and beauty products manufacturing plant in Clinton.                       

Mondelez CEO On Kosher Cadbury Eggs

April 3, 2014 2:25 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

If there's kosher for Passover Coke, could Cadbury Creme Eggs be a possibility as well?                              

Boeing Delivers 161 Aircraft In 1Q

April 3, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Boeing delivered 161 commercial airplanes in the first quarter, nearly an 18 percent increase from last year, as it ramps up production to meet demand.                  

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Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations. But that doesn't mean our supply chain is ready to handle all the potential new business.

BMW Recalls Over 230K Cars

April 3, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

German automaker BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries.      

How Much Is Your Life Worth?

April 3, 2014 10:42 am | by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

After the bailout backlash, I didn’t think General Motors could face a bigger public relations nightmare. Clearly, I was wrong.                       

Police Detain 18 Over China Plant Protest

April 3, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Police in a southern Chinese city detained 18 people after a protest against a planned chemical plant turned violent over the weekend, local authorities said Thursday.                

Crews Enter Nuclear Waste Dump

April 3, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

Two crews of eight made the initial descent into the half-mile deep Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, and no airborne radiation was detected, the agency said.                

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Survey: More Business Owners Ready To Hire

April 3, 2014 8:26 am | News | Comments

The survey taken in January and February finds that 37 percent of owners are optimistic about their companies' prospects for the next six months, up sharply from 22 percent in a survey last fall.           

Washington Gas Blast Threw Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 8:16 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities said the explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air.           

Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?              

Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 7:52 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.            

Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 7:48 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that making a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality" about the political landscape in Tennessee.  

Mid-Sized Manufacturers Continue Growth Expectations In 2014

April 2, 2014 2:51 pm | by Prime Advantage | News | Comments

CFOs predict increasing revenues, capital investments and hiring while expressing concern about health care costs, maintaining margins and the competition for skilled labor.                       

ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 2:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.  

Ford's Russian Joint Venture Cutting 950 Jobs

April 2, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                       

W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 11:22 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                

German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

April 2, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.             

U.S. Factory Orders Rebound In February

April 2, 2014 10:26 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says factory orders rose 1.6 percent in February, the most in five months, following declines of 1 percent in January and 2 percent in December.                  

Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                 

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