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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 | 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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President Obama Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | 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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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need To 'Learn A Lesson'

January 16, 2015 10:18 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | 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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Should The Texan Earthquakes Speed Up Fracking Regulations Talk?

January 9, 2015 5:15 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

On Monday research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes  in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their...

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Net Neutrality Debate Explores Roles Of Internet, Government

January 6, 2015 11:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Conversations about technological innovations like driverless cars and Google glass are almost always accompanied by a second conversation about how to regulate the innovation appropriately. While the Internet may seem like a well-established technology, the debate over who should have control of content flow is...

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right Or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 12:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. Though noncompetition agreements are already fairly...

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 5, 2015 12:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in December as the PMI...

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Should The 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Include An Environmental Agenda?

January 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

As 2015 hits, it is officially time for a new edition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Updated every five years, the guideline provides recommendations for better overall health, including information on food intake, exercise, and reducing the risk of...

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Will 2015 See A Boost In The Federal Minimum Wage?

January 2, 2015 4:50 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Although 2015 has just begun, it has already been a big year for advocates for a higher minimum wage. On Thursday, January 1, President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage in new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour went into effect, benefiting about 200,000...

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3 Essential Questions From Last Week's A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 23, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Littlefield | Comments

On December 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. As is typically the...

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The Two Sides Of NY's Ban On Fracking

December 22, 2014 10:23 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Although hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will formally ban the practice. The AP is reporting that Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is...

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 22, 2014 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

There has been no shortage of manufacturing news this week, from news of a fracking ban to continued automotive recall troubles. However, neither of these news items made the cut for IMPO’s “Winner” and “Loser” of the week. Instead, the titles have been awarded to Toyota and the former Freedom Industries...

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The Keystone Pipeline Debate In The New Year

December 18, 2014 4:58 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes. First, let’s review the project and the two major sides in the debate. On one hand, the Keystone pipeline project could greatly benefit the U.S. economy, and on the other, it could drastically harm...

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A Lawsuit Won & A Tarnished CEO Fired

December 17, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

In the last 24 hours Apple was victorious in fighting the class-action lawsuit over its iPod prices and American Apparel has officially fired its founder and CEO. The AP has reported that a federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software...

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores. Yesterday, A.T. Kearney released its 2014 Reshoring Index, which looks at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations...

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 12, 2014 12:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

This week the manufacturing sector has seen huge investments, but unfortunately that isn’t all. It has also been the backdrop of a Supreme Court decision that disregarded warehouse workers rights and sided in favor of a large corporation. So without further ado, these are IMPO’s selection for the... 

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Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. Mercedes got a slap on the wrist for impeding union literature in its Alabama plant while Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam continues to fight against UAW representation at Volkswagen’s...

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Am I Being Poisoned By Eating The Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 9:46 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” then you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!” But I will leave that topic for another time. What I would like to address is the need for transparency...

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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 | 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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The Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 8, 2014 9:29 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

Each week news of successes and failures flood in from the manufacturing sector — from recalls to exciting new plant openings or industry breakthroughs the news runs the gamut. IMPO has sifted through all the news for you and presents this week's “Winner” and...

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