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Great River To Expand, Move Head Office

July 25, 2014 3:09 pm | News | Comments

Great River Industries will expand in Natchez, Miss. and move its corporate headquarters there from Memphis, Tennessee, creating 25 jobs.                    

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Revolutionary Fuel Cell; More Problems For GM

July 25, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a new fuel cell system from GE to yet another delayed recall from General Motors.                  

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

To top it off, a video shows employees in the factory dropping the expired meat on the floor, then directly returning it to the production line.                   

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Obama To Attend UN Climate Summit

July 25, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state and other leaders to the Sept. 23 summit in New York. The U.N. says the goal is to spur governments, industry and civil groups to make new commitments to addressing climate change.       

5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper on Your Shop Floor

July 25, 2014 12:17 pm | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and ...      

Molson Coors Brewing Co. CEO To Retire

July 25, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

The brewing company said Friday that Swinburn will be succeeded in the posts by Mark R. Hunter, who currently serves as CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe.                  

Orders For Durable Goods Up In June

July 25, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business investment plans.              

China Expected To Declare Qualcomm A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 8:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday.                 

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Bombardier To Cut 1,800 Jobs

July 25, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.                                     

Ga. Investigated Complaint Against MFG Chemical Plant

July 25, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Environmental regulators investigated an anonymous report alleging MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton was illegally discarding waste five months before an accident injured a worker, government records show.           

Cutlery Firm Celebrates 125 Years

July 24, 2014 2:34 pm | News | Comments

A northwestern Pennsylvania cutlery firm is celebrating its 125th anniversary, along with $10 million in renovations to its plant.                          

U.S. Nuclear Industry Needs To Think About Unthinkable Disasters

July 24, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.             

Nokia Expects Brighter Future Without Handset Unit

July 24, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jari Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division.           

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Perry's Tech Startup Fund Is Not All It Seems

July 24, 2014 11:35 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

One actually operates in California. Some have stagnated trying to find more capital. Others have listed out-of-state employees and short-term hires as being among the jobs they created. A few have forfeited their right to do business in Texas by not filing tax reports.   

Japan Trade Deficit At Record $75B

July 24, 2014 10:58 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit surged to a record $74.9 billion in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.             

Ford 2Q Net Income Rises To $1.3B

July 24, 2014 10:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. beat Wall Street's expectations in the second quarter as it chalked up a record profit in North America and made money in Europe for the first time in three years.                

Wal-Mart Names CEO Of U.S. Discount Division

July 24, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says U.S. discount-store chief Bill Simon is stepping down. The world's largest retailer has named the head of its Asian business as his replacement.                      

Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 284K

July 24, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest reading since February 2006, nearly two years before the Great Recession began.               

GM 2Q Profit Falls 85 Percent

July 24, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.                        

China's Factory Index At 18-Month High

July 24, 2014 8:18 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold.                

Report: Female Business Owners Face Gender Gap

July 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.                  

$148M Metal Research Center To Open In Detroit This Fall

July 24, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.           

Texas Firm Recalls Compounded Drugs

July 24, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors not to use compounded drugs from a Texas specialty pharmacy due to risks of contamination.                     

Reid: Taxpayers Shouldn't Bankroll Companies That Outsource Jobs

July 24, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

"We need to close this indefensible loophole and instead start rewarding the companies that are doing the right thing and bringing jobs back to America," said Sen Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.             

NASA Doesn't Have The Money For Big Rockets

July 24, 2014 7:43 am | News | Comments

NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.                   

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