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OR GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The Yes on 92 campaign said Thursday there are no other legal options remaining that could lead them to victory. The campaign filed a lawsuit earlier this week...

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Airline Stocks Rise As Oil Price Lift Outlook

December 11, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of major U.S. airlines rose Thursday amid more signs that cheaper fuel will turn into a windfall for the carriers. Delta Air Lines Inc. said that its pretax income will jump to more than $5 billion in 2015, up from an estimated $4.5 billion this year and nearly double the 2013 gain. At current fuel...

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Budget Deal Targets, But Misses Climate Regulations

December 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A congressional deal to finance the government chips away at some Obama administration energy and environmental programs, but leaves largely intact the president's plans on global warming — at least until Republicans take control of Congress next month. Democrats...

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Automation In Manufacturing Conference Announced, Call For Speakers Open

December 11, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

After a successful first year, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology will host the second annual Automation in Manufacturing (AIM) Conference. The conference will be held June 4, 2015, at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Mich. AMT has also issued a call for speakers. This year’s theme will be...

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5 Quick Questions: GE Sees Data Living On The Edge

December 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Trends abound, but perhaps none impact both the short and long-term prospects of manufacturing more than those related to data management and security. Manufacturing.net recent sat down with Rich Carpenter, Chief Technology Strategist for GE’s Intelligent Platforms Business, to discuss the...

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GOP Pushes Spending Measure Forward

December 11, 2014 10:46 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Confident House Republicans pressed ahead with a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday despite persistent grumbling among Democrats whose votes they need for passage, and lingering opposition from tea party Republicans who see more in the measure to dislike than...

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7% In October

December 11, 2014 10:43 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 9.7% from September’s total and...

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Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:40 am | by M. L. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some companies looking for welders, machinists, and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women. Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is...

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Can Organic Crops Compete With Industrial Agriculture?

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by UC Berkley | Articles | Comments

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, also found that certain practices...

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Altoona Ignition Wire Plant Cutting 160 Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Pennsylvania plant plans to cut 160 of 210 jobs next year as it moves its automotive ignition wire manufacturing operation to another plant in Mexico. The Altoona Mirror reports General Cable will keep its Altoona plant open, but only to make ignition wire assemblies that aren't used in...

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GE Opens Predix Industrial Software Platform To SoftBank In First Licensing Deal

December 11, 2014 10:19 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The machines are talking, and the conversation is getting bigger and more complex. That’s why last October, GE said it would open to developers its new software platform for the Industrial Internet, called Predix. Today, the Japanese telecom giant and the country’s third largest mobile...

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Shale: A Game Changer For U.S. Manufacturing

December 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

In a report released today, PwC US examines whether shale will continue to help drive a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. The answer? A resounding yes. The report, titled “Shale Gas: Still a Boon For U.S. Manufacturing?” studied key areas such as cost savings, and estimated that the “shale effect” could save...

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Obama Promotes Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation

December 11, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with corporate advisers and pushing for a simpler tax code for businesses and expanded trade, two policy proposals that are certain to put him at odds with some fellow Democrats as he enters the last two years of his presidency. Obama also was to...

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German Automotive Parts Company Opening GA Plant

December 10, 2014 5:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says a German manufacturer of auto components is building its first U.S. facility in northeast Georgia. Deal said in a statement Wednesday that Häring is planning to create 800 new jobs by 2025 and will invest $54 million over five years to develop the facility in...

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Anheuser-Busch Shifts Jobs From St. Louis

December 10, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of St. Louis' most prominent corporations plans to shift an undetermined number of jobs to New York as part of a restructuring of its sales and marketing operations. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Anheuser-Busch will move some top executives from the Midwest to a...

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Senator's Family Sues Manufacturers In Plane Crash

December 10, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages from the aircraft's manufacturers in a negligence lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the 2013 crash that killed Perry Dyson Inhofe II was due to manufacturers not providing proper maintenance on the...

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Oil Takes Another Dive On OPEC Report, U.S. Supplies

December 10, 2014 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil took another dive Wednesday to new five-year lows after OPEC projected the world will need less of its oil next year. A U.S. government report showing an increase in oil supplies also pressured prices. Benchmark U.S. crude was down $3.01, or 5 percent, in midday...

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Siemens' Oil & Gas VP Discusses Manufacturing Jobs, Keystone XL Pipeline

December 10, 2014 2:27 pm | by TransCanada Corporation | Videos | Comments

Peter Hoglund, Siemens' vice-president of oil & gas and marine business unit, discusses how his company's partnership with TransCanada on the Keystone Pipeline System has resulted in positive manufacturing impacts in the United States... 

UN Predicts Increased Global Economic Growth

December 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by Cara Anna, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The global economy will grow by more than 3 percent in 2015 and 2016, the United Nations predicted Wednesday, but that growth will be uneven in some regions. The U.N.'s annual economic report says growth edged up in 2014 at an estimated 2.6 percent. The U.N. is forecasting 3.1 percent...

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Air Fares Dipping Thanks To Oil Slump

December 10, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flying could get cheaper next year as airlines say they will finally start passing on some of the savings made on plummeting oil prices. Carriers are forecasting record profits for 2015 thanks to cheaper fuel and rising demand. As a result, they expect to cut the average ticket price by 5 percent in 2015, excluding...

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