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Feds Offer First Guidelines For Pesticides On Marijuana Plants

October 22, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As Colorado and other states authorized the recreational use of marijuana in recent years, newly legal growing operations found little guidance regarding their use of pesticides to ward off mites or mold.


UAW Approves New Contract With Fiat Chrysler

October 22, 2015 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

UAW members at Fiat Chrysler's U.S. factories voted 77 percent in favor of the agreement, the union said. The contract covers 40,000 workers at 23 U.S. factories.


U.S. Reports 8 Deaths, 98 Injuries From Exploding Air Bags

October 22, 2015 2:07 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

About 23.4 million Takata driver and passenger air bag inflators have been recalled on 19.2 million U.S. vehicles sold by 12 auto and truck makers.


Weather Safety Preparedness At The Worksite

October 22, 2015 1:47 pm | by Stefan Trask | Articles | Comments

Here are some tips and informational resources to help facilities prepare for tornadoes, floods, extreme heat, extreme cold, and other severe weather conditions.


VW Suspends Fifth Executive Over Emissions Crisis

October 22, 2015 1:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Frank Tuch is the fifth executive to be suspended in connection with the controversy, and an indication that probes into the scandal are still focused on top VW officials with direct oversight of diesel engines.


Proposal Would Delay Rail Safety Requirement By Three Years

October 22, 2015 12:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Most railroads indicated earlier this year that they would not be ready to implement PTC on time, and federal transportation officials said that the companies could cease carrying some cargo — such as volatile crude oil from fracking — citing safety concerns.


GM Plans 2nd Detroit-Hamtramck Plant Shift, 1,200 Added Jobs

October 22, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM says Thursday the new shift will increase the plant's workforce to about 2,800 and is needed to meet anticipated demand for vehicles made at the plant. 


Mazda Recalling 1.2M Vehicles In U.S. To Fix Ignition Switches

October 22, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda says it is recalling 1.2 million older cars and minivans in the U.S. because ignition switches could overheat and catch fire.


Manufacturing Minute: Volvo’s Gutsy Move Toward An Electric Future

October 22, 2015 10:00 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, Volvo’s bold new step could bring electric vehicles into the mainstream. 


Senate Subcommittee Plans Hearing On AB InBev-SABMiller Deal

October 22, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Senate hearing, however, is likely only the beginning of intense regulatory scrutiny in the U.S., where the two companies would control about 70 percent of the market. 


UPS To Pay $4M Over Improper Government Deliveries

October 22, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged that between 2004 and 2014, UPS workers recorded inaccurate times for deliveries to government customers in order to meet guaranteed deadlines for the company's next-day delivery services.


Akro-Mils Wire Utility Carts

October 22, 2015 9:39 am | by Akro-Mils | Product Releases | Comments

Pre-packaged for easy assembly, Akro-Mils’ Wire Utility Carts include heavy-duty chrome wire shelves, push handles, 5-inch swivel casters (two locking and two non-locking) and donut bumpers. 

Manufacturing Minute: Self-Navigating Cargo Ships

October 21, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

In this episode, autonomous, remotely-piloted cargo ships could keep their crews on land. 


Lexus Is Top Brand In Consumer Reports' Reliability Survey

October 21, 2015 2:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they're also requiring more trips to the repair shop.


Harley-Davidson Plans Job Cuts After Earnings Miss

October 21, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson Inc. plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs and ship fewer motorcycles than it had planned for the year after reporting third-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of Wall Street expectations.


German Power Plants Require Imported Garbage

October 21, 2015 2:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Germany successfully halted the growth of its landfills in recent years in large part by constructing power plants that run on trash.


GM Says Chevy Bolt Electric Range Could Be Over 200 Miles

October 21, 2015 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' entry into the long-range electric vehicle market should be able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge, company officials said Tuesday.


Lean Labor In Manufacturing

October 21, 2015 1:00 pm | by Gregg Gordon | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturers are familiar with the concept of Lean — as it applies to managing manufacturing equipment and processes — but now, many manufacturing leaders are applying Lean principles to the way they manage their workforce.


More Than Half Of U.S. States Report Job Losses In September

October 21, 2015 10:26 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Most U.S. states reported jobs losses in September as slowing growth has weighed on hiring nationwide in the past two months.


Dozens More Companies Sign White House Climate Change Pledge

October 21, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration this week touted dozens of new companies in support of a strong international climate agreement at a United Nations conference later this year.



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