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New York To Ban Fracking; A Victory for Environmentalists

December 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.                

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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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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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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.

Learn How To Utilize Your Supplier for a Better Safety Program

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO consults with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

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2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A With Cliff Waldman

December 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest manufacturing trends for 2015? Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation shares what he thinks is in store for the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and more in 2015.

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MAPI U.S. Industrial Outlook: Widespread Growth Ahead

December 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

Job gains and business investment are the two lead drivers keeping manufacturing on a solid growth path, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries.         

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Washington Governor Proposes Carbon Pollution Cap

December 18, 2014 9:26 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.                       

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Nevada Regulators Look Again at Tribal Solar Plant

December 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada utility regulators are considering a revised plan for a solar power generating facility that had been proposed for the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation as part of an NV Energy effort to retire coal-fired plants.       

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A Lawsuit Won & A Tarnished CEO Fired

December 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the last 24 hours Apple was victorious in fighting the class-action lawsuit over its iPod prices and American Apparel has officially fired its founder and CEO. Here's a closer look at these stories.              

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Macarons Go Mainstream: A Small Maker's Story

December 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Looka Patisserie, a small maker of desserts, had to quickly ramp up production when Walmart came knocking for the holiday season.                                   

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Lockheed Martin To Settle Suit

December 17, 2014 1:55 pm | by Jim Suhr, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense company of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees.                     

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Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

December 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Joan Lowry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.         

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Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming a Global Threat

December 17, 2014 1:48 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.                                    

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5 Stunning Stats About Tesla

December 17, 2014 1:28 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CNNMoney reports on 5 amazing facts about Tesla that sets the company apart from other car manufacturers.                                         

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Floor Mat for Maximum Slip-Resistance

December 17, 2014 10:39 am | by Superior Manufacturing Group, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Superior Manufacturing Group, Inc., makers of NoTrax, Akro, APEX, and HomeTrax Designs floor mats, has introduced Web Trax , the newest addition to the NoTrax family of floor matting products.      

OEE Gets a Boost From the Industrial Internet

December 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out.                               

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U.S. Consumer Prices Decrease in Nov.

December 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plunging gasoline costs pulled U.S. consumer prices lower in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.                                       

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