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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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Ships Ahoy: GE’s New Marine Business Leaves Port

January 29, 2015 2:11 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last fall, the British Royal Navy commissioned a powerful new high-tech frigate so silent that it would be able to sneak up on submarines undetected. The ship, called the Type 26 frigate, has been designated to become “the workhorse” of the British fleet.

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U.S. Steel Warns of More Layoffs to Come

January 29, 2015 1:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

U.S. Steel warns employees that more layoffs may be coming down the road. The locations in question are the steel processing plant in Birmingham as well as a plant in Lone Star, Texas.                   

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 15-Year Low

January 29, 2015 10:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday the number of applications for unemployment aid fell by 43,000 last week. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, that would mean 265,000 Americans filing initial claims last week — the lowest amount since April of 2000.

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FACT CHECK: Both Sides in Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 29, 2015 10:27 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline say the project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure, while critics argue that it could be devastating to the environment. It is hard to tell who is right, but when forming an opinion everyone is entitled to the facts, so here are a few important fact checks on claims used by both sides of the argument. 

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LED Vigilant High Bay 240V

January 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Dialight | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight, a manufacturer of LED lighting technology, has announced the launch of its high-output LED Vigilant High Bay 240V with CE Compliance. 

Dean Foods Announces Closing of Century-Old Sheboygan Plant

January 29, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods says it will close its 100 year old dairy plant in Sheboygan in an effort to consolidate operations.                                       

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Ford Beats Estimates Despite Declines in Earnings, Revenue

January 29, 2015 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford's net income tumbled in the fourth quarter as the company took an expected charge to deal with its struggling Venezuelan operations.                                 

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Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals.                         

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Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Planning

January 29, 2015 9:36 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

When accurate, near real-time channel data is not abundantly available, sales and inventory fall one or two steps behind true customer demand. And there can be devastating results — including poor channel intelligence, delayed incentive payments or overpayments, and occasional massive write-offs caused by excess inventory stuck in the supply chain.

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General Motors Must Decide What Happens to Oshawa Plant, Union Says

January 29, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union representing auto workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ont., plant says the company must decide now what will happen to its operations there instead of waiting until after the next contract negotiations.           

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Medford's Last Milk Processing Plant Closing

January 28, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medford's last milk processing plant is closing; the Seattle-based Darigold says it would cost too much to upgrade the plant to meet food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations.                 

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