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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 8, 2015 4:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The first full week of 2015 has been eventful for the manufacturing sector with no shortage of news making this week’s decision for ‘Winner’ and ‘Loser’ difficult. However, after careful consideration, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, co-founders of Ecovative, are this week’s ‘Winner’ while Fayetteville and Dayton, Tennessee receive the ‘Loser’ title.  

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3D Printed Electronic Circuit Boards

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Helping his son with a school project led Michael Toutonghi to invent a 3D printing medium that conducts electricity and can print plastic circuit boards.                            

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Major Investors Put Money Into Marijuana

January 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

It appears that marijuana businesses may be coming into their own with today’s announcement of a large venture capital firm buying into the pot industry.                           

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5 Steps To Creating a Culture of Product Safety

January 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier | Articles | Comments

Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense against recalls. But how is this accomplished? Here are five tips to help you shift your organization from complacent to compliant.         

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Honda Fined $70M for Not Reporting Death, Injury Complaints

January 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

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California On Way to State's New Energy Goals

January 8, 2015 2:24 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said.   

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Barra: First Year as GM CEO Marked by Disappointment, Progress

January 8, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mary Barra says her first year as CEO of General Motors contained both disappointment and progress, as the company recalled a record number of cars and trucks but also improved its handling of safety problems.            

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2 Tennessee Towns Losing Nearly 2,000 Manufacturing Jobs

January 8, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Tennessee towns will lose nearly 2,000 jobs over the next three years as Goodman Manufacturing moves the positions to a new plant being built in Texas.                           

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Photo of the Day: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket

January 8, 2015 10:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This Saturday SpaceX will try once again try to launch the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, carrying a load of groceries and other supplies, to be delivered to the International Space Station.

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Toyota President Reveals Plans to Build New Overseas Plant

January 8, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is looking to build a new plant abroad, company President Akio Toyoda indicated, as the world's biggest carmaker nears an end to its self-imposed three-year ban on such projects.               

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Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter | News | Comments

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House.               

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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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