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Ahead of the Bell: U.S. Manufacturing Likely Grew More Slowly

March 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management reports on a survey about U.S. manufacturing production, orders and other activity in February.

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Survey Shows Chinese Manufacturing Improving

March 2, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in four months but export demand weakened, a survey released Monday showed.

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Dearth of Jobs a Barrier to Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled.

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Four Foot Explosion Proof Light Fixture with Dimming Ballast

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Supplier of industrial lighting equipment Larson Electronics has announced the release of an explosion proof four lamp fluorescent light fixture that is equipped with a dimmable ballast.

Gas Prices Lead to 'Positive Near-Term Economic Outlook'

March 2, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation anticipates modest economic growth in 2015, in large part due to the impact of lower gas prices on consumer spending.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 27, 2015 3:39 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

This week Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the week are a little bit different than previous weeks. Instead of just one person or company in each category, the winner and loser position were given to broader groups of people. Take a look and see who ‘won’ and ‘lost’ this week.

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New Spider Cutter Chews Through Tough Drain Clogs

February 27, 2015 3:27 pm | by General Pipe Cleaners/General Wire Spring General Pipe Cleaners/General Wire Spring Product Releases | Comments

General Pipe Cleaners introduces the new spider cutter, a double cutter with front and rear blades. This new cutter begins cutting when the cable is fed into the line and continues to cut as it retracts, removing stubborn stoppages.

Cargo Backlog Grows on West Coast Ports

February 27, 2015 1:36 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are 36 ships anchored offshore waiting to get into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Despite a new contract for dockworkers, there's still an enormous backlog of cargo waiting to be shipped overseas.

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Is the Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

February 27, 2015 1:23 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses his beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox.

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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety on Television Interview

February 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

​President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient 'Lithium-Air' Battery

February 27, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Massachusetts researchers using a fabricated form of carbon have developed battery technology that they hope will enable electric cars to travel far longer distances.

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By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history.

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TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant

February 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

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Group Backs Off Plan to Put Fracking Ban on Colorado Ballot

February 27, 2015 10:53 am | by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice.

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices.

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Fiat Chrysler Announces Another Recall

February 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Operations | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler has announced another recall - the second in two days. Yesterday, it was announced that nearly 26,000 midsize cars would be recalled. Today, the automotive company announced that 467,000 SUVs would be joining the list of the companies recalled vehicles. 

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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 27, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the internet. 

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months.

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Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive

February 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Yaskawa America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive. 

Check Out Caterpillar's Viral Marketing Success

February 26, 2015 3:26 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sometimes it pays off when companies produce fun, creative advertisements. CEO Doug Oberhelman explains why the Caterpillar made the popular Jenga Youtube commercial.

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