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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 7, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US. 

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U.S. Again Leads in Petroleum and Natural Gas Production

April 7, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. led the world in petroleum and natural gas production for a third consecutive year in 2014, according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration. 

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U.S. Job Openings Surge, Yet Employers Slow to Hire

April 7, 2015 1:35 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Revamping Your Supply Chain Networks

April 7, 2015 10:39 am | by Bob Farrell | Articles | Comments

Now is the time for manufacturers to consider revamping how they track supply chain networks. Here are the top three reasons why. 

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Obama Presents Climate Change as Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

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Commodity Supplies Send Food Prices Sliding

April 7, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

United Nations officials estimated that global food prices are at their lowest levels in nearly five years, and commodities traders believe that trend isn't likely to wane anytime soon. 

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Choosing the Right Chemical Label

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Graphic Products | News | Comments

Since OSHA announced its HazCom 2012 standards for GHS compliance, there have been a lot of questions on proper labeling of chemicals. This simple flowchart will help you decide how to label chemicals in your facility for safety and compliance. 

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Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A coalition of consumer safety groups asked federal officials to ban the use of flame retardant chemicals in consumer products. 

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Government Investigating Nissan Versa

April 7, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is investigating the Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompact cars because the driver's foot can allegedly get caught in the trim panel that holds the carpet.

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Diluting and Proportional Fluid Control Metering Pumps

April 6, 2015 4:01 pm | by Fluid Metering Inc | Product Releases | Comments

According to Fluid Metering Inc., their new product, the STH and STQ Duplex metering pumps from Fluid Metering, Inc. are ideal for precision mixing, diluting, and proportional metering for OEM medical, analytical, and industrial instrumentation.

Pendulum Skid Tester

April 6, 2015 2:55 pm | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. has released the Cooper-Wessex Pendulum Skid Tester. This product measures the frictional resistance between a rubber slider mounted on the end of a pendulum arm and the test surface.

How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 6, 2015 2:19 pm | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

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North Dakota to Join Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 6, 2015 2:13 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands.

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Tesla Sells 10K Cars in Q1 With Eyes Now on China

April 6, 2015 2:03 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Shares of Tesla are surging after the company reported strong vehicle sales in the first quarter.

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A Tour of the New York International Auto Show

April 6, 2015 1:59 pm | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

A walk-through of the New York Auto Show floor and some of the big announcements.

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Sam's Club Pulls all Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

April 6, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the country's largest retailers has decided to pull Blue Bell Ice Cream from its shelves as a precautionary measure after Blue Bell announced it was temporarily closing an Oklahoma production plant.

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Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline in Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest monthly estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that manufacturing jobs declined slightly in March.

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Analysts Upgrade Lumber Liquidators Following Flooring Tests

April 6, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Financial analysts improved their forecast for embattled Lumber Liquidators after tests showed the company's hardwood flooring sealed in most potentially harmful chemicals.

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Toyota Forklift Vehicle Management System

April 6, 2015 10:32 am | by Toyota Industrial Equipment | Product Releases | Comments

Toyota Industrial Equipment has launched the company’s first vehicle management system, T-Matics.

Jury Orders Chrysler to Pay $150M in Jeep Fire Death

April 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames after being rear-ended three years ago. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay nearly the full amount.

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