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Muller Introduces Complete Load Containment Solutions at Pack Expo 2014

January 26, 2015 12:01 pm | by Muller | News | Comments

Muller, a manufacturer of both equipment and material load containment solutions, provided a single source of pallet wrapping solutions at PACK EXPO 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.                     

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Photo of the Day: Getting Pumped Up for the Super Bowl

January 26, 2015 11:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Take a look at IMPO's Photo of the Day to catch a glimpse of the footballs being manufacturered for Super Bowl XLIX.                                     

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Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 26, 2015 11:02 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery | Articles | Comments

Forklift fleets offer significant opportunities for warehouses and distribution centers to improve their eco-efficiency. One way is to convert from forklifts powered by internal combustion (IC) to electric lift trucks.         

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1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.             

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States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues. Right-to-work laws have an immediate impact on manufacturing through operations and costs, but the federal prevailing wage law, will also effect the manufacturing of supplies on the site of qualifying projects. 

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Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit in 2014

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports.                     

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Yogurt Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Arson

January 26, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the production plant ablaze in a fit of anger over investors' handling of the company.                         

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 23, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week our ‘Winner and Loser’ is assigned to two companies in very different places. Microsoft announced new and innovative technology which has earned them the winning slot of the week. However, BP is back in federal court facing fines for the 2010 oil spill, earning them the losing slot.

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Cadillac Wants Small Dealers to Upgrade to 'Boutique' Stores

January 23, 2015 2:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.                     

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California Cities Among Top Unemployment Rates; Upper Midwestern Cities Among the Lowest

January 23, 2015 12:38 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The desert Southwest, the Jersey Shore and California's central valley account for the highest urban unemployment rates in the nation, according to data compiled by Forbes.                       

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Percentage of Union Workers Down Slightly in 2014

January 23, 2015 12:26 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The percentage of workers belonging to unions in 2014 declined slightly from the previous year, according to new federal estimates.                                  

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Branson's Futuristic Vision to Get Internet to Everyone

January 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson shares his vision of how Virgin Galactic will launch satellites to help connect the three billion people in the world who don't have internet access.                 

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Famous Portland Bread Goes National

January 23, 2015 12:07 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Going against the gluten-free fad, Portland, Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread has gained legions of fans for its seeded, nutritious sandwich lovers. Now it has plans to expand to every state in the U.S. by the end of 2015.       

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 23, 2015 10:46 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A federal judge this week struck down a New Mexico county's fracking ban in one of a growing number of regulatory fights over the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil from deep rock underground.            

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report.                     

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Landfill Could Be One of Last to Tap Methane for Power

January 23, 2015 10:37 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When most Californians think about the source of renewable energy flowing into their homes, they picture wind turbines and solar panels — not garbage.                             

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Another Group Pulls Support From PNM's Power Plant

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A third group is withdrawing its support of Public Service Co. of New Mexico's plan to shut down half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.                         

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U.S. Unemployment Applications Drop

January 23, 2015 10:19 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month, a sign that layoffs remain low and hiring is probably still healthy.                       

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Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 10:07 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices.                             

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Industrial IoT Creates New Job Requirement — ESP

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Bhavesh S. Patel | Articles | Comments

Meet the new job requirement for industrial facility and IT operations professionals — extrasensory perception, a.k.a. ESP.                                     

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