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AAM Asks Americans to Pledge to Buy American-Made Over Holidays

November 26, 2014 9:24 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Millions of shoppers will rush to stores in the hopes of a great deal on Friday, there is nothing that will change that, however the Alliance for American Manufacturing wants to change the effects of such consumerism. They want that money to go back to American workers and companies.

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Vermont Auditor Questions State's Role in Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor business, and says complete privatization likely would have a neutral revenue impact                     

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As OPEC Faces Tough Test, Lower Oil Prices Loom

November 25, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.                           

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EPA: Texas Coal Plants Should Spend $2B to Cut Emissions

November 25, 2014 2:07 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.               

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Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing? Q&A With Allen Klevens

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

In order to have control of manufacturing, you want to have the ability to move quickly or change quickly. Therefore, I believe it is worth the extra dollars to have things built in the U.S.                 

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Ford Edge Gets 'Adaptive Steering'

November 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford spokesman Mark Schirmer talks with USA TODAY's Chris Woodyard about the 'adaptive steering' feature in the 2015 Ford Edge crossover, due in showrooms next spring.                       

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This Company Still Makes Vinyl

November 25, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Despite its retro roots, records sales are growing. CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci heads to Brooklyn to visit one of sixteen record pressing plants in the United States.                         

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NAM Urges India to Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                             

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FDA Expands Calorie Count Display Requirements

November 25, 2014 1:36 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick,The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

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Honda Admits Failing to Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 10:46 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.                           

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Condensation Control Stretch Hood Film

November 25, 2014 10:31 am | by Lachenmeir | Product Releases | Comments

Lachenmeier, a leading manufacturer of stretch hood equipment, film and shrink wrapping machines, introduces its patent pending Xeros stretch hood film.

Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right. But, the power may soon need to shift left.       

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Utility Workers Rescued From Platform in WI

November 25, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four utility workers have been brought to safety after getting stuck on a platform about 150 feet above the ground at the We Energies plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.                       

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Global Watchdog Calls for More EU Spending

November 25, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe must relax its fiscal rules and let governments spend more money or risk dragging down the global economy, a major international organization said.                           

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U.S. Economy Reports Strongest Quarter Growth in Years

November 25, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade.               

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Mazda Recalls Cars to Fix Tire Pressure Monitors

November 25, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.                                      

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U.S. Closes Ford Steering Probe Without Recall

November 25, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford full-size cars without seeking a recall.                               

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Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 2:56 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing.                    

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Fort Drum Powered by Wood in Renewable Energy Push

November 24, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy.

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Strike Paralyzes Antwerp Port

November 24, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Trade unions have opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of Belgium.                             

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