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Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | Comments

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.             

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VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls for Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen, which owns all three brands, says vibration during driving, and production issues can cause small leaks in rare cases. VW and Audi said they were not aware of any fires or injuries caused by the problem in the U.S.       

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Steelworkers Union Prepared for Oil Refinery Strike as Contract Talks Stall

January 27, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

With its contract set to expire in less than a week, the United Steelworkers union said it has prepared for a possible work stoppage at refineries in light of stalled talks with oil industry negotiators.             

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Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel for Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade negotiations amid ongoing talks with Pacific Rim nations.                               

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Mercedes Chooses AM General to Make SUVs in the U.S.

January 27, 2015 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker.                           

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SpaceX Drops Lawsuit Against U.S. Air Force

January 27, 2015 11:08 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Last year SpaceX filed charges against the U.S. Air Force on the grounds that the Air Force had unfairly given a major contract to Boeing and Lockheed Martin, two companies with a long history of military-industrial contracts. However, SpaceX has dropped the charges on the grounds that some crucial compromises were reached.

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Bird Flu Found at Foster Farms Turkey Ranch in Central Calif.

January 27, 2015 10:46 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Federal agriculture officials say they found the commercial turkey flock at Foster Farms' Stanislaus County facility to be infected with a strain of avian influenza.                         

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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime health care benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter.               

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Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Fell 3.4 Percent in December

January 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft.                                 

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Labor Dispute at Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 27, 2015 9:58 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A months-long contract dispute at ports along the West Coast could spill thousands of miles inland, where two rail companies are raising concerns about shipping complications.                    

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 50

January 26, 2015 2:29 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

With only five days left before the deadline to seek payments, compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has decided that 50 death cases are eligible for money due to crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.         

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Boeing, SpaceX Will Beat Russia on Price for Astronaut Rides

January 26, 2015 2:15 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

NASA's commercial crew program manager, Kathy Lueders, says the average price for a seat aboard the SpaceX Dragon and Boeing CST-100 capsules will be $58 million. That compares with $71 million a seat charged by Russia under its latest NASA contract.

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Falling Grain Prices Hit Farm Equipment Manufacturers

January 26, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Manufacturers of farm equipment are starting to feel the effects of falling grain prices on farmers' profit margins.                                       

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Muller Introduces Complete Load Containment Solutions at Pack Expo 2014

January 26, 2015 12:01 pm | by Muller

Muller, a manufacturer of both equipment and material load containment solutions, provided a single source of pallet wrapping solutions at PACK EXPO 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.                     

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1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.             

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States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues. Right-to-work laws have an immediate impact on manufacturing through operations and costs, but the federal prevailing wage law, will also effect the manufacturing of supplies on the site of qualifying projects. 

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Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit in 2014

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press

Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports.                     

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Yogurt Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Arson

January 26, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the production plant ablaze in a fit of anger over investors' handling of the company.                         

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Cadillac Wants Small Dealers to Upgrade to 'Boutique' Stores

January 23, 2015 2:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.                     

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California Cities Among Top Unemployment Rates; Upper Midwestern Cities Among the Lowest

January 23, 2015 12:38 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The desert Southwest, the Jersey Shore and California's central valley account for the highest urban unemployment rates in the nation, according to data compiled by Forbes.                       

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Percentage of Union Workers Down Slightly in 2014

January 23, 2015 12:26 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The percentage of workers belonging to unions in 2014 declined slightly from the previous year, according to new federal estimates.                                  

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