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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 20, 2015 3:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

'Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week' are two companies that have been having two very different weeks. The winner of the week has been experiencing an outstanding revival of success, while the loser is facing another week of bad news and even worse press.

Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 20, 2015 10:06 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year. 

Governor Joins Call for Superfund Listing for Aluminum Plant

February 19, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Steve Bullock has joined the call to have the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List, a step toward gaining federal funding to clean up the 120-acre site.

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Owner Behind Beef Recall Pleads Guilty to Processing Cancerous Cattle

February 19, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the centre of a massive recall has pleaded guilty to processing cattle with cancer for consumption.

Foreign Holdings of U.S. Treasury Debt Hit Record in December

February 19, 2015 9:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December despite investors in China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt, cutting back on their holdings.

Caterpillar Says U.S. is Investigating its Movement of Cash

February 19, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday.

White House Considering Oil Train Safety Upgrades

February 18, 2015 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry's voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. Here is a look at what's rolling on U.S. rails. 

Oil Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions

February 18, 2015 9:56 am | by John Raby, Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 56

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56.

U.S. Appeals to Japanese Business to Help Push for Trade Pact

February 13, 2015 2:31 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said Friday, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements.

Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer in Kentucky

February 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky.

Manufacturing Group Backs Overseas Email Privacy Bill

February 13, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A national manufacturing group is calling for congressional passage of an overseas email privacy bill, arguing it would help protect American business relationships abroad.

FDA Panel to Review Application for 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

February 13, 2015 10:51 am | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Food and Drug Administration panel is planning to review smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.

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Congress Seeks to Undo Union Election Standard

February 13, 2015 10:38 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers who now control both houses of Congress are taking steps to counter federal agency decisions they believe favor unions.

U.S. Gov't Says Nearly 64M Vehicles Were Recalled Last Year

February 13, 2015 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the U.S. auto industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. Automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles, more than double the old record from a decade ago, according to government figures.

Death Followed Jeep Recall

February 12, 2015 3:01 pm | Videos | Comments

More than a year after Chrysler issued recall of nearly 1.6 million Jeeps because of it rear-mounted gas tank, the position of the tank is blamed for a fiery crash that killed a pregnant woman on a suburban Detroit freeway.

Kidde Recalling Nearly 5M Disposable Fire Extinguishers

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

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

Delegation: EPA Reaffirms Approval of North Dakota Haze Plan

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

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.

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 | News | Comments

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.

Neighboring States Clash On EPA Coal Energy Regulation

February 10, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | News | Comments

Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions.                         

Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 52

February 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund.                         

Land Rover, Jaguar Will Recall 104,000 Vehicles

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Land Rover and Jaguar are recalling 104,000 vehicles because of problems with the brakes and lights.The largest recall involves a brake-hose issue that Jaguar Land Rover North America studied and dismissed, only to reopen after an accident.   

McCain Seeks To Open U.S. Domestic Routes To Foreign Ships

February 6, 2015 3:32 pm | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. John McCain, who seems to revel in the occasional lonely crusade, is now taking on America's maritime industry and the longstanding law barring foreign-built ships from transporting goods within the United States.         

No Fast or Slow Lanes For Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 6, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.          

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 5, 2015 6:00 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week, the ‘Winner and Loser’ are both in the automotive sector, however, that’s where their similarities end. Check out who earned the titles of 'Winner' and 'Loser' this week.                    

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