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Labor Unions Intensify Opposition to Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 12:09 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal.             

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Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 10:32 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc | Articles | Comments

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity.                                   

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Local Motors Brings a 3D Printed Car to Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-D printed car could be in your driveway sooner than you think. Phoenix-based Local Motors plans to sell a 3-D printed car called the Strati later this year.                         

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What Do Obama and Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 10:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

See what the nation's chief executive President Obama, and some major auto executives have to say about lower gas prices and how they will effect the consumer and the auto industry as a whole.

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EPA Proposes Limits on Chemical Used in Consumer Products

January 13, 2015 9:55 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The EPA's move would require manufacturers and importers to notify the agency at least 90 days prior to starting or resuming use of TDI at levels above 0.1 percent by weight. The EPA would then evaluate the use of the chemicals and potentially limit or prohibit the proposed activity.

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A Glimpse of the 5 Biggest Chinese Automakers

January 13, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another Chinese automaker is showing vehicles this year at the auto show in Detroit, raising the perennial question about when these companies might sell in the United States. Most experts say that day is still years away.        

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Airbus, Boeing Rivalry Remains Close

January 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014 — but Airbus edged ahead with more future orders in the rival companies' annual sales battle.                   

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Fiat Chrysler CEO: No Decision on Jeep Wrangler Factory Yet

January 13, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A decision has not been made on whether the Wrangler assembly line will be moved, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.                    

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Who is Mary Barra in 83 Seconds?

January 12, 2015 3:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Watch CNN explain Mary Barra and her journey to become the CEO of GM in just 83 seconds.                                               

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The Next Housing Solution Could Be 3D Printing

January 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What Wikipedia did for information, Alastair Parvin and his colleagues hope the WikiHouse Foundation will do for house building by opening up architectural design plans to everyone and allowing people to 3D print materials to build a house.   

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Navy Turns to Private Contractors for Submarine Maintenance

January 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by Michael Melia, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With U.S. attack submarines sidelined by extended delays at government shipyards, the Navy is turning to private companies to perform more of the maintenance work on the nuclear-powered vessels.                

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Fiat Chrysler Looks to Add 1,500 Jobs in Italian Factory

January 12, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says "extremely positive" results for sales of the new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X will allow the automaker to add 1,500 new jobs in Italy.                         

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Q&A: Communications on the Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings.           

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Should the Texan Earthquakes Speed Up Fracking Regulations Talk?

January 12, 2015 1:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their boots.

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Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy

January 12, 2015 1:53 pm | by Julie Pace, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

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Nitrogen Leak at LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 11:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.                                     

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Weekend Marked by Good News, Bad News for SpaceX

January 12, 2015 11:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

SpaceX had an eventful weekend, with a disappointing crash landing of a supply ship on Saturday and a successful delivery of groceries and Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Monday morning.            

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Photo of the Day: GM's Newest Environmentally Friendly Addition

January 12, 2015 10:41 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Take a look at GM's newest electric car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                        

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Why U.S. Inflation Stays Low While Job Growth Surges

January 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response. But that isn't happening, and economists are struggling to explain the phenomenon.     

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VW, Ford Take Top Awards at Detroit Auto Show

January 12, 2015 10:03 am | by Jeff Karoub & Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

This is the 22nd year for the awards at the Detroit Auto show, and this year the awards were given to Ford for the North American Truck of the Year and VW for the North American Car of the Year.                

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