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GM Plans $5B Stock Buyback, Avoids Showdown with Hedge Funds

March 9, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has headed off a potentially divisive proxy fight by agreeing to buy back $5 billion in stock by the end of next year.

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Daimler To Build South Carolina plant, Creating 1,300 jobs

March 6, 2015 3:31 pm | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz Vans will build a new assembly plant for its Sprinter vans in South Carolina, investing a half-billion dollars and creating 1,300 jobs, the company announced Friday.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 6, 2015 3:06 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week’ focuses on a woman who has achieved a great feat in the manufacturing industry and a company that can’t seem to catch a break in the past couple of weeks.

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Two Foot Explosion Proof LED Light Fixture

March 6, 2015 2:52 pm | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 30 watt explosion proof LED light fixture. 

Choosing the Right Flexible Screw Conveyor for the Job

March 6, 2015 2:37 pm | by Doan Pendleton, Vice President, Vac-U-Max | Articles | Comments

To avoid costly downtime, choosing a flexible screw conveyor engineered to meet conditions at the plant, rather than a generic off-the-shelf unit, can save thousands of dollars in the future.

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Fixing the Exploding Oil Train Problem

March 6, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg Businessweek's Matt Philips discusses the impact of oil train explosions on the Keystone XL Pipeline debate. 

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A Different Kind of Electric Car

March 6, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Quant F and its more affordable version, the Quantino, are a pair of electric cars using nano flow cell technology for their power reserve.

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3 Arguments Against Lifting the Crude Ban — That are Still (Mostly) Bogus

March 6, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

With tanks of oil piling up in the U.S., the drumbeat for lifting the crude export ban has been getting louder — but many in Congress are still reluctant to let the ban go. Here are some of the arguments in support of keeping the ban and how they stack up against the facts.

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Natural Gas Prices Prompt Dow Expansion Plans

March 6, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical will spend $6 billion to expand manufacturing plants in Texas and Louisiana amid expectations of continued low domestic natural gas prices. 

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Researchers Analyze Beer Lost at Sea for 170 Years

March 6, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.

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Tales to Protect Your Vision: True PPE Stories

March 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Mandy Savage, Copywriter with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and personal protection equipment (PPE) isn’t laughable when thousands of people are blinded, injured, or killed each year from accidents that could have been prevented or minimized if appropriate PPE had been used.

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U.S. Adds a Robust 295K jobs; Jobless Rate Falls to 5.5 pct.

March 6, 2015 10:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000.

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Nissan Recalls More Altimas for Hood Latch Problem

March 6, 2015 10:25 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling 640,000 more cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a growing problem with faulty latches that can allow hoods to fly open while cars are being driven.

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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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