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Southern States Battle for Volvo Plant

March 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

South Carolina lawmakers believe their state has the upper hand in the competition to land Volvo's new U.S. manufacturing plant.

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Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

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Photo of the Day: Another Target of Stricter EPA Regulations

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The 'Photo of the Day' shows the subject of stricter EPA regulations as a result of health and pollution risks. 

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Superwool Pyro-Bloc modules

March 5, 2015 5:19 pm | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials (Morgan) announces the availability of Superwool Pyro-Bloc modules for furnace and boiler lining systems, produced by its Thermal Ceramics business.

A Shoe's Eye View of Material Handling

March 5, 2015 3:19 pm | by Chris Capsaw & Bob Liebe | Articles | Comments

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.

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Investigation Shines a Light on Workers Compensation Cuts

March 5, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

ProPublica and NPR recently released a joint investigation that had some startling results. It found that workers compensation benefits and access to such benefits has been drastically reduced as of late, benefiting employers and insurance companies. 

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The Driverless Car, Officially, Is a Risk

March 5, 2015 2:57 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Three insurance suppliers and an auto parts maker have warned in their most recent annual reports that driverless cars and the technology behind them could one day disrupt the way they do business

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China Lowers Growth Target, Promises to Open Industries

March 5, 2015 1:45 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive.

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Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 5, 2015 1:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest spat over transporting ever-increasing amounts of crude oil around the country now centers on the pacific Northwest. 

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Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements.

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Toyota Names First Woman Executive

March 5, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota announced that Julie Hamp will lead the Japanese automaker's global communications efforts, reportedly making her the first female executive in company history. 

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Top 10 Resolutions for Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 5, 2015 11:07 am | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

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Mayor to NYC Business Leaders: Start Pay at $13 an Hour

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.

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Engineers Rigged This Dreamliner Jet Engine with Parts Made from Amazing Ceramics

March 5, 2015 10:43 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Engineers at jet engine proving grounds in Ohio are using a jet engine GE developed for Boeing’s Dreamliner to test engine parts made from a new ceramic super-material.

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German Factory Orders Down More Than Expected in January

March 5, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German factory orders, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy, dropped much further than expected in January, led by a big drop in demand from other eurozone countries.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Inch Up to a 10-Month High

March 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.

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U.S. Productivity Falls at Faster Pace, Labor Costs Rise

March 5, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.

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UniMax Large Floor Mount Fume Hoods

March 5, 2015 10:11 am | by HEMCO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The UniMax series of hoods has been expanded to include wide selection of models that feature greater interior working dimensions.

Low Oil Prices are Here to Stay

March 4, 2015 2:41 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has offered his opinions on low oil prices, and he thinks they are here to stay. 

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5 Stunners from the Geneva Car Show

March 4, 2015 2:39 pm | by Greg Keller and David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.

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