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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit from West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month.

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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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Toyota Promotes U.S. Execs, Gives Power to North American CEO

March 4, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 212K Jobs in February

March 4, 2015 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 jobs in February for the 13th straight month, a private survey found. It was the latest sign that strong hiring should boost the economy this year.

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Google Unveils ‘Project Titan’

March 3, 2015 3:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Monday at the Mobile World Congress currently convening in Barcelona, Google announced the company's plans for Titan, the drone company that Google acquired last year.  

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."

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Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 3, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness. 

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U.S. Adds 2 Models to Probe of Ford Door Latches

March 3, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are adding two models to an investigation of Ford Motor Co. door latches that may not close properly.

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected to Bolster Graphite Market

March 3, 2015 1:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.

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Google to Enter Wireless Market

March 3, 2015 10:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top Google executive said the tech giant is getting into the wireless business in hopes of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

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Photo of the the Day: New Regulations for French Manufacturers

March 2, 2015 3:16 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

IMPO's Photo of the Day features products that will be subject to new regulations in France. 

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Oil Decline Likely to Benefit Food Prices

March 2, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Falling oil prices in recent months dramatically reduced prices at the gas pump, which in turn contributed to a spike in consumer confidence early this year.

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don't Need a Degree."

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Reclaimed Land Offers New Development Opportunities

March 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Scott Broden, The Daily News Journal

An old abandoned factory can go beyond being a rusty eyesore.

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Ahead of the Bell: U.S. Manufacturing Likely Grew More Slowly

March 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

The Institute for Supply Management reports on a survey about U.S. manufacturing production, orders and other activity in February.

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Survey Shows Chinese Manufacturing Improving

March 2, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in four months but export demand weakened, a survey released Monday showed.

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Dearth of Jobs a Barrier to Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press

For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled.

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Gas Prices Lead to 'Positive Near-Term Economic Outlook'

March 2, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation anticipates modest economic growth in 2015, in large part due to the impact of lower gas prices on consumer spending.

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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety on Television Interview

February 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press

​President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient 'Lithium-Air' Battery

February 27, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Massachusetts researchers using a fabricated form of carbon have developed battery technology that they hope will enable electric cars to travel far longer distances.

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