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Study Shows Increasing Structural Costs

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-Structural costs for domestic manufacturers have increased from 22.4% to 31.7% since 2003 compared to nine major trading partners, according to a study released by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI. “The sharp rise in these non-wage costs represents a significant and long-term problem for our nation’s manufacturers and America’s economy,” says John Engler, NAM president.
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Confidence Rises Among Manufacturing Workers

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-The confidence of U.S. workers in manufacturing industries showed further signs of improvement in the third quarter of 2006, according to the latest Spherion Employment Report survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Spherion Corp. The third quarter Industrial, Manufacturing and Construction Employee Confidence Index increased by 1.3 points to 54.7-the largest gain in three quarters.

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2006 Baldrige Winners Announced

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez announced three organizations as recipients of the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for organizational performance excellence.

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Nonprofits Soon To Be Eligible for Baldrige

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Nonprofits Eligible for Baldrige
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PACE Award Finalist Named

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PACE Award Finalist
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Rudy Giuliani to Speak at Six Sigma

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Six Sigma Event
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Six Companies To Receive Baldrige

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Six Companies To Receive Presidential Award
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Rockwell Automation to Acquire Datasweep Inc.

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Rockwell Automation
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Richards Childress Racing Partners with Metris

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LEUVEN, BELGIUM-Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is investing in a multi-million dollar partnership with Metris to use the Belgium-based company’s integrated metrology solutions in the production of the nine-time NASCAR champion racing organization’s engines and racecars.
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Quality Expo Moves to September

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CHICAGO-Canon Communications, a producer of trade shows for advanced technology manufacturing companies, announced that Chicago will be the site of the nation’s largest design and manufacturing trade show when the company co-locates Quality Expo, Assembly Technology Expo and National Manufacturing Week shows September 25 to 27, 2007.
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