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Obama Administration May Double Salary Threshold for OT Exemption

February 17, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements.

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The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 17, 2015 10:52 am | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.

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Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working on Electric Car Project

February 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Bernard Condon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. 

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 56

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56.

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Japanese Automakers Adjust to Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories.

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing $4.1M

February 17, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period.

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New York Manufacturing Grows at Slower Pace in February

February 17, 2015 10:00 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a modest pace in February, held back by weaker orders and hiring.

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Low Volt Pinhole Detector

February 16, 2015 1:50 pm | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The TQC Low Voltage Pinhole detector enables you to inspect various coatings on conductive substrates for small defects such as holidays and pinholes using the 'wet sponge technique.' 

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3 Steps for Evolving IoT Architectures

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jack Tison, SVP Emerging Business, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

New architecture models and technologies have emerged that ease Industrial IoT deployment and accelerate time to value.

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U.S. Appeals to Japanese Business to Help Push for Trade Pact

February 13, 2015 2:31 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said Friday, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements.

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Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer in Kentucky

February 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky.

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Manufacturing Group Backs Overseas Email Privacy Bill

February 13, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A national manufacturing group is calling for congressional passage of an overseas email privacy bill, arguing it would help protect American business relationships abroad.

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Hertz Used to Make Cars?

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Hertz may be synonymous with car rentals today, but it began as a manufacturer. Peter Valdes-Dapena drives a car that Hertz manufactured in the early 1900s.

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China Slowdown Doesn't Scare CAT

February 13, 2015 2:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman says he's actually hoping for a slower economic growth rate in China, and feels his company is well positioned

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 13, 2015 11:06 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over the past week the manufacturing sector has experienced no shortage of news. From continued strikes to massive recalls — the news has run the gamut — and after sifting through it all here is this week's Manufacturing's Winner & Loser.

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FDA Panel to Review Application for 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

February 13, 2015 10:51 am | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Food and Drug Administration panel is planning to review smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.

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Congress Seeks to Undo Union Election Standard

February 13, 2015 10:38 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers who now control both houses of Congress are taking steps to counter federal agency decisions they believe favor unions.

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Mississippi Toyota Plant Reaches Milestone

February 13, 2015 10:33 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, which began building the Corolla in October 2011, reached the half-million production mark faster than any of the other eight Toyota plants in the U.S.

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Booming SUV Market Gets New Entries

February 13, 2015 10:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One out of every three new vehicles Americans bought last year was an SUV, according to Kelley Blue Book. SUV sales rose 12 percent to more than 5.5 million. That was double the pace of the industry as a whole.

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U.S. Gov't Says Nearly 64M Vehicles Were Recalled Last Year

February 13, 2015 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the U.S. auto industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. Automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles, more than double the old record from a decade ago, according to government figures.

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