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Could Cheap Oil Stick it to Elon Musk and Tesla Stock?

December 9, 2014 1:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tesla shares have taken a beating over the last three months, and it coincides with U.S. automakers' posting better-than-expected SUV sales. With oil getting hit and gas prices falling, electric car maker Tesla has had a tough three months.   

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Looking at Trends in Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A with Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad, discusses confidence levels, the skills gap, unemployment rates, talent recruitment strategies, and the hot jobs for 2015 in the manufacturing and logistics industries.       

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up in 2014

December 9, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up in October

December 9, 2014 1:01 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stockpiles at the wholesale level increased 0.4 percent, matching September's figure, the Commerce Department reported.                                     

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Chrysler Plans $266M Spending for Indiana Plants

December 9, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two central Indiana factories.                                             

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Supreme Court Rules Against Pay for Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 9, 2014 12:50 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.               

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Battery Free RFID Weight Monitoring Tag

December 9, 2014 10:13 am | by Farsens S.L. | Product Releases | Comments

The Atlas from Farsens S.L. is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated weight measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag. 

Nissan Recalls 470K Vehicles

December 9, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks.                                           

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UAW Reaches Top Tier of VW Labor Policy in TN

December 9, 2014 9:59 am | by Erik Shelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.             

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 38

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

At least 38 people have died and 51 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

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EU Calls for Japan to Eliminate Trade Barriers

December 9, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is calling on Japan to make further efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the auto and food safety sectors as they began a fresh round of bilateral free trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo.         

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New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

December 9, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to states.

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The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.                                       

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Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility – Kodak.          

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Honda Expands Air Bag Recall While Takata Remains Quiet

December 8, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Late Friday, Honda confirmed it would replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S., despite airbag supplier Takata's refusal to take its recall nationwide.     

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Tesla Asks Texas for Looser Regulations, Hints at Future Factories

December 8, 2014 2:22 pm | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The electric carmaker can't legally sell cars in Texas, and hints that future factory investments could be hampered by the state's ban on its direct-sales model.               

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Supreme Court Rejects BP's Appeal of Oil Spill Settlement

December 8, 2014 1:57 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC wanted the court to consider whether people and businesses seeking payments under the settlement included some who haven't actually suffered any injury related to the spill.            

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Study Shows Millennials Prone to Job-Hopping

December 8, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Employers should note, 40 percent of the youngest generation expects a promotion every one to two years, and a third admit they’re targeting raises and promotions this year.             

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Record Breaking Printer Creates Super-Size Glass Designs

December 8, 2014 10:25 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An Israeli-based company sets a world record for the largest digital glass printer.                                               

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Pay Going Up for U.S. Workers

December 8, 2014 10:21 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The latest jobs report showed wages are finally going up, as employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November.                                

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