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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall, Suggesting Strong Hiring

January 8, 2015 10:04 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers.                             

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How To Protect Your Facility Floor During the Winter

January 8, 2015 9:59 am | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

The winter months may be the toughest time of the year for floors. To see why hard-surface floors take such a beating during the winter months, all you need to do is look outside in most areas of the country.            

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Obama Touts Auto Recovery, Yet AAM Says There's 'A Long Way to Go'

January 8, 2015 9:52 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although President Obama touted the recovery of the nation's auto industry near Detroit yesterday, a national manufacturing group said the country still has "a long way to go."                     

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Subaru Recalls 199K Vehicles to Fix Brake Line Rust

January 8, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs for a second time to fix rusty brake lines that can leak fluid and cause longer stopping distances.                             

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GasBuddy Releases Fuel Price Outlook for 2015

January 7, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

This week, GasBuddy has released its GasBuddy Fuel Price Outlook 2015. The report forecasts monthly gas averages and dives into the factors affecting the prices.                         

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Ford CEO Talks Innovation, Cuba

January 7, 2015 2:34 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford’s CEO Mark Fields says the future of the automaker will go beyond making cars, it will be about helping drivers get from one place to the next in the most efficient way.                     

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EPA Delays Final Rule on Emissions from New Power Plants

January 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The final ruling on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants, which was supposed to be due on January 8th has been delayed, leaving many frustrated.                         

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Strong Dollar Means Cheap Gas, Imports For U.S.

January 7, 2015 1:44 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As the global economy has weakened, a forcefully stronger U.S. dollar has emerged. A more valuable dollar translates into cheaper oil and the imports lining U.S. store shelves. It also represents both a boon for American consumers and a hardship for major oil producers such as Russia, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

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Dr. Pepper Snapple Strikes Deal With Keurig Green Mountain

January 7, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain struck a deal with Dr. Pepper Snapple to make single-serve capsules for use in Keurig's soon-to-be released cold beverage system.                             

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Lawmakers Raise Questions Over Incentives for VW

January 7, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Republican lawmakers from a southeastern Tennessee county that's home to a Volkswagen plant are raising questions about a $300 million incentive package for the German automaker because of the United Auto Workers union's role at the facility.

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Rust-Oleum Introduces a Propellant Free Marking Paint System

January 7, 2015 11:08 am | by Rust-Oleum | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine a marking paint system that does not use cans or propellant, can be disposed of with standard waste and saves on storage space. Introducing SpraySmart from Rust-Oleum – a first of its kind, patent pending marking paint delivery system that uses paint pouch technology.

Mercedes Announces New Location for U.S. Headquarters

January 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Geoff Mulvihill & Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press | News | Comments

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday that it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama.                  

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Tracing Trends in Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 7, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin recently had the chance to talk about trends in manufacturing and construction with Dan Parkinson, Industrial Market Sector Leader at Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the largest privately-held construction firms in the country.

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Company Closes Plant, Lays Off 100 Employees

January 7, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A technology company, formerly known as JVC America, is laying off at least 100 people as it closes a factory near Tuscaloosa.                                  

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IMPO's Photo of the Day: Boeing's Final Air Force Delivery of 2014

January 7, 2015 10:32 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

See Boeing's last delivery of its C-17 Globe Master III cargo jet to the U.S. Air Force of 2014 in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                 

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U.S. Companies Increased Hiring in December

January 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.                    

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U.S. Trade Deficit Hits 11 Month Low

January 7, 2015 9:53 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in 11 months as crude oil imports dropped to a two-decade low.                                     

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CA To Begin Work on Nation's First Bullet Train

January 6, 2015 2:29 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's high-speed rail project reaches a milestone Tuesday as officials mark the start of work on the nation's first bullet train, which is designed to whisk travelers at 200 mph between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

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Debunking the Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 2:21 pm | by Barrrett Thompson | Articles | Comments

There’s a perplexing contradiction that exists in the business-to-business sector. B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.

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Mercedes-Benz Introduces the Car of the Future

January 6, 2015 2:12 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

According to Dieter Zetsche, chief executive officer of Daimler AG, the search for the car of the future is over and Mercedes-Benz has made it.                               

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