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Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

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Goodyear’s Concept Tires to Help Power Electric Cars

March 9, 2015 3:32 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear has announced a new concept tire that can convert heat into energy and, in turn, can power an electric car.

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NC Among Southern States Aiming to Lure Big Car Plants, Jobs

March 9, 2015 3:19 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southern politicians are heating up their recruiting in hopes of landing a big auto manufacturing plant and the potential of thousands of high-paying jobs.

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A Look at ELF, the Solar-Powered Bicycle-Car Hybrid

March 9, 2015 3:07 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's called the ELF, a solar-powered bike-car hybrid that's turning up in cities across the country. Costing $5,500, the transportation requires no insurance or gasoline. 

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Alcoa to Acquire Titanium Producer, Expand Aerospace Operations

March 9, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Aluminum producer Alcoa will pay $1.5 billion in stock to acquire titanium company RTI International Metals, the company announced Monday.

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Obama to Announce Effort to Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 11:36 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. 

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4 Ways to Integrate Supply Chain Projects with Corporate Initiatives

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Godfrey Huguley | Articles | Comments

When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation

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GSM-60 Gas Sampling Monitor

March 9, 2015 10:53 am | by Enmet | Product Releases | Comments

The GSM-60 is a microprocessor-based gas monitor designed for use in industrial process, aerospace, pharmaceutical and semiconductor applications.

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Wisconsin Poised to Join Right-to-Work States

March 9, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning. 

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Tesla Denies Reports About Gigafactory Construction Delay

March 9, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno.

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Chrysler Recalls Minivans, SUVs to Fix Ignition Switches

March 9, 2015 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 703,000 Fiat Chrysler SUVs and minivans will have to go back to the shop to fix malfunctioning ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly.

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GM Plans $5B Stock Buyback, Avoids Showdown with Hedge Funds

March 9, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has headed off a potentially divisive proxy fight by agreeing to buy back $5 billion in stock by the end of next year.

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Daimler To Build South Carolina plant, Creating 1,300 jobs

March 6, 2015 3:31 pm | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz Vans will build a new assembly plant for its Sprinter vans in South Carolina, investing a half-billion dollars and creating 1,300 jobs, the company announced Friday.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 6, 2015 3:06 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week ‘Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week’ focuses on a woman who has achieved a great feat in the manufacturing industry and a company that can’t seem to catch a break in the past couple of weeks.

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Two Foot Explosion Proof LED Light Fixture

March 6, 2015 2:52 pm | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 30 watt explosion proof LED light fixture. 

Choosing the Right Flexible Screw Conveyor for the Job

March 6, 2015 2:37 pm | by Doan Pendleton, Vice President, Vac-U-Max | Articles | Comments

To avoid costly downtime, choosing a flexible screw conveyor engineered to meet conditions at the plant, rather than a generic off-the-shelf unit, can save thousands of dollars in the future.

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Fixing the Exploding Oil Train Problem

March 6, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg Businessweek's Matt Philips discusses the impact of oil train explosions on the Keystone XL Pipeline debate. 

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A Different Kind of Electric Car

March 6, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Quant F and its more affordable version, the Quantino, are a pair of electric cars using nano flow cell technology for their power reserve.

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3 Arguments Against Lifting the Crude Ban — That are Still (Mostly) Bogus

March 6, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

With tanks of oil piling up in the U.S., the drumbeat for lifting the crude export ban has been getting louder — but many in Congress are still reluctant to let the ban go. Here are some of the arguments in support of keeping the ban and how they stack up against the facts.

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Natural Gas Prices Prompt Dow Expansion Plans

March 6, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical will spend $6 billion to expand manufacturing plants in Texas and Louisiana amid expectations of continued low domestic natural gas prices. 

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