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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 20, 2015 10:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturers stand to benefit from lower energy costs, including producers of transportation equipment, chemicals, plastics, paper and metals.

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U.S. To Fine Air Bag Maker Takata $14,000 per Day

February 20, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in an investigation.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 20, 2015 10:06 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year. 

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Industry Lashes Out at Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 2:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO.

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U.S. Army Launches Giant Blimp to Test Air Defense

February 19, 2015 2:23 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's not a bird or a plane, but a blimp in the sky, floating over Maryland's Baltimore suburbs. It's the newest security system launched by the Army to protect major cities along the East Coast, and it can detect everything from a cruise missile to a large drone.

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Kanye's Sneakers Sellout, For Now No More are Being Made

February 19, 2015 2:19 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Kanye West just released his new sneakers with Adidas -- the Yeezy Boost. They quickly sold out and are now going for thousands online.

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Rolls-Royce Ready to go Off Road with New SUV

February 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Rolls-Royce is the latest luxury automaker to confirm plans that an SUV model is in the works. 

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Factory Activity Improves at a Slower Rate in Philadelphia Region

February 19, 2015 1:58 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturers in the Philadelphia area expanded at a slower rate in February compared with the previous month. New orders have slipped, although shipments and hiring have improved. 

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Study: EPA Labels Don't Reflect Total Savings for Hybrid, Electric Cars

February 19, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study.

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Meet Harriet, The World's Most Powerful Gas Turbine

February 19, 2015 1:20 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Eric King has made many an extreme machine cry uncle over his long career as a testing engineer. But nothing comes close to his current charge, Harriet, the world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine.

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Economist: Stronger Dollar to Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Manufacturing Growth

February 19, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A manufacturing group predicts the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. 

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MiJET Parts Cleaning and Collection Unit

February 19, 2015 11:42 am | by Custom Service Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Custom Service Solutions, Inc. introduces its 12 inch MiJET parts cleaning and collection unit. 

Emergency Shower Decontamination Booths

February 19, 2015 10:51 am | by HEMCO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Emergency Safety Shower Decontamination Booth HEMCO Emergency Shower / Decontamination Booths are fully assembled and ready for installation to water supply and waste systems.

Labor Disputes Roil Canadian Rail Industry

February 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The union representing thousands of Canadian National Railway Company employees says it is considering a strike vote as labor issues persist among the country's largest rail operators.

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Governor Joins Call for Superfund Listing for Aluminum Plant

February 19, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Bullock has joined the call to have the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List, a step toward gaining federal funding to clean up the 120-acre site.

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Owner Behind Beef Recall Pleads Guilty to Processing Cancerous Cattle

February 19, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the centre of a massive recall has pleaded guilty to processing cattle with cancer for consumption.

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Foreign Holdings of U.S. Treasury Debt Hit Record in December

February 19, 2015 9:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December despite investors in China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt, cutting back on their holdings.

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Caterpillar Says U.S. is Investigating its Movement of Cash

February 19, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday.

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The Untethered Technician

February 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Mark Hardesty | Articles | Comments

Thanks to the introduction of WiFi and mobile devices, technicians are working faster and smarter, with huge productivity gains attributable directly to instant, onsite access to information. The result is less machine downtime, more reliable production, and higher output.

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A Less Lethal Alternative to Guns

February 18, 2015 3:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Triple Defender is one of the less lethal alternatives to guns that law enforcement is increasingly interested in after the recent controversies over police killings.

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