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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 20, 2015 11:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California, company...

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Energy Companies Announce Thousands Of Layoffs

January 20, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days. Last week, Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest oil drilling services company, announced 9,000...

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Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

January 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Three companies have expressed interest in reopening a Maine paper plant closed last month. But the head of the firm set to take control of the plant says he won't open discussions unless offers are on the table, and a federal judge today rejected efforts to halt the sale. Verso Paper Corp. last fall announced plans...

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Replacement Air Bag Parts For Takata Recall To Be Secured By June

January 20, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The transport ministry said Tuesday it expects replacement air bag parts for nearly all of the vehicles affected by Takata Corp.'s recalls in Japan to be secured by June. As of late last year, parts for around 1.08 million vehicles, or more than a third of the total of 3.05 million vehicles affected by the recalls in Japan...

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Tyson Foods To Pay $539K For Spill In Southwest MO

January 20, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday. Koster sued the company last June after the discharge...

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Canada Threatens To Block Project Over U.S. Steel Requirements

January 20, 2015 2:47 pm | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian government has signed an order that would block the state of Alaska from updating a ferry terminal unless the two sides resolve an ongoing dispute over the use of U.S. steel in the project. The project is on Canadian soil that is leased by the state in British Columbia. The port at Prince Rupert is part...

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

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The State Of The Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

What can we expect from the President’s State of the Union address tonight? Probably some gloating. With gas now below $2 a gallon in most of the U.S., stocks soaring to record new highs, unemployment down to pre-recession levels, trade deficits shrinking and inflation...

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Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and EU for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been become controversial, particularly on the other side of the Atlantic. Many Europeans have voiced  concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU’s standards for environmental...

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Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence In Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies. Texas-based Schlumberger, the largest oil drilling services company in the world, today announced the $1.7 billion agreement...

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How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

January 20, 2015 12:38 pm | by Anders Ekman, President of DataMentors | Articles | Comments

It’s not a secret that manufacturers face significant challenges. Prospects are doing more research online and making purchasing decisions before they even speak to a salesperson. And the buying process has become extremely complex with stakeholders including marketing, sales, and...

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Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Adam Shreck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a larger version of a single-seat prototype...

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Cheap Gas Reignites America's Love Affair With The SUV

January 20, 2015 10:38 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

SUVs are king once again, now that filling them up with gas costs significantly less than it did a few years ago. CNN Money's Christine Romans explains what drivers are buying, and why that doesn't necessarily mean an environmental catastrophe...  

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All Systems Ready For Navy's Communications Satellite Launch

January 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Product Design & Development | News | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tonight. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

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From Car Lots To City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Henry Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected...

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Renewing Detroit: Dan Gilbert’s Fight Against Blight

January 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert is responsible for $1.6 billion in funds to rebuild Detroit after its declaration of bankruptcy in 2013. One of the biggest obstacles is the number of abandoned buildings that need to be removed: 78,000, according to the...

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AK Faces Lean Budget Times As Oil Prices Plunge

January 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices. When lawmakers left Juneau last April, the price of North Slope crude, Alaska's economic...

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BP Back In Court, This Time For Clean Water Act Penalties

January 20, 2015 9:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company responsible for the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history is currently facing the Clean Water Act's largest civil penalty. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, causing the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of the surrounding environment...

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Union To Discuss IN Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future General Mills announced last week that it plans to close its refrigerated goods plant in New Albany by mid-2016, but said its...

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Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

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