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U.S. Steel Idles Tubular Steel Plant, Lays Off 750 Employees

January 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said it will shut down a plant in Lorain, Ohio, in March and lay off 614 workers. It said the move is temporary. U.S. Steel will also lay off 142 employees who work at a plant in Houston.               

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Blast at Washington Plant Costs $69M in Repairs

January 6, 2015 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Williams Northwest Pipeline is spending $69 million to repair damage from an explosion that injured five people at a natural gas facility last March in eastern Washington.                       

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Hands-On With the Coolest Drones Invading CES

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Consumer drone companies are looking to keep drone fever alive at CES 2015. At the show this year, several companies are showing off new drones with features that should make them smaller, cheaper and expand the possibilities of what a consumer drone can do. 

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Mercedes-Benz Debuts Concept Driverless Car at CES

January 6, 2015 12:28 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The carmaker unveiled the sleek concept car that it is calling F 015 Monday night at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics.                                

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A Look at the Plans for Undersea Robotic Industrial Plants

January 6, 2015 12:17 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Subsea oil and gas deposits off the coast of Brazil exist in a world of extremes.This unwelcoming world has long been off limits to humans, but that’s changing. Energy companies are planning to place entire industrial plants processing oil and gas on the seabed. 

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U.S. Factory Orders Fell 0.7 Percent in November

January 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell for a fourth straight month in November, with demand in a key category that signals business investment plans down for a third month.                         

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Hyundai Motor To Spend $74B Over 4 Years on Facilities, R&D

January 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said Tuesday it plans to spend 81 trillion won ($73.7 billion) over the next four years on factories, research and a new headquarters.                 

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Republicans Prepare Plan to Block Obama on Climate

January 6, 2015 10:03 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week.                           

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IMPO's Photo of the Day: A Sweeter 3D Printer

January 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Don't miss IMPO's Photo of the Day of a unique printing experience from the 2015 International CES.                                         

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Will 2015 See a Boost in the Federal Minimum Wage?

January 6, 2015 9:35 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associated Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Although 2015 has just begun, it has already been a big year for advocates for a higher minimum wage. On Thursday, January 1, President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage in new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour went into effect, benefiting about 200,000 workers.

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How Long Before Oil Prices Recover?

January 6, 2015 9:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

No matter where you fall in this mix of hope and dread, the big question is: How long will it last? Here, Dan Dicker, an OilPrice.com senior contributor, weighs in on falling oil prices.                   

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U.S. To Resume Beef Imports From Ireland for First Time Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country — the first European Union state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago.                   

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Regulators Weigh Proposal to Close Part of New Mexico Plant

January 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.             

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New Year May Bring More Small Business Help From Washington

January 5, 2015 2:35 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.               

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A Car You Can Count On

January 5, 2015 2:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This story of a man and his 1957 Chevrolet Truck seems to lend credence to the theory that cars of the past were made sturdier than cars of the present. This half ton truck has carried him to and from work until retirement, and even though it is a bit rusty now, it sounds like a car you can count on. 

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IMPO's Photo of the Day: General Motors' New Addition to Detroit

January 5, 2015 2:07 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Check out General Motors' newest project designed to give back to Detroit, Michigan in IMPO's photo of the day.                                                           

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 5, 2015 1:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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New Heavy-Duty Smart Jib Crane

January 5, 2015 11:08 am | by Air Technical Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Air Technical Industries (ATI) has announced the development of a new Smart Jib Crane.  

FCC To Vote Next Month on Net Neutrality Rules

January 5, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.               

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NASA Explores Inflatable Spacecraft Technology

January 5, 2015 10:43 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, engineers have been working to develop an inflatable heat shield to help devise a way to one day land astronauts on Mars.                       

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