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Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer in Kentucky

February 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky.

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Manufacturing Group Backs Overseas Email Privacy Bill

February 13, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A national manufacturing group is calling for congressional passage of an overseas email privacy bill, arguing it would help protect American business relationships abroad.

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Hertz Used to Make Cars?

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Hertz may be synonymous with car rentals today, but it began as a manufacturer. Peter Valdes-Dapena drives a car that Hertz manufactured in the early 1900s.

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China Slowdown Doesn't Scare CAT

February 13, 2015 2:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman says he's actually hoping for a slower economic growth rate in China, and feels his company is well positioned

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 13, 2015 11:06 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over the past week the manufacturing sector has experienced no shortage of news. From continued strikes to massive recalls — the news has run the gamut — and after sifting through it all here is this week's Manufacturing's Winner & Loser.

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FDA Panel to Review Application for 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

February 13, 2015 10:51 am | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Food and Drug Administration panel is planning to review smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.

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Congress Seeks to Undo Union Election Standard

February 13, 2015 10:38 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers who now control both houses of Congress are taking steps to counter federal agency decisions they believe favor unions.

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Mississippi Toyota Plant Reaches Milestone

February 13, 2015 10:33 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, which began building the Corolla in October 2011, reached the half-million production mark faster than any of the other eight Toyota plants in the U.S.

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Booming SUV Market Gets New Entries

February 13, 2015 10:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One out of every three new vehicles Americans bought last year was an SUV, according to Kelley Blue Book. SUV sales rose 12 percent to more than 5.5 million. That was double the pace of the industry as a whole.

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U.S. Gov't Says Nearly 64M Vehicles Were Recalled Last Year

February 13, 2015 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the U.S. auto industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. Automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles, more than double the old record from a decade ago, according to government figures.

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Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Ports

February 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

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Morse "Corner-Over-Corner" DrumTumblr

February 13, 2015 10:08 am | by Morse | Product Releases | Comments

Morse’s new DrumTumblr features "Corner-Over-Corner" tumbling of drums, which corrects settling and homogenizes contents.

Selecting the Right Ventilation for the Workplace

February 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

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GM To Build Electric Car With 200-Mile Range at MI Plant

February 12, 2015 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday.

Report Projects Solar Energy Production to Surge In U.S.

February 12, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A recently released study projects solar energy costs will be able to compete with those of traditional electricity generation in most states within the next 15 years.

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Should Energy Companies Be Liable for Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 3:28 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma, which is raising questions surrounding liability.  

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Refinery Strike to Continue, Talks on Hold Until Next Week

February 12, 2015 3:10 pm | by Anderw Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A nearly two-week-old strike at oil refineries appears set to continue into next week as talks between workers and industry representatives remain on hold.

Death Followed Jeep Recall

February 12, 2015 3:01 pm | Videos | Comments

More than a year after Chrysler issued recall of nearly 1.6 million Jeeps because of it rear-mounted gas tank, the position of the tank is blamed for a fiery crash that killed a pregnant woman on a suburban Detroit freeway.

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

February 12, 2015 2:59 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Cloud ERP lets companies focus on delivering the customized products and services now in demand, rather than worry about the limitations of their aging legacy system.

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Morgan Advanced Materials Announces Superwool Fiber Papers

February 12, 2015 10:28 am | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Superwool fiber papers are a low bio-persistent solution for use in ceramics, glass and metals manufacturing processes, as well as in commercial automotive and consumer goods applications.

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