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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers. More than 1,000 dockworker assignments were filled Sunday at the...

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Feds Inspecting Construction At SC Nuke Plant

February 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are conducting a special inspection after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says officials began their inspection Monday at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest...

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Company Delivers Alternative To Fish-On-Fish Cannibalism

February 23, 2015 12:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

We remove fish faster than they can repopulate, and the oceans are running out of fish. Although many of the fish we eat now come from fish farms, smaller fish found in oceans provide the food for farmed fish. The supplies of smaller “forage fish,” such as sardines and...

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 12:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country. The strike began at the beginning of February with 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers union walking out at nine refineries after the...

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Fed: Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail At 10 Per Year

February 23, 2015 10:59 am | by Matthew Brown, Josh Funk, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the...

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ACC Slams Federal Agency Over Proposed Phthalate Ban

February 23, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to extend the comment period for proposed restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, arguing they would set an "irresponsible and scientifically unsound precedent" for future chemical...

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Daicel To Build Replacement Parts Amid Takata Recalls

February 23, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daicel Corp. said Friday it will build a second U.S. factory next year, as the Japanese chemical manufacturer expands operations to supply replacement parts for vehicles recalled globally for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp. Daicel will bring forward initial...

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Highlights From The History Of Flight

February 23, 2015 9:59 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The airplane was still barely a teenager when the United States entered World War I, and the U.S. Army’s fledgling aeronautical division wanted to make its airplanes fly higher without losing power. Sanford Moss, a GE engineer and one of the brightest minds in the steam turbine business, had an idea. He and his team designed a device...

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NAM: Ports Agreement Staves Off Economic Disaster

February 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on the contract agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union: “For months, the NAM has pressed the Obama Administration, Congress and the...

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Stronger Dollar To Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Manufacturing Growth

February 23, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A manufacturing group predicts the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. Further manufacturing growth, however, is likely to be hampered by further increases in the nation's trade...

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Meet Manufacturing.net's New Editor

February 23, 2015 9:21 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Greetings all. I’m delighted to join you as the new Editor for Manufacturing.net; I am truly thrilled to be joining such a wonderful team. As Editor, I’m ready to examine and explore the intricacies of the manufacturing sector through a journalistic lens. My priority will be to deliver insightful, thought-provoking pieces and to craft and publish stories that will...

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Apple Invests $1.9B In Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 7:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it's investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, its largest such project in Europe to date. The hubs will power Apple Inc.'s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri...

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Honda To Replace President Following Air Bag Fiasco

February 23, 2015 5:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said Monday its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive. The decision follows massive recalls by Honda of vehicles equipped with air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. that...

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Surging Dollar Takes Bite From U.S. Corporate Profits

February 21, 2015 1:14 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn't tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It's the surging U.S. dollar. The two soda giants rely on overseas customers for roughly half of their revenue. When they turned in...

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Two Sides In Port Dispute Race Against Deadline

February 20, 2015 3:20 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With a Friday deadline looming, negotiators labored to reach a deal in a contract dispute that has snarled international trade at seaports from Southern California to Seattle. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez told dockworkers and their employers that if they cannot find common ground in...

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Apple Goes Full Speed Ahead On Electric Car

February 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop.”      

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Attack On Sugars, Caffeine Has Beverage Makers Upset With Dietary Committee

February 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

For the first time in history, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars, noting its continued problem for younger people especially. But the American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended...

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WI Lawmakers To Vote On Right-To-Work Bill

February 20, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Legislature is planning to vote on a bill that would make it the country's 25th "right-to-work" state. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald had previously said lawmakers would take up right-to-work -- which prohibits requiring employees to join a union -- early in the current session after...

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TransCanada To Seek US Approval For $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 2:55 pm | by Blake Nicholson, James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north. TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $600 million Upland Pipeline would begin in northwestern North Dakota and go north into...

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IoT, Automation And Supply Chain Sentience: Q&A With Sean Riley

February 20, 2015 2:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have heard about how Internet of Things movement can generate, store and analyze data points, but the future of IoT is even more exciting. Sean Riley, the Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director at Software AG, recently released his list of supply chain and manufacturing predictions...

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