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Federal Survey Finds Moderate Economic Growth

January 15, 2015 2:56 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, but a big drop in oil prices was starting to have an impact in Texas and other energy regions, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. The Fed said business...

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We Burn 2.7 Million Gallons A Minute, So Why Is Oil So Cheap?

January 15, 2015 2:51 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher — and is rising. Yet the price of a barrel of oil has fallen by more than half over the past six months because the globe, experts say, is awash...

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Google Expects Public In Driverless Cars In 2 To 5 Years

January 15, 2015 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. Google is working on sensors to...

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MAPI Foundation Business Index Slips Slightly

January 15, 2015 2:28 pm | by MAPI Foundation | Articles | Comments

The recent robust manufacturing performance should continue in the near-term despite marginal declines in some indicators, according to the quarterly MAPI Foundation Business Outlook, a survey conducted by the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity...

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NAM On Tax Code: Doing Nothing Costs Us Something

January 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

The delay by Washington lawmakers in overhauling the nation’s tax code is holding back the economic benefits of enacting a series of pro-growth tax policies, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by economists at the University of...

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Assembling Value: Why Streamlining Your Business Will Boost Its Worth

January 15, 2015 2:19 pm | by Michael Schwerdtfeger | Articles | Comments

Throughout my career as a middle market M&A advisor, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of manufacturing business owners looking to sell their companies. They will often lead with the strength of the company’s balance sheet when discussing its potential value...

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Free Community College: Pathway To A Valuable Education?

January 15, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg speaks to Gail Mellow, president at LaGuardia Community College, about the Obama initiative to make community college free.  Do we need more mechanics and plumbers, or does America need more entrepreneurs graduating from community colleges? Gail Mellow, president....

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BlackBerry Remains Attractive Target Amid Merger Talks

January 15, 2015 12:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A report today indicated South Korean electronics giant Samsung recently offered to purchase BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion, a claim both companies denied. The developments, however, showcase the ongoing significance of BlackBerry even as its share of the consumer smartphone...

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Manufacturing Activity Grows At Weaker Pace In Philly Region

January 15, 2015 10:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factories in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in January compared with the previous month, as orders, shipments and hiring tumbled. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity fell to 6.3 this month from 24.3 in...

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The IoT Uplink: U.S. Smart Meters Generate 1.1 Billion Data Points Per Day

January 15, 2015 10:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The IoT Uplink examines factors driving, influencing, and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space. Did you know that 77% of development teams will have...

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7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 15, 2015 10:28 am | by Deborah Grant, Industry Marketing Manager at Loftware | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). There are also a multitude...

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Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs In Mexico And KS

January 15, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States. The Montreal-based company said Thursday the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet. Bombardier will also...

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Manufacturing In NY Rebounding In January As Hiring Rises

January 15, 2015 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday that its Empire State Manufacturing index rose to 10 this month after having...

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Researcher Uses Crustaceans To Make Bio-Food Packaging

January 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped...

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Study Finds Elevated Contaminant Levels At Fracking Sites, Conventional Wells

January 15, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A newly released study found water discharged from energy drilling operations in the U.S. poses risks to human health and the environment,calling for additional government regulations on the practices. The study, published in the journal Environmental...

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ClearSign Has The Answer To Industrial Pollution

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

The age-old warning – don’t play with fire – doesn’t seem to apply to ClearSign Technologies. In fact, the manufacturing industry is quite lucky that they decided not to heed this cautionary warning. That’s because ClearSign Technologies has developed a new technology for the...

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World's Newest Airliner Takes Off On First Commercial Flight

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Abdullah Rebhy, Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies Thursday carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar. The Qatar Airways flight departed the Qatari capital Doha bound for Frankfurt, Germany. It marks the debut of the relatively...

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Chipotle: Pork Pulled From A Third Of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards. Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the Mexican food chain, told The Associated Press it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos...

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Obama Pitching More Access To Fast Internet

January 14, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications...

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WA Lawmaker Proposes Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Washington Rep. Joe Schmick introduced a bill emulating Idaho's "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. According to the Capital Press, if House Bill 1104 becomes a law, anyone who is caught recording activities at...

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