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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries Executives.

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More Job Losses for the Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry.                         

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You Can Drink This Car's Exhaust

December 19, 2014 2:51 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Toyota Mirai is a Hydrogen fuel cell powered car that emits 100 percent pure high quality H20.                                           

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Residents Cheer Workers at Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility.                          

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U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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Global Oil Impact: Who's Hurting, Happy, Hopeful

December 19, 2014 2:33 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil's plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe.                                                     

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Toyota Boosting MI Research, Development

December 19, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is further boosting its research and development work in southeastern Michigan.                                           

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Non-Penetrating Skylight Defender

December 19, 2014 10:14 am | by BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of modular guardrail systems, introduces its Skylight Defender, a product engineered to prevent employee injuries and deaths from falls through skylights. 

Workplace Safety Agency Cites Nebraska Plant

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure.                             

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Returns After Test Flight

December 19, 2014 9:58 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success.               

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Hellman's Maker Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Skidmore Seel & Tali Arbel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hellman's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."                                             

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EPA Expected to Treat Coal Waste like Garbage

December 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.               

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ITW Vortec Unveils New Enclousre Cooler

December 18, 2014 3:51 pm | by ITW Vortec | Videos | Comments

ITW Vortec introduces the new ATEX Vortex, a new enclosure cooler that is designed to maintain optimum temperatures to prevent shutdowns due to overheating of control panels and electronics.                 

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U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Fall to 289K

December 18, 2014 1:28 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.                                    

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Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Expanding in MO

December 18, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States.   

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Manufacturing Growth Slows in Philadelphia Region

December 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest level in 21 years in November.             

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Ford Expands Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 18, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.                                       

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New EPA Regulations Force Change in the Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 12:54 pm | by Nate Maguire | Articles | Comments

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance. 

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Jaguar Unveils 360 Degree Virtual Windshield

December 18, 2014 12:18 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Jaguar has unveiled a virtual 360 degree windshield that may be the most futuristic automotive development yet.                                       

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3D Printed Cookies Just in Time for Christmas

December 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini,' a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa.                               

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New Reversible Safety Wire Twister & Cutter Pliers

December 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Snap-on Industrial | Product Releases | Comments

According to Snap-on Industrial, cutting up to .041” wire with ease is just one of many features found of the new Reversible Safety Wire Twister/Cutter pliers.

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