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mcaConnect Helps Streamline Global Implementation of AX

March 31, 2014 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In addition to bringing a number of new companies into the fold during an acquisition-fueled growth surge, GSE Environmental also saw their infrastructure balloon to include five different, unintegrated ERP systems. The one common trait amongst these platforms was an inefficient way of sharing new or recent data. In most cases GSE was dealing with a 30-day lag time for accessing key data sets.

ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 9:38 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting.                           

Residents Still Wary Of Water Months After W.Va. Spill

March 31, 2014 9:02 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many don't trust official declarations that the water is again safe to drink, nearly three months after the chemical smelling of licorice ran into the Elk River last Jan. 9, throwing lives into disarray.         

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The Benefits And Risks Of Mobile Access To Manufacturing Information

March 31, 2014 8:48 am | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director, Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Articles | Comments

The use of mobile devices for content and process management has raised questions about information security in demanding and heavily regulated manufacturing environments where protecting confidential data is of the utmost importance.           

Another $1 For Google Co-Founders

March 31, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

Google paid co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin their customary $1 salaries last year while Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's compensation more than doubled to $19.3 million.             

Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 8:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.             

Rolls-Royce Acid Tank Explosion Injures 9

March 31, 2014 8:02 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said.     

Fiat Chrysler Aims For 4.5M Car Sales In 2014

March 31, 2014 7:55 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the combined automaker aims to sell 4.5 million to 4.6 million cars this year.                      

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UAW Membership Grows Slightly

March 31, 2014 7:53 am | by Ken Sweet, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers said its membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year, the union said in a filing with Department of Labor, the fourth-straight year that the union has rebuilt its depleted ranks.             

White House Plan Aims To Cut Methane Emissions

March 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say methane leaks can be controlled by fixes such as better gaskets, maintenance and monitoring. Such fixes are also thought to be cost-effective, since the industry ends up with more product to sell.            

BMW Plans $1B Expansion In S.C.

March 28, 2014 2:03 pm | by Jeffery Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles.                        

Head Of VW's Lone U.S. Plant Going Back To Germany

March 28, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Frank Fischer, who has headed Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga since its construction, is leaving to manage the automaker's factory in Emden, Germany.                

GM Wants Dealers To Stop Selling Some Chevy Cruzes

March 28, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

General Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars, but the company won't say why.                      

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$1.5M Needed To Save Rosie's Plant

March 28, 2014 9:43 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Those behind the Save the Bomber Plant campaign said they have raised $6.5 million of the $8 million they need by May 1 to buy the Willow Run Bomber Plant west of Detroit.              

BlackBerry Revenue Falls Below $1B

March 28, 2014 8:22 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry reported a dive in profit and revenue as the company transitions itself from a smartphone company to a software business.                       

Japan Nuclear Worker Dies In Mudslide

March 28, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

A worker died Friday at the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by the 2011 tsunami after getting buried in a mudslide, in the first death from an accident during efforts to control and decommission the facility.        

GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                   

Nearly 1M Jars Of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico

March 28, 2014 7:55 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.             

Ford Adding 300 Jobs In Ohio

March 28, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.                    

AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, Intel Band For A Better Internet

March 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by Industrial Internet ConsortiumTM (IIC) | News | Comments

An ecosystem of companies, researchers and public agencies is emerging to help drive adoption of Industrial Internet applications, a foundational element for accelerating the Internet of Things. The IIC is a newly formed not-for-profit group with an open membership that will take the lead in establishing interoperability across various industrial environments for a more connected world.

Unions In Missouri Rally Against Right-To-Work Bill

March 27, 2014 10:13 am | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's condemnation of so-called right-to-work legislation as unnecessary and misguided drew applause from about a thousand Missouri union members who gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol.             

Kodak Founder's Grave Part Of Business Park Sale

March 27, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

The ashes of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak, are buried under a memorial located on what is now the Eastman Business Park.                     

Detection Perfection

March 27, 2014 8:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial Scientific’s President and CEO Justin McElhattan talks about safety with such genuine passion, that it’s no surprise this company is a leader in its field of portable gas detection.            

Greenpeace Taking P&G Protests Worldwide

March 27, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Greenpeace activists who staged a daring demonstration at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati have taken their message worldwide with protests in five more countries.              

Miss. Senate Gives Final Approval To 3 Anti-Union Bills

March 27, 2014 8:13 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments' abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant.         

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