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Re-skilled Workers Bring The Industrial Internet Of Things To Life

February 12, 2015 1:58 pm | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side. As more and more companies migrate toward increased connectivity on...

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rose To 304K Last Week

February 12, 2015 12:20 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring. Applications rose 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase comes two weeks after applications plunged by...

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Energy Company Withdraws From Lawsuit Against EPA

February 12, 2015 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An energy company has withdrawn from Wyoming's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that lands around Riverton are legally Indian Country. However, Gov. Matt Mead said the decision by Devon Energy to drop out does not weaken or jeopardize the lawsuit, which...

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Who Pays? Who Cuts Emissions? 5 Issues For UN Climate Deal

February 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | Comments

World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks. In Geneva this week, negotiators from more than 190 countries are working on a draft of a deal that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in December. At this point it's a wish list reflecting the diverging...

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Booming SUV Market Gets New Entries

February 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Dee-Ann Dubrin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Sport utility vehicles are unstoppable — and automakers hope to cash in on the boom with some updated models coming to this year's Chicago Auto Show. One out of every three new vehicles Americans bought last year was an SUV, according to Kelley Blue Book. SUV sales rose 12 percent to more...

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GM To Build Electric Car With 200-Mile Range At MI Plant

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

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday. The small hatchback will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt concept car shown at the Detroit auto show last month. GM has said it...

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NAM: For Growth And Jobs, It’s Time For The President To Say “Yes"

February 12, 2015 10:15 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement following House passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline: “Today, the House stood up and said ‘yes’ to jobs, innovation and manufacturing by approving the Keystone XL pipeline...

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Congress Clears Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Setting Up Veto

February 12, 2015 10:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure. The House passed the bill on a 270-152 vote, endorsing changes made by the Senate...

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Company Identifies Chemical That Caused CA Explosion

February 12, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A California water treatment company has announced a chemical it was using for the first time led to an explosion that sent dozens to nearby hospitals in November. Emergency responders originally could not identify the substance, some 1,000 gallons of which was spilled onto an agricultural area near...

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Delegation: EPA Reaffirms Approval Of ND Haze Plan

February 12, 2015 9:55 am | by Blake Nicholson, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants, rejecting an appeal by environmental groups who favor a federal plan. The EPA in 2012 agreed with the state Health Department's position that the...

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Peru Anti-Oil Exploration Protest Leaves 1 Dead, 22 Wounded

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Franklin Briceno, The Associated Press | Comments

Angry protesters pelted a police headquarters with rocks on Wednesday after security forces fired on locals protesting oil and natural gas exploration in the Peruvian Amazon. At least one person was killed by gunfire and 22 wounded, hospital officials said. Protesters were repelled Tuesday night after entering...

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Should Energy Companies Be Liable For Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 9:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma. Jennifer Lin Cooper and her attorney Scott Poynter claim the November 2011 earthquakes in Prague, Oklahoma caused significant property damage. They allege that New...

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Greater R&D Tax Credit Opportunities For Manufacturers

February 11, 2015 4:52 pm | by Chris Bard and Chai Hoang, BDO USA | Comments

The Research and Development (R&D) tax credit has been extended retroactively for expenses paid or incurred during 2014, creating many new opportunities for manufacturers. The most recent IRS data shows that manufacturing companies claimed nearly $6 billion in federal R&D credits...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: South China Sea Site Of New Discovery

February 11, 2015 3:59 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

This week's Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week is an image of the beautiful South China Sea. In this week’s breaking news, China discovered a natural gas field in the area. The AP article on the discovery describes the South China Sea as “One of the world’s busiest shipping routes and...

Firm Cited In Deadly Energy Plant Blast To Pay Minimum Fine

February 11, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations. The Hartford Courant reported Saturday that Keystone Construction & Maintenance...

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Report: Third Industrial Revolution Led By Device Manufacturers

February 11, 2015 3:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

This week, IDC and Flexera Software released a new survey report that provides unique insights into how the third industrial revolution, currently sweeping the global economy, is being fueled by device manufacturers. According to the new...

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Survey: Job Openings Rose Slightly In December

February 11, 2015 1:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The latest monthly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the number of job openings increasing slightly in December compared to the previous month. Manufacturing job openings, however, were down compared to November...

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Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate At Least 5,000 Jobs

February 11, 2015 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton said Tuesday that it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices. The Houston company said it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff, which represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees based on its total from the end of...

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Britain Starts Public Trial Of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology. Transport Minister Claire Perry says the project was "still in the early days" but said the new technology can...

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Fire, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames. Other drivers ran to help but were...

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