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Manufacturers Seek Women for Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:21 am | by M.L. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. So some companies looking for welders, machinists and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women.                             

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7 Percent in October

December 11, 2014 10:08 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                       

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Budget Deal Targets, but Misses Climate Regulations

December 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats successfully blocked measures to prohibit the government from regulating heat-trapping carbon dioxide from power plants for the first time and to throw out rules by the Environmental Protection Agency that expand the number of waterways that can be protected from pollution. Both efforts are likely to come back next year when Republicans are in charge.

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November Budget Deficit Drops to $56.8B

December 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year is down 21 percent from the same period a year ago, although much of that improvement stems from quirks in the calendar.              

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Obama Works to Promote Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with corporate advisers and pushing for a simpler tax code for businesses and expanded trade, two policy proposals that are certain to put him at odds with some fellow Democrats as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

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Elon Musk's Big Bet on Battery Technology

December 10, 2014 2:37 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Cory Johnson discusses how Tesla CEO Elon Musk is disrupting utilities.                                                   

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Detroit Bankruptcy Officially Ending

December 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Detroit is formally emerging from bankruptcy, marking the end of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday.                         

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

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Senator's Family Sues Manufacturers After Plane Crash

December 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages from the aircraft's manufacturers in a negligence lawsuit.                               

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Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 2:01 pm | by Mary Claire Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Setting the stage for debate after Republicans take control, a House subcommittee on Wednesday was to review legislation that would make such food labels voluntary.

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Exxon Sees Abundant Oil, Gas Far Into Future

December 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world's oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast.

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IAC Celebrates Opening of Expanded Manufacturing Operation in AL

December 10, 2014 1:48 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading automotive interior components supplier, celebrated the opening of its newly expanded manufacturing operation in Anniston, Ala.                    

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Nightstick Releases New Line of Flashlights for Hazardous Environments

December 10, 2014 10:40 am | by Bayco Products Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

According to Bayco Products, their Nightstick line-up of Intrinsically Safe Flashlights are the best performing, highest-rated flashlights in the world - all classes, and all divisions. 

Hyundai Recalls 43K Cars for Brake Lights

December 10, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling nearly 43,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the brake lights can fail to illuminate.                                         

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Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield.                                 

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Learn how Big Data and Analytics are Driving Operational Excellence for A&D Manufacturers and Suppliers

December 10, 2014 10:04 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

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Nissan Agrees to Settle Faulty Brakes Lawsuit

December 10, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan has agreed to pay some customers up to $800 each to settle claims that certain vehicles had faulty brakes.                                       

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GM's Opel Takes Complete Control of German Parts Centers

December 10, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it will take full control of two auto parts distribution centers in Germany that are currently operated by a joint-venture company in which Opel holds a 20 percent stake.             

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BP: Restructuring to Cost $1 Billion in Next Year

December 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil giant BP has warned that plans to streamline its business will cost it $1 billion over the next year.                                         

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Jobless Veterans Get Elite Training for New Careers

December 9, 2014 1:28 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many veterans returning from wars overseas face a new challenge at home: finding a job. Some are getting extra help to make the transition from combat to the cubicle. Wyatt Andrews met the vets who are learning a valuable new job skill.    

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