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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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2 Missouri Cities Consider Solar Energy Farms

January 5, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two cities near Kansas City are considering making more use of solar energy, a trend that energy industry experts say is growing in the Midwest as costs to install facilities decline.                   

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Automakers End 2014 Strong, Pushing Some Brands to Record Heights

January 5, 2015 10:21 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Holiday sales, cheap gas prices and low interest rates pushed U.S. auto sales to big gains in December, helping the industry close out a strong year with several brands setting sales records.                 

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 10:17 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

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Scrutiny on Worker Non-Compete Deals

January 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Non-competition agreements are better known in contracts for senior executives who have business secrets of interest to competitors. However, court records show the restrictions might trap them in their current jobs, allowing their employers to pay them lower salaries, experts said.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 2, 2015 3:08 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of 2015, opportunities to start fresh are abound. But, the decisions of 2014 don’t leave us entirely either — whether they are good or bad decisions. This week, IMPO shines the light on Hasbro and GE Aviation for a bad design decision and a very successful venture, respectively, in this week’s “Manufacturing Winner and Loser.”

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Should Gov. Supplement Wages Instead of a Minimum Wage Hike?

January 2, 2015 1:58 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Laffer Associates Founder Art Laffer and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Peter Coy discuss the U.S minimum wage debate.                                       

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Is This the Perfect Bourbon?

January 2, 2015 1:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Buffalo Trace Distillery is on a mission to make the perfect bourbon and its new "Warehouse X" could help them get the recipe just right.                                 

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Low Oil Prices Unlikely to Hurt Railroads

January 2, 2015 1:44 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stunning collapse in oil prices over the past several months won't derail the railroads' profit engine even if it does slow the tremendous growth in crude shipments seen in recent years.                 

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Volkswagen Recalls 38K Cars Due to Fire Risk

January 2, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire.                                       

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