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The Future Of The Frozen Foods Market And How 'Natural' Products Could Save It

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

It's no surprise that today's food industry is learning to cater to what consumers want. And what do they want? Food marked as fresh, all-natural and healthy, of course. But with shoppers carefully choosing food items labeled as such, frozen food makers may wonder if their...

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EPA Proposes Limits To Chemicals Used In Consumer Products

January 12, 2015 2:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced steps allowing it to limit the use of toluene diisocyanate, a common chemical in commercial products which the agency said can cause asthma and lung damage. The EPA's move would require manufacturers and importers to notify the...

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Energy Hub Seeks To Improve Production Of Composites

January 12, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation will include 122 public...

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As Cheap Gas Shifts Car Buyer's Habits, Automakers Power On

January 12, 2015 2:17 pm | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | Comments

Inside the auto show here, automakers are showing off electric and other vehicles designed to cut our dependence on fossil fuels. Outside, car buyers are paying the lowest prices in years for carbon-based fuels. That dichotomy has the industry scrambling to sell alternative vehicles...

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Obama: With Tech Advances Come Privacy Risks For U.S.

January 12, 2015 1:56 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked, providing more free access to credit scores and protecting students' private data. Obama said identity theft is a growing problem that costs billions...

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Justices Will Not Question California Delta Smelt Protections

January 12, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Supreme Court has left in place restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish. The justices on Monday rejected appeals from farmers in California's Central Valley and urban water districts who had challenged a plan...

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Why U.S. Inflation Stays Low While Job Growth Surges

January 12, 2015 10:38 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

This isn't explained in Econ 101. Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response. They're not happening. Last month, employers added a healthy 252,000 jobs — ending the best year of hiring since...

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VW Golf And Golf GTI Win 2015 North American Car Of The Year

January 12, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that the 2015 Golf and 2015 Golf GTI have been named the 2015 North American Car of the Year. The Golf and Golf GTI were recognized for setting new benchmarks in their segments, including innovation, distinguished design, and available driver assistance features, as...

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Cargill To Close MO Meat Plant, Lay Off Over 100 Workers

January 12, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11. Cargill said in a news release that workers were informed of the move Friday. The work in...

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Weekend Marked By Good News, Bad News For SpaceX

January 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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U.S. Employment Changes Since 2004, At A Glance

January 9, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | 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 | 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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2014 Best Hiring Year Since 1999; Jobless Rate 5.6%

January 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | 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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Activist Investor Intensifies Fight Over DuPont's Future

January 9, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | 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 | 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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NYC Will Begin Banning Restaurant Plastic Foam In July

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