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West Coast Port Contract Ratified As Retailers Urge Change

May 26, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dockworkers and port operators on the West Coast last week approved a new five-year contract, which brought an official end to the labor strife that stifled cargo at some of the nation's largest ports earlier this year.

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Why Many Experts Missed This: Cheap Oil Can Hurt U.S. Economy

May 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn't worked out that way.

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Ford Expands Presence in Morocco

May 26, 2015 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is expanding its presence in North Africa with a new Moroccan sales office and plans to double the amount of parts purchased in the North African kingdom.

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Industrial Automation: Q&A with Alex Bonaire

May 26, 2015 10:44 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Automation is becoming more and more common in the manufacturing sector as companies begin to understand its many benefits. Alex Bonaire, the Robot Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, provided IMPO with some expert insight into the evolving world of industrial automation.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 107

May 26, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 107.

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Report: 80,000 U.S. Workers Now Employed by Chinese Companies

May 26, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report says the number of American workers employed directly by Chinese companies increased more than five-fold in the past five years.

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Orders for Durable Goods Dropped in April

May 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April. But a category that reflects business investment climbed for a second month, a hopeful sign that this key sector is starting to revive.

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A Look at How California Spill Compares with 1969 Disaster

May 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Christopher Weber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters last week after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of crude just north of Santa Barbara. This  coastline was also the scene of a much larger spill in 1969. Here are some things to know about the two spills. 

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Automakers To Reveal Models Covered by Wider Airbag Recall

May 26, 2015 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Many questions about the Takata airbag recall remain unanswered as an investigation continues, but here's what you need to know about the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

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Report Anticipates Green Packaging Market to Grow by 50 Percent by 2021

May 22, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The global market for packaging classified as "green" is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2021, according to a recent report from Transparency Market Research.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

May 22, 2015 1:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner and loser both from the oil sector. The winner is a company who is developing an innovative factory in North Dakota. While the loser, owns a pipeline that leaked a significant amount of oil into the California coastline. 

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Lean Six Sigma: The Ultimate Tool to Strengthen Your Business

May 22, 2015 1:47 pm | by Michael DeCata | Articles | Comments

It's sometimes difficult to take a step back and systematically solve a problem or understand the root cause of an inefficient process, but often that is exactly what's needed to achieve consistent process improvement.

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Rocker 430 Vacuum/Pressure Piston Pump

May 22, 2015 1:21 pm | by New Star Environmental | Product Releases | Comments

New Star Environmental introduces the Rocker 430 Vacuum/Pressure Pump that is driven by pistons without the need of lubricant, regular oil changes or maintenance and produces no oil mist exhaust.

Finding Cause of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.

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Report: Growing Manufacturing Trade Deficit Equated to 230,000 Lost Jobs

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

A new analysis of trade data from early 2015 shows a sharp increase in the United States' trade deficit in technology-intensive manufacturing, which likely cost the country thousands of jobs.

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Confusion, Delays Follow Takata Airbag Recall

May 22, 2015 11:57 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The nearly 34 million vehicles recalled due to faulty Takata airbags may take years to fix. As Jeff Glor reports, many drivers are left confused and waiting for information about what to do.

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Drone's Eye View of Tesla's Massive Battery Factory

May 22, 2015 11:54 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Tesla is building what will be the world's largest battery factory. New drone footage taken in the desert of Nevada shows how far construction has moved along.

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Report: Switching Trucks to Natural Gas Could Worsen Climate Change

May 22, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite its clean-burning reputation, a newly released study suggests that fueling transport trucks with natural gas could actually worsen their climate impact. 

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Report Calls for Integrating Employers' Health, Safety Programs

May 22, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report proposes integrating workplace health and safety programs in order to evaluate their impacts on businesses.

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5 of the Most Dramatic Photos From California’s Oil Spill (So Far)

May 22, 2015 9:58 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The coastline was transformed after a ruptured pipeline leaked 105,000 gallons of oil.

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