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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look to Women to Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry.

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Photo of the Day: The Race for the California Bullet Train Contract is On

February 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As the race for a billion dollar contract with California to build a bullet train heats up, see how one company is setting themselves apart. 

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Morgan Advanced Materials Carbon Brushes for Wind Turbines

February 26, 2015 10:51 am | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials’ Electrical Carbon business announces new designs and materials for its range of carbon brushes designed for wind turbine applications.

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Orders for U.S. Durable Goods on the Rise

February 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in January, rising by the largest amount in six months, although much of the strength came from a big jump in airplane orders. A key category that signals business investment plans did manage a small gain.

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5 Elements That Can Derail Supply Chain Management

February 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Brad Poulter | Articles | Comments

Supply chain management professionals who put processes in place to solve these five problems before they occur will keep things moving even when other, less carefully managed supply chains, come to a grinding halt.

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Report: Federal Agencies Issued Record Fines in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:51 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A pair of federal regulatory agencies each levied record fines – particularly against auto companies – in 2014, according to a recent report on recall activity during the year.

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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent for Electric Car Project

February 26, 2015 9:40 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Reports that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry. Now, it's also prompted allegations of talent-poaching by rival tech companies. 

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Midsize Sedans for Transmission Glitch

February 26, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in North America to fix automatic transmissions that might not shift into park.

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Why Manufacturers Need to Do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 25, 2015 3:27 pm | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.

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EU Investigating Proposed Chocolate Acquisition

February 25, 2015 3:21 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices.

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Car Technology: The Future is Now

February 25, 2015 3:15 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

With recent reports that Apple is looking to get involved with car technology, auto writer Chris Woodyard and tech columnist Jefferson Graham talk technology in the car now.

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What's Going on with the Labor Unions of Today?

February 25, 2015 3:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Labor unions historically developed out of a desperate need to protect the rights of the worker. They are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

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Consumer Reports Releases Its Top Vehicle Picks

February 25, 2015 2:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The closely watched annual list of top auto brands and individual vehicles was released this week indicating Consumer Reports' favorites among the 270 autos recently tested. 

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Elon Musk's Solar Company to Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. 

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Five Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 25, 2015 10:56 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

Do you have the courage to confront your fears? If you don't they will subconsciously influence your decisions and actions. Check out these five fears that are particularly important to acknowledge if you want to succeed with continuous improvement. 

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

February 25, 2015 10:48 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. 

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Lexus Tops Auto Dependability Survey

February 25, 2015 10:45 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lexus rates as the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power's annual survey.

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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, But Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 10:19 am | by Kevin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey.

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Volvo to Test Self-Driving Cars on Swedish Roads in 2017

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. 

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Industry Group Warns of Vapors at Fracking Sites

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

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