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U.S. Durable Goods Order on the Rise

November 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders for durable goods increased 0.4 percent last month following a 0.9 percent drop in September and an even bigger 18.3 percent plunge in August, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The two months of declines reflected big swings in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.

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Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Some Business Leaders

November 26, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.     

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Can Toyota's Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Go the Distance?

November 26, 2014 12:31 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

A new car from Toyota could be the blueprint of cars we’ll be driving in years to come. It’s called the Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese, and is Toyota's first emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicle...but the innovation isn't without risks in an unproven market.

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Student Makes Low-Cost Prosthetic With 3D Printer

November 26, 2014 12:27 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Jeff Powell, a college student in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, made a prosthetic hand for a 7-year-old boy for only $20 using a 3D printer. The impact of this could be more profound.                   

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3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion - the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.           

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Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

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White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits on Ice

November 26, 2014 11:43 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class.     

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Woman Cleared in Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:24 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death.     

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Why I'm Thankful for Manufacturing

November 26, 2014 11:09 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

One Thanksgiving family tradition of mine that I would like to share — with a manufacturing spin —is the ‘I’m thankful’s.’ So for the sake of holiday spirit and sharing this family tradition of mine, as well as to show that the manufacturing sector is something to be truly thankful for, I have created this list. 

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Visual Workplace Catalog

November 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Visual Workplace, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Visual Workplace, Inc.’s comprehensive catalog details the company’s complete line of 5S, Lean and Visual Management solutions, highlighting the Mobile In-House Sign Shop (MIHSS). 

Kentucky Whiskey Maker Fetches More Than $28K For 1st Bottle of Bourbon

November 26, 2014 9:54 am | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Kentucky's newest whiskey makers is making a big splash, fetching more than $28,000 for its first bottle of bourbon.                                     

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Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (and Rewards) of Onshoring

November 26, 2014 9:31 am | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

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Vermont Auditor Questions State's Role in Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor business, and says complete privatization likely would have a neutral revenue impact                     

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As OPEC Faces Tough Test, Lower Oil Prices Loom

November 25, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.                           

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EPA: Texas Coal Plants Should Spend $2B to Cut Emissions

November 25, 2014 2:07 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.               

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Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing? Q&A With Allen Klevens

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

In order to have control of manufacturing, you want to have the ability to move quickly or change quickly. Therefore, I believe it is worth the extra dollars to have things built in the U.S.                 

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Ford Edge Gets 'Adaptive Steering'

November 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford spokesman Mark Schirmer talks with USA TODAY's Chris Woodyard about the 'adaptive steering' feature in the 2015 Ford Edge crossover, due in showrooms next spring.                       

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This Company Still Makes Vinyl

November 25, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Despite its retro roots, records sales are growing. CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci heads to Brooklyn to visit one of sixteen record pressing plants in the United States.                         

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NAM Urges India to Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                             

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FDA Expands Calorie Count Display Requirements

November 25, 2014 1:36 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick,The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

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Honda Admits Failing to Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 10:46 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.                           

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