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Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 30, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new report recommends that auto companies strengthen industry collaboration, worker training and career opportunities in order to resolve a worsening talent crisis in their supply chains. 

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Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Emery Dalesio, The Associated Press

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook for U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

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Personalized Production: The Brilliant Factory Will Match the Right Parts With the Right Tools

March 30, 2015 10:33 am | by GE Reports

GE manufacturing maven Christine Furstoss provides a look inside the technology at work in the "brilliant factory."

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. But, Streit's is planning to shut down its nine-decade-old ovens by year's end and move to a 21st century computerized plant somewhere in the New York area.

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Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University. 

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Mental Exam Ordered for Man Accused in Beheading at Food Processing Plant

March 27, 2015 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.

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5 Problems With 3D Printing & How To Fix Them

March 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk

Designers need to solve problems with new solutions, less effort, more results, greater expression, increased reliably and confidence, and good quality.

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Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

March 27, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have something in common: many issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. 

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Feds: Monsanto Fined for not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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Poll: Americans Evenly Divided on Fracking

March 27, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent nationwide poll showed Americans are evenly split between support and opposition for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

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Steel Industry Gathers Before Congress

March 26, 2015 4:32 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Steel Industry leaders gathered to address Congress yesterday, voicing their concerns about domestic steel procedures, trade policies and plant closures. 

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Picture of the Day: Toyota's New Beginning

March 26, 2015 3:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Toyota is putting the past and their sweeping recalls behind them — according to the company it is time to move forward.

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Union Vote Set Next Month at Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press

About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

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Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

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Survey: Many in Plastics Industry Call for Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet industry needs, according to a recent poll.

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Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press

The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said that he's confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production.

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Photo of the Day: Tesla's Appearance at Automate 2015

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

Now that Automate and ProMat 2015 have come to a close, we thought we would share some quick takeaways from the shows. Unfortunately, Tesla did not set up a booth at Automate this year, but that didn’t mean that they didn’t have a presence at the show. 

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Republicans Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

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