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U.S. Steel to Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. announced it would temporarily idle a plant near St. Louis and issue layoff notices to its 2,080 workers.

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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Poll: Americans Evenly Divided on Fracking

March 27, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent nationwide poll showed Americans are evenly split between support and opposition for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

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Steel Industry Gathers Before Congress

March 26, 2015 4:32 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Steel Industry leaders gathered to address Congress yesterday, voicing their concerns about domestic steel procedures, trade policies and plant closures. 

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Picture of the Day: Toyota's New Beginning

March 26, 2015 3:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Toyota is putting the past and their sweeping recalls behind them — according to the company it is time to move forward.

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Ford Unveils the Focus RS Ahead of the NY Auto Show

March 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by The Street | Videos | Comments

Ford is unveiling the first-ever global RS model ahead of the start of the New York Auto Show. 

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 2

March 26, 2015 1:58 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

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Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

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Survey: Many in Plastics Industry Call for Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet industry needs, according to a recent poll.

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Blue Bell Recalls More Ice Cream Over Listeria

March 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

For the second time in a month, Texas-based Blue Bell Ice Cream has recalled products over concerns of listeria contamination.

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Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said that he's confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production.

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Republicans Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

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Toyota Outlines Growth Architecture After Lull From Recalls

March 26, 2015 9:21 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is ready to ramp up its growth again, emerging from an intentional soul-searching lull brought on by its massive global recall scandal that began in 2009.

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 25, 2015 3:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recently released report anticipates demand for cleaner transportation will substantially increase the global hydrogen market in the near future.

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Flashback to 1988: Flying Car Test Flight

March 25, 2015 3:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

With recent news of the Slovakian company AeroMobil announcing plans to begin selling a flying car in 2017, it seems humanity’s dream of a flying car will finally come true. But we almost had our flying cars decades ago.

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 3

March 25, 2015 3:10 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 25, 2015 3:03 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Over the next five years the industry expects rapid adoption of collaborative robots in most major manufacturing markets. The adoption may be slow at first, as this is a new technology for many manufacturers and requires a new way of thinking about robots.

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Liquid Printer Turns 3D Manufacturing Upside Down

March 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The debut technology is a printer that uses their Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology, which builds material upward in a continuous stream.

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HJ Heinz Buying Kraft, Building a $28 Billion Food Giant

March 25, 2015 1:50 pm | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, crating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion. 

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UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 25, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The president of the United Auto Workers union rejected a new wage tier Wednesday after reports indicated U.S. automakers could float the idea during upcoming contract talks. 

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