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Numbers Show Mixed Economy, Rising Consumer Confidence

February 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Year-end reports issued by federal officials show an improving economy, though growth remains slow and not without its hiccups. A new poll, however, says U.S. consumers are feeling better about the economy than at any point in the last decade.  

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Entries are Now Open for R&D Magazine’s 2015 R&D 100 Awards

February 2, 2015 9:30 am | by R&D Magazine | Events

R&D Magazine is now accepting entries for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards, the esteemed international competition honoring the 100 most innovative technologies and services in 2014. This year’s program has been expanded to include a wider range of categories spanning the manufacturing, design engineering, and consumer markets, in addition to science, academia, and government. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 30, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Choosing the “Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week” was a little bit more challenging this week as there were a few contenders for each position. Check out who ended up receiving the weekly nods — and if you agree.        

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CSB Urges OSHA for Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 2:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust regulations for contributing to the accident, and urging OSHA to respond with national rules.

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U.S. Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

January 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

From the end of 2014, solar deployment is slated to be up nearly 40% over 2013. Today, the booming demand for solar energy supports more than 173,000 jobs and the U.S. has become the third largest solar market in the world.       

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Ford CFO: F-150 Assembly Going 'Extremely Well'

January 30, 2015 2:17 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Bob Shanks, chief financial officer of Ford Motor Co., talks about the automaker's profit and sales outlook, the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, the performance of the company's European unit and the impact of currencies on competition from Asia.

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On a Roll: Rolls-Royce Sees Best Year Ever in 2014

January 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by Bloomberg News | Articles | Comments

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is on a sales pace it has never seen in its 111-year history. The luxury carmaker had its best year ever in 2014 selling more than 4,000 cars.                         

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GE Jet Engines Will Power the Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One.               

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Roll-Up-Fence Portable Barrier

January 30, 2015 11:29 am | by Omega Industrial Products | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Industrial Products is introducing a new, first-of-its-kind pedestrian safety barrier called the the R•U•F (Roll-Up-Fence). 

Q&A: The Changing Engineering and R&D Landscape

January 30, 2015 11:10 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad.               

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Bias Complaints to Daimler Portland Plant Settled for $2.4M

January 30, 2015 10:49 am | by Steven Dubois, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million.                               

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Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the industry.                     

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Compensation Rises at Fastest Pace Since Recession

January 30, 2015 10:16 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

U.S. workers saw their pay and benefits rise at the fastest rate since 2008 last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.                                   

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Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

January 30, 2015 10:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

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Exploding Air Bag May Have Killed Texas Man

January 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Juan Lozano, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.                         

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BP To Sell Part of its Gulf of Mexico Stake to Chevron

January 29, 2015 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is selling part of its stake in an emerging oil-producing region in the Gulf of Mexico to Chevron, and the two companies, along with Conoco Phillips, will work to develop the fields together.                

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Fed Sees Strengthening Economy, Stays 'Patient' on Rates

January 29, 2015 2:47 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.                             

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New Safety Reports Show Cars are Safer Than Ever Before

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

With all the news of recalls it is understandable that some would believe that cars are not as safe as they used to be. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is here to say that those concerns are actually quite unfounded, and cars are safer now than they have ever been. 

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General Motors President Talks New Strategy and Outlook

January 29, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Dan Ammann, president of GM, talks about the outlook for global sales, vehicle safety and the automaker's business strategy with Tom Keene of Bloomberg Business at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.       

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Leading Automotive Supplier to Expand in TN

January 29, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading global automotive supplier plans to build a new facility in McMinn County, Tennessee that's expected to create as many as 400 new jobs.                              

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