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Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel For Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade negotiations amid ongoing talks with Pacific Rim nations. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman vowed to work with Congress to secure "bipartisan support" for Trade...

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Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

January 29, 2015 5:25 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and...

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Tech Advances Lower Chance That Driver Will Die In Crash

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | Comments

The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Improved vehicle designs and safety technology have a lot to do with the...

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Bias Complaints At Daimler Portland Plant Settled For $2.4M

January 29, 2015 2:32 pm | by Steven Dubois, The Associated Press | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million. The complaints against the subsidiary of German automotive giant Daimler AG included an allegation that an employee threatened a black worker with a noose...

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Fed Sees Strengthening Economy, Stays 'Patient' On Rates

January 29, 2015 2:32 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. That was the dual message the central bank sent Wednesday in a statement it issued after its latest policy meeting. Why is no rate hike likely soon? The main reason, the Fed suggested in...

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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: 3D Printing

January 29, 2015 2:25 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

3D printing is a huge trend in manufacturing, because it essentially is manufacturing. In many manufacturing-related sectors, 3D printing is quickly becoming a game changer because is fast, cheap, and completely customizable. Many have high expectations for 3D printing in the near future...

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Union: General Motors Must Decide What Happens To Oshawa Plant

January 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The union representing auto workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ont., plant says the company must decide now what will happen to its operations there instead of waiting until after the next contract negotiations. Unifor is responding to a statement by the automaker, which said the company would not make...

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Industry Group: Medical Device Tax Led To Thousands Of Job Cuts

January 29, 2015 12:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A recent survey conducted by a medical technology trade group blames a tax on medical devices for about 18,500 industry job cuts in the last two years. The Advanced Medical Technology Association said the tax -- which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act to generate revenue for the law -- resulted in 4,500 job...

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall To 15-Year Low

January 29, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday the number of applications for unemployment aid fell by 43,000 last week. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, that would mean 265,000 Americans filing initial claims last week -- the lowest amount since April of 2000. Observers noted the week ending Jan. 24 included the...

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Fact Check: Both Sides In Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution...

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Dean Foods Announces Closing Of Century-Old Sheboygan Plant

January 29, 2015 8:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

 Dean Foods says it will close its dairy plant in Sheboygan. The plant has been in operation for more than 100 years. Dean Foods says it's consolidating operations and will continue to operate its plant in De Pere. Sheboygan Press Media says about 70 jobs will be lost when the company...

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Leading Automotive Supplier To Expand In TN

January 29, 2015 4:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A leading global automotive supplier plans to build a new facility in McMinn County that's expected to create as many as 400 new jobs. Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that DENSO Manufacturing will build the new...

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McDonald's CEO Steps Down As Sales Continue To Decline

January 28, 2015 8:27 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image. The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, its chief brand officer. Easterbrook has led...

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Steel Manufacturing Company Warns Of Layoffs At AL Plant

January 28, 2015 7:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A steel processing company has announced that employees in suburban Birmingham could soon be laid off. US Steel announced an adjustment in operations Monday and company spokeswoman Courtney Boone told AL.com impacted employees will informed on or after March 29. Employees at a plant in Lone Star,...

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Groups Sue EPA Seeking Livestock Farm Air Quality Standards

January 28, 2015 5:25 pm | by David Pitt, The Associated Press | Comments

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups filed two lawsuits Wednesday alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to address air pollution problems from large-scale livestock farms. The lawsuits, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, say...

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Nissan Recalls SUVs To Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from 2008 through 2013 and Rogue Select SUVs from 2014. Snow and salty water can seep through...

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Pabst Owner Considers Returning To Milwaukee

January 28, 2015 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago. But now its current owner and CEO, Eugene Kashper, is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made and sampled...

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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Robots

January 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The annual World Economic Forum for 2015 was held this month Davos, Switzerland, and robots were an unexpected hot topic. UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg discussed robotics at Davos with Bloomberg News. He touched on the rather new concept of cloud robotics, or the idea that robots are able to...

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Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argued those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades and remain in production currently, and therefore cannot...

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EPA Permit Paves Way For $500M Power Plant

January 28, 2015 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators have issued a permit that paves the way for construction of a $500 million power plant in South Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the greenhouse gas permit was granted for the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Plant in Brownsville. A Tenaska spokeswoman...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Obama's Trip To India

January 28, 2015 2:21 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

President Obama’s landmark trip to India this week was aimed at improving the economic relationship between India and the U.S. Here are some manufacturing-related highlights of Obama’s trip to India: Obama announced a big step toward the nuclear technology pact between the two...

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