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Weekend Marked By Good News, Bad News For SpaceX

January 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

SpaceX had an eventful weekend, with a disappointing crash landing of a supply ship on Saturday and a successful delivery of groceries and Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Monday morning. Saturday’s flight of the Falcon rocket started well, but ended...

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Nissan Introduces New Titan Pickup With Diesel Engine

January 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Over the last two years, all three of the nation's best-selling full-size pickups — the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 — have gotten big redesigns. Now it's the Nissan Titan's turn. The Titan is a tiny player in this space. Last year, Nissan sold 12,527 Titans in the U.S. By...

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Work Expected To Resume Soon At IA Plant Damaged By Explosion

January 12, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production is expected to resume in a few days at a northwest Iowa fertilizer plant that was damaged by a fire and subsequent explosion. The fire began around 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nulex plant in the Port Neal industrial area south of Sioux City. No injuries have been reported. Nulex spokesman...

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Union Antitrust Suit To Block Mill Sale Heads To Federal Court

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A union's attempt to block the sale of a Bucksport paper mill to a metal recycler is heading to federal court. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represented workers at the mill, which shut down production this month. Its antitrust suit that seeks to block the sale...

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Nitrogen Leak At LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul. LG Display Co. said in a statement that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not...

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Should The Texan Earthquakes Speed Up Fracking Regulations Talk?

January 9, 2015 5:15 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

On Monday research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes  in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their...

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U.S. Employment Changes Since 2004, At A Glance

January 9, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added more than 5.2 million jobs over the past two years — a solid average of roughly 220,000 a month. After 5½ years of recovery, the economy has recovered all the 8.7 million jobs that vanished during the Great Recession — and created an additional 2 million. The unemployment...

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Manufacturing Job Growth Up In 2014

January 9, 2015 2:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the manufacturing sector added an average of 16,000 jobs per month last year, compared...

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After 2 Workers Injured, 1 Fatally, OSHA Cites MFG Chemical Inc.

January 9, 2015 2:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

OSHA has issued MFG Chemical Inc. citations following an incident involving the release of chemical vapors from an over-pressurized reactor, which left one worker hospitalized and another dead from burns in his respiratory system. After a media referral alleged that a chemical release had...

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2014 Best Hiring Year Since 1999; Jobless Rate 5.6%

January 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. Employers added 252,000 jobs...

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Microsoft Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

January 9, 2015 2:19 pm | by Sanjay Ravi | Articles | Comments

By now, most everyone is aware of the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is having on the manufacturing industry. As IoT matures the focus is now shifting to looking for new ways to leverage the data being collected from all these new connection points, not just about creating new data points. IDC predicts the...

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Activist Investor Intensifies Fight Over DuPont's Future

January 9, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fight for control of DuPont Co. is intensifying after the hedge fund led by activist investor Nelson Peltz announced plans to nominate its own slate of four directors to the industry titan's board. Its shares edged higher in premarket trading. Trian Fund Management LP, which holds about a 2.7 percent...

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Recalls Of The Week: From Leaky Cars To Poisoned Apples

January 9, 2015 12:45 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week kicked off 2015 well, with only a few major recalls in the automotive and food manufacturing industries. Yesterday, the AP reported that Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs to fix an issue with the brake line. The brake line can rust, which could cause fluid leaks...

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Report Forecasts Tepid Recovery For Europe's Industrial Economy

January 9, 2015 12:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

On the heels of the strongest domestic economic performance in years, experts largely see good things for the U.S. economy in 2015. The country recently wrapped up its best year for hiring since 1999, and rising wholesale inventories suggest an increase in the fourth quarter gross domestic product...

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The Future Of Big Data: Beyond The Internet Of Things

January 9, 2015 11:03 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The big unifying theme of this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been the Internet of Things (IoT). From BMW’s self-driving car to Quirky’s and GE’s connected light bulbs, smart door locks and bells, and Wi-Fi tea pots, there were hundreds of exhibitors who presented their IoT-ready...

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NYC Will Begin Banning Restaurant Plastic Foam In July

January 9, 2015 10:19 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City will move to the forefront of a growing environmental trend by banning food establishments from using plastic foam containers starting this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Thursday. De Blasio's mayoral ban will fulfill an initiative begun by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, who...

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The Best And Worst Of CES 2015

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is all the talk this week as companies showcase their new products, inventions and ideas. This year, the Internet of Things (IoT) is making a big push as the connected home appears to be a big trend, as well as more technology coming to our vehicles. CNNMoney presents...

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Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye To 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 10:12 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs. The Atlanta-based company, which...

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How High Tech Can Pursue Industrial Internet Of Things Market

January 9, 2015 9:51 am | by Bart Fischer, Managing Director with Accenture Electronics and High Tech | Articles | Comments

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of today’s biggest business opportunities in the electronics and high tech industry. Accenture defines IIoT as the convergence of intelligent industrial products, processes and services that communicate with each other, and with people, over global...

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Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility. Gov. Bill Haslam last year announced a package totaling $300 million in tax breaks and other incentives for Volkswagen to expand its Chattanooga...

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