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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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Ahead of the Bell: U.S. Manufacturing Likely Grew More Slowly

March 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

The Institute for Supply Management reports on a survey about U.S. manufacturing production, orders and other activity in February.

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Survey Shows Chinese Manufacturing Improving

March 2, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in four months but export demand weakened, a survey released Monday showed.

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Dearth of Jobs a Barrier to Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press

For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled.

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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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