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Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 4, 2015 | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Fracking is a booming business in Pennsylvania and some nearby residents in New York, where fracking is now banned, want a piece of it.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 27, 2015 3:39 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

This week Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the week are a little bit different than previous weeks. Instead of just one person or company in each category, the winner and loser position were given to broader groups of people. Take a look and see who ‘won’ and ‘lost’ this week.

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What's Going on with the Labor Unions of Today?

February 25, 2015 3:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Labor unions historically developed out of a desperate need to protect the rights of the worker. They are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

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With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle for Liftoff

February 24, 2015 2:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

There's been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Until guidelines are clear, everyone is hovering in a holding pattern.

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Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move the Needle on Wages?

February 24, 2015 9:28 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would spend more than $1 billion to raise pay for 500,000 of its employees – or 40 percent of its U.S. workforce – made serious waves in business and political circles.

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Are You Walking by Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 11:09 am | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc.

Many companies ignore MRO, opting instead to focus on what they perceive to be bigger cost reduction initiatives. In many cases, they are walking by their best opportunity. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 20, 2015 3:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

'Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week' are two companies that have been having two very different weeks. The winner of the week has been experiencing an outstanding revival of success, while the loser is facing another week of bad news and even worse press.

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Five Facts on Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 10:47 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.

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Industry Lashes Out at Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 2:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO.

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3 Vehicle Trends To Keep an Eye On

February 18, 2015 3:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

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

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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Take it From Freedom Industries: How NOT to Handle a Major Chemical Accident

February 11, 2015 10:21 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

It’d be a comedy of errors if it was funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight.

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Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 9, 2015 12:40 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. While this change seems like an issue of semantics, it has massive implications for individual internet users, broadband internet service providers, and businesses of all sizes. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 5, 2015 6:00 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week, the ‘Winner and Loser’ are both in the automotive sector, however, that’s where their similarities end. Check out who earned the titles of 'Winner' and 'Loser' this week.                    

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FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Keeps Internet Open for Businesses

February 5, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and critical to the functioning of the nation, in turn, maintaining "net neutrality." So what does that all mean?   

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How Oil Changed North Dakota

February 5, 2015 1:22 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

One state in America’s heartland has been experiencing fairly drastic changes as of late. In North Dakota, oil was not the only thing booming — the infrastructure of the state followed suit.                 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 30, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Choosing the “Manufacturing’s Winner and Loser of the Week” was a little bit more challenging this week as there were a few contenders for each position. Check out who ended up receiving the weekly nods — and if you agree.        

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The Next Global Markets for U.S. Businesses

January 26, 2015 2:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand.           

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 23, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week our ‘Winner and Loser’ is assigned to two companies in very different places. Microsoft announced new and innovative technology which has earned them the winning slot of the week. However, BP is back in federal court facing fines for the 2010 oil spill, earning them the losing slot.

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Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change the Game?

January 22, 2015 1:50 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.     

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The State of the Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 2:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

What can we expect from the President’s State of the Union address tonight? Probably some gloating. With gas now below $2 a gallon in most of the U.S., stocks soaring to record new highs, unemployment down to pre-recession levels, trade deficits shrinking and inflation low, love him or hate him, the Obama administration has helped in turning the economy around.

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