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AAM Blames More Than Weather For Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Stalled hiring in the manufacturing sector, coupled with a substantial rise in America’s trade deficit with China, has the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul blaming more than just weather.        

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Nearly 150 Illegal Oil Waste Dumps

March 7, 2014 9:53 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

People have been caught nearly 150 times in the past year attempting to illegally dump loads of oil field waste — much of it radioactive — at two of the biggest landfills in western North Dakota.                

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Residents Frustrated By Lack Of Details On Nuke Dump

March 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions about what caused the leak, the extent of the contamination, and the future of the federal government's national nuclear cleanup efforts have been swirling for weeks now.                     

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Southeast Manufacturing Jumps In Feb. To Highest In 21 Months

March 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased in February, driven by strong improvements in all areas except employment, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today.            

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Ford Reshoring Truck Production From Mexico To Ohio

March 7, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011.                                    

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Roller Coaster Manufacturer Blames Six Flags For Death

March 7, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German manufacturer of a roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death is blaming Six Flags for the accident.                                      

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U.S. Employers Added 175K Jobs In February

March 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. hiring improved in February from the previous two months despite a blast of wintry weather, likely renewing hopes that growth will accelerate this year.                            

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FYI: Trappings Versus Substance

March 6, 2014 4:58 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Many businesses are very good at the internal and tangible issues inside the manufacturing plant, but are not very good at external issues relating to finding new markets and customers. For a variety of reasons they struggle at industrial marketing.

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Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

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3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

March 6, 2014 2:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company says it wants people to “make manufacturing local again,” and positions the device as a way for small businesses or product designers to develop full-scale prototypes in their own walls.               

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Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact

March 6, 2014 2:20 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The two emphasized their joint interests in cybersecurity, energy sources, and water conservation, and suggested Israel might be able to help California cope with its ongoing drought.                    

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New Mexico Won't Tax Aircraft Maintenance

March 6, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico will no longer tax parts and labor for maintaining aircraft under a measure that Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law.                                 

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Where Airplanes Go To Be Reborn

March 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force houses more than 4,000 old airplanes that are used for parts or turned into scrap.                                  

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Auto Parts Manufacturer Announces New Ohio Plant, Jobs

March 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts manufacturer says it will build a $50 million plant in southwest Ohio that is expected to result in 150 jobs.                                     

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Ford China February Sales Up 67 Pct.

March 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continued strong demand for the Ford Focus, the best-selling nameplate in China last year, helped Ford China increase sales by 67 percent in February, with 73,040 vehicles sold.                      

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Factory Orders Drop In January

March 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell in January for a second straight month but a key category that signals business investment plans rebounded. That could be an indication that businesses are becoming more confident.            

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GE CEO's Pay Falls To $19.2M

March 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt's compensation fell 7 percent last year to $19.2 million primarily because of a big drop in his long-term pay.                              

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2 Guilty Of Selling U.S. Trade Secrets To China

March 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two men were convicted Wednesday of stealing an American company's secret recipe for making a chemical used to whiten products from cars to the middle of Oreo cookies and selling it to a competitor controlled by the Chinese government.     

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China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The drive to clean up China's industry has added impetus to the government's campaign over the past several years to reduce excess production capacity in the polluting steel and cement industries.                

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Coal Mine Operators Get Record Fine For Pollution

March 6, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.                             

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