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Senator Asks for Federal Investigation of Lumber Liquidators

March 4, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Senator is requesting that regulators investigate Lumber Liquidators following a report that said the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards.

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Top Senate Republican Tells States to Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 4, 2015 2:12 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming.

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Manufacturers Occupy Forbes Billionaires List

March 4, 2015 2:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

In their compilation of the world’s richest, Forbes found a record-breaking 1,826 billionaires with a net worth of $7.05 trillion. We’re showcasing just seven industry-leaders around the globe who built their fortune in manufacturing-related fields.

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Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 4, 2015 2:02 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Fracking is a booming business in Pennsylvania and some nearby residents in New York, where fracking is now banned, want a piece of it.

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Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 10:54 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include its social media commitment, its e-Commerce channel and the continued agenda surrounding safety.

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New Vigilant H2 Series LED High Bay

March 4, 2015 10:41 am | by Dialight Corp. Dialight Corp. Product Releases | Comments

Dialight announced the release of high-efficiency LED lighting fixtures on the market, the Vigilant H2 Series LED High Bay. 

Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement of right-to-work by the national GOP, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.

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How Can the Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 4, 2015 10:08 am | by Amber Carpenter | Articles | Comments

The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is, the potential impact of the Internet on plant operations is just as sweeping. Industrial plants have an enormous opportunity to leverage the Internet to streamline processes, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance customer service.

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Honey, We Shrunk the SUV

March 4, 2015 9:45 am | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrinking Utility Vehicle. An array of ever-smaller sport-utility vehicles and SUV car-like crossovers is going on display this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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Toyota Promotes U.S. Execs, Gives Power to North American CEO

March 4, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 212K Jobs in February

March 4, 2015 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 jobs in February for the 13th straight month, a private survey found. It was the latest sign that strong hiring should boost the economy this year.

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Google Unveils ‘Project Titan’

March 3, 2015 3:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Monday at the Mobile World Congress currently convening in Barcelona, Google announced the company's plans for Titan, the drone company that Google acquired last year.  

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This is the $952K Zenvo ST1 Supercar

March 3, 2015 3:19 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Zenvo, a supercar manufacturer from Denmark, have built the 1104 horsepower $952,000 ST1. But they want to do more than build a light, fast car, they want to build a brand that can survive in a market renowned for failure. 

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4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 3, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

There is a group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence—regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace. The reasons these industries need to pursue APM excellence may vary, but they share several key drivers.

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."

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Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 3, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness. 

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U.S. Adds 2 Models to Probe of Ford Door Latches

March 3, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are adding two models to an investigation of Ford Motor Co. door latches that may not close properly.

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected to Bolster Graphite Market

March 3, 2015 1:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.

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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit from West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month.

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Google to Enter Wireless Market

March 3, 2015 10:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top Google executive said the tech giant is getting into the wireless business in hopes of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

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