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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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By The Numbers: Manufacturing Group Says EPA Ozone Proposal Still Too Costly

February 27, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The National Association of Manufacturers lowered its projected price tag for a new limit on ground-level ozone, but said it would remain the costliest regulation in U.S. history.

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TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant

February 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

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Group Backs Off Plan to Put Fracking Ban on Colorado Ballot

February 27, 2015 10:53 am | by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press

An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice.

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices.

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Fiat Chrysler Announces Another Recall

February 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Operations

Fiat Chrysler has announced another recall - the second in two days. Yesterday, it was announced that nearly 26,000 midsize cars would be recalled. Today, the automotive company announced that 467,000 SUVs would be joining the list of the companies recalled vehicles. 

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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 27, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the internet. 

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months.

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Automakers Hire Rocket Firm to Probe Air Bag Problems

February 26, 2015 2:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a Viginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. 

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 26, 2015 2:48 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

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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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