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March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2 Billion

March 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

From the time the NCAA tournament field of 68 was announced Sunday evening until the national champion is crowned April 6, millions of employees will spend work hours filling out brackets and watching tournament games, creating a major drag on workplace productivity.

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Report Suggests Oil Prices Tied to Worker Fatalities in North Dakota

March 17, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Low oil prices and subsequent cutbacks in the field by drilling companies could be contributing to a rash of worker fatalities in North Dakota, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances, the agencies announced Monday.

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Deadly Bacteria Outbreak Prompts Ice Cream Recall

March 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Health officials say three people have died after eating ice cream tainted with Listeria. Mark Albert explains the victims all ate the ice cream while they were patients at a Kansas hospital.

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Autonomous Car Prepares For 3,500-Mile U.S. Road Trip

March 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autonomous car developed by Michigan-based auto supplier Delphi Automotive will soon be making a 3,500-mile journey across the U.S.

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Factory Output Falls for Third Straight Month in February

March 16, 2015 2:17 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Output at U.S. factories fell for a third straight month in February, driven by a big drop in production at auto plants.

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Ford F-150 Still Sees Strong Demand

March 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Joe Hinrichs, president of the Americas at Ford Motor Co., talks about production and demand for the new F-150 series, the addition of 900 workers at Ford's Kansas City plant, and the impact of a stronger dollar on Ford.

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Machinists Union Seeks Election at South Carolina Boeing Plant

March 16, 2015 2:08 pm | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The machinists union on Monday asked for an election so about 2,500 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can decide whether they want union representation.

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Lumber Liquidators to Provide Air Tests Following '60 Minutes' Report

March 16, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators will provide air testing supplies to consumers in the wake of a report that its laminate flooring contained high levels of formaldehyde.

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Toyota Wants Price of Hydrogen Vehicle to Match Diesel Cars

March 16, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota's new hydrogen-powered car already costs far less than analysts' original forecasts, but reports suggest the Japanese automaker hopes to make it affordable to most car buyers in the next five to seven years. 

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5 Tips for a More Efficient Compressed Air System

March 16, 2015 1:50 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

An efficient compressed air system can be invaluable asset to a manufacturer. So in order to help, here are five tips on how to achieve the most efficient compressed system. 

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Omegasonics Large Ultrasonic Cleaning Unit

March 16, 2015 10:38 am | by Omegasonics | Product Releases | Comments

This unit is designed to easily tackle the cleaning of injection molds and other parts that are large, oily, and/or dirty.

Report: Zinc Company Overlooked Warning Signs Ahead of 2010 Explosion

March 16, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal investigators this week attributed a July 2010 Pennsylvania zinc refinery explosion to drainage problems and suggested workers overlooked several warning signs leading up to the disaster.

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Chemist's 3D Printer Could Revolutionize Drug Development

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A 3D printer designed by a University of Illinois chemist could, he believes, potentially revolutionize the development of new medications.

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GE Launches Global Research, Technology Innovation and Manufacturing in Saudi Arabia

March 16, 2015 10:15 am | by GE | News | Comments

GE announced $100 million of new programs in Saudi Arabia that will further the company’s localization efforts, build innovation capacity, and create jobs in advanced manufacturing and software analytics.

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March 2015: A Hidden Gem

March 16, 2015 10:02 am | by IMPO | Digital Editions | Comments

In the March issue of IMPO, we introduce you to the four companies who were chosen for AME’s Manufacturing Excellence Award, provide come crucial tips on how to make your operations more efficient, whether that be through mobile service apps or a different compressed air system. Finally, we present our yearly Industrial Web Directory.

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House to Vote on EPA Research Guidelines

March 16, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on bills that would overhaul the standards for research cited by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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New York Manufacturing Index Slows in March

March 16, 2015 9:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a slightly slower pace in March, dragged by weaker shipments and new orders.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

March 13, 2015 3:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After reviewing the manufacturing news from this week, “Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser” have been decided. This week, two companies take the spotlight. While one has been on the receiving end of some great news, the other is being faced with a brand new counterfeiting struggle.

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It Will Take Decades to Close Gender Wage Gap, Study Says

March 13, 2015 2:47 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research forecasts the national gender wage gap will close in the year 2058. That means women will not receive equal pay for the next 43 years.

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