Daily News For April 5, 2012

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Today's Daily News

Ford Ups China Investment Another $600 Million
Company estimates output capacity in China will be 950,000 vehicles a year by 2014 following the expansion. Click to continue

Curtiss-Wright Wins Nuclear Sub Business
The manufacturer has a $40-million order to produce nuclear propulsion valves for the U.S. Navy's Virginia class 'fast attack' submarines, as well as various spare parts for other nuclear-powered vessels. Click to continue

GS1 Offers Assistance for RFID Rollouts
As manufacturers and distributors roll-out large-scale implementations of RFID in stores, warehouses, and factories, they are using a new program from GS1 US for assistance. The roll-outs employ GS1 Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards, enabling the companies to share data on items as they move through the supply chain, from source to store. Click to continue

Boeing to Open an Aerospace R&D Technology Center in Brazil
The new center will focus on research in sustainable aviation biofuels, advanced air-traffic management, advanced metals and biomaterials, and support and services technologies. Click to continue

Where to Locate Manufacturing Plant: Business Costs vs. Non-Cost Factors
KPMG study looks at taxes and labor but also reviews innovation and quality of life. Click to continue

Don't Let Your Employees Be Surprised by New 401(k) Fees
As companies await the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor's new 401(k) fee disclosure rules, they need to give some serious thought to the best way to communicate with employees about these fees. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that employees are likely to be surprised that these fees exist at all and that employees are paying them. Click to continue

Biomimicry, Hyper-Carbides and Other Innovations that Could Change the Way You Manufacture
The emerging technologies on the SME's 2012 list have proven valuable in manufacturing settings already, and the SME anticipates that widespread adoption is just around the corner. Click to continue

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Are You Future Ready for the Next Black Swan Event?
"March 11, 2012, marked the one-year anniversary of the devastation caused by an earthquake off Japan’s northwest coast..." Click to continue

Big Data Analytics Defines Top Performers
"Big Data has become the latest rage, and a survey by the IBM Center for Applied Insights shows why..." Click to continue

Four Forces That Will Shape IT Economics in 2012
"Howard Rubin formulated Rubin's Law, a corollary of Moores' Law, which has driven IT economics for two decades or more..." Click to continue

Participate in these and other discussions at bigfatfinanceblog.com.

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Ideal for an array of demanding applications, DESTACO's 5000 Series HD Clamps are making an immense impact on the welding, automotive, agriculture, and transportation industries. This innovative series of manual toggle clamps stand apart from the competition for its rugged construction and uniquely designed pivot points with hardened pins inside durable steel bushings.
These pins do not rotate in the joint, delivering superior life over traditional toggle clamp designs. The 5000 Series HD Clamps also feature forged alloy steel clamping bars, which can be easily modified to suit unique application requirements. Click to continue

IndustryWeek's Best Plants Conference

Becoming a Global Powerhouse
Learn the best practices that have transformed Vermeer Corporation into a global powerhouse, including details about its focus on lean manufacturing, exporting and providing exceptional health and wellness opportunities to the Vermeer team. Mary Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corporation and chair of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), will describe how these practices help her company overcome the many challenges facing manufacturers in America at the 2012 IW Best Plants Conference, April 23-25 in Indianapolis. Visit www.iwbestplants.com for more information. Click to continue

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