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From Car Lots to City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 10:09 am | by Henry Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In ways large and small, plummeting oil prices are now reverberating through businesses, towns, schools and family budgets, causing confusion and changing plans. With prices having fallen by nearly half in just six months, the potential impact has been sudden and wide ranging.

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Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work for Manufacturers

January 20, 2015 9:27 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Videos | Comments

Speed, compliance, and spend management are all significant factors in the industrial MRO space. In this video, we’ll speak with Geoff Robertson – Vice President, e-Commerce Strategy and Planning for Grainger – on some of the emerging areas of e-commerce functionality, and the business processes these advancements are designed to address.

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Manufacturing's Winner and Loser of the Week

January 16, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week has been full of news from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, from amazing new cars to some questionable concepts. However, this week’s winners — Ford and Volkswagen — may have stolen the show. On the other end of the stick, oil producers are faced with even more losses as oil prices continue to tumble, earning them the title of ‘Manufacturing's Loser of the Week.’

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President Promotes Plans to Improve Cybersecurity

January 16, 2015 2:47 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

As news of stolen data and cyberattacks becomes an increasing part of our daily lives, President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation to better protect personal data and put the U.S. on a path to a better cyberdefense.       

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Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist to Focus on Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 2:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum.                               

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'Greening' the Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 2:41 pm | by Monica Gomez | Articles | Comments

Going “green” is not only good for the environment—it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company.                             

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Recalls of the Week: Wrapping Up a Record Year

January 16, 2015 2:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls, at least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls.                               

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Fed: Industrial Production Showed Strong Growth in 2014

January 16, 2015 2:30 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Factory production increased at the fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the latest monthly numbers from the Federal Reserve.                                 

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New Rules Could Open Cuba to Wide Range of American Trade

January 16, 2015 2:25 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The Obama administration's new guidelines regarding relations with Cuba take effect today, potentially opening the Caribbean nation to a wide range of American products.                       

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President Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 11:55 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year.                 

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Illinois Community College to Offer Degree in Fracking

January 16, 2015 11:14 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

According to the Associated Press, Lincoln Trail College, an Illinois community college, is planning on adding a petroleum drilling technology degree program to its curriculum this fall. The new addition is designed to help prepare students for careers in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

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Oil-Rite Corp. Introduces New Lubrication Product Hydracision

January 16, 2015 10:44 am | by Oil-Rite Corporation | News | Comments

Hydracision is a new lubrication product designed, manufactured, and patented by Oil-Rite Corporation. It distributes oil to many separate points – as few as 12 and as many as hundreds.                 

U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues.                     

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U.S. Consumer Prices Drop in December

January 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.                 

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Monsanto Gets U.S. Approval for New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula.                 

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Can Manufacturing Learn a Lesson From Farm-to-Table?

January 16, 2015 9:33 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | News | Comments

Can a farm-to-table mentality also translate to manufacturing and maintain the efficiency of automation? Is “know your farmer” transitioning into “know your product manufacturer,” even if it’s on a newly defined local and global scale? Are mass-produced, unsustainable products getting a “Frankenfood” type of reputation now?

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Four Big Hits, One Miss at Detroit Auto Show

January 15, 2015 3:17 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Check out some of the top hits and misses from Detroit's auto show.                                                     

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3D Pen Makes Your Drawings Come to Life

January 15, 2015 3:13 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The future of doodling just became 3D. The new 3Doodler is a pen that allows a person to create drawings that literally leap off the page and are three-dimensional.                         

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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need to 'Learn a Lesson'

January 15, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations are chiming in on where they see the oil industry moving. 

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BP Cuts Staff, Contractors as Oil Prices Fall

January 15, 2015 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has announced it will cut an estimated 200 staff jobs and another 100 contracting jobs in light of falling oil prices.                                     

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