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Top 10 Resolutions for Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 5, 2015 11:07 am | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

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Mayor to NYC Business Leaders: Start Pay at $13 an Hour

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.

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Engineers Rigged This Dreamliner Jet Engine with Parts Made from Amazing Ceramics

March 5, 2015 10:43 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Engineers at jet engine proving grounds in Ohio are using a jet engine GE developed for Boeing’s Dreamliner to test engine parts made from a new ceramic super-material.

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German Factory Orders Down More Than Expected in January

March 5, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German factory orders, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy, dropped much further than expected in January, led by a big drop in demand from other eurozone countries.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Inch Up to a 10-Month High

March 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.

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U.S. Productivity Falls at Faster Pace, Labor Costs Rise

March 5, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.

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UniMax Large Floor Mount Fume Hoods

March 5, 2015 10:11 am | by HEMCO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The UniMax series of hoods has been expanded to include wide selection of models that feature greater interior working dimensions.

Low Oil Prices are Here to Stay

March 4, 2015 2:41 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has offered his opinions on low oil prices, and he thinks they are here to stay. 

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5 Stunners from the Geneva Car Show

March 4, 2015 2:39 pm | by Greg Keller and David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.

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What's up with Trucks? Record Sales in February

March 4, 2015 2:33 pm | by USA Today Money | Videos | Comments

Trucks, SUV's and vans saw record all-new vehicle sales, what's behind it all?

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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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