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Judge To Rule On Union's Lawsuit Against Maine Mill Sale

January 13, 2015 5:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge will rule next week on a union's antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block the sale of a Maine paper mill to a Canadian metal recycler. Parties appeared in court Tuesday to respond to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers' suit. The suit seeks to block the...

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U.S. Job Openings Jump To 14-Year High

January 13, 2015 3:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down. U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because...

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Report: Employee Training Can Reduce Cyber Security Risks

January 13, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Increased investment in employee training can reduce the risk of a company's cyber security attack by up to 70 percent, according to a new study. The analysis, compiled by Pittsburgh-based Wombat Security Technologies with Boston research firm the Aberdeen Group, showed altering employee...

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Obama's Cybersecurity Proposals Receive Mixed Reviews

January 13, 2015 2:42 pm | by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats. But an Associated Press review shows that some of his plans are retreads from years past. Privacy advocates criticized...

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Trucks Roll In At The Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

On the heels of Ford’s North American Truck of the Year Award win for the aluminum F-150 truck, other automakers have announced updates to their line of trucks for the upcoming model years. Here is a series of announcements from Bloomberg Business at the...

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What Do Obama And Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 2:28 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

Low gas prices are a double edged sword, for some it is a blessing while others are less pleased about the plummeting prices. For many consumers decreasing gas prices is cause for celebration, but are we as consumers busting out the party supplies to soon? As for the auto...

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Local Motors Brings A 3D Printed Car To Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-D printed car could be in your driveway sooner than you think. Phoenix-based Local Motors plans to sell a 3-D printed car called the Strati later this year. It's a two-seat neighborhood car that can go up to 25 miles per hour. Local Motors prints the car's frame and panels out...

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5 Questions For Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne

January 13, 2015 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The family-hauling minivan is not dead in the eyes of Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who says he hopes to roll out a new one at next year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Marchionne, speaking to reporters at the show, also said auto stocks are valued low by the markets because...

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Poll Shows Support For Labeling Foods With GMOs

January 13, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of participants in a recent national poll favored requiring labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms. According to the December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of a respondents favored requiring labels for GMOs, while only 7 percent opposed such...

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Port Officials Accuse Workers Of Stifiling Productivity Amid Labor Dispute

January 13, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Officials representing West Coast ports on Monday alleged dockworkers have deliberately ground shipments at several large ports to a near-halt amid an ongoing labor dispute. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping line and terminal operators at ports along the Pacific Coast, said shipping...

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Friendly Robots: The Future Of Advanced Manufacturing

January 13, 2015 10:23 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When the Czech writer Karel Capek started working on his science fiction play R.U.R., he asked his brother Josef what he should call the human-like machines at the center of the play. Josef, who was a poet, thought of robota, the Czech word for forced labor, and told Karel to call them...

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Volvo Plans To Export Chinese-Made Cars To The U.S.

January 13, 2015 9:57 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

As the Great Recession fades further and further from the rearview mirrors of American minds, U.S. consumers are ramping up their expenditures on automobiles. With the average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. around 11.4 years old, according to industry...

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Senate Advances Keystone Bill Despite Obama Veto Threat

January 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared an initial Senate hurdle Monday, a victory for newly empowered Republicans angling for a quick veto showdown with President Barack Obama. The bipartisan 63-32 vote was three more than the 60 required, and well above the level...

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DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed To Toxic Gas For Years

January 13, 2015 7:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. The Houston Chronicle found that DuPont reported exhaust and...

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Recycling Plant Owner Admits Illegal Chemical Dumping

January 13, 2015 7:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of an El Dorado plastics recycling company will be sentenced March 30 for dumping hazardous waste chemicals. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Brian Riley, of Andover, also was ordered to pay $118,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riley pleaded guilty Monday to negligent...

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Airbus, Boeing Split Annual Sales Rivalry

January 13, 2015 5:47 am | by David Mchugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014 — but the European aircraft manufacturer edged its U.S. rival in terms of future orders. Airbus, which is headquartered in Toulouse, France, reported Tuesday that it delivered 629 planes, shy of Boeing's...

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Labor Unions Intensify Opposition To Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 4:42 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal. At issue now is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a measure expected to call for lowering or...

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Interview With New U.S. Auto Safety Chief Mark Rosekind

January 12, 2015 6:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. But after a week on the job, Rosekind says he discovered the shortages are much worse than he thought. Rosekind, 59, who leads the...

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After Convention Ends, CES Recycles Exhibit Materials

January 12, 2015 5:42 pm | by Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Convention-goer badges become room keys, vinyl banners get a new life as ice-skating rink covers or shade tarps and massive...

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The Next Housing Solution: 3-D Print Your Home

January 12, 2015 2:52 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

One day, could gathering supplies to build a home be as simple as hitting "Print" on your computer? Alastair Parvin and his colleagues at WikiHouse Foundation hope so. The team has launched their website to create a space where home seekers and designers can share construction...

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