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Booming SUV Market Gets New Entries

February 13, 2015 10:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One out of every three new vehicles Americans bought last year was an SUV, according to Kelley Blue Book. SUV sales rose 12 percent to more than 5.5 million. That was double the pace of the industry as a whole.

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U.S. Gov't Says Nearly 64M Vehicles Were Recalled Last Year

February 13, 2015 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the U.S. auto industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. Automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles, more than double the old record from a decade ago, according to government figures.

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Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Ports

February 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

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Morse "Corner-Over-Corner" DrumTumblr

February 13, 2015 10:08 am | by Morse | Product Releases | Comments

Morse’s new DrumTumblr features "Corner-Over-Corner" tumbling of drums, which corrects settling and homogenizes contents.

Selecting the Right Ventilation for the Workplace

February 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

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GM To Build Electric Car With 200-Mile Range at MI Plant

February 12, 2015 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday.

Report Projects Solar Energy Production to Surge In U.S.

February 12, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A recently released study projects solar energy costs will be able to compete with those of traditional electricity generation in most states within the next 15 years.

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Should Energy Companies Be Liable for Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 3:28 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma, which is raising questions surrounding liability.  

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Refinery Strike to Continue, Talks on Hold Until Next Week

February 12, 2015 3:10 pm | by Anderw Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A nearly two-week-old strike at oil refineries appears set to continue into next week as talks between workers and industry representatives remain on hold.

Death Followed Jeep Recall

February 12, 2015 3:01 pm | Videos | Comments

More than a year after Chrysler issued recall of nearly 1.6 million Jeeps because of it rear-mounted gas tank, the position of the tank is blamed for a fiery crash that killed a pregnant woman on a suburban Detroit freeway.

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

February 12, 2015 2:59 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Cloud ERP lets companies focus on delivering the customized products and services now in demand, rather than worry about the limitations of their aging legacy system.

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Morgan Advanced Materials Announces Superwool Fiber Papers

February 12, 2015 10:28 am | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Superwool fiber papers are a low bio-persistent solution for use in ceramics, glass and metals manufacturing processes, as well as in commercial automotive and consumer goods applications.

Re-skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

February 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

​The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 7.2 Percent in December

February 12, 2015 10:06 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.2 million. This total was up 7.2% from November’s total and up 20.3% from December 2013.

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Apple Building Big Solar Energy Project in California

February 12, 2015 9:44 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California.

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Boeing Announces Additional Work for SC Propulsion Plant

February 12, 2015 9:38 am | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as Boeing opened a large new propulsion plant in South Carolina on Wednesday, the aeronautics giant announced the facility has already been assigned additional work.

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Kidde Recalling Nearly 5M Disposable Fire Extinguishers

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kidde is recalling nearly 5 million disposable fire extinguishers because they may not discharge properly, posing a risk of injury.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Rose to 304,000 Last Week

February 12, 2015 9:28 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring.

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Police Testing New, Less Lethal Gun Technology

February 11, 2015 3:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri, is among many experimenting with the Alternative, a new technology that its creators say makes bullets less deadly.

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Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 11, 2015 2:31 pm | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. But, technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress — fixes to the things that give you headaches, slow your team down and endanger profitability. 

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