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3 Questions for New U.S. Auto Safety Chief

January 13, 2015 12:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. Here are his answers to three questions on how he plans to handle his new position. 

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DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed to Toxic Gas for Years

January 13, 2015 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.               

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Labor Unions Intensify Opposition to Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 12:09 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal.             

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Local Motors Brings a 3D Printed Car to Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

A 3-D printed car could be in your driveway sooner than you think. Phoenix-based Local Motors plans to sell a 3-D printed car called the Strati later this year.                         

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EPA Proposes Limits on Chemical Used in Consumer Products

January 13, 2015 9:55 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The EPA's move would require manufacturers and importers to notify the agency at least 90 days prior to starting or resuming use of TDI at levels above 0.1 percent by weight. The EPA would then evaluate the use of the chemicals and potentially limit or prohibit the proposed activity.

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A Glimpse of the 5 Biggest Chinese Automakers

January 13, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

Another Chinese automaker is showing vehicles this year at the auto show in Detroit, raising the perennial question about when these companies might sell in the United States. Most experts say that day is still years away.        

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Airbus, Boeing Rivalry Remains Close

January 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014 — but Airbus edged ahead with more future orders in the rival companies' annual sales battle.                   

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Fiat Chrysler CEO: No Decision on Jeep Wrangler Factory Yet

January 13, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press

A decision has not been made on whether the Wrangler assembly line will be moved, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.                    

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Navy Turns to Private Contractors for Submarine Maintenance

January 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by Michael Melia, The Associated Press

With U.S. attack submarines sidelined by extended delays at government shipyards, the Navy is turning to private companies to perform more of the maintenance work on the nuclear-powered vessels.                

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Fiat Chrysler Looks to Add 1,500 Jobs in Italian Factory

January 12, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says "extremely positive" results for sales of the new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X will allow the automaker to add 1,500 new jobs in Italy.                         

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Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy

January 12, 2015 1:53 pm | by Julie Pace, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus.

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Nitrogen Leak at LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 11:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.                                     

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Weekend Marked by Good News, Bad News for SpaceX

January 12, 2015 11:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

SpaceX had an eventful weekend, with a disappointing crash landing of a supply ship on Saturday and a successful delivery of groceries and Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Monday morning.            

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Photo of the Day: GM's Newest Environmentally Friendly Addition

January 12, 2015 10:41 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Take a look at GM's newest electric car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                        

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Why U.S. Inflation Stays Low While Job Growth Surges

January 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response. But that isn't happening, and economists are struggling to explain the phenomenon.     

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VW, Ford Take Top Awards at Detroit Auto Show

January 12, 2015 10:03 am | by Jeff Karoub & Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

This is the 22nd year for the awards at the Detroit Auto show, and this year the awards were given to Ford for the North American Truck of the Year and VW for the North American Car of the Year.                

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Nissan Introduces New Titan Pickup with Diesel Engine

January 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

The 2016 Titan has a new Cummins diesel engine that Nissan says will give the truck the power and capability of a heavy-duty truck at the price of a light-duty one. Ford and GM don't offer diesels on their light-duty trucks. Chrysler's Ram does, but Nissan's Cummins V8 diesel is more powerful than Ram's V6, and can tow more.

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Pillsbury Plant Closure to Put 400 Employees Out of Work

January 12, 2015 9:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

General Mills continues its layoffs with another plant closure, this time one of its Pillsbury facilities.                                         

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Photo of the Day: President Obama Turns to TN

January 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Take a look at IMPO's photo of the day, featuring the President as he begins his travels promoting some very big announcements that will directly effect the manufacturing sector.                  

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3 Executives Charged in WV Chemical Spill Plead Not Guilty

January 9, 2015 11:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

Three executives charged in a chemical spill last January in West Virginia pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.                                     

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