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Recalls Of The Week: Rethinking Used-Car Safety

February 27, 2015 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The AP reported Wednesday on a recent Carfax study that investigated why the flawed recall system is dangerous to used-car buyers. In this report, Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin write, “More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road...

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U.S. Manufacturing Slows As Output, Hiring Weaken

March 2, 2015 11:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped...

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Gas Prices Soar In CA As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon...

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Industrial IoT Insight: Q&A With Aidan Quilligan

March 2, 2015 9:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Many manufacturers reap the rewards of the Industrial IoT, but some have yet to join the movement. Aidan Quilligan, head of Accenture’s Industrial Software Solutions Practice, gave us insight into obstacles and benefits, data security, trends and predictions...

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Dearth Of Jobs A Barrier To Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 3:13 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | Comments

When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents...

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Survey Shows China Manufacturing Improving

March 1, 2015 11:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new survey shows China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in several months. HSBC Corp. said Monday its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from January's 49.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. It was the...

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Samsung Ditches Plastic Design, Adds Mobile Pay In New Phone

March 1, 2015 1:13 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is departing from its signature plastic design and producing its next flagship phone with a metal frame and a glass back. The new Galaxy S6 phone looks stylish, not cheap. Samsung also unveiled a premium model, the S6 Edge, with side displays. Both models will have...

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Proposed Ethanol Plant In SD Would Push Production Westward

March 1, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Plans for South Dakota's westernmost ethanol plant are moving forward following the rezoning of land in Onida despite complaints from residents. The Tri-State Neighbor reports Onida residents don't want the proposed Ring-Neck Energy and Feed plant...

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NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

February 28, 2015 7:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The New York Farm Bureau released its 2015 priorities during a recent trip to Washington to meet with the state's congressional...

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Metalworkers Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

February 27, 2015 2:55 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Japan is as technology rich as it is hydrocarbon poor. The country’s proven oil reserves stand at a measly 44 million barrels. (The U.S. holds nearly a thousand times more, or 36 billion.) The Niigata Prefecture, located some 200 miles northwest of Tokyo, is one of the few places in the...

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect To Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months...  

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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety In OR Television Interview

February 27, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety. Obama made the remarks during a brief interview with KGW-TV's Laural Porter, who was invited to Washington, D.C., as part of a round of local television interviews...

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things on Thursday announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices. Under the strategic liaison agreement between the...    

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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent For Electric Car Project

February 27, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry. Now, it's also triggered allegations of talent-poaching by rival tech companies...

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February’s News Roundup

February 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

A countdown of this month’s must-know manufacturing stories.                                 

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Obama Steps Up Pitch For Trade, Exports

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | Comments

Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan. Then there's international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and...

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TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives For Unionized GM Plant

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract. The Blountville Republican's comments came as GOP...

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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015 3:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the Internet. The commissioners split 3-2 along party lines on the proposal, which reclassified high-speed Internet as a telecommunications service...

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Wisconsin Moves Closer To 'Right-To-Work' Status

February 26, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, which moves the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment. The bill passed by a 17-15 margin with just one Republican breaking ranks to vote against...

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look To Women To Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry. The events, hosted at 14 ExxonMobil and XTO Energy sites across the country, connect ExxonMobil employees with middle school girls, providing mentorship...

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Automakers Hire Rocket Firm To Probe Air Bag Problems

February 26, 2015 11:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter. Ten automakers whose vehicles have been recalled because of problems with Takata Corp. air bags...

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