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Wisconsin Moves Closer to 'Right-to-Work' Status

February 26, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, moving the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment.

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look to Women to Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry.

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Photo of the Day: The Race for the California Bullet Train Contract is On

February 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

As the race for a billion dollar contract with California to build a bullet train heats up, see how one company is setting themselves apart. 

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Orders for U.S. Durable Goods on the Rise

February 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in January, rising by the largest amount in six months, although much of the strength came from a big jump in airplane orders. A key category that signals business investment plans did manage a small gain.

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Report: Federal Agencies Issued Record Fines in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:51 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A pair of federal regulatory agencies each levied record fines – particularly against auto companies – in 2014, according to a recent report on recall activity during the year.

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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent for Electric Car Project

February 26, 2015 9:40 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Reports that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry. Now, it's also prompted allegations of talent-poaching by rival tech companies. 

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Midsize Sedans for Transmission Glitch

February 26, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in North America to fix automatic transmissions that might not shift into park.

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EU Investigating Proposed Chocolate Acquisition

February 25, 2015 3:21 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices.

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Consumer Reports Releases Its Top Vehicle Picks

February 25, 2015 2:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The closely watched annual list of top auto brands and individual vehicles was released this week indicating Consumer Reports' favorites among the 270 autos recently tested. 

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Elon Musk's Solar Company to Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. 

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

February 25, 2015 10:48 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. 

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Lexus Tops Auto Dependability Survey

February 25, 2015 10:45 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Lexus rates as the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power's annual survey.

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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, But Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 10:19 am | by Kevin Chan, The Associated Press

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey.

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Volvo to Test Self-Driving Cars on Swedish Roads in 2017

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. 

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Industry Group Warns of Vapors at Fracking Sites

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

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Goodyear Paying $16M to Settle Bribery-Related Charges

February 24, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Goodyear will pay about $16 million to settle federal regulators' charges that it failed to prevent persistent bribery in Kenya and Angola aimed at winning tire sales.

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California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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MS Auto Parts Workers in Union Drive Plant Protest

February 24, 2015 2:28 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.

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Report: 19 Oil and Gas Stocks in 'Extreme Danger'

February 24, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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Worker Killed at Tennessee Alcoa Plant

February 24, 2015 11:20 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

An Alcoa employee was killed Monday evening at a plant in eastern Tennessee, according to media reports.

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