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NAM CEO Speaks Out On NLRB Ruling

December 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) final rule on "ambush elections": "It's clear the Administration has an agressive agenda to uproot longstanding and effective...

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Poll Reveals Americans' Stance On Limiting Carbon

December 12, 2014 1:09 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The results of....

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China's Factory Output Growth Declines

December 12, 2014 12:57 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Growth in China's factory output declined further in November in a new sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy. Industrial production rose by 7.2 percent over a year earlier, government data showed Friday. That was down from October's 7.7 percent growth and September's 8 percent...

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 12, 2014 12:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

This week the manufacturing sector has seen huge investments, but unfortunately that isn’t all. It has also been the backdrop of a Supreme Court decision that disregarded warehouse workers rights and sided in favor of a large corporation. So without further ado, these are IMPO’s selection for the... 

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Design For Manufacture: Better Information, Better Pricing

December 12, 2014 12:47 pm | by Kevin J. Dailida, Senior Director of Operations and Supply Chain, Dynisco | Articles | Comments

As business competition intensifies worldwide, it becomes ever more challenging to improve gross margins and operating profits.  Because the Internet provides the ability to obtain comparative pricing on a global basis, supply chain organizations (SCOs) are increasingly pressured to pinpoint the best supplier options...

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Top 5 Trends For Plastic Manufacturers In 2015

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by David Nelson, President of Nel Pretech Corporation | Articles | Comments

It’s been a solid year for U.S. manufacturing. For the first time in decades, we have seen a swing in our direction as jobs have returned and customers have made their preference for American-made goods known. Manufacturing technology is improving, methods are becoming more refined...

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Cheaper Gas, Food Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer...

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Bath Iron Works Awarded $21M Contract For Destroyers

December 12, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers. Pingree...

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Ferrari Looks To Burnish Brand Value

December 12, 2014 10:09 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Ferrari's sleek sports cars and souped-up Formula 1 racing machines have made the prancing horse logo among the world's most powerful brands. Now, as the company prepares for a public listing, it wants to cash in on the cachet. The aim: position Ferrari not just as a car-maker, but as a luxury goods...

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Holiday Shopping Boosts U.S. Retail Sales

December 12, 2014 10:06 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season. Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent, the most in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices dented gas stations receipts...

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Chrysler Obeys Safety Regulators, Expands Recall

December 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force. The latest expansion covers the Ram pickup from the 2003 to 2005 model years, as well as the 2004 and 2005 Dodge Durango, 2005 Chrysler 300 and...

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5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

December 12, 2014 9:54 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Articles | Comments

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security. Privacy...

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Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. Mercedes got a slap on the wrist for impeding union literature in its Alabama plant while Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam continues to fight against UAW representation at Volkswagen’s...

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Am I Being Poisoned By Eating The Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 9:46 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” then you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!” But I will leave that topic for another time. What I would like to address is the need for transparency...

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Light My Sleigh Tonight: The Story Of Rudolph & GE

December 12, 2014 9:42 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when GE still needed to sell the general public on the value of artificial illumination. So it made sense for the company to devote an episode of the General Electric Fantasy Hour to a show about a little reindeer who saves the day with his bright red nose.  Rudolph the...

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Go Lean In 2015: No Manufacturer Is Too Small To Benefit

December 11, 2014 4:55 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

To many small manufacturers, lean manufacturing is something that companies the size of Toyota or Boeing implement. And many small manufacturers that do adopt lean practices do so at a tactical level. Don’t be one of those companies. If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of...

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USDA Sees Higher Corn, Soybean Demand In Report

December 11, 2014 3:14 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to Wednesday's crop update. Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted, which currently exceeds the...

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November Budget Deficit Drops To $56.8B

December 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year is down 21 percent from the same period a year ago, although much of that improvement stems from quirks in the calendar. The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for November totaled $56.8 billion, a drop of...

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Ban Urges Big Polluters To Present Climate Pledges

December 11, 2014 3:08 pm | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged governments to listen to scientists "shouting from the roof tops" and accelerate talks on a global pact to fight climate change. With U.N. talks in Lima bogged down by age-old splits between rich and poor countries, Ban told The Associated...

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MS Regulators OK Small Entergy Rate Increases

December 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Under the plan, which will take effect with February bills, a residential...

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