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3 Executives Charged in WV Chemical Spill Plead Not Guilty

January 9, 2015 11:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three executives charged in a chemical spill last January in West Virginia pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.                                     

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Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye to 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 11:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs.

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Manufacturing Job Growth Up in 2014

January 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                           

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Nissan, NASA To Work Together on Self-Driving Technology

January 9, 2015 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.                                       

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New OSHA and CSA Compliant Easi-Dec Platform System

January 9, 2015 10:42 am | by Kee Safety, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Kee Safety, Inc has introduced the new OSHA and CSA compliant Easi-Dec Platform system which is designed to provide maintenance and repair workers with safe, rapid access to working heights indoors or outdoors.  

Activist Investor Intensifies Fight Over DuPont's Future

January 9, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fight for control of DuPont Co. is intensifying after the hedge fund led by activist investor Nelson Peltz announced plans to nominate its own slate of four directors to the industry titan's board.               

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BMW Leads German Luxury Carmakers to Record Sales

January 9, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's luxury carmakers had a record year in 2014 thanks to expanding sales in the United States and China.                                        

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Obama-GOP Alliance on Trade Raises Hopes for Bipartisan Agreements

January 9, 2015 9:44 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trade pacts create odd politics. That's why advocates hope new trade agreements might advance this year despite tensions between the Republican-run Congress and the Democratic White House on so many other issues.           

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Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 9:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility.                              

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 8, 2015 4:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The first full week of 2015 has been eventful for the manufacturing sector with no shortage of news making this week’s decision for ‘Winner’ and ‘Loser’ difficult. However, after careful consideration, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, co-founders of Ecovative, are this week’s ‘Winner’ while Fayetteville and Dayton, Tennessee receive the ‘Loser’ title.  

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3D Printed Electronic Circuit Boards

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Helping his son with a school project led Michael Toutonghi to invent a 3D printing medium that conducts electricity and can print plastic circuit boards.                            

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Major Investors Put Money Into Marijuana

January 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

It appears that marijuana businesses may be coming into their own with today’s announcement of a large venture capital firm buying into the pot industry.                           

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5 Steps To Creating a Culture of Product Safety

January 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier | Articles | Comments

Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense against recalls. But how is this accomplished? Here are five tips to help you shift your organization from complacent to compliant.         

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Honda Fined $70M for Not Reporting Death, Injury Complaints

January 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

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California On Way to State's New Energy Goals

January 8, 2015 2:24 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said.   

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Barra: First Year as GM CEO Marked by Disappointment, Progress

January 8, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mary Barra says her first year as CEO of General Motors contained both disappointment and progress, as the company recalled a record number of cars and trucks but also improved its handling of safety problems.            

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2 Tennessee Towns Losing Nearly 2,000 Manufacturing Jobs

January 8, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Tennessee towns will lose nearly 2,000 jobs over the next three years as Goodman Manufacturing moves the positions to a new plant being built in Texas.                           

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Photo of the Day: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket

January 8, 2015 10:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This Saturday SpaceX will try once again try to launch the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, carrying a load of groceries and other supplies, to be delivered to the International Space Station.

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Toyota President Reveals Plans to Build New Overseas Plant

January 8, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is looking to build a new plant abroad, company President Akio Toyoda indicated, as the world's biggest carmaker nears an end to its self-imposed three-year ban on such projects.               

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Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter | News | Comments

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House.               

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