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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime health care benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter.               

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Education, Bias-Breaking Keys to Women's Rise in Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 10:22 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

When people think of the supply chain, they think trucking and warehouse. On the front lines, they see a need to be physically strong. They see a male-centric role. We don’t necessary think women can do things in the supply chain. We need for people to think differently.

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Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Fell 3.4 Percent in December

January 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft.                                 

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Labor Dispute at Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 27, 2015 9:58 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A months-long contract dispute at ports along the West Coast could spill thousands of miles inland, where two rail companies are raising concerns about shipping complications.                    

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Cars.com Announces the Best Car of the Year

January 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Every year, automakers roll out about 70 new or redesigned cars. Cars.com spends hundreds of hours test driving these cars. They pick six top cars, but only one can win Cars.com's Best of 2015 Award.               

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Manufacturer Spends Annual Ad Budget on One Ad

January 26, 2015 3:16 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This year, the cost of a thirty second Super Bowl ad is approximately $4.5 million, $500,000 more than last year. While this price tag would be a deterrent for many, one manufacturer is willing to spend their entire year's advertising budget for the exposure.

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10 Key Initiatives to Drive Value From Supply Chain Networks in 2015

January 26, 2015 2:51 pm | by Elemica | Articles | Comments

Elemica, a Supply Chain Operating Network provider for the process industries, offers ten top initiatives in the journey to supply chain excellence.                             

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 50

January 26, 2015 2:29 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.         

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The Next Global Markets for U.S. Businesses

January 26, 2015 2:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand.           

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Boeing, SpaceX Will Beat Russia on Price for Astronaut Rides

January 26, 2015 2:15 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA's commercial crew program manager, Kathy Lueders, says the average price for a seat aboard the SpaceX Dragon and Boeing CST-100 capsules will be $58 million. That compares with $71 million a seat charged by Russia under its latest NASA contract.

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Falling Grain Prices Hit Farm Equipment Manufacturers

January 26, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturers of farm equipment are starting to feel the effects of falling grain prices on farmers' profit margins.                                       

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Muller Introduces Complete Load Containment Solutions at Pack Expo 2014

January 26, 2015 12:01 pm | by Muller | News | Comments

Muller, a manufacturer of both equipment and material load containment solutions, provided a single source of pallet wrapping solutions at PACK EXPO 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.                     

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Photo of the Day: Getting Pumped Up for the Super Bowl

January 26, 2015 11:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Take a look at IMPO's Photo of the Day to catch a glimpse of the footballs being manufacturered for Super Bowl XLIX.                                     

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Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 26, 2015 11:02 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery | Articles | Comments

Forklift fleets offer significant opportunities for warehouses and distribution centers to improve their eco-efficiency. One way is to convert from forklifts powered by internal combustion (IC) to electric lift trucks.         

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1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.             

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States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues. Right-to-work laws have an immediate impact on manufacturing through operations and costs, but the federal prevailing wage law, will also effect the manufacturing of supplies on the site of qualifying projects. 

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Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit in 2014

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports.                     

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Yogurt Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Arson

January 26, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the production plant ablaze in a fit of anger over investors' handling of the company.                         

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 23, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week our ‘Winner and Loser’ is assigned to two companies in very different places. Microsoft announced new and innovative technology which has earned them the winning slot of the week. However, BP is back in federal court facing fines for the 2010 oil spill, earning them the losing slot.

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Cadillac Wants Small Dealers to Upgrade to 'Boutique' Stores

January 23, 2015 2:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.                     

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