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Russian Pipe Maker OAO TMK Laying Off at Pennsylvania Plants

February 2, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian-based pipe manufacturer says the falling price of gasoline is fueling its decision to lay off 10 percent of its workers at two western Pennsylvania plants.                         

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How Obama Would Spend Your Money in 2016, Agency by Agency

February 2, 2015 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's an agency-by-agency look at how President Barack Obama would spend Americans' money in the 2016 budget year beginning Oct. 1.                                 

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How Much Does Your State Rely on Durable Goods Manufacturing?

February 2, 2015 4:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Manufacturing of durable goods accounted for just more than 5.5 percent of the nation's overall non-farm employment in December.                                   

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Jeep Recalls 228K Cherokees for Air Bag Problem

February 2, 2015 4:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeep is recalling more than 228,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a software problem that can cause side air bags to inflate for no reason.                                  

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Obama Proposes $3.99 Trillion Budget for 2016

February 2, 2015 3:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

President Obama has unveiled his new budget proposal — all $3.99 trillion of it. According to the President, the goal of the new budget is to be “practical, not partisan.”                       

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Hatfields, McCoys Make Moonshine Legally in Southern W.Va.

February 2, 2015 3:12 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

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Will Oil’s Big Decline Drag Down Other Commodities?

February 2, 2015 3:07 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Michael Shaoul, chairman and CEO at Marketfield Asset Management, talks about commodities in light of the decline in oil prices.                                   

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year.                                

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How to Achieve Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

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Strikes Begin at Oil Refineries; Prices Rally

February 2, 2015 2:38 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

About 3,800 workers have walked off the job at nine refineries across the country after the contract between the United Steelworkers Union and oil companies expired Sunday.                       

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U.S. Factories Grew Last Month at Slowest Pace in a Year

February 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at the slowest pace in a year, as orders, production, and hiring all declined. The figures suggested manufacturing may not add much to growth in the first few months of 2015.           

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Industry Groups: Manufacturing Day Events Saw Nearly 400,000 Participants

February 2, 2015 11:36 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Last year's Manufacturing Day campaign involved nearly 400,000 participants at 1,679 total events, organizers said, smashing participation goals for the year.                           

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 51

February 2, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 51 families will get payments from General Motors due to fatal crashes caused by faulty small-car ignition switches, and that number is almost certain to rise.                       

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Steel Industry Missing Out on Boom Cycle as Cuts Mount

February 2, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana's steel industry, which many hoped would be on the upswing after the end of the Great Recession, is struggling under the weight of cheap oil, a strong dollar and low prices, leading to hundreds of layoffs in just one week and uncertainty about the future.

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Perma-Kleen Anti-Microbial Product Offering is Expanding

February 2, 2015 10:51 am | by Ericson Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Ericson Manufacturing is working to fight against bacterial contamination and growth with the introduction of Perma-Kleen Anti-microbial Plugs, Connectors, Cable, Cord Drops, and Cord Sets. 

Tips on Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

February 2, 2015 10:32 am | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc | Articles | Comments

Doing business directly with Chinese manufacturers is very different from business anywhere else in the world. Failure to understand Chinese business culture may end up with you insulting your prospective supplier without knowing it.     

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Fire at Plastics Factory Kills at Least 13

February 2, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.           

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More Than 2M Vehicles Recalled a 2nd Time for Faulty Air Bags

February 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.                       

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Lost Steam in January

February 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two reports show that Chinese manufacturing was anemic in January, adding to pressure on the government to roll out measures to boost the world's No. 2 economy.                         

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Numbers Show Mixed Economy, Rising Consumer Confidence

February 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Year-end reports issued by federal officials show an improving economy, though growth remains slow and not without its hiccups. A new poll, however, says U.S. consumers are feeling better about the economy than at any point in the last decade.  

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