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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

December 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 35.0 percent from September and down 6.2 percent when...

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Short-Term Energy Outlook

December 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell by more than 15% in November, declining from $85/barrel (bbl) on November 3 to $72/bbl on November 28. Monthly average Brent crude oil prices have declined 29% from their 2014 high of $112/bbl in June to an average of $79/bbl in...

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Unhealthy Foods Remade: Who's Buying This Hype?

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A recent video published by the American Chemical Society unveiled how researchers are trying to create a healthier hot dog. Naturally, this left me pondering: Why are food scientists continually working to build leaner, meaner and “healthier” versions of processed foods? While I am not a fan of the...

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Chrysler Plans $266M Spending For IN Plants

December 9, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is expected to spend $266 million on new equipment for two transmission factories in central Indiana. The company's plans include expanding production of the eight-speed automatic transmissions built at the Kokomo factories, the Kokomo Tribune reported. The Kokomo City Council voted...

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2015: A Busy Year For OSHA

December 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow. For starters...

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Supreme Court: No Pay For Time Spent At Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 9, 2014 11:58 am | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts. The unanimous decision is a victory for the growing number of retailers and other companies that...

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Nissan Recalls 407K Vehicles For Fuel Leak Problem

December 9, 2014 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks. In the U.S., the recall covers about 134,000 vehicles with direct fuel injection engines. That includes Nissan's Juke SUV from the 2012 through 2014 model years, and the Infiniti M56 and QX5...

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U.S. Job Openings Rise, Hiring Remains Healthy

December 9, 2014 10:40 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of available U.S. jobs rose in October to the second-highest level in 14 years, and companies kept hiring at a healthy pace, adding to evidence of an improving economy. Job openings increased 3.2 percent to 4.83 million, just below August's total, which was the highest on records...

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UAW Reaches Top Tier Of VW Labor Policy In TN

December 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. Volkswagen said that an independent auditor had verified that the UAW's Local 42 had signed up...

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Is It Time To Go Green In Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 10:25 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange | Articles | Comments

There are a multitude of benefits to going green in your warehouse. The benefits run the gamut of reducing utility bills, reducing carbon footprint, increasing sustainability, and providing your employees with an environmentally responsible company they are proud to work for. However, sometimes...

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The Real Cost Of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 10:18 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

According to the National Safety Council, which hosted its annual Congress and Expo Sept. 13-19 in San Diego, workplace injuries and fatalities cost our economy $198.2 billion a year. You read that right, 198.2 BILLION dollars a year. That amount of money would allow every kid in America to go...

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SC Johnson To Receive 2015 Gold Medal For Sustainable Development

December 9, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to SC Johnson. The company is being recognized for its comprehensive, company-wide focus on sustainability and...

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Intelligent Charging System Could Protect EV Owners From Fuel Sticker Shock

December 9, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

‘Tis the season when shoppers flock to online deal sites and use their price comparison software to hunt for the best bargains. They are not alone. Shipping companies could soon start using similar algorithms to cheaply and efficiently charge their electric trucks to get those same...

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Looking At Trends In Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

We are living in a moment of great change for the manufacturing and logistics industries—vocational training in schools is decreasing, and workforce is tightening. Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad says, “The baby boomers are moving out of the workforce and not...

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Honda Adds 2.6M Vehicles To Air Bag Repair List

December 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda says it will replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S. Honda is the only automaker to comply with government demands for national repairs. The company says it's doing so to address customer concerns. Air bags made by...

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Duke Buys Remaining Interest In KY Coal Plant

December 8, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a transaction that makes Duke Energy the sole owner of the East Bend electric power plant in northern Kentucky. The PSC says Duke Energy Kentucky purchased the minority interest in the plant that was held by Dayton Power & Light Co. of...

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Workers Demand Accountability After Refinery Explosion

December 8, 2014 2:08 pm | by Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Kimberly Janvier says the sounds from a construction site are all it takes to trigger intense memories of that day. The 36-year-old scaffolder was working at an oil refinery in Regina when a pipe burst and her life changed forever. "There was this big boom, and I remember cringing," Janvier...

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Pay Going Up For U.S. Workers

December 8, 2014 1:59 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The latest jobs report showed wages are finally going up, as employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November. USA Today reports on the number of jobs created and a bigger than expected rise in wages and number of hours worked...

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Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 8, 2014 1:49 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | News | Comments

The paint is new. The pavement has been resurfaced. Infrastructure updates abound. But regardless of when you took that ride down Lexington Avenue in Rochester, NY, the years have failed to strip away the one constant for this location. The buildings and roads at 1600 Lexington are...

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EU Calls For Japan To Eliminate Trade Barriers

December 8, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is calling on Japan to make further efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the auto and food safety sectors as they began a fresh round of bilateral free trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo. In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the...

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