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

January 22, 2015 | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

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 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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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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Manufacturing's Winner and Loser of the Week

January 16, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This week has been full of news from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, from amazing new cars to some questionable concepts. However, this week’s winners — Ford and Volkswagen — may have stolen the show. On the other end of the stick, oil producers are faced with even more losses as oil prices continue to tumble, earning them the title of ‘Manufacturing's Loser of the Week.’

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President Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 11:55 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year.                 

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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need to 'Learn a Lesson'

January 15, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations are chiming in on where they see the oil industry moving. 

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Should the Texan Earthquakes Speed Up Fracking Regulations Talk?

January 12, 2015 1:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

On Monday, research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their boots.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

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

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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Will 2015 See a Boost in the Federal Minimum Wage?

January 6, 2015 9:35 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associated Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Although 2015 has just begun, it has already been a big year for advocates for a higher minimum wage. On Thursday, January 1, President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage in new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour went into effect, benefiting about 200,000 workers.

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 10:17 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 2, 2015 3:08 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

With the advent of 2015, opportunities to start fresh are abound. But, the decisions of 2014 don’t leave us entirely either — whether they are good or bad decisions. This week, IMPO shines the light on Hasbro and GE Aviation for a bad design decision and a very successful venture, respectively, in this week’s “Manufacturing Winner and Loser.”

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries Executives.

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The Keystone Pipeline Debate in the New Year

December 19, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes.                                     

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The Two Sides of New York State's Ban on Fracking

December 19, 2014 9:53 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Although hydraulic fracturing in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will now formally ban the practice. But did they make the right move?                  

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A Lawsuit Won & A Tarnished CEO Fired

December 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

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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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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