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Why Oil is Down by Half, What it Means for You

December 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.         

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Alcoa Buying Tital to Help Expand Aerospace Unit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is buying a titanium and aluminum structural castings company, Tital, to help expand its global aerospace business.                                     

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Build-it-Yourself Computer for $150

December 15, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's kind of like Legos, but for computers. Kano is a kit that offers kids the basics of building hardware and coding software.                                   

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Former Muncie Chevy Plant Workers Compile History

December 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Keith Roysdon, The Star Press | News | Comments

Grobey and Dawson have become the unofficial historians of the Muncie plant. Dawson collected thousands of photographs and documents covering the history of the General Motors transmission plant, in its various names and incarnations, from the years when it employed more than 3,000 people to its final days.

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14 Cities Receive Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants

December 15, 2014 2:03 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday.

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UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.                             

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 42

December 15, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

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Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency with Color Labeling

December 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.

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OLK-444 Industrial Leak Detection Kit

December 15, 2014 10:45 am | by Spectroline | Product Releases | Comments

 According to Spectroline, the OLK-444 Industrial Leak Detection Kit is a powerful kit that pinpoints leaks in any size oil-based fluid system.       

Manufacturing in New York Contracts in December

December 15, 2014 10:25 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two years, pulled down by a drop in orders and shipments.                             

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Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession.             

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Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains.             

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Families of Shooting Victims Sue Gun Manufacturer, Seller

December 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

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U.S. Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.                                      

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China's Factory Output Growth Declines

December 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in China's factory output declined further in November in a new sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy.                                   

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Poll Reveals Americans' Stance on Limiting Carbon

December 12, 2014 2:12 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution, although they weren't asked how. Nearly half of Republicans said the U.S. should lead the global fight to curb climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not.

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AAM: Growing Trade Deficit with China Costs U.S. Jobs

December 12, 2014 1:10 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs – the overwhelming majority of them in manufacturing – according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).           

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GM Victim: I Was Robbed of a Part of my Life

December 12, 2014 12:56 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

10 years after her car crashed, killing her boyfriend, a Texas court clears Candice Anderson of the felony charge. GM admits its car may have contributed to the accident.                       

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Ford CEO: New F-150 Will Change Auto Industry

December 12, 2014 12:52 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Mark Fields, CEO of Ford Motor Co., talks about the automaker's new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, the outlook for Detroit's economy and the impact of declining oil prices on the auto industry.               

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Light My Sleigh Tonight: The Story of Rudolph & GE

December 12, 2014 12:48 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, still a staple of holiday TV, was brought to the screen half a century ago by GE executive William Sahloff. He likely didn’t know that, just a couple of years earlier, a GE engineer had invented the red LED in the company’s labs.

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