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AAM: It's Time For Action On China's Exchange Rate

October 16, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Treasury is due to release its semi-annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies on Oct. 15. In its April report, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew acknowledged China’s continued actions to impede market determination, yet failed to name China as a currency...

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Falling Oil Prices Shake Up Global Economies

October 16, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years. The global price of oil is...

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The Generational Divide

October 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

According to an article last year in Business Week, the age of the average manufacturing worker is 56. Typically, we talk about this demographic as it relates to an impending worker shortage. What will we do to replace this crop of highly skilled tradespeople? What kind of impact will their mass...

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Airbus Receives Its Largest Aircraft Order To Date

October 16, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indian budget airline IndiGo has signed a preliminary order with Airbus for 250 A320neo Family aircraft. Airbus said on Wednesday that the memorandum of understanding with IndiGo, India's largest domestic airline, will become Airbus' single largest order...

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Nike, Converse Chuck A Lawsuit At 31 Companies

October 16, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades and Nike has owned the company since 2003, so what leaves me scratching...

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Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Wilson Ring, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont attorney general's office on Wednesday released a draft of the rules it is writing to govern the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The nine pages of rules lay out everything from definitions of "food" and "genetic...

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Artisanal Ciders Give Growers New Revenue Stream

October 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With hard cider making a hardcore comeback across the country, apple growers are tapping a juicy new revenue stream by establishing farmstead cideries and planting varieties too tart or tannic for the lunchbox but perfect for smashing and fermenting into distinctive...

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Chipotle Backs Colorado's GMO Food Labeling Effort

October 16, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Burrito giant Chipotle is backing a Colorado ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods. The Denver-based chain said Tuesday that consumers want to know whether the food they're eating has been genetically modified. Company CEO Steve Ells says in his endorsement that...

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GE Aviation Celebrates Opening Of NC Factory

October 16, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Aviation is celebrating the opening of its new advanced composites factory near Asheville with a ceremony featuring state and local leaders. The new 170,000-square-foot facility, which opened Wednesday, will be the first in the world to mass produce engine components made of advanced ceramic...

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India Prime Minister Announces Labor Law Reforms

October 16, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of labor reforms on Thursday aimed at transforming Asia's third-largest economy into an international manufacturing hub. Modi said he wants to overhaul India's archaic labor laws to make it easier to do business in the country, attract...

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Manufacturing Plant Brings 400 Jobs To SC

October 16, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new manufacturing plant in Dillon County is expected to create 400 new jobs in South Carolina during the next five years. The state Commerce Department said Tuesday that Wyman-Gordon, which makes nickel and other alloy parts for aerospace, power generation and industrial uses, is building a...

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Cogenra Sets Three World Records For Solar Module Power

October 16, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cogenra Solar, a provider of high-performance solar technology, today announced three world records using its Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology. In a series of tests conducted by third-party laboratories, Cogenra’s DCI technology achieved up to a 15 percent increase in...

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U.S. Factory Output Rises 0.5% In September

October 16, 2014 9:30 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing, and plastics. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants rose 0.5 percent in September after falling 0.5 percent in August. Total industrial production surged 1 percent...

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The IoT Uplink: More Data Means More Security

October 16, 2014 9:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It's expected that data traffic will be more than 22 times heavier by 2020 thanks to the Internet of Things. That's why security and standards have become a growing concern in the world of industrial IoT, as well as the challenges that ...  

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Chrysler Recalls 907K Cars, SUVs For Faulty Wiring

October 16, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.The recalls, posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators, push the total number of recalls so far this year to over...

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EPA's Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Adam Riedel | Articles | Comments

A few months ago the EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may... 

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Brazilian Pair Raises Bid For Chiquita

October 15, 2014 5:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Brazilian companies are raising their bid for banana company Chiquita to approximately $658 million. Investment firm Safra Group and juice company Cutrale Group said Wednesday that they are now offering $14 per Chiquita share, up from their previous bid...

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The Role Of Cloud-Based ERP In Reshoring Manufacturing

October 15, 2014 5:56 pm | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock, CEO | News | Comments

A growing number of manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to the United States and they are discovering that cloud based ERP software can help their core functions become more efficient and cost-effective, ultimately driving greater revenue...

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Test Driving The $34K Electric Superbike

October 15, 2014 5:06 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla has built a well-known brand of high-end electric automobiles...but when it comes to electric motorcycles, no company has reached Tesla's status. Energica, an Italian company, is looking to lead the charge. Bloomberg's Matt Miller test drove its $34,000 bike...

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Google Tries To Upstage Apple With Latest Devices

October 15, 2014 4:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has unveiled its latest tablet in an apparent effort to upstage Apple's anticipated update of its trend-setting iPad. The Nexus 9 tablet announced Wednesday will compete against a new version of the iPad Air that Apple Inc. is expected to show off to reporters and analysts...

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