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Natural Gas Prices Cut Profits 14%

The rising price of natural gas is not only causing individuals to do a double take at recent bills, but manufacturers are suffering as well.
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NIST and ANSI Continue Partnership

The National Institute of Standards (NIST) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding.
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Mitutoyo Buys Nelson Precision

Mitutoyo America Corp. (Aurora, IL) purchased Nelson Precision Inc. (Mason, OH), a manufacturing measurement systems integrator.
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Pilgrim Earns Certification

Pilgrim Software's (Tampa, FL) quality and manufacturing integrated system (Q&MIS) enterprise resource planning (ERP) link has achieved BaanConnect certification.
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Motion Industries Announces Management Changes

Motion Industries (Birmingham, AL) has made management changes.
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SME Focuses on Lean Manufacturing

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has published a new book, "Lean Manufacturing for the Small Shop," and started a monthly e-newsletter, Lean Directions.
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Faro Signs Agreement with John Deere

Faro Technologies Inc. (Lake Mary, FL), a manufacturer of 3-D measurement hardware and software, has signed an agreement with John Deere (Moline, IL).
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People News

James Truchard, president, CEO and cofounder of National Instruments (Austin, TX) ranks among the best CEOs in America for the third consecutive year, according to Worth magazine.
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U.S. PC Market Set for First Decline

The U.S. personal computer market will decline for the first year ever, according to a report by IDC (Framingham, MA).
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Future Not So Bright

The July Commerce Department report indicates that new orders for manufactured durable goods fell by 2% in June after rising by 2.7% the previous month.
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