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Southern States Battle for Volvo Plant

March 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

South Carolina lawmakers believe their state has the upper hand in the competition to land Volvo's new U.S. manufacturing plant.

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Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

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Photo of the Day: Another Target of Stricter EPA Regulations

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

The 'Photo of the Day' shows the subject of stricter EPA regulations as a result of health and pollution risks. 

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China Lowers Growth Target, Promises to Open Industries

March 5, 2015 1:45 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive.

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Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 5, 2015 1:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest spat over transporting ever-increasing amounts of crude oil around the country now centers on the pacific Northwest. 

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Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements.

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Toyota Names First Woman Executive

March 5, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Toyota announced that Julie Hamp will lead the Japanese automaker's global communications efforts, reportedly making her the first female executive in company history. 

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Mayor to NYC Business Leaders: Start Pay at $13 an Hour

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press

Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.

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Engineers Rigged This Dreamliner Jet Engine with Parts Made from Amazing Ceramics

March 5, 2015 10:43 am | by GE Reports

Engineers at jet engine proving grounds in Ohio are using a jet engine GE developed for Boeing’s Dreamliner to test engine parts made from a new ceramic super-material.

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German Factory Orders Down More Than Expected in January

March 5, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press

German factory orders, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy, dropped much further than expected in January, led by a big drop in demand from other eurozone countries.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Inch Up to a 10-Month High

March 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.

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U.S. Productivity Falls at Faster Pace, Labor Costs Rise

March 5, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.

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Low Oil Prices are Here to Stay

March 4, 2015 2:41 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has offered his opinions on low oil prices, and he thinks they are here to stay. 

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5 Stunners from the Geneva Car Show

March 4, 2015 2:39 pm | by Greg Keller and David McHugh, The Associated Press

There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.

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Senator Asks for Federal Investigation of Lumber Liquidators

March 4, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

A U.S. Senator is requesting that regulators investigate Lumber Liquidators following a report that said the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards.

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Top Senate Republican Tells States to Ignore EPA Carbon Rules

March 4, 2015 2:12 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming.

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Manufacturers Occupy Forbes Billionaires List

March 4, 2015 2:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

In their compilation of the world’s richest, Forbes found a record-breaking 1,826 billionaires with a net worth of $7.05 trillion. We’re showcasing just seven industry-leaders around the globe who built their fortune in manufacturing-related fields.

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Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 10:54 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include its social media commitment, its e-Commerce channel and the continued agenda surrounding safety.

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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement of right-to-work by the national GOP, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.

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Honey, We Shrunk the SUV

March 4, 2015 9:45 am | by David McHugh, The Associated Press

In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrinking Utility Vehicle. An array of ever-smaller sport-utility vehicles and SUV car-like crossovers is going on display this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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