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Electrical Manufacturers Support Energy-Saving Laws

May 7, 2015 9:59 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association announced its support for Federal energy-efficiency legislation on April 30, praising the "continued focus on common sense policies." 


American Becomes 2nd U.S. Airline to Use Boeing's 787

May 7, 2015 9:51 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press

American joins United as the only U.S. airlines using the plane, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner.


Lumber Liquidators Suspends Sales of Chinese-Made Flooring

May 7, 2015 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Lumber Liquidators has suspended the sale of all laminate flooring made in China a week after disclosing that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against the specialty retailer in an investigation over imported products.


ISM Survey Anticipates Manufacturing Growth Despite Modest Outlook

May 7, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest economic forecast from the Institute for Supply Management predicts that the manufacturing sector will continue to grow despite reduced expectations for 2015.


Report Credits UAW for Auto Industry Turnaround

May 7, 2015 9:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute argues the relationship between U.S. automakers and the United Auto Workers union fueled the industry's transformation since the Great Recession. 


Study: Policy Changes Might Help Encourage Capital Investment

May 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report argues that tax and regulatory changes could alleviate lagging capital investment in the U.S. over the past 15 years.


Carbon Dioxide Levels in Air Keep Rising, Hit Milestone

May 6, 2015 2:08 pm | by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press

Global levels of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, have passed a daunting milestone, federal scientists say.


Daimler's Self-Driving Big Rig Makes Big Entrance in Nevada

May 6, 2015 1:59 pm | by Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press

Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada's highways — not only for testing, but business, too.


Report Considers Technologies Critical to Industrial IoT

May 6, 2015 1:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report classifies autonomous and remote operations, Big Data analytics and user interface technology among the advancements likely to fundamentally transform the manufacturing sector. 


Texas Legislature Acts to Stop Cities From Limiting Drilling

May 6, 2015 10:19 am | by Will Weissert, The Associated Press

Texas moved to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries. 


Survey: Hiring by U.S. Businesses Slows Sharply in April

May 6, 2015 9:50 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, a private survey found, as the strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.


USDA Report: Labeling Requirement Costs Producers Without Benefit to Consumers

May 6, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers.


Manufacturing Mergers Off to Strong Start in 2015

May 6, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing sector hit their highest first-quarter levels in years, according to the latest quarterly analysis by PwC US.


Metalworking Groups to Provide Scholarships for Student Competitors

May 6, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two manufacturing groups on Tuesday announced a partnership to provide thousands in scholarships to students active in the skilled trades.


U.S. Reopens Investigation Into Jeep, Dodge Sun Visors

May 5, 2015 2:13 pm

The U.S. government is reopening an investigation into Jeep and Dodge sun visors after reports that some caught fire even after a recall repair.


How Big is Tesla’s ‘Big’ Announcement?

May 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his company's new battery division, he hailed the beginning of a complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world. In reality, Tesla is joining a crowded field of companies already invested in on-site energy storage. 


Report: EPA to Ease Testing Requirements in Formaldehyde Rule

May 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators are reportedly set to ease testing requirements as part of long-awaited restrictions on formeldahyde.


Study: Cutting Carbon Dioxide Saves 3,500 U.S. Lives a Year

May 5, 2015 10:53 am | by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press

A study from Harvard and Syracuse University calculates the decline in heart attacks and lung disease when soot and smog are reduced — an anticipated byproduct of the president's proposed power plant rule, which aims to fight global warming by limiting carbon dioxide emissions.


GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 97

May 5, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 97 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensated by the automaker.


Kentucky Aluminum Plant Nears Lockout

May 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A Kentucky aluminum smelter appears on the brink of a work stoppage after union workers rejected a proposed labor agreement.



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