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FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Keeps Internet Open For Businesses

February 6, 2015 10:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and critical to the functioning of the nation, in turn, maintaining “net neutrality.” So what does that all mean? The proposal by FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, means that Internet providers must allow data to...

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How Oil Changed North Dakota

February 5, 2015 2:48 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

One state in America’s heartland has been experiencing fairly drastic changes as of late. In North Dakota, oil was not the only thing booming, the infrastructure of the state followed suit.  For example, towns like Williston and Watford City have recorded startling increase in infrastructure in the last three years...

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Waze Mobile Traffic App Draws Criticism

January 29, 2015 12:27 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Startup Waze Mobile, acquired by Google in 2013, is drawing major criticism from U.S. sheriffs and other law enforcement officials. The Waze app is a community-driven GPS that gathers data from users to report on traffic jams, accidents, speed traps, cheap gas, etc. in order to constantly update people on driving...

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McDonald’s Reveals List Of Chemicals In French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 27, 2015 2:37 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

As much as we love our fries, those twin golden arches have long been the target of criticism — from health concerns about the high caloric content of McDonald’s menu to the unsavory rumors about chicken nuggets made from “pink slime” and chemical-ridden meats that never spoil...

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Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

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A Leader In Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

January 22, 2015 10:48 am | by Editor | Comments

Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of training his employees so they had the skills and knowledge necessary for his company to make the complex metal components his customers needed. So he launched an employee training program soon after starting his company in 1948.

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The State Of The Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

What can we expect from the President’s State of the Union address tonight? Probably some gloating. With gas now below $2 a gallon in most of the U.S., stocks soaring to record new highs, unemployment down to pre-recession levels, trade deficits shrinking and inflation...

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Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

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President Obama Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett announced the new initiatives in a post on the job networking...

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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need To 'Learn A Lesson'

January 16, 2015 10:18 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Federal officials estimate the prices of crude oil will fall slightly this year compared to late 2014 before rebounding in 2016. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations...

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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 | 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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Net Neutrality Debate Explores Roles Of Internet, Government

January 6, 2015 11:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Conversations about technological innovations like driverless cars and Google glass are almost always accompanied by a second conversation about how to regulate the innovation appropriately. While the Internet may seem like a well-established technology, the debate over who should have control of content flow is...

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right Or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 12:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. Though noncompetition agreements are already fairly...

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 5, 2015 12:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in December as the PMI...

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Should The 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Include An Environmental Agenda?

January 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

As 2015 hits, it is officially time for a new edition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Updated every five years, the guideline provides recommendations for better overall health, including information on food intake, exercise, and reducing the risk of...

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Will 2015 See A Boost In The Federal Minimum Wage?

January 2, 2015 4:50 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Although 2015 has just begun, it has already been a big year for advocates for a higher minimum wage. On Thursday, January 1, President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage in new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour went into effect, benefiting about 200,000...

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3 Essential Questions From Last Week's A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 23, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Littlefield | Comments

On December 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. As is typically the...

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The Two Sides Of NY's Ban On Fracking

December 22, 2014 10:23 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Although hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will formally ban the practice. The AP is reporting that Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is...

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 22, 2014 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries...

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The Keystone Pipeline Debate In The New Year

December 18, 2014 4:58 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes. First, let’s review the project and the two major sides in the debate. On one hand, the Keystone pipeline project could greatly benefit the U.S. economy, and on the other, it could drastically harm...

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