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U.S. Adds 2 Models to Probe of Ford Door Latches

March 3, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are adding two models to an investigation of Ford Motor Co. door latches that may not close properly.

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected to Bolster Graphite Market

March 3, 2015 1:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.

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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit from West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month.

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Google to Enter Wireless Market

March 3, 2015 10:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top Google executive said the tech giant is getting into the wireless business in hopes of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

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Fiat Chrysler Brushes Off Snow, Posts 5.6 Pct U.S. Sales Gain

March 3, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler U.S. overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 5.6 percent sales gain last month as customers nationwide brushed off the weather and continued to buy cars.

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Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill in Appomattox River

March 3, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a fuel spill in the Appomattox River.

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Two Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans

March 3, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled.

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Photo of the the Day: New Regulations for French Manufacturers

March 2, 2015 3:16 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

IMPO's Photo of the Day features products that will be subject to new regulations in France. 

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Cuban Cigar Industry Prepares for U.S. Demand

March 2, 2015 2:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

As relations between the U.S. and Cuba thaw, Cuban cigar makers are challenged with increasing productivity without compromising quality.

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Electric Cars Still Technology of the Future: Ghosn

March 2, 2015 2:49 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Carlos Ghosn, CEO at Renault, talks with Caroline Hyde about the growth of electric car technology, why development of autonomous vehicles will take at least 10 years and his outlook for car sales in Russia. 

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Amazon Wants to Put 3D Printers in Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 2:43 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week Amazon filed several patent applications for an on-demand 3D printing service in mobile manufacturing hubs, including delivery trucks. Like drones, the endeavor is another push from the company to get products to the customer faster and save on warehousing costs.

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Oil Decline Likely to Benefit Food Prices

March 2, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Falling oil prices in recent months dramatically reduced prices at the gas pump, which in turn contributed to a spike in consumer confidence early this year.

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don't Need a Degree."

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ERP Technology for Small Manufacturers: Q&A With Dave Lechleitner

March 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Dave Lechleitner, the Principal of Product Marketing at Exact Online, offered insight on increased efficiency, safety, off-shoring and the future of smaller scale manufacturers in the U.S.

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Reclaimed Land Offers New Development Opportunities

March 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Scott Broden, The Daily News Journal | News | Comments

An old abandoned factory can go beyond being a rusty eyesore.

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Ahead of the Bell: U.S. Manufacturing Likely Grew More Slowly

March 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management reports on a survey about U.S. manufacturing production, orders and other activity in February.

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Survey Shows Chinese Manufacturing Improving

March 2, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in four months but export demand weakened, a survey released Monday showed.

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Dearth of Jobs a Barrier to Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled.

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Four Foot Explosion Proof Light Fixture with Dimming Ballast

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Supplier of industrial lighting equipment Larson Electronics has announced the release of an explosion proof four lamp fluorescent light fixture that is equipped with a dimmable ballast.

Gas Prices Lead to 'Positive Near-Term Economic Outlook'

March 2, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation anticipates modest economic growth in 2015, in large part due to the impact of lower gas prices on consumer spending.

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