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MS Auto Parts Workers In Union Drive Plan Protest

February 23, 2015 5:14 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | Comments

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state. A group of workers and supporters at the...

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Obama: DHS Shutdown Would Hurt State Economies

February 23, 2015 3:02 pm | by Jill Colvin, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama says a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would have a direct impact on state economies and the nation's security. Obama is speaking Monday to the nation's governors, who are gathered at the White House for a meeting with the president and...

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers. More than 1,000 dockworker assignments were filled Sunday at the...

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Feds Inspecting Construction At SC Nuke Plant

February 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal officials are conducting a special inspection after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says officials began their inspection Monday at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest...

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 12:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country. The strike began at the beginning of February with 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers union walking out at nine refineries after the...

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ACC Slams Federal Agency Over Proposed Phthalate Ban

February 23, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to extend the comment period for proposed restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, arguing they would set an "irresponsible and scientifically unsound precedent" for future chemical...

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Daicel To Build Replacement Parts Amid Takata Recalls

February 23, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Daicel Corp. said Friday it will build a second U.S. factory next year, as the Japanese chemical manufacturer expands operations to supply replacement parts for vehicles recalled globally for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp. Daicel will bring forward initial...

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Stronger Dollar To Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Manufacturing Growth

February 23, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A manufacturing group predicts the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. Further manufacturing growth, however, is likely to be hampered by further increases in the nation's trade...

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Apple Invests $1.9B In Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 7:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple says it's investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, its largest such project in Europe to date. The hubs will power Apple Inc.'s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri...

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Honda To Replace President Following Air Bag Fiasco

February 23, 2015 5:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said Monday its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive. The decision follows massive recalls by Honda of vehicles equipped with air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. that...

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Surging Dollar Takes Bite From U.S. Corporate Profits

February 21, 2015 1:14 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | Comments

The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn't tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It's the surging U.S. dollar. The two soda giants rely on overseas customers for roughly half of their revenue. When they turned in...

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Two Sides In Port Dispute Race Against Deadline

February 20, 2015 3:20 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | Comments

With a Friday deadline looming, negotiators labored to reach a deal in a contract dispute that has snarled international trade at seaports from Southern California to Seattle. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez told dockworkers and their employers that if they cannot find common ground in...

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Attack On Sugars, Caffeine Has Beverage Makers Upset With Dietary Committee

February 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

For the first time in history, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars, noting its continued problem for younger people especially. But the American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended...

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WI Lawmakers To Vote On Right-To-Work Bill

February 20, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The Wisconsin Legislature is planning to vote on a bill that would make it the country's 25th "right-to-work" state. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald had previously said lawmakers would take up right-to-work -- which prohibits requiring employees to join a union -- early in the current session after...

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TransCanada To Seek US Approval For $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 2:55 pm | by Blake Nicholson, James MacPherson, The Associated Press | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north. TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $600 million Upland Pipeline would begin in northwestern North Dakota and go north into...

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Honda Cuts Production At Two Plants, Citing Port Dispute

February 20, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Honda Motor Company has announced extended production cuts at plants in Indiana and Canada amid continued shipping delays on the West Coast. The Japanese automaker had previously announced a 20,000-vehicle production cut at its North American plants between Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. The company said...

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Recalls Of The Week: Eat Cumin With Caution

February 20, 2015 1:23 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Food news dominated recall headlines. On Wednesday, the FDA issued an alert for cumin spice that might contain unlabeled traces of peanuts. The peanuts-in-your-cumin problem is not new—Adams Foods issued a recall in December, and Whole Foods and Goya Foods issued recalls earlier...

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U.S. To Fine Takata $14K Per Day

February 20, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in an investigation. Takata's air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least six people have been killed worldwide due...

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Study Finds Healthier Options Are No Match For Junk Food Cravings

February 20, 2015 10:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

While the food market may contain more fruits, veggies and other healthy options than ever before, a new study says the world is still hungry for junk food. The study, which was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Britain's Medical Research Council, was published in the Lancet Global Health journal as part of an ongoing obesity...

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NV Tax Abatement Bill Receives Bipartisan Support

February 19, 2015 7:14 pm | by Riley Snyder, Michelle Rindels, The Associated Press | Comments

Nevada lawmakers on Thursday were hearing details of a number of widely supported tax abatement bills that legislators say will create better paying jobs in the state. Senate and Assembly members held a joint committee hearing on SB93 and AB161, which would expand tax abatements to the aerospace...

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