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Industry Group Issues Record Number Of Metalworking Credentials

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills issued a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to join or advance in the precision manufacturing industry. The Virginia-based group, which sets metalworking skills standards, issues certifications and accredits training programs...

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Siemens Touts Order For 21 Wind Turbines For KS Project

January 23, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens says it has received an order to supply 21 wind turbines to the Alexander wind project located 120 miles northwest of Wichita. The Hutchinson-based company announced Thursday in a news release that it has reached a deal with NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey...

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Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Bloomberg News reports on how Robotics and AI have been taking some interest. Here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year...    

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Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices. The company said Thursday it would idle plants in Indiana and Illinois. The shutting down of U.S. Steel's tin mill in East Chicago, Indiana affects 369 workers, with layoffs beginning...

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report. In the analysis from D.C.-based liberal think tank the Economic Policy Institute, author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs...

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Do You Know Where Your Power Comes From?

January 23, 2015 9:36 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

A new report released this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos estimates that members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will need to invest more than $7.6 trillion over the next 25 years to meet their energy policy goals, further reduce emissions and create...

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold For Boeing Incentives

January 23, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies. The state Legislature passed $8.7 billion in tax credits in 2013 as part of an effort to secure productionof Boeing Company's 777X jetliner...

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New Brazil Agriculture Minister Bats Down Anti-Environment Reputation

January 23, 2015 7:26 am | by Eduardo Barretto, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, nicknamed the "chainsaw queen" by Brazilian environmentalists for what they call her promotion of deforestation, strongly rejected the criticism Thursday, calling it sexist since she's the first woman to hold her post. Abreu told a small group of foreign...

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Hazy Skies The Backdrop For Obama's Climate Talks In India

January 23, 2015 2:21 am | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air. Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's...

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Montana City to Hear if Water Safe to Drink After Oil Spill

January 22, 2015 3:03 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Initial tests show water supplies in a Montana city show no sign of a cancer-causing element for the first time since they were contaminated by a weekend crude oil spill, a state official said Thursday, raising hopes that thousands of residents can soon start drinking from their taps.

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EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads. Under the voluntary agreement between the EPA, eight auto industry groups and the Environmental Council of the States, copper content in brake pads would be reduced to 5 percent by weight in 2021, then cut again to 0.5 percent by 2025.

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Ex-Freedom Industries President Faces New Fraud Charge

January 22, 2015 1:45 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives. The indictment charges Southern with a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier and restates the original indictment's charges against him and the others.

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US Sen. Warren to File Bill Targeting Top Drug Companies

January 22, 2015 1:36 pm | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shifting her focus from Wall Street to the nation's top pharmaceutical companies. The Massachusetts Democrat next week plans to file a bill that she said would help fund basic medical research by targeting pharmaceutical companies accused of breaking the law.

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MeadWestvaco to Sell European Tobacco Carton Business

January 22, 2015 1:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Packaging company MeadWestvaco Corp. is selling its European-based tobacco folding carton business. The Richmond, Virginia-based company said Thursday it has signed a definitive agreement with Swedish company AR Packaging Group AB. Earlier this month, MeadWestvaco announced plans to spin off its specialty chemicals business into a separate, publicly traded company.

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Copper Slide Triggers Mine Closure, Layoffs

January 22, 2015 1:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A recent decline in the price of copper — and worrisome projections about the metals market going forward — has led to the closure of one mine in Montana and concern throughout the industry. Spokane Valley, Washington-based Revett Mining Co. this week announced it would suspend operations at the end of the month at Troy Mine, which mines copper and silver northwestern Montana.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 22, 2015 1:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge James Browning ruled Mora County's 2013 ban on oil and gas drilling is unconstitutional, prohibiting corporate activities protected by the First Amendment. Browning's order also said the ban violates state law and that it could not be enforced on lands owned by the state.

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Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

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EBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs, Spin-Off, Sell Other Units

January 22, 2015 11:04 am | by Mae Anderson, AP | News | Comments

EBay plans to cut 2,400 jobs, or seven percent of its staff, in the first quarter to simplify its structure and boost profit ahead of a planned separation of its business. The job cuts will fall across its marketplaces, PayPal and enterprise businesses.

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Treasury Sec: Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes

January 22, 2015 10:59 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, AP | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying lawmakers should instead focus on simplifying taxes paid by businesses, where there is more agreement.

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A Leader In Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

January 22, 2015 10:48 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of training his employees so they had the skills and knowledge necessary for his company to make the complex metal components his customers needed. So he launched an employee training program soon after starting his company in 1948.

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