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GM To Build Electric Car With 200-Mile Range at MI Plant

February 12, 2015 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday.

Report Projects Solar Energy Production to Surge In U.S.

February 12, 2015 3:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A recently released study projects solar energy costs will be able to compete with those of traditional electricity generation in most states within the next 15 years.

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Should Energy Companies Be Liable for Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 3:28 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma, which is raising questions surrounding liability.  

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Refinery Strike to Continue, Talks on Hold Until Next Week

February 12, 2015 3:10 pm | by Anderw Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A nearly two-week-old strike at oil refineries appears set to continue into next week as talks between workers and industry representatives remain on hold.

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 7.2 Percent in December

February 12, 2015 10:06 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology

December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.2 million. This total was up 7.2% from November’s total and up 20.3% from December 2013.

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Apple Building Big Solar Energy Project in California

February 12, 2015 9:44 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California.

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Boeing Announces Additional Work for SC Propulsion Plant

February 12, 2015 9:38 am | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press

Even as Boeing opened a large new propulsion plant in South Carolina on Wednesday, the aeronautics giant announced the facility has already been assigned additional work.

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Kidde Recalling Nearly 5M Disposable Fire Extinguishers

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

Kidde is recalling nearly 5 million disposable fire extinguishers because they may not discharge properly, posing a risk of injury.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Rose to 304,000 Last Week

February 12, 2015 9:28 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring.

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Report: Third Industrial Revolution Led by Device Manufacturers

February 11, 2015 2:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

This week, IDC and Flexera Software released a new survey report that provides unique insights into how the third industrial revolution, currently sweeping the global economy, is being fueled by device manufacturers.

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Airport Authority Selling 260 Acres for FedEx Plant

February 11, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

An eastern Pennsylvania airport authority is selling about 260 acres of airport-owned land for almost $9.9 million for a planned FedEx ground distribution hub.

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Delegation: EPA Reaffirms Approval of North Dakota Haze Plan

February 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants, rejecting an appeal by environmental groups who favor a federal plan.

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U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses.

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Survey: Job Openings Rose Slightly in December

February 11, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The latest monthly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the number of job openings increasing slightly in December compared to the previous month.

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Judge Sends Contractor to Prison for Faulty Gun Parts

February 11, 2015 10:58 am | by The Associated Press

A Colorado man who had a factory in Michigan has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to sell faulty gun parts to the Defense Department.

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Canadian American Homes Buys Shuttered Plants

February 11, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press

A company that makes manufactured homes plans to re-open two plants in central Wisconsin.

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Report: Children's Product Manufacturers Largely Don't Report Recalls on Social Media

February 11, 2015 10:32 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Manufacturers who produce children's products that have been placed under recall largely aren't using social media to inform consumers about those safety issues, a consumer watchdog group has found.

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Oil on Wild Ride, How Will it End?

February 11, 2015 9:35 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it's headed.

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Halliburton Announces That it Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 10, 2015 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton says it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.                                   

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Procter & Gamble To Invest $500M in West Virginia Facility

February 10, 2015 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that it plans to invest $500 million in a West Virginia manufacturing facility and expects to create 700 jobs. The more than 1 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2017.                      

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