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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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U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers...

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Russia Rocket Maker: Deal With Orbital Sciences Worth $1 B

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

A Russian rocket manufacturer says its contract with U.S. Orbital Sciences is worth about $1 billion. Russia's state-controlled Energiya said in Friday's statement that the deal with its subsidiary, Energomash, envisages the delivery of 60 RD-181 engines, the first pair of which is to be shipped in...

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GE To Provide Natural Gas Turbines For Allen Plant

January 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis. GE said Thursday that the natural gas-powered generators will...

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Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum. The company is considering hiring an ethicist during the automated car design process... 

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President Obama Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett announced the new initiatives in a post on the job networking...

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High-Tech Talent: Why Know-How Is No Longer Enough

January 16, 2015 1:30 pm | by Tom Sons | Articles | Comments

Recently, I came across a number of stats that, for those of us in the manufacturing sector, paint a very bright picture of the foreseeable future. If, like me, you keep an eye on trends and an ear to the ground for good news, of particular interest to you might be a study conducted by the...

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Fed: Industrial Production Showed Strong Growth In 2014

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Factory production increased at the fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the latest monthly numbers from the Federal Reserve. But the manufacturing sector faces challenges from both a turbulent global economy and capacity limitations at home. December estimates from the Fed show...

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New Rules Could Open Cuba To Wide Range Of American Trade

January 16, 2015 1:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Obama administration's new guidelines regarding relations with Cuba take effect today, potentially opening the Caribbean nation to a wide range of American products. Analysts warn, however, that companies looking to expand into Cuba should proceed with caution after more than five decades...

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Highlights From The North American International Auto Show

January 16, 2015 12:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The first week of the North American International Auto Show comes to a close today at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan, and it has been a whirlwind week of new models with incredible technology. Here is a wrap-up of the biggest news of the week...

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Monsanto Gets U.S. Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula.Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds...

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'Leap Second' Could Pose Web Problems This Summer

January 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Prominent websites and apps could once again face problems this summer when officials tack an additional second onto Tuesday, June 30. That date, however, also could be the last time the issue of the "leap second" pops up, depending on the outcome of a vote by an international...

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Illinois Community College To Offer Degree In Fracking

January 16, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southwestern Illinois community college plans to offer a petroleum drilling technology degree program this fall that is  aimed at preparing graduates for careers in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Illinois signed off on long-awaited rules to govern the high-volume oil and gas drilling process within its borders...

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U.S. Factories Churn Out More Steel, Computers, Lifting Production For 4th Straight Month

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and steel, offsetting a small decline in autos. The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.3 per cent last month, the fourth straight gain. The increase comes after total output finally passed...

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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need To 'Learn A Lesson'

January 16, 2015 10:18 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Federal officials estimate the prices of crude oil will fall slightly this year compared to late 2014 before rebounding in 2016. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations...

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