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New Spider Cutter Chews Through Tough Drain Clogs

February 27, 2015 3:27 pm | by General Pipe Cleaners/General Wire Spring General Pipe Cleaners/General Wire Spring Product Releases | Comments

General Pipe Cleaners introduces the new spider cutter, a double cutter with front and rear blades. This new cutter begins cutting when the cable is fed into the line and continues to cut as it retracts, removing stubborn stoppages.

Cargo Backlog Grows on West Coast Ports

February 27, 2015 1:36 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are 36 ships anchored offshore waiting to get into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Despite a new contract for dockworkers, there's still an enormous backlog of cargo waiting to be shipped overseas.

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Is the Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

February 27, 2015 1:23 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses his beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox.

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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety on Television Interview

February 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

​President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient 'Lithium-Air' Battery

February 27, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Massachusetts researchers using a fabricated form of carbon have developed battery technology that they hope will enable electric cars to travel far longer distances.

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By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history.

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TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant

February 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

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Group Backs Off Plan to Put Fracking Ban on Colorado Ballot

February 27, 2015 10:53 am | by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice.

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices.

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Fiat Chrysler Announces Another Recall

February 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Operations | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler has announced another recall - the second in two days. Yesterday, it was announced that nearly 26,000 midsize cars would be recalled. Today, the automotive company announced that 467,000 SUVs would be joining the list of the companies recalled vehicles. 

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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 27, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the internet. 

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months.

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Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive

February 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Yaskawa America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive. 

Check Out Caterpillar's Viral Marketing Success

February 26, 2015 3:26 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sometimes it pays off when companies produce fun, creative advertisements. CEO Doug Oberhelman explains why the Caterpillar made the popular Jenga Youtube commercial.

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A Bottle of Belgian Beer That Costs $43

February 26, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ted Kenny, owner of Top Hops Beer Shop, discusses the rising popularity of craft beer in the U.S.

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Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice for Small Manufacturers

February 26, 2015 3:07 pm | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

If small businesses embrace lean manufacturing as part of their company’s overall strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible, including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains, all of which are critical to running successful organizations.

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Automakers Hire Rocket Firm to Probe Air Bag Problems

February 26, 2015 2:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a Viginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. 

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 26, 2015 2:48 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

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Wisconsin Moves Closer to 'Right-to-Work' Status

February 26, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, moving the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment.

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look to Women to Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry.

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