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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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7 Key Questions to Ask Before the 2015 GHS Deadline

January 15, 2015 2:24 pm | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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Study Finds Elevated Contaminant Levels at Fracking Sites, Conventional Wells

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A newly released study found water discharged from energy drilling operations in the U.S. poses risks to human health and the environment, calling for additional government regulations on the practices.             

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Manufacturing Activity Grows at Weaker Pace in Philly Region

January 15, 2015 2:03 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Factory activity in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in January compared with the previous month as orders, shipments and hiring tumbled.                           

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ORBIS Corp. Introduces New All-Plastic Pallet

January 15, 2015 10:57 am | by ORBIS Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ORBIS Corporation, an international manufacturer of sustainable reusable packaging and reusable packaging for retail distribution applications, has introduced an all-plastic pallet designed to optimize the supply chain of small footprint retailers by eliminating product touches during the order replenishment process, from distribution center (DC) to store to floor.

U.S. Wholesale Prices Drop 0.3 Percent in December

January 15, 2015 10:35 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices fell in December by the largest amount in more than three years, reflecting the biggest monthly decline in the cost of gasoline in six years.                         

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Chipotle: Pork Pulled From a Third of Restaurants

January 15, 2015 10:27 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.                                   

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Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs in Kansas, Mexico

January 15, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States.                               

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Obama Moves to Create First Methane Limits for Gas Drilling

January 15, 2015 9:57 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half.         

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Manufacturing in New York Rebounded in Jan. as Hiring Rose

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring.                             

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ClearSign Has the Answer to Industrial Pollution

January 14, 2015 4:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

ClearSign Combustion Corp. has developed a new technology for the combustion region, dubbed Duplex Tile Technology. This new combustion technology could change the industry entirely by eliminating industrial emissions by a staggering 95 percent, reducing downtime and maintenance costs all while increasing profitability and fuel efficiency for manufacturers and plant operators.

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GM Sets Company Record, but is Still Behind VW

January 14, 2015 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. set a company record last year for global sales. But it was outsold by German automaker Volkswagen.                                     

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GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 3:21 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga.

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This Car Lets You Bring Your Fish Along for the Ride

January 14, 2015 3:10 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

There have been a lot of interesting announcements out of the Detroit Auto show this week, but none as strange as the car featured by China’s Gac group.                            

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Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 2:53 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

GE’s venture capital arm, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions and a group of other big names have invested $26.6 million in the company to fund new research and growth. This new investment round brings the company’s total funding to more than $100 million since it was founded by the Australian roboticist, iRobot co-founder and former MIT professor Rodney Brooks in 2008.

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$39M Lawsuit Stemming from Failed Sweetener Plant Settled

January 14, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys say an investment firm has settled a federal lawsuit accusing it of bilking investors out of $39 million in a failed effort to build an artificial sweetener plant in Missouri.                   

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Trucks Roll In at the Detroit Auto Show

January 14, 2015 2:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

On the heels of Ford’s North American Truck of the Year Award win for the aluminum F-150 truck, other automakers have announced updates to their line of trucks for the upcoming model years.                 

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Port Officials Accuse Workers of 'Stifling Productivity' Amid Labor Dispute

January 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Officials representing West Coast ports on Monday alleged dockworkers have deliberately ground shipments at several large ports to a near-halt amid an ongoing labor dispute.                      

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Michigan Supreme Court Hears Major Right-to-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:03 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions for those staffers.

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The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 10:44 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

According to Nager's January 2015 report, "It is easy to get the impression that American manufacturing has entered a new and exciting period of revival. Many in the media, along with consulting firms and economists, now tout the term “manufacturing renaissance” to describe this so-called revival...if only that were true." 

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