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Five Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 25, 2015 10:56 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

Do you have the courage to confront your fears? If you don't they will subconsciously influence your decisions and actions. Check out these five fears that are particularly important to acknowledge if you want to succeed with continuous improvement. 

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

February 25, 2015 10:48 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. 

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Lexus Tops Auto Dependability Survey

February 25, 2015 10:45 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lexus rates as the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power's annual survey.

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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, But Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 10:19 am | by Kevin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey.

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Volvo to Test Self-Driving Cars on Swedish Roads in 2017

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. 

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Industry Group Warns of Vapors at Fracking Sites

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

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Gray Super-Size AkroBins

February 25, 2015 9:02 am | by Akro-Mils | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils announces the expansion of its industry-leading line of Super-Size AkroBins with the addition of a new Gray color.

Why the U.S. is Not Winning the Global Currency War

February 24, 2015 3:30 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The world is at war — a currency war — and the U.S. is suffering loses. As countries around the world take efforts to weaken their currencies the strength of the U.S. dollar is rising. While, this may seem positive at face value a strong U.S. dollar can have some unfortunate consequences.

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Goodyear Paying $16M to Settle Bribery-Related Charges

February 24, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear will pay about $16 million to settle federal regulators' charges that it failed to prevent persistent bribery in Kenya and Angola aimed at winning tire sales.

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California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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MS Auto Parts Workers in Union Drive Plant Protest

February 24, 2015 2:28 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.

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JPMorgan Chase's $100M Plan To Turn Detroit Around

February 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon is trying to move past the mortgage meltdown, as his bank is part of a massive new investment in Detroit. The struggling city emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history.

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With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle for Liftoff

February 24, 2015 2:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

There's been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Until guidelines are clear, everyone is hovering in a holding pattern.

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Report: 19 Oil and Gas Stocks in 'Extreme Danger'

February 24, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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Worker Killed at Tennessee Alcoa Plant

February 24, 2015 11:20 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

An Alcoa employee was killed Monday evening at a plant in eastern Tennessee, according to media reports.

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Yellen Says Fed Still 'Patient' on Rising Rates

February 24, 2015 11:16 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but the Fed remains patient in raising interest rates because too many Americans are still unemployed, wage growth remains sluggish and inflation is too low.

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Manufacturer Joins Firearm Industry's Largest Trade Show

February 24, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of a Mitchell, South Dakota business specializing in wood and metal manufacturing said it was an honor to be involved in the firearm industry's largest trade show.

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Cadillac Recalls ATS Cars to Fix Hair-Trigger Sunroof Switch

February 24, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling about 67,000 Cadillac ATS compact sports sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.

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Siemens to Supply Turbines for Fuel Efficient Plant in Michigan

February 24, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. 

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Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move the Needle on Wages?

February 24, 2015 9:28 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would spend more than $1 billion to raise pay for 500,000 of its employees – or 40 percent of its U.S. workforce – made serious waves in business and political circles.

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