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Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel For Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade negotiations amid ongoing talks with Pacific Rim nations. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman vowed to work with Congress to secure "bipartisan support" for Trade...

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall To 15-Year Low

January 29, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday the number of applications for unemployment aid fell by 43,000 last week. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, that would mean 265,000 Americans filing initial claims last week -- the lowest amount since April of 2000. Observers noted the week ending Jan. 24 included the...

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Fact Check: Both Sides In Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution...

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Dean Foods Announces Closing Of Century-Old Sheboygan Plant

January 29, 2015 8:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

 Dean Foods says it will close its dairy plant in Sheboygan. The plant has been in operation for more than 100 years. Dean Foods says it's consolidating operations and will continue to operate its plant in De Pere. Sheboygan Press Media says about 70 jobs will be lost when the company...

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Leading Automotive Supplier To Expand In TN

January 29, 2015 4:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A leading global automotive supplier plans to build a new facility in McMinn County that's expected to create as many as 400 new jobs. Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that DENSO Manufacturing will build the new...

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McDonald's CEO Steps Down As Sales Continue To Decline

January 28, 2015 8:27 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image. The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, its chief brand officer. Easterbrook has led...

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Steel Manufacturing Company Warns Of Layoffs At AL Plant

January 28, 2015 7:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A steel processing company has announced that employees in suburban Birmingham could soon be laid off. US Steel announced an adjustment in operations Monday and company spokeswoman Courtney Boone told AL.com impacted employees will informed on or after March 29. Employees at a plant in Lone Star,...

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Groups Sue EPA Seeking Livestock Farm Air Quality Standards

January 28, 2015 5:25 pm | by David Pitt, The Associated Press | Comments

A coalition of environmental, animal rights and citizen action groups filed two lawsuits Wednesday alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to address air pollution problems from large-scale livestock farms. The lawsuits, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, say...

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Nissan Recalls SUVs To Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from 2008 through 2013 and Rogue Select SUVs from 2014. Snow and salty water can seep through...

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Pabst Owner Considers Returning To Milwaukee

January 28, 2015 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago. But now its current owner and CEO, Eugene Kashper, is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made and sampled...

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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Robots

January 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The annual World Economic Forum for 2015 was held this month Davos, Switzerland, and robots were an unexpected hot topic. UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg discussed robotics at Davos with Bloomberg News. He touched on the rather new concept of cloud robotics, or the idea that robots are able to...

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Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argued those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades and remain in production currently, and therefore cannot...

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EPA Permit Paves Way For $500M Power Plant

January 28, 2015 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators have issued a permit that paves the way for construction of a $500 million power plant in South Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the greenhouse gas permit was granted for the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Plant in Brownsville. A Tenaska spokeswoman...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Obama's Trip To India

January 28, 2015 2:21 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

President Obama’s landmark trip to India this week was aimed at improving the economic relationship between India and the U.S. Here are some manufacturing-related highlights of Obama’s trip to India: Obama announced a big step toward the nuclear technology pact between the two...

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Toyota Lawyer Urges Jury To Find It Not Responsible In Crash

January 28, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Toyota Motor Corp. lawyer has told a Minnesota jury deciding whether the automaker is responsible for a crash that killed three people that the car couldn't have accelerated so quickly if the driver hit the brakes as he claimed. David Graves said in his closing argument Wednesday that the 2006...

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Federal Agency Files Record Number Of Complaints Against Mining Companies

January 28, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The federal government's mining oversight agency filed 49 complaints over worker discrimination allegations last year, more than in any year since its inception in 1978. The Mine Safety and Health Administration, which enforces safety requirements at U.S. mining and mineral processing operations, files such...

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Humane Certification Of U.S. Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent In 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by American Humane Association | Comments

One of the most dramatic new trends in U.S. agriculture is the move by farmers, ranchers and producers to humane certification. American Humane Association, by far the nation's largest humane certifier, revealed today at the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta that the number of...

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German Automakers Lobby For U.S., EU Trade Deal

January 28, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen lobbied Wednesday for the deal at an event in...

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Jobless Rate Moves In 2014: CO Best, LA Worst

January 27, 2015 6:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter. Across the country, changes in unemployment rates varied from state to state in 2014, but collectively the numbers pointed to a year of substantial improvement: Jobless rates fell in 46 states, and everyone except...

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White House Plan Would Open Atlantic Coast To Drilling

January 27, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled plans to lease offshore sites for oil and gas drilling, including, for the first time, areas off the Atlantic Coast. The proposal, announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, would also include leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast, though the...

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Most States Report Job Gains In December

January 27, 2015 4:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Strong fourth-quarter hiring numbers nationally translated to the state level as well, as 42 states reported falling unemployment rates in December. The latest state and regional estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, by contrast, showed only four states with rising unemployment...

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