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Noncompetition Agreements: Right or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 10:17 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

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Scrutiny on Worker Non-Compete Deals

January 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Non-competition agreements are better known in contracts for senior executives who have business secrets of interest to competitors. However, court records show the restrictions might trap them in their current jobs, allowing their employers to pay them lower salaries, experts said.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 2, 2015 3:08 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of 2015, opportunities to start fresh are abound. But, the decisions of 2014 don’t leave us entirely either — whether they are good or bad decisions. This week, IMPO shines the light on Hasbro and GE Aviation for a bad design decision and a very successful venture, respectively, in this week’s “Manufacturing Winner and Loser.”

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Should Gov. Supplement Wages Instead of a Minimum Wage Hike?

January 2, 2015 1:58 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Laffer Associates Founder Art Laffer and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Peter Coy discuss the U.S minimum wage debate.                                       

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Is This the Perfect Bourbon?

January 2, 2015 1:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Buffalo Trace Distillery is on a mission to make the perfect bourbon and its new "Warehouse X" could help them get the recipe just right.                                 

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Low Oil Prices Unlikely to Hurt Railroads

January 2, 2015 1:44 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stunning collapse in oil prices over the past several months won't derail the railroads' profit engine even if it does slow the tremendous growth in crude shipments seen in recent years.                 

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Volkswagen Recalls 38K Cars Due to Fire Risk

January 2, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire.                                       

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Hyundai, Kia Brace for Weakest Growth in a Decade

January 2, 2015 1:34 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. are forecasting their weakest growth in yearly car sales in more than a decade as competition intensifies and the global economy slows.                 

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U.S. Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 6 Months

January 2, 2015 1:26 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production. Yet growth was still healthy, a sign manufacturing may help drive the economy's expansion in 2015 as it did last year.   

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Bartlett Company Begins to Manufacture Vinyl Records

January 2, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's record pressing plant has started work on a series of projects and once the plant reaches full capacity, it will have nine presses, able to make 7-inch and 12-inch records and producing 5,000 to 7,000 records per day.     

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Hasbro To Replace Phallic Play-Doh Toy

January 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hasbro is doing damage control over a  penis-shaped plastic cylinder extruder tool included with its Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy.                                 

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States Work To Meet New Renewable Energy Standards

January 2, 2015 10:17 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.

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Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 10:10 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The CO2 emission goals set for Mississippi by EPA are unreasonable, unachievable and unfair," said Michael Callahan, CEO of Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.                       

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Taft Hill Plant Manager Insists Facility is Safe

January 2, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The manager of a Taft Hill asphalt plant that some people want relocated says the plant is safe and it would be difficult to move it to a location that wouldn't affect anyone.                     

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NY Offers $14.5M for Power Plant Upgrades

January 2, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state is offering $14.5 million in incentives for power plants to become cleaner and more efficient.                                         

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GM Recalls 92K Trucks, SUVs

January 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions.                             

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Proposed Fees Cause Major Concern Among Solar Industry

December 30, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is the fight of the century for us," said Kevin Goodreau, vice president for business development at Direct Power & Water Corp. in Albuquerque, which designs and manufactures racks and other components for solar systems.     

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How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 30, 2014 2:14 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

The North American group marketing director for Dow, Nestor De Mattos has an inside look at the big issues food packaging manufacturers are facing and how they’re problem-solving their way through today’s market. Here, he takes stock of what changes are on the horizon and how manufacturers can try new trends on for size.

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2014 in Review: GE’s Industrial Revolution

December 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

2014 was in many respects a pivotal year for GE, in which the company delivered on plans to bulk up its industrial core and grow its services by connecting machines to the Industrial Internet.                 

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises in December

December 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Impressed with an improving economy, American consumers are feeling more confident, a private survey showed.                                         

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