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Delegation: EPA Reaffirms Approval of North Dakota Haze Plan

February 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants, rejecting an appeal by environmental groups who favor a federal plan.

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U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses.

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Survey: Job Openings Rose Slightly in December

February 11, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The latest monthly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the number of job openings increasing slightly in December compared to the previous month.

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Judge Sends Contractor to Prison for Faulty Gun Parts

February 11, 2015 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado man who had a factory in Michigan has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to sell faulty gun parts to the Defense Department.

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Canadian American Homes Buys Shuttered Plants

February 11, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes manufactured homes plans to re-open two plants in central Wisconsin.

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Report: Children's Product Manufacturers Largely Don't Report Recalls on Social Media

February 11, 2015 10:32 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturers who produce children's products that have been placed under recall largely aren't using social media to inform consumers about those safety issues, a consumer watchdog group has found.

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Take it From Freedom Industries: How NOT to Handle a Major Chemical Accident

February 11, 2015 10:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it was funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight.

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Vero Collection from Keen Utility

February 11, 2015 10:07 am | by Keen Utility | Product Releases | Comments

Built for indoor manufacturing jobs, the non-slip Vero Collection is a new style for Keen Utility’s Spring ’15 offerings.      

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How to Design a Structured Approach to Cabling

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Banathy, Industrial Automation Solution Architect, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

Old industrial control systems have given way to the ease of ubiquitous Ethernet and IP technology. This shift has helped spark an explosion of digital devices on plant floors, and increased the demand for the higher performance, bandwidth and reliability offered by a highly structured, standards-based network infrastructure.

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Oil on Wild Ride, How Will it End?

February 11, 2015 9:35 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it's headed.

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Halliburton Announces That it Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 10, 2015 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton says it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.                                   

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New Automation Lends a Hand to U.S. Clothing Manufacturers

February 10, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Made-in-America may be a label consumers could start seeing on their clothes once again thanks to a company called SoftWear Automation and Georgia Tech.                           

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Procter & Gamble To Invest $500M in West Virginia Facility

February 10, 2015 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that it plans to invest $500 million in a West Virginia manufacturing facility and expects to create 700 jobs. The more than 1 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2017.                      

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Investor Seeks $8B GM Stock Buyback, Seat on Board

February 10, 2015 2:29 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A General Motors stockholder representing four investment funds has told the company he'll seek a seat on its board at the annual meeting this summer and will push for an $8 billion stock buyback to take place by next year.        

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U.S. Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High; Job Quits, Hiring Up

February 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

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Five of the Most Important (and Awesome) SpaceX Launches

February 10, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In honor of SpaceX's potentially historic rocket launch tonight, here are some of the companies most important launches.                                      

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Wearing its Labels With Pride

February 10, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading private label and store brand producer and contract manufacturer of beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods, and Berner's current product line represents a significant evolution from a company that opened in 1941 as a maker of natural cheeses. 

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Neighboring States Clash On EPA Coal Energy Regulation

February 10, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions.                         

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China Finds Huge Natural Gas Field in South China Sea

February 10, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China said its recent gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea could yield 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, underlining Beijing's determination to extract resources from waters claimed by several nations.      

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Sluggish Ports Cause Problems for Some OR Businesses

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

Willamette Valley businesses that rely on overseas shipments say they are frustrated by the delays that have come with bargaining over a labor contract at West Coast ports, and some say the effects have hit them coming and going.      

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