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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

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

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

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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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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Fiat Chrysler Brushes Off Snow, Posts 5.6 Pct U.S. Sales Gain

March 3, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler U.S. overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 5.6 percent sales gain last month as customers nationwide brushed off the weather and continued to buy cars.

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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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