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TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant

February 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

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Group Backs Off Plan to Put Fracking Ban on Colorado Ballot

February 27, 2015 10:53 am | by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice.

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices.

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Fiat Chrysler Announces Another Recall

February 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Operations | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler has announced another recall - the second in two days. Yesterday, it was announced that nearly 26,000 midsize cars would be recalled. Today, the automotive company announced that 467,000 SUVs would be joining the list of the companies recalled vehicles. 

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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 27, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the internet. 

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months.

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Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive

February 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Yaskawa America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive. 

Check Out Caterpillar's Viral Marketing Success

February 26, 2015 3:26 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sometimes it pays off when companies produce fun, creative advertisements. CEO Doug Oberhelman explains why the Caterpillar made the popular Jenga Youtube commercial.

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A Bottle of Belgian Beer That Costs $43

February 26, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ted Kenny, owner of Top Hops Beer Shop, discusses the rising popularity of craft beer in the U.S.

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Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice for Small Manufacturers

February 26, 2015 3:07 pm | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

If small businesses embrace lean manufacturing as part of their company’s overall strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible, including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains, all of which are critical to running successful organizations.

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Automakers Hire Rocket Firm to Probe Air Bag Problems

February 26, 2015 2:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a Viginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. 

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 26, 2015 2:48 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

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Wisconsin Moves Closer to 'Right-to-Work' Status

February 26, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, moving the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment.

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look to Women to Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry.

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Photo of the Day: The Race for the California Bullet Train Contract is On

February 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As the race for a billion dollar contract with California to build a bullet train heats up, see how one company is setting themselves apart. 

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Morgan Advanced Materials Carbon Brushes for Wind Turbines

February 26, 2015 10:51 am | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials’ Electrical Carbon business announces new designs and materials for its range of carbon brushes designed for wind turbine applications.

Orders for U.S. Durable Goods on the Rise

February 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in January, rising by the largest amount in six months, although much of the strength came from a big jump in airplane orders. A key category that signals business investment plans did manage a small gain.

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5 Elements That Can Derail Supply Chain Management

February 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Brad Poulter | Articles | Comments

Supply chain management professionals who put processes in place to solve these five problems before they occur will keep things moving even when other, less carefully managed supply chains, come to a grinding halt.

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Report: Federal Agencies Issued Record Fines in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:51 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A pair of federal regulatory agencies each levied record fines – particularly against auto companies – in 2014, according to a recent report on recall activity during the year.

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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent for Electric Car Project

February 26, 2015 9:40 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Reports that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry. Now, it's also prompted allegations of talent-poaching by rival tech companies. 

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