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A Lawsuit Won & A Tarnished CEO Fired

December 17, 2014 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

In the last 24 hours Apple was victorious in fighting the class-action lawsuit over its iPod prices and American Apparel has officially fired its founder and CEO. Here's a closer look at these stories.              

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift in Production or Just a Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores.                   

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Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge in the South

December 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues.                                     

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week the manufacturing sector has seen huge investments, but unfortunately that isn’t all. It has also been the backdrop of a Supreme Court decision that disregarded warehouse workers rights and sided in favor of a large corporation. So without further ado, these are IMPO’s selection for the “Winner” and “Loser” of the week — President Obama and Amazon warehouse workers, respectively. 

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The Winner & Loser of the Week

December 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Each week news of successes and failures flood in from the manufacturing sector — from recalls to exciting new plant openings or industry breakthroughs the news runs the gamut. IMPO has sifted through all the news for you and presents this week's “Winner” and “Loser.”   

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Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm, industry leaders share their ideas on the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing, as well as the ways robotics may change the way we design and create in the future.     

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8 Reasons You Have Unmotivated Employees

December 3, 2014 2:35 pm | by HR Resource Force

According to a recent poll, only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work. If you want to entice your employees, incentives will only work when the individual places a high value on the allurement.           

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New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome for Manufacturers

December 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions in the United States. And while this new regulation clearly has its benefits, it is not without costs, and unfortunately most of the expenses will be shouldered by the manufacturing industry, as they are the ones being targeted to reduce emissions.

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Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 2, 2014 10:19 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

While counting calories may have been a time-consuming duty in the past, consumers may find the task a little easier after last week’s ruling.                               

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Why I'm Thankful for Manufacturing

November 26, 2014 11:09 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

One Thanksgiving family tradition of mine that I would like to share — with a manufacturing spin —is the ‘I’m thankful’s.’ So for the sake of holiday spirit and sharing this family tradition of mine, as well as to show that the manufacturing sector is something to be truly thankful for, I have created this list. 

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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location are Key

November 6, 2014 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, shares some valuable insight into Missouri’s recent attraction of two major transportation and logistics corporations.

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Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 6, 2014 10:19 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor of Manufacturing.net, recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth. 

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AAM 'Fixes' Walmart's Made-in-America Claims

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing

The web filter at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) caught a big ol' piece of chaff this week, in the form of a release from Walmart. America's largest retailer has announced plans to purchase $250 billion worth of American-made goods over the next decade, but some of their claims need adjustment. 

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3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 31, 2014 9:51 am | by Chris Fox, Executive Editor, Manufacturing.Net

On a recent trip to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the aerospace organization provided some insight into the inner-workings of spacecraft manufacturing. At the Marshall Space Flight Center, they specialize in what can best be described as "the guts" of a rocket.

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Meet Goldie, the Newest Pioneer for Women in STEM

October 30, 2014 9:59 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

My attention has been drawn to the issue of woman in STEM careers a few times in the past couple of weeks. First, when Manufacturing.Net Associate Editor, Bridget Bergin, wrote about the need for a modern Rosie the Riveter. The second time came from a more surprising source — a children’s toy.

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AI is Summoning Demons

October 29, 2014 10:08 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.”                       

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How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 27, 2014 2:12 pm | by Lori Payne

Small manufacturing enterprises are more than balance sheets to the CEO, who has usually built the business from the ground up, painfully learning every detail of a successful company as a hands-on leader and final decision-maker.     

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Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 10:55 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.     

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Nike, Converse Chuck a Lawsuit at 31 Companies

October 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades and Nike has owned the company since 2003, so what leaves me scratching my head is — what took so long to file the lawsuit?

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Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs.                           

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 10, 2014 9:25 am | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology, Associate Editor

Not only is the trade deficit possibly hurting manufacturing at home, but currency manipulation by foreign countries that the U.S. trades with could be making it worse.                       

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